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20Mar/140

Issue #One, Scotland’s First Comic Book Symposium

For such a small country, Scotland has long maintained a great influence over the comics industry - at least that part that reads in English at least - from the long-running Beano to modern day maestros Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, not to mention every Judge Dredd and Electric Soup in between.

Scottish comics are thriving, with sold out conventions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, the first Masters in Comic Studies at Dundee University, and small press success for many.

Yet despite Scotland's illustrious history and a reputation for funding national endeavours, the country lags far behind our European cousins in taking comics 'seriously'. While comics are now winning Costa Awards and elbowing review space in the UK newspapers, the popularity of "wham! pow!" headlines is still high, and negative publicity the more frequent outcome.

This Monday, the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance (SICBA) introduced Scotland's first comic symposium, Issue #One, drawing together speakers from academia, the comics industry, and beyond to discuss - with a willing audience - "the future of Scotland’s comic book industry".

issueone

20Oct/120

Dundee Comics Day

Coming up next weekend is an unmissable event for any Scottish comics fans: the annual Dundee Comics Day is this year focusing on the works of Grant Morrison and his many collaborators, on Sunday the 28th of October.

The one day convention will headline with Morrison himself, as well as featuring guests Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart, Frazer Irving, Rian Hughes, and Peter Doherty. Sadly Jill Thompson was not able to make it.

In addition, there is a workshop with Dave Gibbons on Saturday the 27th, and a screening of the Grant Morrison documentary, Talking with Gods, on Friday the 26th.

Tickets for the weekend are available to buy directly here, and hit the jump for the full schedule!

Dundee Comics Day

17Apr/120

Comic Preview: Bubbletown

Apologies for the short hiatus over the last few weeks, and thank you for your patience! As previously mentioned, I'm currently studying for my MLitt in Comic Studies and as the latest semester came to an end I granted myself a break from all my other writing in order to focus on essays and my own comic, created for the course.

Bubbletown will be included in Anthology Two, published by the University (probably around mid-June), to be available at conventions around the UK. Hit the jump for an exclusive preview!

Bubbletown - Cover

17Dec/113

Comic Studies: Cerebus and Seth

Those of you that follow my ramblings on Twitter will know that I am currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree in Comic Studies. I'm enjoying it immensely! The first module is on Autobiographix and Documentary Comics.

I've been writing about my progression through the course, and what comic studies itself actually entails for Comic Book Resources, and the last column has just gone live. This week was about Displaced Autobiography, focusing on Dave Sim's very controversial Cerebus, and Seth's It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken.

Read me: Comic Studies: Cerebus and Seth

Enjoy!

Cerebus by Dave Sim

30Nov/110

Comic Studies: Metafiction Meets Autobiography

Those of you that follow my ramblings on Twitter will know that I am currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree in Comic Studies. I'm enjoying it immensely! The first module is on Autobiographix and Documentary Comics.

I'm writing about my progression through the course, and what comic studies itself actually entails for Comic Book Resources, and the latest of my columns has just gone live. This week was about metafiction in autobiographies, looking at the works of Eddie Campbell including Alan Moore's Birth Caul.

Read me: Comic Studies: Metafiction Meets Autobiography

Enjoy!

The Birth Caul and The Fate of the Artist

23Nov/113

Comic Studies: Comics and Trauma

Those of you that follow my ramblings on Twitter will know that I am currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree in Comic Studies. I'm enjoying it immensely! The first module is on Autobiographix and Documentary Comics.

I'm writing about my progression through the course, and what comic studies itself actually entails for Comic Book Resources, and the latest of my columns has just gone live. This week was about comics and trauma, looking closely at David B's Epileptic, and David Small's Stitches.

Read me: Comic Studies: Comics and Trauma

Enjoy!
Stitches by David Small