Dundee Comics Prize 2019

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Art by Helen Robinson

The theme of the 2019 Dundee Comics Prize is ‘Water Worlds’. We encourage submissions that explore our relationship to the sea, rivers and waterways through the medium of comics. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to, climate change, pollution, underwater worlds, and our relationship to the aquatic environment more generally. Any genre or approach will be considered.

There will be a series of events in Dundee in November 2019 as part of the Being Human Festival, including talks, performances, and the launch of the comic. The theme of the Festival this year is Discoveries and Secrets.

Entries to the competition should take the form of 3 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £300, plus publication of the story. Runners-up may also be published if suitable.

The deadline for submissions is 15th November 2019.

The announcement will be made at the launch of the comic on Thursday 21st November 2019 in Dundee Comics Creative Space at 6pm.

The comic will be published by UniVerse. The aim of the competition is to nurture comics talent. Anyone can enter and the submission can be in any style, in black and white or colour, but the work must be finished to a high standard (lettered, inked, etc), and must be a complete story, suitable for publication at A4 size. The work must be original, and it must not have been already published already elsewhere. High resolution quality electronic files are requested (do not send us original artwork). The prize is awarded to the creator or team who produce the work. If the comic is collaborative the members of the team share the prize money equally. All winners (including runners-up) will be asked to provide a short account of how the comic was created, along with any relevant photos and sketches that can be used on a website or in the publication. The decision of the judging panel is final.

All queries and submissions should be sent to Professor Christopher Murray at: c.murray@dundee.ac.uk

Please send large files via wetransfer.

Information about Being Human is available here.

Art by Helen Robinson.

Comicsopolis – Launching Dundee’s new comics – Thursday 18th October

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Chronicle cover – art by Letty Wilson

Dundee is the city of comics – The Comicsopolis!

Join Professor Christopher Murray and his colleagues on Thursday 18th October 2018 5-7pm at DCCS to discuss the surprising history of comics in Dundee, and learn about the future of comics in Dundee, with a look at the new comics being produced by the University.

These include Chronicle, a comic conceived and edited by PhD student Hailey Austin in conjunction with the University of Dundee’s Archive and Museum Services which explores the University’s collection of comics related archival holdings and original artwork.

Chris Murray will be launching Superhuman Futures, a science fiction superhero comic that examines the superhuman as a metaphor for scientific advancement. Created for the Humanities module Human Futures, it demonstrates the innovative link between research, creative work and teaching that is being developed at the University of Dundee. Hailey and Chris will each give a brief presentation on the fascinating process of creating their comics.

Join us in the Dundee Creative Comics Space in the Vision Building, where we will have free comics, an exhibition, and a wine reception!

Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.
This event is free but must be booked in advance. More details here.

Comics at the Dundee Literary Festival!

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DCCS is very proud to be part of this year’s Dundee Literary Festival. The festival is an annual event run by Literary Dundee, a University of Dundee-led cultural organisation which celebrates readers and writers, and brings the best writers in the world to the City of Discovery. This year the Festival will be running from the 19th to the 23rd of October, with additional events taking place on Saturday 24th September and Friday 25th November. There are many comics events scheduled, from masterclass workshops with renowned artists to discussions with up and coming graphic novelists. There is also a chance to add to our Giant Comics Jam which will be running throughout the festival. We are super excited about all these events. See you there!

Here is a schedule of the Comics events – more information and booking details can be found on the Literary Dundee website!

Thursday 20th October:

  • Comics Masterclass with Ian Kennedy (live drawing demonstration by comics legend Ian Kennedy)

Saturday 22nd October:

  • 50 Years of Comics: Morris Heggie (bringing The Broons, Dennis the Menace and Oor Wullie to life)
  • New Kids on the Block: Neil Slorance & Maria Stoian (the power of graphic storytelling)
  • Create a Comic Workshop with Jim Glen (especially for ages 6 to 10)
  • Big Braw Birthday Tea Dance: The Broons and Oor Wullie at 80 (Part of Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival)
  • Comics Masterclass with Ian Kennedy (live drawing demonstration by comics legend Ian Kennedy)
  • Launch: The Drouth – the Scottish Literary Journal are publishing a special comics edition guest edited by DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd

Sunday 23rd October:

  • Family Workshop: Tales O’ Our Town (in partnership with University of Dundee’s Museum services & Verdant Works)
  • Ex Libris Book Fair (featuring work by young DCCS Comics Clubbers!)

Next Comics Club is Tuesday 7th June

We are on a short break here at DCCS and will be back on Tuesday 7th June at 4.30pm for the first of our regular 2-hour Comics Clubs for 10-13 year olds. Wednesday 8th at 4.30pm will be for 14-17 year olds, and Thursday 9th at 4.30pm for 10-17 year olds.

During the break we will hosting a workshop at Dundee Design Festival on Saturday 28th May at 10 am, click the link for details.

We are currently putting together a digital comic of the strips created in the last sessions but in the meantime here is a ‘comics mash-up’ taster from all the comics.

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