Glasgow's Hunterian is to host comics-themed Night at the Museum. Photo: Martin Shields /University of Glasgow PR)

Forget Black Friday – enjoy a comics-inspired night at the museum in Glasgow instead!

Glasgow's Hunterian is to host comics-themed Night at the Museum. Pictured are Professor Laurence Grove (left) and comic artist Frank Quitely (right), with Anna Smeaton, aged 7. Photo: Martin Shields /University of Glasgow PR)
Glasgow’s Hunterian is to host comics-themed Night at the Museum. Pictured are Professor Laurence Grove (left) and comic artist Frank Quitely (right), with Anna Smeaton, aged 7. Photo: Martin Shields /University of Glasgow PR)

Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum is to host a free Comics Scotland event on Saturday 1st December 2018, with special guests including artist Frank Quitely.

Night at the Museum: Comics Scotland is an exploration of Scotland’s illustrious history in the development of comics and the event will include an exhibition of the Glasgow Looking Glass, first published in 1825, widely believed to be the first mass-produced publication to tell stories using illustrations.

"A Regular Row", from the Glasgow Looking Glass Number 14, published on 9th January 1826
“A Regular Row”, from the Glasgow Looking Glass Number 14, published on 9th January 1826

This free event at the Hunterian Museum celebrates ‘St. Andrew’s Fair Saturday 2018’ with stalls, guest speakers and a cosplay competition.

The organisers say it “aims to positively respond to consumerism of Black Friday” by delivering a festival of arts and culture, contributing to the global ‘Fair Saturday‘ movement and the celebration of St. Andrew’s Day. It aims to boost social inclusion, fairness and sharing inspired by Scotland’s National Day.

Donations will be encouraged on the night to support development of a widening participation outreach project with young people from disadvantaged areas across the city.

Showcasing world-class research and related objects from the University of Glasgow’s collections, including the world’s first comic, this dynamic and entertaining comic-con evening will feature a wide variety of activities and panel discussions with a number of special guests.

Comic-themed costumes are highly recommended.  ‌The event will include a comics-themed DJ and a cash bar. Night at the Museum is supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals.

“I can’t wait for the Comics Night at the Museum,” Frank Quitely told The Scotsman. “This will be a one-of-a-kind experience. Don’t miss it!”

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/oldest-comic-book-in-the-world-to-go-on-show-in-glasgow-1-4829338

Night at the Museum: Comics Scotland 7.00pm – 10.00pm, Saturday 1st December 2018 Hunterian Museum, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ | Admission free – but booking required | Visit the website for full details

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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