Dundee Comics Prize
The Dundee Comics Prize is awarded by the University of Dundee. It started in 2011 as part of Dundee Comics Day, but since 2015 the competition has been run in conjunction with the Being Human Festival
and presented at a launch event in November. Entrants submit a short comic (5 pages) in response to the theme of the Festival. The winning creator/creative team is awarded £500 and publication of their story in a comic produced by UniVerse. Stories by runners-up may also be published.
The aim of the competition is to nurture comics talent. Anyone can enter and the submission can be in any style, in black and white or colour, but the work must be original, not published elsewhere, complete (lettered, inked, etc), and suitable for publication at A4 size.
The theme for 2020 is ‘New Worlds’ and you can find details for submissions here.
Dundee Comics Day
The University of Dundee’s Comics Day started in 2007 as part of the Dundee Literary Festival. It attracted top comics industry talent, who gave insightful and lively talks about their creative process and careers. The event ran every year until 2015, when it became part of the annual Being Human Festival events at the University of Dundee. Some aspects of the former Dundee Comics Day also feature in the University of Dundee’s Festival of the Future.
Past guests have included Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, Frank Quietly, Woodrow Phoenix, Maria Stoian, Mary Talbot, Tom Gauld, Peter Doherty, Rian Hughes, Frazer Irving, Cameron Stewart, John Wagner, Monty Nero, Neil Slorance, Dan McDaid, Sydney Jordan, John Ridgway, Ian Kennedy, Robbie Morrison, Simon Fraser, Andrew Wildman, Tanya Roberts, Kev Hopgood, Warren Ellis, Bryan Talbot, Alan Grant, Alan Davis, Pat Mills, Simon Furman, Dez Skinn, Rian Hughes, Nana Li, Gary Erskine, Hunt Emerson, Metaphrog, Keith Robson, Ilya, Emma Vieceli, Morris Heggie, Bill McLoughlin, David Bishop, Andrzej Klimowski, and Danusia Schejbal.
DeeCAP combines comic art and performance and was conceived as a way for an audience to experience comics in a very different environment from the usual solitary reading of strips in books or tablets. It also allows comics creators to think about their process in a new way. At a DeeCAP show visual imagery, which can include comics, art or illustrations, are projected onto a screen behind the presenters as they read out stories and interact with the pictures.
D-Con, previously known as Dee Con and DOJ-CON, is an anime, comics, games and animation convention held on all 5 floors of the University of Dundee Student’s Union, usually in late February/early March. It’s a whole day of jolly good fun, featuring artist’s tables, film screenings, industry presentations, cosplaying, and a whole lot more! It is also the fundraiser for the Animation Degree Show at DJCAD and is organised by Animation students, with a little help from SCCS.
Engage Dundee Workshops
As part of its commitment to public engagement the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Dundee organises several events each year to bring the public into the campus, or to host events in the community. This often takes the form of workshops with schoolchildren. SCCS participates in many of these events.