Ultimate University! Comic book writers lecture students!

Recollections of my time at Edinburgh’s Napier University (where I learned how to be a mild-mannered reporter) revolve around having just that one more Guinness, throbbing hangovers and lurching in late for class, but even I might have made it in for 9am if I was being lectured on comics.

The coolest thing about Napier back in the early 1990s was the jumbo sausage, chips and beans that the canteen put on for less than a quid but a new generation of layabouts are actually going to get lectures and one-to-one mentoring from Scottish comic book luminaries like Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Fantastic Four), Alan Grant (Batman, Judge Dredd) and Denise Mina (Hellblazer). I’ve never met Mina but have attended talks by Millar and Grant and found them to be hugely entertaining and informative.

It’s all the splundig vur thrigg idea of former 2000AD editor David Bishop who said: “Some of the most exciting and innovative work emerges from genre fiction. We’re embracing the kinds of creative writing that get ignored or patronised by other courses”.

“This doesn’t mean we are promoting a dumbed-down version of creative writing. For us, genre doesn’t mean formula. It’s not an easy option. If anything, the academic content of the course is more intensive and intellectually rigorous than some.”
The new course is due to start later this year. If you want to learn more, click on AllMedia Scotland. And if you’re lucky enough to get on the course the bad news is that the jumbo sausage, chips and beans is bound to have went up in price since 1991. Nae joy.

About bobmitchellinthe21stcentury

i am a mild-mannered reporter and a part-time bar man. guinness is my drink. john wayne is my hero. i am kind to animals
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