By Andy Setiawan, PhD Design student at Lancaster University

Graphic Fiction and Comic Art at Lancaster University

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Exploring the transformative potential of images, comics, graphic novels and illustration

Across Lancaster University academics in many different disciplines share an interest in images, comics, graphic novels and illustration and their transformative potential. Academics from Creative Writing to Physics, Design to Languages, are researching, teaching and working with researchers, authors and artists worldwide. Together they are seeking to explore and share the wider application of this medium, and to use their interest and expertise in graphic fiction and comic art to benefit initiatives such as education and community projects.

Credit for banner image: Andy Setiawan, PhD Design student at Lancaster University

We are proud to sponsor the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

An annual comic art spectacular in Kendal, Cumbria: 12-14th October 2018

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Charlie Adlard

Sponsor of the UK Comics Laureate

"The power of comics to encourage learning and develop literacy shouldn’t be underestimated. Comics can connect with people who may never pick up a normal book and really help encourage a love of reading. I see this as a great opportunity to bring the wonders of comics to a wider audience." - Charlie Adlard, UK Comics Laureate

Charlie Adlard, the artist behind zombie series The Walking Dead, took up the mantle of UK Comics Laureate in 2017. The next UK Comics Laureate will be announced at the 2018 Lakes International Comic Arts Festival.

UK Comics Laureate

Comics Research Network

ReOPeN is Lancaster University's research, outreach and pedagogy umbrella network for all the graphics-related work at the university, with the aim to connect academics, authors and artists across departments, disciplines and beyond, around the world. Together they research, write and engage with initiatives such as education, health, fiction, memoirs and community projects through the medium of comics, graphic novels and illustration.

Project example: Graphic Health Inequalities

Artist Joe Decie has been working with two researchers at Lancaster University – Dr Emma Halliday ( Health and Medicine) and Dr Natasa Lackovic (Educational Research) – to create a collective graphic memoir booklet about UK communities’ experiences and action, related to health inequalities. 

ReOPeN
Comics Research Network
BenoƮt Peeters

Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art

Tintin expert Professor Benoît Peeters took up this ground-breaking post in 2016. Known world-wide as a novelist, graphic novelist, intellectual biographer, cultural historian and screen-writer, he has delivered numerous lectures and seminars (many open to the public), and some fascinating workshops with students.  Benoît collaborates on the research project Graphic Futures and is a key member of the Graphic Novels and Comics, Research, Outreach and Pedagogy Network.

Benoît Peeters

Graphic Futures

Using techniques from graphic fiction, startling news flashes from the future inspire fascinating debates about what is probable, possible and preferable for the future.

Graphic futures was a project in collaborative authorship based at the Institute for Social Futures 2017-18.

Graphic Futures
Graphic Futures

Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University

Lancaster Arts is the University's award-winning arts provider. It supports cultural and artistic engagement at the highest level through a programme of internationally renowned contemporary theatre, dance, visual art and classical music. As well as inviting the public to our distinctive campus-based performance spaces we are proud to work with arts partners across Lancashire, Cumbria and beyond.

Lancaster Arts
Lancaster Arts

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