This conference on May 25-26 might interest comic fans and academics – seems like it will have something for everyone (including a stall!)
“Biff! Bam!! Crikey!!!: Comics as Design and Entertainment” represents an opportunity for Dundee to celebrate its long history at the forefront of comics production in Britain. Leading comics historians Paul Gravett and Roger Sabin will present talks on the origins and importance of comics in Britain, while other talks will explore the contribution of DC Thomson, the work of contemporary British comics writers and artists, and the interactions between comics and other media (film, computer games, etc). Other presentations will tackle political issues in comics, as well as the role of comics as design and entertainment.
These lively and entertaining talks, spread over two days, are open to all, young and old, and entry is free.
Dundee is the perfect venue for this conference as the comics of Dundee based publisher DC Thomson are known all over the world, and 2007 marks the 70th anniversary of The Dandy, widely recognised as the world’s longest running comic. The conference is part of the Six Cities Design Festival, funded by the Scottish Executive.