Pandemic Tales: Responses to COVID-19 and lockdown
Since 2016 the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies has produced a number of public information comics, many of them dealing with healthcare issues and science communication. When the Coronavirus pandemic took hold in early 2020, sending the world into lockdown, communities and individuals have done amazing things to help themselves and others, from observing social distancing rules to supporting the NHS. The University of Dundee’s response has been similarly amazing, with scientists working to assist the global effort to find a vaccine, and nursing students volunteering to join the front line. In the light of these inspiring tales of dedication and determination the comics team have mobilised to tell these stories in the best way we know how – through a comic!
Pandemic Tales: Responses to Covid-19 and Lockdown collects stories about these strange and challenging times. In the first instance the stories created for this anthology will be released individually as webcomics on our social media. Eventually we will collect them into one volume. Many thanks to all those who are supporting this project, from the writers and artists creating these stories, to John Rowan, Clive Randall and Kaye Lister at the University of Dundee who have assisted with funding the project.
The first story to be produced, ‘Lost, and Found, in Transitions’ was written by Anj Snape and Divya Jindal-Snape, with fabulous artwork by Ashling Larkin (www.ashlingdraws.com/).
We look forward to sharing these stories with you.
Professor Christopher Murray
Scottish Centre for Comics Studies
University of Dundee