Great War Dundee – Comic Launch

Great War Dundee comic cover featuring Ian Kennedy painting of a Scottish soldier
Art by Ian Kennedy

On Friday 20th September from 10am-4.30pm V&A Dundee are hosting a FREE all day event inspired by the First World War. This joint Scottish Centre for Comic Studies and Great War Dundee (GWD) event pulls together many of the threads of the GWD projects that have taken place since 2014, and commemorates the GWD project officially drawing to a close. The event will cover topics such as the presentation of the First World War in comics and games, and attendees will get an opportunity to develop their own comic strips.

The Great War Dundee comic will also be launched at the event. The comic contains a story written by legendary comics creator Pat Mills, who worked at DC Thomson before creating the hugely successful British science fiction comic 2000AD. In the 1970s Pat Mills started work on one of the most acclaimed war comics of all time, Charley’s War. The artist for the ‘Ragtime Soldier’ story is Gary Welsh, one of the University of Dundee’s recent graduates. The other strips included in the comic are ‘The Women’s Toon’, written by Erin Keepers and Hailey Austin, with art by 2000AD artist Anna Morozova, and ‘Casualties of War’, written by Calum Laird and drawn by Elliot Balson. All these creators are graduates of the comics programme in Dundee. Ian Kennedy provides the cover artwork.

For more information and to book tickets please see the Great War Dundee eventbrite page.

There will be a signing with Pat Mills from 6.30-8pm in Dundee Creative Comics Space. No tickets are required to come along to this.

Comics masterclass with Ian Kennedy – today at 2pm

Today at DCCS as part of Dundee Literary Festival – a live drawing demonstration by comics legend Ian Kennedy.

Dan Dare art by Ian Kennedy

Watch Ian Kennedy create comics illustrations in his signature pen, ink and acrylics technique, honed over his 50 year career.

Educated in Dundee, Ian started work as a trainee illustrator in the D. C. Thomson & Co Art Department in 1949 – he recalls that his first published work was inking the black squares in the weekly Sunday Post crossword!

Over his career he has worked on a host of characters and publications, from 1950’s war comics such as Thriller Picture Library and Air Ace to IPC’s 2000AD and Starlord. Ian is highly regarded in comics circles, by fellow professionals and fans alike, and we’re delighted he’ll be sharing his expertise as part of the festival.

(There will be another opportunity to attend this masterclass with Ian on Saturday 22nd, 5pm)

Tickets available from Dundee Literary Festival’s eventbrite page.


Comics at the Dundee Literary Festival!


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!)

Industry giants to help launch Dundee Comics Creative Space during Literary Festival


Giants from the comics industry will visit Dundee next week for a sneak preview of a new studio aiming to produce the next generation of superstar artists and writers.

The Dundee Comics Creative Space (DCCS), situated in the Vision Building, Greenmarket, will be officially opened early in 2016 but a series of special preview events will take place next week as part of this year’s Dundee Literary Festival.

DCCS is a new social enterprise and studio project developed by the University of Dundee in collaboration with The Rank Foundation and the Dundee Place Partnership Scheme. The aim is to provide educational workshops and creative opportunities for various age groups and to encourage creative learning through comics.

DCCS will host an informal open day for anyone interested in trying their hand at comic production on Wednesday, 21st October and industry stars Dave Gibbons, Tanya Roberts, Norrie Millar and Letty Wilson will be on hand to pass on advice or just speak about comics. They, along with other big names from the comics world, will also take part in talks, workshops and other events as part of the Literary Festival.

Dr Chris Murray, DCCS Operations Director and a Senior Lecturer at the University, said, “We are delighted that prominent figures from the world of comics are once again taking part in the Dundee Literary Festival.

“Having writers and artists of their stature here is inspirational for anyone who wishes to work in comics, and indeed anyone with a love of the genre. The point of DCCS is to help young comics enthusiasts to develop their skills and nurture the Dave Gibbons’ and Cam Kennedy’s of tomorrow. This is a really exciting development for Dundee and will help cement our place as the home of the British comic industry.”

The 2015 Dundee Literary Festival programme will see some 50 talks, readings, workshops and other events take place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th October. The critically acclaimed writers appearing include Jackie Kay and Janice Galloway. Rab C Nesbitt star Gregor Fisher’s appearance coincides with the launch of his new book about the amazing story of the biological family he traced after finding out he was adopted.

Actor and writer Nick Frost (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) will also be discussing the personal journey recounted in his memoir Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies while 2013 winner of the Great British Bake Off Frances Quinn will be talking about her first cook book, Quintessential Baking.

A series of events showcasing the freshest new voices in literature and workshops for aspiring writers will also be held at the Festival, which will also see the winner of the 2015 Dundee International Book prize announced.

More information is available at the Literary Dundee website.

The comics events taking place during the five-day run are:

  • Wednesday 21st October

2-4pm – sneak preview of Dundee Comics Creative Space with Dave Gibbons, Tanya Roberts, Letty Wilson and Norrie Millar.

4pm – Comics legend Dave Gibbons will be giving a talk at Bonar Hall.

  • Thursday 22nd October

11am – Dave Gibbons will lead a workshop at DCCS for aspiring comics creators aged 14-17.

6-8pm – Comics Creators Jam at DCCS featuring Cam Kennedy, Dan McDaid, Montynero, Ian Kennedy and Tom Foster.

  • Friday 23rd October

2.30pm – comic artists Mike Collins and Tom Foster will discuss the comics scene today, how it’s changed and what the future might hold at Bonar Hall.

4pm – Mike Collins will be discussing his work producing storyboards for the series of Dr Who currently showing on BBC1 at DCCS.

5.30pm – William Goldsmith and Catherine Simpson will discuss about their wonderful books and their journeys to publication at Bonar Hall.

  • Saturday 24th October

2.15pm – Will Morris and David McKenzie will discuss comics, graphic novels, the eternal hunt for inspiration and other Adventures in Design at Bonar Hall.

6.30pm – Karrie Fransman and Sepideh Jodeyri will discuss freedom of speech and the power of comics to transcend cultural boundaries at Bonar Hall.

See the Events page for more details.