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Professor Chris Murray
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 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.
Rebecca Horner is Workshop Coordinator and Production Lead at Dundee Comics Creative Space, and is a founding member of Ink Pot Studio. She has an MDes in Comics & Graphic Novels, a BDes in Animation, and works in all aspects of comics production. She is the first point of contact for all things workshops.