Would you like to learn more about comics? Too old for DCCS Comics Clubs? Then you can sign up for the University of Dundee’s Humanities For All modules.
Introduction To Comics (short course) starts on Saturday 21st September 9.30am-12.30pm and runs for 5 fortnightly sessions. It takes place in DCCS and is taught by DCCS Coordinator Dr Damon Herd. The course covers Genre, Character, Story, Autobiography, International Comics Cultures, and more. Students will also get the chance to make their own comics with some fun, creative exercises to start them off. No previous experience is necessary.
Date: Thursday 16th May, 2019 Time: Please arrive at 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start Venue: Dundee Comics Creative Space Cost: FREE
The anthology presents valuable insights on coeliac disease and is designed to promote conversations about living with the condition. The launch, timed to coincide with Coeliac Disease Awareness Week is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the theme of the comic and meet the writers and artists involved in the project, as well as representatives from Coeliac UK.
Starting at 7:00pm, the launch will feature brief talks with storytellers, artists and Coeliac UK focusing on the creation of the comic.
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There will be wine and refreshments on the night with copies of the comic available for free.
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.
On Friday December 1st we were very pleased to host the launch for a new comic raising awareness of fibromyalgia. Produced by the University of Dundee and our very own Ink Pot Studio, the comic illustrates the ongoing life transitions of those who have fibromyalgia as well offering information about the condition.
A pain clinic psychologist recently said to me that more needs to be done to raise the awareness of health care professionals about fibromyalgia. With some progress in research, there is a better understanding of fibromyalgia compared to what it was even two years ago. However, whether your own doctor, physiotherapist or other professionals understand this complex condition, still feels like a lottery. So one day lying in bed, with a fibromyalgia flare up, I started thinking of creating a comic about it. I fired off emails to a few people who all thankfully came on board.
This comic has been designed with the purpose of raising awareness of fibromyalgia amongst professionals, families, and communities. It illustrates the ongoing life transitions of those who have fibromyalgia as well as its impact on significant others. It highlights the importance of a strong support network to enable people to adapt to the multiple transitions triggered by fibromyalgia and flourish despite its substantial challenging consequences.
As well as Divya the contributors included health professionals, other people with the condition, comics scholars, and artists: Andrew Keiller, Lynn Kelly, Judith Langlands-Scott, Christopher Murray, Anj Snape, Jonathan B. Snape, Nik Snape, Freddie Warden, Bryan Whittingham, Elliot Balson (Artist), Zu Dominiak (Artist), Damon Herd (Artist), Rebecca Horner (Artist), Ashling Larkin (Artist), Norrie Millar (Artist), Helen Robinson (Artist), Letty Wilson (Artist).
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.
For the University of Dundee’s 50th anniversary we were asked to create a mural showcasing events from those 50 years. Many of our Ink Pot artists designed different elements, including Norrie Millar, Rebecca Horner, Elliot Balson, Anna Coughlan, Catriona Laird, David Robertson, Andy Strachan, and Damon Herd. We captured it all on video before it gets washed away by the rain – what events do you recognise?
There was a great profile in The Courier yesterday of our very own Operations Director Professor Chris Murray, highlighting the fact that he is now the World’s first Professor of Comics! For more details see the article on The Courier website here.
To whet your appetite for Ink & Pixels, our exhibition opening next week looking at contemporary comics creation in Dundee, our Operations Director Dr Chris Murray is giving a talk tomorrow which examines the extraordinary history of comics in Dundee.
Dundee – One City, Many, Many Comics! is part of the 2016 Armitstead Lectures series, and takes place at 7.30pm on Friday 14th October at the University of Dundee and costs £2 on the door.
“Dundee has been at the heart of Scottish, and British, comics publishing since the 1930s. This lecture will briefly discuss how the medium of comics works, then will examine the extraordinary history of comics in Dundee, from DC Thomson and Valentines to the wealth of comics currently being produced in the city.”
Venue: Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 2, University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN. Click here for a map.
Full time position for Lecturer in Comics Studies at the University of Dundee – School of Humanities
“We wish to appoint a full-time lecturer with a specialism in comics and graphic novels to our English and Film Studies Programme. Over the last five years the University of Dundee has taken a leading position in the development of Comics Studies, with several courses at undergraduate level and an innovative postgraduate Masters programme in Comic Studies. We also attract a large number of PhD students doing work on comics and graphic novels. We have achieved this through a great deal of work and commitment, and we expect the successful applicant to match our ambitions.”
“We are also home to the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies and The Dundee Comics Creative Space, which you will contribute to and will be expected to help run.”