Comics Research Hub Launches at London College of Communication

Leading comics scholars, including Dr Ian Horton (of the Applied Comics Network), Dr Ian Hague (Comics and the Senses), Dr Nina Mickwitz (Documentary Comics) and Professor Roger Sabin (Adult Comics: An Introduction), have launched a new research hub focusing on comics, graphic novels and related forms at London College of Communication, UAL.

Funded by LCC’s Design School, the Comics Research Hub (CoRH) brings together world-leading academics from across the six colleges that make up UAL, and highlights the resources the university holds in its archives, as well as providing a context for the wealth of ongoing comics research at the university.

The hub’s launch has been marked by an exhibition titled ‘Into/Out of the Box’ as part of LCC Design School’s show ‘Everything Happens So Much’, which runs until Wednesday 17th October). This includes bookable sessions allowing you to examine comics from the university archives and to make your own Mini-Comics.

The hub will also host a launch event at LCC on Wednesday 10th October 2018.

CoRH’s launch consolidates UAL’s leading position in UK comics research, with an impressive list of outputs from noted scholars, and a range of ongoing projects to roll out over the next few years.

Commenting on the hub’s launch Roger Sabin, Professor of Popular Culture at Central Saint Martins and a founding member of CoRH noted: “Comics Studies has reached a crucial phase in its development, halfway between a ‘field’ and a ‘discipline’; a little bit like Film Studies in the 1960s.

“I can think of no more exciting moment to launch a research hub, and no better place than the former home of Posy Simmonds, Brian Bolland, Sue Coe, Raymond Briggs and more.”

London College of Communication, UAL is a pioneering world leader in creative communications education and research programmes geared to preparing students for successful creative careers.

• Find out more about the hub’s members, outputs and activities the newly launched website: http://comicsresearch.arts.ac.uk

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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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