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Great War Dundee Project - The War in Comics and Popular Culture Symposium

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Derek John Patrick - Panel participant

Great War Dundee Project - The War in Comics and Popular Culture Symposium The Great War Dundee (GWD) Hidden Histories project will conclude in September with the launch of a fascinating new booklet. The Hidden Histories project was made possible thanks to the generous support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The booklet will be launched at an event involving GWD, which is being organised by the University of Dundee’s Scottish Centre for Comics Studies. Volunteers, known as GWD Ambassadors, have been working with the GWD Partnership to uncover ‘hidden histories’ about real Dundonians who experienced first-hand the changes and challenges that came with the First World War. The results of their research have been detailed in the new booklet. It covers a wide range of topics, from the appearance of female tram conductors during the war, to Dundonians’ involvement with the war at sea. The booklet is free, and can be collected from around the end of September at libraries and community centres around Dundee.The information in the booklet will also be available online in GWD’s website. Work is continuing to develop the information available on GWD’s website. New elements to be released in the next few months include the addition of the details of Dundee seamen to the online Roll of Honour, and an opportunity to take an interactive tour around sites in Dundee city centre that link to the Great War.The event, titled Great War Dundee – The War in Comics and Popular Culture will take place on Friday 20th September 2019 at V&A Dundee. Inspired by the First World War, the event pulls together many of the threads of the GWD projects that have taken place since 2014. The event will cover topics such as the presentation of WW1 in comics and games, and attendees will get an opportunity to develop their own comic strips.An exciting new comic will also be launched at the event. It will tell the story of the effect of the Great War on Dundee, and its aftermath, and will draw on many of the resources and knowledge that the GWD Partnership has introduced into the public domain over the last few years. The comic will contain a story written by legendary comics creator Pat Mills, who worked at DC Thomson before creating the hugely successful British science fiction comic 2000AD (1977-present). In the 1970s Pat Mills started work on one of the most acclaimed war comics of all time, Charley's War. This told the story of Charley, an ordinary soldier in the trenches during the First World War. This is a poignant and realistic tale that remains very highly regarded. For the GWD comic Pat has written a story about a Black Watch soldier returning to Dundee in the aftermath of the First World War, and his attempts to adjust to civilian life. The artist is Gary Welsh, one of the University of Dundee’s recent graduates. The story is inked, lettered and produced by Phillip Vaughan and is edited by Chris Murray. The other strips included in the comic are ‘The Women’s Toon’, written by Erin Keepers and Hailey Austin, with art by 2000AD artist Anna Morozova, and ‘Casualties of War’, written by Calum Laird and drawn by Elliot Balson. All these creators are graduates of the comics programme in Dundee. Ian Kennedy provides the cover artwork.
20 Sep 2019

Great War Dundee Project - The War in Comics and Popular Culture Symposium

Duration20 Sep 201920 Sep 2019
Location of eventV&A Dundee
Web address (URL)
Degree of recognitionLocal event

Event: Conference

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