Digital Comics at the British Library – more “Digital Conversations” event details revealed

An extract from The Archivist by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

An extract from The Archivist by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Ian Cooke, Head of Contemporary British Publications at the British Library, has outlined a little more about the “Digital Conversations” event downthetubes has partnered with at the Library on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

A panel on archiving digital comics will be chaired by myself, John Freeman, with comic creators Kate Ashwin, Yomi Ayeni, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Bryan Talbot on hand to talk about the challenges both creating and preserving digital strips, and what all this may mean for creators in terms of their rights as originators.

Ian is keen for creators to come along to venture off the printed page, into multimedia and new narrative forms.

Ian Cooke, Head of the British Library's Contemporary British Publications

Ian Cooke, Head of the British Library’s Contemporary British Publications

“Over the past year, our Contemporary British Collections team have been busy exploring how comics are created and distributed in the 21st century,” he notes in a guest post for the British Library’s Digital Scholarship blog.

“Continuing this work, we have been collaborating with John Freeman and Graham Baines of British Comics website to bring together an exciting panel of comics creators for our next Digital Conversation… We’ll be exploring the fortunes of comics in the online world, and looking ahead at what’s next for digital comics.

“Comics have always provided an immediate and emotionally-engaging way of telling imaginative stories. British comics creators have been at the vanguard of innovation, and this has been true also of digital comics,” Ian feels.

“Join our Digital Conversation to find out how new technologies are leading to new forms of story-telling, plus what the challenges and opportunities are for building web comics collections.”

• The Digital Comics Conversation event takes place at 6.30 – 8.30pm on Wednesday 18th April 2018 in The Terrace Restaurant at the British Library | Booking details here on the British Library web site

•  Ian Cooke, Head of Contemporary British Publications, is on Twitter as @IanCooke13  

Widdershins by Kate Ashwin

Widdershins by Kate Ashwin

The Panelists

Kate Ashwin at Thought Bubble 2015

Kate Ashwin has been creating internet comics since 2002 and is the creator of Widdershins, a series mixing magic, comedy and adventure, set in a fictional West Yorkshire town.

Yomi Ayeni

Yomi Ayeni

Yomi Ayeni creates work across different media, including film and digital projects as well as comics. His Clockwork Watch series was voted best Graphic Novel in 2015 by readers of Steampunk Chronicle.

Daniel Merlin GoodbreyDaniel Merlin Goodbrey is a pioneer of digital comics, experimenting with the hypercomic form and “infinite canvass” comics. Daniel’s comics, and writing about comics, can be found on

Bryan Talbot. Photo: Dan Phillips

Bryan Talbot. Photo: Dan Phillips

Bryan Talbot is one of Britain’s best known comic artists and credited as one of the creators of the graphic novel form. His work includes The Adventures of Luther ArkwrightAlice in Sunderland and the Grandville series of steampunk detective thrillers

Web Links

You can read these blog posts about projects done by the British Libray’s PhD placement researchers

• The Proper Serious Work of Preserving Digital Comics by Jen Aggleton, a PhD candidate in Education at the University of Cambridge

• Collecting Webcomics in the UK Web Archive  by Jen Aggleton

• Jen Aggleton also created a UK Web Archive collection of web comics

• 21st Century British Comics by Olivia Hicks


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