This summer, hundreds of comics have been organized and cataloged in the University of Dundee Archives and the University Museum Services has acquired more original comic art for their collection. Comics and Illustration students have been flocking to the Archives and Museum Services to view the comics, scripts, and comic art housed in these facilities for inspiration.
A comic titled “Archive Anthology” is underway in a collaborative effort between the Archives, Museum Services and the Comics department. The aim of the anthology is to promote the University’s vast comics collections. In order to do so, a team of writers and artists has been assembled to create original work for the Anthology. The work will be inspired by or tell the story of the archived materials. The Anthology is set to launch in October at the Festival of the Future. Watch this space for more information!
To view the comics in the Archive, click here for the Archive Catalog.
To view the comic artwork, click here for the Museum Services Catalog.
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.
The 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.
Professors Chris Murray and Divya Jindal-Snape met with MP Stewart Hosie to discuss the Universe published comic Fibromyalgia and Us, and more generally their public information comics strategy. Hosie tabled an Early Day Motion at the House of Commons praising the comic!
More information provided in the press release below.