The Dundee Comics Prize 2017

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Jonathan Swift, the world’s greatest satirist and author of Gulliver’s Travels, A Tale of a Tub, and A Modest Proposal, turns 350 in November 2017. The University of Dundee’s Comics Creative Space and the Being Human Festival will team-up to celebrate Swift’s life and legacy. There will be a series of events in Dundee, including talks, workshops, a pantomime, and the launch of a new comic.

You are invited to contribute a story to the comic based on or inspired by Swift’s satire. This follows on the success of previous Dundee Comics Prize publications, Frankenstein Begins: Mary Shelley’s Dundee (2015) and Time and Space (2016), a graphic anthology of comics inspired by the works of H.G. Wells.

Entries to the Swift comic competition should come in the form of 4 – 6 pages of completed comic art. The story may be an adaptation of a story by Swift, or a satire that is inspired by his work. The prize is £300, plus publication of the story. Runners-up may also be published. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 19th November 2017.

The work will be judged by a panel consisting of comic creators and scholars, with the announcement being made at the launch of the comic on Saturday 25th November 2017 in Dundee Comics Creative Space at 6pm. The comic will be produced by Ink Pot Studios. The aim of the Dundee Comics Prize is to nurture talent in comics and to help new creators gain recognition. Anyone can enter the competition, 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 it must be a complete story. The work must be original, and it must not have been published already or be currently offered for publication elsewhere.

When submitting final copy good quality electronic copies are requested in the first instance. The prize is awarded to the creator or team who produce the work. If the comic is collaborative the members of the team will 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. These will be used on the DCCS website. 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
More information is available here: www.dundeecomicscreativespace.com/
and here: http://beinghumanfestival.org/

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Introducing the Artists: Norrie Millar

Over the next couple of weeks we will be creating short profiles on the artists that work in our studio, with interviews by Caitlin Mitchell. Here’s the first; introducing Norrie Millar!

 

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Norrie Millar, I’m 30, and I’m from Dundee.

What made you want to become an artist?

I come from a family of artists so it was sort of expected that I would go the same way – my brother was the same, he’s a musician. I eventually went into art school and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone up the road, and I studied fine art.

Do you have a preferred style of art?

My art style is quite traditional, with ink, paper, pencil and eraser. That’s how I like to work. Also messily – I’m very messy.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I like playing music, I play guitar – mostly rock and roll and heavy metal. I try to read a lot – my favourite book is Frankenstein.

What is your favourite comic of all time?

Tough question, I’ll give you a few:

Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo, which is one of the first comics I can remember reading as an 8-10 year old, so it has a lot of childhood memories for me.

Day Tripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá is a comic that I read when I was in my mid-twenties, trying to get back into comics. It’s a story about life and death, it’s quite an intimate book, and I got really invested in it.

Batman Year One, because it is the best Batman book. (And you can quote me on that.)

What is the best thing about working in DCCS?

Just having the space – it’s quite incredible, not something that a lot of people have. Having the studio is a very rare occurrence as lots of people have to work at home because they can’t afford one. Having the workshops is great as well.

What are you working on just now?

I’m part of an anthology Comic Haus, and I’m also working on a couple of personal projects.

How can we follow you on social media?

Twitter – @prehistoricfrog

Instagram – @norriemillar

www.norriemillar.wordpress.com

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Frankenstein Begins this Saturday

In association with the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies, DeeCAP, and the Dundee Comics Creative Space.

Join us at The McManus art gallery and museum in Dundee as we launch an exhibition of sketches and storyboards that form the basis of a specially commissioned comic (Mary Shelley’s Dundee; or, Frankenstein Begins!) in which the team (Murray-Millar-Vaughan) creatively revisit Mary Shelley’s formative experiences in Dundee just as she was on the cusp of bringing her greatest creation, Frankenstein, to life. The artists will discuss the process of adapting the source material into script and finally an illustrated comic, stage by stage. Members of the public will even be able to join us in creating their own illustrations or short comic on the spot. DeeCAP will be bringing the comic to life before our very eyes! Not to be missed!

10am-12pm: comics activities for kids run by The McManus

2-5pm: talks and drop-in sessions with Dr Chris Murray and the team (come by at your leisure)

6pm: formal launch of the comic, with performances (starring DeeCAP)

This event forms part of the “Mary Shelley’s Dundee” series taking place during the national Being Human Festival.

Free but bookable at our eventbrite page.

FRANKENSTEIN BEGINS

Watch the specially created comic FRANKENSTEIN BEGINS come to life! The play will have interactive elements, allowing the audience to meet Mary Shelley, author of the famous Gothic novel, and her real-life friend Isabel, daughter of a local jute baron, as she fuels her imagination in the City of Discovery. In association with DeeCAP.
Free but ticketed, visit the FRANKENSTEIN BEGINS eventbrite page to book.

This event is associated with the Frankenstein Begins: A Comic Workshop and Exhibition on display at The McManus Art Gallery & Museum, which will be launched on Saturday 21 November, 2-5pm.

Part of the Mary Shelley’s Dundee series of events running as part of the national Being Human Festival.
The FRANKENSTEIN BEGINS is by Chris Murray and Norrie Millar.

Superheroes vs Monsters

This Saturday! An event for all the family.

Join Igor and friends — including Scotland’s first superhero, Saltire — for a family-friendly day of hands-on Science experiments, feverish face-painting and monstrous mask-making. There will be also regularly scheduled talks on Mary Shelley, the mother of Science Fiction, and on the comic book tradition. Why not take home a special “Frankenstein me!” caricature of your own little monsters to keep? To mark the occasion “Franken-selfies” are a must! Themed snacks and baked goods will also be on sale. Oh, and feel free to dress up (you, too, mums and dads); after all, it is Halloween, the funnest day of the year. We’re pleased to confirm that the Dundee Science Centre will knock off 25% of the price of admission for those in fancy dress. Families, students, superheroes and monsters… FUN FOR ALL!

The Fun Day launches a series of events collectively entitled “Mary Shelley’s Dundee”, which will be hosted by the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee during the nationwide Being Human Festival of the Humanities (12-22 November). Other events include two “Dead Dundee” walking tours, a “Ghost Writing” evening at Braes, a comic exhibition and workshop at The McManus, a comic-based play at The Little Theatre, and more. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Dundee series of events will celebrate the author of Frankenstein (1818), Mary Shelley, who spent considerable time in Dundee during her teenage years.

See the Superheroes vs Monsters Facebook page for details.