The Scottish Centre for Comics Studies (SCCS), based at the University of Dundee, exists to bring together researchers, teachers, students, archivists, artists and writers, and industry professionals to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the medium and its history.

NORRIE DRAWSThe city of Dundee has a long association with comics. Dundee 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 history of comics production. The University of Dundee is a pioneer in the teaching of Comics Studies, with modules on comics at Undergraduate level in the School of Humanities and in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and the UK’s first MLitt in Comics Studies, launched in September 2011. With dedicated exhibition space at the University of Dundee, and a commitment to building the resources required to expand the provision of this field, the SCCS hosts conferences, workshops, lectures and exhibitions intended to raise the profile of comics in Scotland.


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During this year’s DeeCon the DCA will be showing a variety of comics adaptations. The films shown will be Zack Snyder’s WatchmenBatman: Mask of the PhantasmHardwire, Supergirl (the 1984 adaptation, not the 2015 television series – although Helen Slater, who plays Supergirl, also guest stars in the TV series as Kara’s adoptive mother!), and Heavy Metal. The films will be introduced by Professor Chris Murray, Dr. Golnar Nabizadeh and Kelly Kanayama, all from the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies. In addition, the Watchmen screening will be followed by a Q&A with John Higgins, who coloured the graphic novel.

The event will also include a panel on cinematic adaptations of comics, which will feature Heather Antos (editor for Marvel comics), John Ferguson (writer of Saltire), Clare Ferguson (managing director of Diamondsteel Comics) and Dan McDaid (writer and Doctor Who).

Full details of the event can be found on the DCA website.