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.
The Scottish Centre for Comics Studies is currently at work on Pandemic Tales: Responses to Covid-19 and Lockdown, and we will be publishing excerpts online in the coming weeks. Our first comic comes from Anj Snape and Divya Jindal-Snape, with art by Ashling Larkin. Divya says:
COVID-19 has triggered multiple and multi-dimensional transitions for everyone. Written by Anj Snape and Divya Jindal-Snape, the comic, ‘Lost, and found, in transitions’ tells the story of the transitions of a girl triggered due to the abrupt school closure and cancellation of exams. It outlines how normative and expected transitions were disrupted by COVID-19, triggering academic, social and psychological transitions. The story, and Ashling Larkin’s artwork, highlights the positive and negative transition experiences, and strategies used by this girl (and her family) as she adapts to the changes over time.
Professor Divya Jindal-Snape
School of Education and Social Work, University of Dundee, Scotland
The comic is available for download for educational purposes here, and has also been posted to the TCELT blog.