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Whats On - Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics

Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics
Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics Image
The way that female characters have been portrayed in comics has changed considerably over the years. In Britain, comics aimed specifically at girls were hugely popular from the 1950s to the 1980s, but have now largely disappeared.

Dundee-based publishers DC Thomson were especially prolific in this area - as well as the famous Bunty 1958-2001 they produced many other titles including Judy 1960-91, Diana 1963-76, Mandy 1967-91 and Spellbound 1976-77. The stories and characters in these comics covered a surprisingly wide range. The focus was mostly on teenage girls their daily lives and their thirst for adventure and new worlds. They addressed important issues such as how to deal with new classmates how to become a ballet dancer how to fly a spaceship and save the world. The girls comics of DC Thomson reflect the attitudes of their time, but were also quick to respond to readers demands. The traditional pony and ballet strips were soon joined by sports stories, historical dramas and tales of the
supernatural. The majority of artists and writers were men, but recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of female writers and artists, creating new representations of women and girls in comics and graphic novels.

This exhibition presents original artwork on loan from DC Thomson as well as a selection of pieces by current comics creators, offering a broad range of
interpretations of what female figures can be in the British comic culture. The exhibition has been curated by Louise Quirion, a recent graduate from the Universitys MLitt course in Comics Studies.

Opening Hours:- Monday to Friday 9.30am to 7pm, Saturday 1pm to 5pm.

Information published by Leisure and Culture Dundee.

Free.
Promoted By: University of Dundee Museum Services
Thursday 19th October 2017 9:30am
Friday 20th October 2017 9:30am
Saturday 21st October 2017 1:00pm
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