Dundee Comics Day 2012

Invisible Symmetries: The Comics of Grant Morrison

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2012

D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre and Baxter Suite Tower Building, University of Dundee

Poster for Dundee Comics Day 2012

The Dundee Comics day once again welcomes a stellar line-up of top industry talent to Dundee, this time to celebrate the comics of award-winning Scottish writer Grant Morrison (MBE). Joining Grant Morrison at this event will be several of his collaborators, including Frank Quietly, Rian Hughes, Frazer Irving and Cameron Stewart. They will talk about their experience of working with Grant Morrison, as well as discussing their wider careers and future projects.  Grant Morrison will discuss his approach to writing comics, his thoughts about superheroes, as expressed in his recent book Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero, and his experience of working with some of the best comics artists in the industry.  See biographies of Grant Morrison and other speakers.

This exploration of the comics of Grant Morrison is timely given his recent award of an MBE, but also because the University of Dundee is currently leading the way in the emerging field of Comics Studies with modules on comics at Undergraduate and postgraduate level, including the UK’s first MLitt in Comics Studies in the School of Humanities, launched in September 2011. DJCAD has also launched very successful modules on creating comics. The University of Dundee is therefore delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate the huge success of one ofScotland’s most influential and successful authors. 

Dundee is an appropriate location for the Comics Day events, and the innovative Comics Studies modules run by the University as it is one of the great powerhouses of comics production, not just in the UK, but internationally. The publisher DC Thomson is at the heart of the city, with its long running comics, The Beano and The Dandy, and a host of beloved characters, including Dennis the Menace, Desperate Dan, the Bash Street Kids, and hundreds more. Dundee Comics Day exists to draw attention to Dundee’s important role in the history of comics, and to bring together artists, writers and other professionals involved in the comics industry to celebrate the comics medium in all its forms. 

About Dundee Comics Day

The Comics Day is part of the Dundee Literary Festival, and includes workshops on comics from leading professionals, as well as signings of books. The Comics Days are always accompanied by exhibitions of comics artwork. The core of the Comics Day is a series of talks by writers and artists. Since 2007 the University of Dundee has hosted this conference, which is organised by Dr Chris Murray, a researcher in comics, and lecturer at the University of Dundee’s English Department. In recent years themes have included the history of British comics, how comics represent time, the process of creating comics, and now it looks at issues related to comics and education.

Past Comics Days have included talks from such prominent figures as Warren Ellis (PlanetaryTransmetropolitan), Bryan Talbot (The Adventures of Luthor ArkwrightAlice in Sunderland), John Wagner (Judge Dredd), Alan Grant (Judge Dredd, Batman), Cam Kennedy (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Star Wars), Alan Davis (Captain Britain, MiraclemanExcalibur), Pat Mills (2000AD, Slaine, Nemesis, Requiem Vampire Knight), Dez Skinn (WarriorDoctor Who Weekly), Rian Hughes (Dare), Nana Li (Manga Shakespeare), Gary Erskine (The Filth, Dan Dare), Hunt Emerson (Little Plum, Ratz), Metaphrog (Strange Weather LatelyLouis), Keith Robson (Starblazer), Ilya (Mammoth Book of Best New Manga), Emma Vieceli (Manga Shakespeare), comics editors Morris Heggie, Bill McLoughlin (both DC Thomson), and David Bishop (2000AD). It has also featured contributions from leading comics scholars and historians such as Roger Sabin, Paul Gravett, Julia Round, Billy Grove, Mel Gibson, Peter Hughes Jachimiak, and Ian Hague.


Friday 26th October 2012

8.45pm           Screening of the documentary Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods at DCA, with an introduction by Damon Herd and Dr Chris Murrray

Saturday 27th October 2012 

2.00pm           A two hour workshop with Dave Gibbons on Creating Comics using Manga Studio

Sunday 28th October 2012 

  • 10.30am: Registration
  • 10.55am: Opening of Conference, Chris Murray 
  • Session One
    • 11.00am         A conversation with Grant Morrison  
    • 11.30am         Questions       
    • 12.00pm         Break
  • Session Two
    • 1.00pm           Cameron Stewart      
    • 1.20pm           Questions
    • 1.30pm           Frazer Irving
    • 1.50pm           Questions
    • 2.00pm           Break / book signing by Cameron Stewart, Frazer Irving and Grant Morrison
  • Session Three
    • 3.00pm           Frank Quitely
    • 3.20pm           Questions
    • 3.30pm           Rian Hughes
    • 3.50pm           Questions
    • 4.00pm           Peter Doherty
    • 4.20pm           Questions
    • 4.30pm           Break / book signing by Frank Quitely, Rian Hughes and Peter Doherty
  • Session Four
    • 5.15pm           Roundtable discussion with Grant Morrison and his collaborators
    • 6.00pm           Announcement of Dundee Comics Prize Winners and wine reception
  • 6.30pm: Conference ends

How to Book

The Comics Day talks are designed to appeal to everyone with an interest in comics, and will be accessible to the general public, comics fans of all ages, and those with a scholarly interest in the medium.

The conference fee is £15 for the whole day, which includes refreshments. There is a £7.50 concession ticket for children under 13.  

Tickets are available from the University's online store or from Literary Dundee, 6th floor, Tower Building, University of Dundee, telephone 01382 384413.

For more information about the Comics Day please contact Dr Chris Murray at c.murray@dundee.ac.uk.


Posted: 18 September 2012 (updated 22 October 2012)