One week in, and the calm of Christmas and excitement of Hogmanay is already a distant blurry memory!
We’ve only been back in classes one week and I have already handed in coursework – no rest for the wicked has become my Master’s catchphrase! I’m really looking forward to this semester though – despite the work-load, I’m excited to get to grips with my new modules as well as seeing what adventures we will embark on in 2014.
My first module, Autobiographix, will examine the role of the autobiographical comic – a genre that has become surprisingly common in the comics community. That’s right – it’s not all men in tights and capes! It’s not often I get overly enthused about class reading lists, but I have to say, there’s a lot of great works on here (from Art Spiegelman’s Maus to Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home to Joe Sacco’s Palestine) – I can’t wait to delve deeper into them all!
My second module is Creating Comics. Although I struggled a little with the creative process of Digital Comics last semester (art really isn’t my strong point), I think it’s given me a little confidence boost, and I’m looking forward to seeing how creating a comic traditionally will compare to creating one digitally. If anyone is overly interested in tracking my creative progress, I will be keeping a blog – so any onlookers are very welcome, particularly if they can provide constructive criticism or useful tips! You can find me at kirstenmurraycomics.wordpress.com
Finally, I will be sitting in on Comics and Film classes this semester. I had a really tough time deciding which modules to take throughout the year. Ultimately, I made my decision based on employability – I figured having knowledge in the various methods of making comics and the modern technology which coincides with it would be beneficial in future interviews – I hope I’m right! Luckily, Dr Chris Murray is very kind and has allowed me to sit through these extra lectures (without having to do any of the work! Brilliant!) It’ll be great to get an insight into the relationship between comics and their film adaptations!
There’s also a dissertation to think about – but I’m enjoying living blissfully in ignorance right now. I’m sure this won’t be the last you hear of dissertation woes from me.
It’s not all work work work for us though! We already have a trip to a Comics Symposium at the CCA in Glasgow planned for March, which will look at the role of the comics industry in Scotland and examine how it may develop in the future. I think this will be a really great event. (Tickets are free through the CCA website for anyone interested in this event)
So, hopefully I will have plenty of news and adventures to share with you over the next few months. Here’s to 2014 – I can’t wait to see what it will bring!