Student catalogues treasure trove of comics

  • Hailey J. Austin

    Press/Media: Research

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    PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
    Student catalogues treasure trove of comics
     
    An American student was delighted to find rare comics, some dating back to the 1800s, amongst thousands of comics she catalogued at the University of Dundee.
     
    Hailey Austin says she has found comic gems includingPunch magazine, first issues of rare DC and Marvel comics, as well as drafts and proofs of early DC Thomson comics amongst the stacks donated to the University’s Archives.
     
    Hailey, a 24 year-old PhD student from Colorado, said that the mammoth task of cataloguing the majority of the collections took over three months but she would happily do it all over again because of the value these comics hold.
     
    “The university houses a huge collection,” said Hailey. “They are not only historically significant but invaluable for students and enthusiasts, especially those studying comics here in Dundee.
     
    “We have Punch comics from 1895 donated by the late Stephanie Wolfe Murray - the pioneering female publisher who founded Canongate. These sit alongside thousands of DC comics donated to the University by famous Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison. We also have a sizable amount of comics scripts, a unique resource.”
     
    Not content with creating the detailed online catalogue for the huge collection, Hailey also led the creation of Chronicle: The Archive and Museum Anthology – a 40-page comic telling 13 different stories behind the donations and inspired by the comics collections in the archives as well as the large collection of original comics art in the University’s Museum Services.
     
    “Naturally being a comics PhD student, my first thought was to create a free comic that would highlight exactly what the University’s Archives and Museum Services have to offer,” she added.
     
    “We have 19 contributors, including students and even someone who donated into the collection. Calum Laird was an editor at DC Thomson and he donated his Commando scripts. These are amazingly valuable to comics students as they are integral to the creative process and are tough to get your hands on. His daughter, Catriona, then created the art to tell the story of the life of aCommando script.”
     
    Chronicle will be launched to the public on Thursday 18 October at the Dundee Comics Creative Space.
     
    The artists and writers involved in the comic include Hailey Austin, Elliot Balson, Zu Dominiak, Katriona Gillon, Matthew Gow, Eve Greenwood, Olivia Hicks, Rebecca Horner, Calum Laird, Catriona Laird, Norrie Millar, Nicole Munogee, Chris Murray, Golnar Nabizadeh, David Robertson, Megan Sinclair, Faye Stacey, Letty Wilson, and Adina Ziebart. 
     
    Those interested in hearing more about the collection and the stories behind it can book a free ticket to attend the launch at: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/futurefest/programme/2018/18-10-18---comicsopolis.php
     
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    Period12 Oct 2018 → 17 Oct 2018

    Media coverage

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    Media coverage

    • TitleKent Rice leaving Arts & Venues, a comics treasure-trove and more Colorado arts news
      Degree of recognitionRegional
      Media name/outletThe Denver Post
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited States
      Date17/10/18
      DescriptionColoradan strikes comics-gold
      Hailey Austin of Bennett, a 24-year-old Ph.D student studying in Scotland, discovered a rare and valuable cache of vintage comics — some dating back to the 1800s — at Scotland’s University of Dundee, the university announced. As part of her efforts to catalog thousands of comics at the institution, Austin uncovered such gems as first issues of rare DC and Marvel comics, and drafts and proofs of early DC Thomson comics, a Scottish creation.

      “We have Punch comics from 1895 donated by the late Stephanie Wolfe Murray — the pioneering female publisher who founded Canongate,” Austin said in a press statement. “These sit alongside thousands of DC comics donated to the University by famous Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison. We also have a sizable amount of comics scripts, a unique resource.” Appropriately, Austin also led the creation of the 40-page comic “Chronicle: The Archive and Museum Anthology,” which tells stories of the collection and its donations. The publication launches Oct. 18.
      Producer/AuthorJohn Wenzel
      URLhttps://theknow.denverpost.com/2018/10/17/kent-rice-arts-and-venues-comics-treasure-public-art/198635/
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleRare 19th-century comics discovered by American student
      Degree of recognitionInternational
      Media name/outletHistory Scotland
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date16/10/18
      DescriptionStudent Hailey Austin has discovered a number of rare comics, some dating back to the 1800s, amongst thousands of comics she catalogued at the University of Dundee.
      URLhttps://www.historyscotland.com/news/rare-19th-century-comics-discovered-by-american-student
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleStudent discovers rare comics
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletSTV
      Media typeTelevision
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date16/10/18
      Producer/AuthorSTV
      URLhttps://player.stv.tv/episode/3pg8/stv-news-dundee/
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitlePhD student unearths treasure trove of comics in Dundee University archive
      Degree of recognitionRegional
      Media name/outletThe Courier
      Media typePrint
      Duration/Length/Sizefront page
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date13/10/18
      DescriptionAn American student has unearthed thousands of rare comics, some dating back to the 1800s, in Dundee University archives.
      Producer/AuthorStefan Morkis
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleRare early comics are unearthed in archive
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletThe Times
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date13/10/18
      Producer/AuthorLaura Paterson
      URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rare-early-comics-are-unearthed-in-archive-33x3phfph
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleRare early comics are unearthed in archive
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletThe Times
      Media typePrint
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date13/10/18
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleStudent discovers rare comics in university archive
      Degree of recognitionLocal
      Media name/outletEvening Telegraph
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date12/10/18
      Producer/AuthorPress Association
      URLhttps://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/2018/10/12/student-discovers-rare-comics-in-university-archive/
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleStudent discovers rare comics in university archiv
      Degree of recognitionRegional
      Media name/outletShropshire Star
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date12/10/18
      DescriptionA copy of Punch magazine – which made cartoons popular – dating from the 1800s was discovered at the University of Dundee.
      URLhttps://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2018/10/12/student-discovers-rare-comics-in-university-archive/
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitlePhD student unearths treasure trove of comics in Dundee University archive
      Degree of recognitionLocal
      Media name/outletThe Courier
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date12/10/18
      DescriptionAn American student has unearthed thousands of rare comics, some dating back to the 1800s, in Dundee University archives.

