In November 2016 the University of Dundee’s Dundee Comics Creative Space and the Being Human Festival will team up to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of H.G. Wells. There will be a series of events in Dundee, including talks and workshops, and the launch of a new comic. You are invited to contribute a story based on or inspired by the science fiction stories of H.G. Wells!
There are two categories:
Category One: 4-6 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £250, plus publication of the story in the HG Wells comic. Entrants should be over 16 years old. Runners-up may be published.
Category Two: 2-3 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £150, plus publication of the story in the HG Wells comic. Entrants must be 15 years old, or younger. Runners-up may be published.
The deadline for completed submissions is Sunday 13th November 2016.
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 November 25th 2016.
There will be a public lecture by Dr Chris Murray on comics inspired by Wells, accompanied by a workshop at the McManus Galleries, Dundee, on 1st November 2016, 6.00 – 7.30pm.
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 or 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 work 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 work 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.
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.