Several members of the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies are based at the University of Dundee, including the Directorate, although there are many other members from across Scotland.
Dr Chris Murray
Director, Scottish Centre for Comics Studies
Dr Chris Murray is a Senior Lecturer in English and Film Studies at the University of Dundee. He teaches several undergraduate courses on comics and the Comics Studies MLitt. He also supervises several PhD students undertaking research on comics. His research focuses on British and American Comics. He has published on various aspects of comics, including:
- the British superhero;
- the relationship between American superhero comics, popular culture and propaganda during World War Two;
- the comics of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison;
- horror comics;
- independent/small press comics (mini-comics);
- British comics, specifically DC Thomson.
Chris is editor (along with Dr Julia Round) of new peer-reviewed comics journal, Studies in Comics (Intellect Books). He is Secretary of the Scottish Word and Image Group, and co-editor of UniVerse Publications titles such as Anthology and Tales of the UniVerse, which publish work by comics students. He is also on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Scottish Culture: http://dundeescottishculture.org/
Art Director, Scottish Centre for Comics Studies
Phillip has taught at DJCAD since 2005. He is the Course Director for DJCAD’s MSc Animation & Visualisation programme and the creator and coordinator of the Level 3 Comic Art & Graphic Novels module and also teaches on the Comics Studies MLitt offered by the School of Humanities.
Phillip has over 17 years’ experience in CG working as a 3D Animator and FMV Cutscene Producer. Phillip has worked on high profile licenses such as Braveheart, Star Trek, Deathtrap Dungeon, Urban Chaos, Tom and Jerry, Teletubbies, and Wallace & Gromit, subsequently working as a cut-scene producer for Farscape™, a Jim Henson production. He also worked on Brave™ and the highly successful State of Emergency™ franchise.
Phillip has also worked as a freelance animator and comics creator. He realised a lifelong ambition and worked with the creators of Judge Dredd on a video game project for Digital Animations. Most recently he completed all of the animation and front-end work on Superman for DC Comics/Warner Bros, a No.1 selling App on iOS.
Curator, Scottish Centre for Comic Studies
Dr Brian Hoyle
Dr Brian Hoyle is a lecturer in Films Studies at the University of Dundee. He teaches on the Comics and Film module, and is involved in various other Comics modules. His research interests include Film Adaptation, film-makers such as John Boorman, Ken Russell, John Huston, and Fred Zinneman. He has written on The Road to Perdition in The International Journal of Comic Art.
Workshop Coordinator, Scottish Centre for Comics Studies
Damon Herd is a PhD student at the University of Dundee. He is researching autobiographical comics. He is responsible for many of the workshops held by SCCS and runs Dee Cap (Dundee Comics Art Performance).