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.
This year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Shelley lived in Dundee as a teenager, which she credited in part for inspiring her novel. This was recounted in the Frankenstein Begins comic from 2015. The sequel, to be published in October 2018, is entitled Frankenstein Returns. The University of Dundee’s Comics Creative Space and the Being Human Festival are teaming up to celebrate Shelley’s novel, and its afterlife and legacy. There will be a series of events in Dundee, including talks, workshops, an exhibition, the publication of a Dundee edition of the book, and the launch of the new comic. Contributions to the comic, on the theme of “Frankenstein Returns” are now invited.
Entries to the Frankenstein Returns/Dundee Comics Prize competition should be in the form of at least 5 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £300, plus publication of the story. Runners-up may also be published. The deadline for submissions is 1st October 2018.
For more details please click on the link below to see the flyer. All queries and submissions should be sent to Professor Christopher Murray at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DUNDEE COMICS PRIZE 2018