2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. She lived in Dundee as a teenager, which partly inspired her in writing the novel. This was recounted in 2015’s Frankenstein Begins comic. The sequel, to be published in October 2018, is entitled Frankenstein Returns. University of Dundee’s Comics Creative Space and the Being Human Festival will team-up to celebrate Shelley’s novel, and its afterlife and legacy. There will be a series of events in Dundee, including talks, workshops, an exhibition, the publication of a Dundee edition of the book, and the launch of the new comic. Contributions to the comic, on the theme of “Frankenstein Returns” are now invited.
Entries to the Frankenstein Returns/Dundee Comics Prize competition should be in the form of at least 5 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £300, plus publication of the story. Runners-up may also be published. The deadline for submissions is 1st October 2018.
For more details please see the flyer below. All queries and submissions should be sent to Professor Christopher Murray at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DCCS pal Letty Wilson was commissioned to produce some strips of the University of Dundee staff to celebrate World Book Day.
Here is the first – Professor Chris Murray
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.
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.
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.