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
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More information is available here: www.dundeecomicscreativespace.com/
and here: http://beinghumanfestival.org/

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University of Dundee 50th anniversary mural

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?

Dundee – One City, Many, Many Comics!

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Art by Claire Roe

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.

Comics Studies job vacancy

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.”

See the University of Dundee job advert for details.