      Hailey Austin, 24, a PhD student from Colorado, spent three months cataloguing the collection.

      She discovered a treasure trove of comics that include rare first issues of influential titles.

      Among the gems are early editions of Punch magazine, drafts and proofs of early DC Thomson comics created in Dundee and rare DC and Marvel comics from the US.

      These include a first issue of DC Comic’s New Gods. Written and drawn by Jack “King of Comics” Kirby, it has explores a universe where the hero fights his evil father Darkseid – pronounced Dark Side – and wields a power called the “Astro Force”.

      First published in 1971, it has been hailed as a major influence on Star Wars.

      The archive also includes thousands of DC comics donated to the university by renowned Scottish write Grant Morrison.

      Hailey, from Colorado, said: “The university houses a huge collection.

      “They are not only historically significant but invaluable for students and enthusiasts, especially those studying comics here in Dundee.

      “We have Punch comics from 1895 donated by the late Stephanie Wolfe Murray – the pioneering female publisher who founded Canongate.

      “These sit alongside thousands of DC comics donated to the university by famous Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison. We also have a sizeable amount of comics scripts, a unique resource.”


      The cover of Chronicle with art by Letty Wilson.
      As well as creating a detailed online catalogue of the collection, Hailey oversaw the creation of Chronice: The Archive and Museum Anthology, a 40-page comic telling the stories behind 13 of the donations.

      “Naturally being a comics PhD student, my first thought was to create a free comic that would highlight exactly what the University’s Archives and Museum Services have to offer,” said Hailey.

      “There are 19 contributors, including students and even someone who donated into the collection.

      “Calum Laird was an editor at DC Thomson and he donated his Commando scripts. These are amazingly valuable to comics students as they are integral to the creative process and are tough to get your hands on.

      “His daughter, Catriona, then created the art to tell the story of the life of a Commando script.”

      Chronicle: The Archive and Museum Anthology will be launched to the public at 5pm on Thursday at the Dundee Comics Creative Space, part of the University’s Festival of the Future.

      Anyone interested in hearing more about the collection and the stories behind it can book a free ticket to attend the launch here.
      Producer/AuthorStefan Morkis
      URLhttps://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/743952/phd-student-unearths-treasure-trove-of-comics-in-dundee-university-archive/
      PersonsHailey Austin
    • TitleStudent discovers rare comics in university archive
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletBelfast Telegraph
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date12/10/18
      DescriptionA copy of Punch magazine – which made cartoons popular – dating from the 1800s was discovered at the University of Dundee.
      URLhttps://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/student-discovers-rare-comics-in-university-archive-37413500.html
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleStudent discovers rare comics in university archive
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletDaily Mail
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date12/10/18
      Producer/AuthorPress Association
      URLhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-6269385/Student-discovers-rare-comics-university-archive.html
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleStudent discovers rare comic books in university library
      Degree of recognitionRegional
      Media name/outletSTV news
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date12/10/18
      DescriptionA comic book fan found some early editions of classic comics at Dundee University.
      Producer/AuthorBryan Quinn
      URLhttps://stv.tv/news/north/1431819-student-discovers-rare-comic-books-in-university-library/
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleRare comics uncovered in Scottish university library
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletThe Scotsman
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date12/10/18
      Producer/AuthorDiane King
      URLhttps://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/rare-comics-uncovered-in-scottish-university-library-1-4814329
      PersonsHailey J. Austin
    • TitleRare early comics are unearthed in archive
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletThe i
      Media typePrint
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date12/10/18
      PersonsHailey J. Austin

    Other

    TitleFestival of the Future
    LocationDundee Comics Creative Space, Dundee, United Kingdom
    Period17 Oct 2018 → 21 Oct 2018
    Linkhttps://www.dundee.ac.uk/festival-future/

    Keywords

    • comics
    • Hailey Austin
    • PhD
    • archives
    • University of Dundee
    • chronicle
    • jack kirby
    • punch