Comicsopolis – a public appeal to unearth more of Dundee’s comics history

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

An academic at the University of Dundee is researching the rich history of comics in Dundee, and is appealing for the help of the public in unearthing memories and details of publications which have long since disappeared. Christopher Murray, the world’s first Professor of Comics Studies, is in the process of writing Comicsopolis – A History of Comics in Dundee, and is interested in hearing from anyone who reads, collects, or creates comics in Dundee, or has in the past. “I think of Dundee as not only the Juteopolis, but also the Comicsopolis – the city of comics,” said P...

Comic helps young people cope with grief

| Comics, English, Humanities

Teenagers from across Scotland have shared their experiences of bereavement for a new comic aiming to help other young people deal with their grief. Produced in conjunction with academics from the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, When People Die: Stories from Young People is a 40-page publication filled with images, stories and insights that arose from a series of workshops held at HMYOI Polmont and the charities Richmond's Hope and Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). The intention of the year-long project was to explore how comics can help generate reflective and confident life stories for ...

Historical ‘Poet’s Box’ shop relived for festival

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

A pop-up shop in Dundee’s Wellgate Centre, inspired by the Poet’s Box where Dundonians of yesteryear performed and printed their latest creations, will serve as the regional headquarters of a national festival taking place this month. The University of Dundee is the Scottish hub for Being Human, the UK’s national celebration of the humanities, which takes place from 14-23 November. The programme is built around the theme of ‘The Aquatic City’, with events showcasing the range of scholarship at the University. The Festival HQ, hosting a series of events in partnership with Dund...

Rail tragedy inspires Hailey's 'Commando' debut

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An American student who came to Dundee with no experience of writing comics has become one of the first female writers in over 30 years to have a story published in the legendary Commando war comic. Hailey Austin, a PhD student and graduate of the MLitt in Comics and Graphic Novels course at the University of Dundee, has written ‘Steel Inferno’, a fictionalised version of a true World War II story of bravery and sacrifice, which will be published as Commando #5241 tomorrow. Steel Inferno is inspired by the Soham Rail Disaster which took place in the early hours of June 2 1944. As Britain prepar...

Laydeez do Comics - and they're proud of it

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An international organisation championing female comics creators will host its first event in Dundee, the spiritual home of the British comics industry, later this month. The newest chapter of Laydeez Do Comics (LDC) has been formed by Hailey Austin, Rachel Davis and Grace Wright, postgraduate students at the University of Dundee. The first of four events planned for 2019 will take place at Dundee Comics Creative Space on Friday 31 May and will be based on University lecturer Dr Golnar Nabizadeh's new book Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels. Laydeez Do Comics supports female-identifying comics cre...