Meet the Comics Clubbers

I spoke to two members of our Wednesday Comics Club, Islay and Jenni, about their experiences at the DCCS and their own love of comics! (Caitlin Mitchell)

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I: I’m Islay and I’m 13, and I’m from Dundee.

J: I’m Jenni and I’m 14, and I’m from Dundee too.

How long have you been coming to Comics Club?

J: We’ve been coming since the first week of Comics Club which was 2nd of March, so over 5 months!

What are you working on at the moment?

I: I’m working on a random comic book for the Comics Club fair at the Literary festival in October.

J: I’m doing some character design, and some work to take into the work experience I’m going to be doing at a printing company!

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A few panels from Jenni’s strip in Tales From Dundee and Beyond: Comics Club Comic Strips Volume 1

What are your favourite comics?

I: I like a lot of comics, I couldn’t pick a favourite!

J: The Beano and The Dandy

What’s the best thing about coming to the DCCS?

I: Having the chance to make up your own comics!

J: I like being around other artists, because not a lot of people draw in my school

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A few panels from Islay’s strip in Tales From Dundee and Beyond

Do you go to other clubs or have hobbies that you like to do?

I: I go to Scouts and go cycling sometimes!

J: Just Comics Club – it’s the first one I’ve been to in a few years.

How would you describe Comics Club to people who are interested in coming along?

I and J: It has good people in it and they are very encouraging, and it helps you to come up with new ideas that you might not have thought of otherwise!

Thanks for your time Islay and Jenni!

You can read the rest of Islay and Jenni’s strips in Tales from Dundee and Beyond: Comics Club volume 1, the first collection of strips from Comics Club. Downloadable as a PDF from the link above!

If you’d like to be in the next volume of Comics Club strips, come along to our workshops on Tuesdays (10-13 year olds) and Wednesdays (14-17 year olds) 4.30 – 6.30 each evening!

After-school Comics Clubs launching Tuesday 1st March

Are you an aspiring artist or writer who dreams of creating the next Desperate Dan, Ms Marvel, or Jake and Finn from Adventure Time? Then come along to Dundee Comics Creative Space next week for the launch of our after-school Comic Clubs!

The first Comic Club will take place at the DCCS workshop studio in the Vision Building, Greenmarket, from 4.30-6.30pm on Tuesday, 1st March. The Club will take place each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The workshops are free and open to all, whether you are an artist, writer or simply interested in learning about comics, and regardless of previous experience. All materials will be provided. Tuesday’s club is aimed at 10-13-year-olds, and Wednesday’s is for 14-17-year-olds, while each Thursday will be a book club night where all participants are invited to bring along comics to discuss.

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Comics Club participants can work on projects with the in-house comics experts or on their own creations with help from the team. The first 10-week block of workshops will see the youngsters work towards a publication and exhibition of the comics created in the space.

DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd said, “Comics can be about anything – space battles, superheroes, fantasy, even journalism and true life stories. We welcome all styles of comics here at DCCS.”

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Watchmen co-creator, and DCCS patron, Dave Gibbons said at a preview event “From the time I was seven years old I just wanted to do comics. If I’d had access to people who knew how to do comics, and were happy to share the knowledge with me, I think I would have got into the business a lot quicker!” That’s what we are trying to create at DCCS – somewhere that young people can be inspired and helped to follow their passion and realise their talent.

Art Director Phillip Vaughan added, “We have a really exciting team of facilitators working in the space and they are keen to start working with young comics creators in the community, and to welcome anyone with an interest in comics.”

Contact Damon Herd at d.herd@dundee.ac.uk for more information.

 

DCCS OPEN DAY

Friday 12th February
12-4pm

Are you aged between 10 and 17 years old?*

Then come down to Dundee Comics Creative Space this Friday (or ask a parent or guardian to bring you!) for a chance to find out what we are planning here at DCCS!

The first 10 young people through the door on Friday will receive a free copy of the first issue of How to Draw the Marvel Way.

*Our project is aimed at 10-17 year olds but everyone is welcome to attend the open day.

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Ahead of our launch in a couple of weeks this is a chance to visit Dundee Comics Creative Space and see what we are up to!

Drop in to see the space and meet the comics creators who are usually hard at work making comics in our studio.

You can also sign up for our three workshops. They are FREE but booking is required at the links below.

Create a Comics Character Workshop

Design a Comic Cover Workshop

Make a Mini-Comic Workshop

Please note that DCCS has no allocated parking at the Vision Building. There is public parking available on Greenmarket and Perth Road. The most convenient access point for DCCS is the entrance on Seabraes Lane off Perth Road.

Dave Gibbons: Creating Comics Workshop

Thursday 22nd October 11am-12pm.

Dundee Creative Comics Space.
Free but ticketed.
See the Literary Dundee website for booking details.

Dave Gibbons, an Honorary Graduate from the University of Dundee, is one of the most famous comics artists in the world, best known as the co-creator of Watchmen, the ground-breaking graphic novel written by Alan Moore. He is also the UK’s first Comics Laureate.

Today he leads a ‘Creating Comics’ workshop for 14-17 year olds – a brilliant opportunity to learn more about Dave’s methods in producing comic art, to use his expertise to produce your own, and to explore Dundee’s new comics space.

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Dave Gibbons

During our launch week and in partnership with Literary Dundee we are hosting two events with Comics Laureate Dave Gibbons as part of Dundee Literary Festival 2015.

Dave Gibbons: Comics & Creativity
Wednesday 21st October 4pm

Dave Gibbons, an Honorary Graduate from the University of Dundee, is one of the most famous comics artists in the world, best known as the co-creator of Watchmen, the ground-breaking graphic novel written by Alan Moore. Dave was appointed Comics Laureate in October 2014, the first in the UK, a champion and advocate for the power of comics in improving children’s literacy. One year in the role, we’re delighted to welcome him back to Dundee for a special lecture to mark the opening of Dundee Comics Creative Space, to reflect on his career, visual literacy and learning through creativity.

Check out the event on the Literary Dundee website for more details and to book a place.

Dave Gibbons: Creating Comics Workshop
Thursday 22nd October 11am

Dave will be leading a ‘Creating Comics’ workshop for 14-17 year olds – a brilliant opportunity to learn more about Dave’s methods in producing comic art, to use his expertise to produce your own, and to explore Dundee’s new comics space.

Check out the event on the Literary Dundee website for more details and to book a place.