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Dr Damon Herd
DCCS Coordinator

Contact Damon at damon@dundeecomicscreativespace.com

Damon Herd is responsible for the day-to-day running of DCCS. He has run comics workshops for the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies, Dundee Contemporary Arts, and Arts and Theatres Trust Fife among others. He has worked with both primary and secondary school age children.

He is also a researcher and artist, with a PhD in autobiographical comics and performance from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. His research area is life narratives told in the comics medium, with a particular interest in British comics, and the games authors play with truth. He has been published in Studies in Comics, and on The Comics Grid, and is a regular contributor to comics blog Graphixia. He produces his own comics including The Adventures of Ticking Boy, and is also the organiser of DeeCAP, a comics performance event based in Dundee.

Professor Chris Murray
Operations Director

Chris Murray is Professor in Comics Studies at the University of Dundee. He teaches several undergraduate courses on comics and the Comics Studies MLitt. He also supervises several PhD students undertaking research on comics. His research focuses on British and American Comics. He has published on various aspects of comics, including:

  • the British superhero;
  • the relationship between American superhero comics, popular culture and propaganda during World War Two;
  • the comics of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison;
  • horror comics;
  • independent/small press comics (mini-comics);
  • British comics, specifically DC Thomson.

Chris is editor (along with Dr Julia Round) of new peer-reviewed comics journal, Studies in Comics (Intellect Books). He is Secretary of the Scottish Word and Image Group, and co-editor of UniVerse Publications titles such as Anthology and Tales of the UniVerse, which publish work by comics students.  He is also on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Scottish Culture.

Phillip Vaughan
Artistic Director

Phillip has taught at DJCAD since 2005. He is the Course Director for DJCAD’s MSc Animation & VFX programme and the creator and coordinator of the Level 3 Comic Art & Graphic Novels module and also teaches on the Comics Studies MLitt offered by the School of Humanities.

Phillip has over 20 years’ experience in CG working as a 3D Animator and FMV Cutscene Producer. He has worked on high profile licenses such as Braveheart, Star Trek, Deathtrap Dungeon, Urban Chaos, Tom and Jerry, Teletubbies, and Wallace & Gromit, subsequently working as a cut-scene producer for Farscape, a Jim Henson production. He also worked on Brave and the highly successful State of Emergency franchise.

Phillip has also worked as a freelance animator and comics creator. He realised a lifelong ambition and worked with the creators of Judge Dredd on a video game project for Digital Animations. Most recently he completed all of the animation and front-end work on Superman for DC Comics/Warner Bros, a No.1 selling App on iOS, and also created Bantah Six, with Rossi Gifford, for David (V for Vendetta) Lloyd’s Aces Weekly.

He also co-edits UniVerse Publications titles such as Anthology and Tales of the UniVerse, which publish work by comics students. He is also the Art Director of the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies and also DiamondSteel Comics Saltire series.