Dave Gibbons co-creator of Watchmen comes to Dundee University

On Saturday 27th October Dundee University welcomes a very special guest. Dave Gibbons, one of the most famous comics artists in the world, and best known as the co-creator of Watchmen, the ground-breaking graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Gibbons.

Gibbons will deliver a talk on the theme of Creating Comics, and will discuss his own methods for producing comic art, and in particular, his use of Manga Studio, which he will demonstrate. He will also lead a workshop on this theme, which anyone can participate in, but would be particularly useful for anyone who has ever considered creating a comic.

Dr Chris Murray, lecturer in Comics Studies at theSchoolofHumanitiesand Director of the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies said “it is a tremendous honour for us to host a workshop with Dave Gibbons. He is a hugely talented and influential figure”. He added, “to have Dave Gibbons and Grant Morrison in Dundee on the same weekend is astounding – we are very proud that comics creators of this calibre are supportive of the Comics Studies courses and events that theUniversityofDundeeis leading”. Phil Vaughan, lecturer at DJCAD added, “comics students at theArtCollegeand in Humanities will benefit enormously from meeting Dave Gibbons and Grant Morrison, and hearing about their creative processes”. Dr Murray added, “it is also good to see such interest from the general public in these events, as this demonstrates that for many Dundee’s proud history as one of the homes of comics production is still something that has a great deal of resonance”.

The talk and workshop are open to the general public, but are ticketed (£15 full price, £7.50 concession). This ticket also allows access to Dundee Comics Day on Sunday 28th October, which features comics superstar Grant Morrison, along with several of his collaborators, including Frank Quietly, Peter Doherty, Rian Hughes, Frazer Irving and Cameron Stewart. The events will be held in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre and Baxter Suite, TowerBuilding, Universityof Dundee. More information is available here: http://on.fb.me/WgJH1t

To buy tickets, please visit www.literarydundee.co.uk or http://bit.ly/SXEity

Tickets are also available from Literary Dundee, 6th floor,TowerBuilding,UniversityofDundee, tel. 01382 384413.  Please note, this workshop and talk is part of a wider event called “The Comics of Grant Morrison”, so that should be selected. One ticket allows access to all events on Saturday 27thand 28th October.

General inquiries about any of the events should be directed to Dr Murray at c.murray@dundee.ac.uk.

 Dave Gibbons Bio

Dave Gibbons has 40 years experience in the field, and is an early adopter of new technology, keeping himself at the cutting edge of comics production. Dave is a founding member of new digital comics producer Madefire (http://www.madefire.com/) which points towards the future of the medium.

Dave Gibbons has worked in comics since 1973. Cutting his teeth on undergrounds and fanzines, he became a frequent contributor toBritain’s 2000AD, illustrating HARLEM HEROES, DAN DARE and co-creating ROGUE TROOPER. Since then, he has drawn and written for most comics publishers on both sides of theAtlantic. His work has encompassed DR WHO, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN, PREDATOR, ALIENS, the Hugo Award-winning WATCHMEN with writer Alan Moore, GIVE ME LIBERTY and MARTHA WASHINGTON GOES TO WAR with Frank Miller. His semi-autobiographical THE ORIGINALS won an Eisner Award in 2005. He is currently working on THE SECRET SERVICE, written by Mark Millar and is both writing and drawing TREATMENT for publication on the Madefire platform.