Forensic Sciences and Comics

Remind yourself what you already know about forensic sciences and comics, discover new resources and pieces of fun software, then take a look at a few of the many great courses Abertay has to offer!

Forensic Sciences

Forensic Sciences draw from a number of different scientific branches, including biology and chemistry. Forensic Scientists study the recognition, identification, recovery, analysis and evaluation of scientific information which can be used as evidence in a court of law.

When you were studying forensic sciences with your Student Mentors some of the things you were particularly interested in were identifying fingerprints, the process of collecting evidence from a crime scene and working out what is reliable and unreliable evidence. 

Comics

Comics is a medium used to tell stories through images, usually in a sequence of panels. Text is also a featured in comics, a lot of the time in captions, speech bubbles and using onomatopoeia. Comic books have both scriptwriters and artists working on them. 

When starting to create your comic at Bright Ideas you began with developing your story, characters and setting based on forensic sciences and then fitting your story into a limited number of panels! It was important to take time neatly and equally drawing the panels so that the comic had a strong foundation.  

Discover More, Create More!

Your mentors have gathered together some web resources and pieces of software that will help you to explore forensic sciences and comics further!

Forensic Sciences

  • Double Loop Podcast is a weekly show hosted by print examiners and forensic scientists Glenn Langenburg and Eric Ray. Listen to them discuss current events in forensic science, the newest research articles and some really interesting analysis of notable cases from the perspective of qualified forensic scientists!  
  • If you would like to gain more in-depth knowledge about current forensics research visit Science Daily’s Forensic Research News page to read up on a variety of fascinating articles, ranging from possible discoveries about fingerprints and new methods to analyse hair strands! 

Comics 

  • Pixton is a free comic and storyboard creator that you can use to create comics using pre-made assets. There are a great selection of characters and settings to choose from and it’s really easy to use. You need to have an account to use it but after that you’re ready to go! Check out this tutorial on how to get started. 
  • Krita is a free, open source painting program made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone. Download Krita and try illustrating your own characters and settings to put into a digital comic. Krita is best used on a tablet but some creators just use a mouse or a laptop trackpad. For example, this drawing here! 
  • If you don’t feel like making any work yourself have a look at this article on how to legally read comics online for free. Pick one of the sites mentioned then find yourself a great new comic to read!

Although you don't have your own Bright Ideas Workbook at the moment, please feel free to download a new one here. Print it off and use it to take notes or work through some of the questions and think of ideas for a comic strip that you could create. Use the new resources to help!

If you end up making a Bright Ideas project at home please let us know! Send an email to Claire at c.gammie@abertay.ac.uk.

What can I study at Abertay?

Here are the courses related to forensic sciences and comics! Remember that there are lots of ways to join these courses – either straight from school or college first. Check out some videos below of Abertay lecturers talking about their courses.

Forensic Sciences

Lecturer Keith Sturrock gives an overview of Abertay's undergraduate Forensic Sciences course. 

Biomedical Science

Senior Lecturer Kevin Smith gives an overview of Abertay's undergraduate Biomedical Science course. 

Criminology

Lecturer William Graham gives an overview of Abertay's undergraduate Criminology course. 

Computer Arts

Lecturer Dave Lyons gives an overview of Abertay's undergraduate Computer Arts course.