Current Projects

Co-editor, proposed edited collection on Horror and Comics - read the Call for Papers (closes 1 September 2021)

Co-editor, Gothic Studies Journal 25(3), themed issue on 'Gothic Comics' (Call for Papers now closed)

Co-editor, Routledge Companion to Literary Media (Call for Papers now closed)

Coauthor, Palgrave Readers' Guide to Essential Criticism on Comics and Graphic Novels

Forthcoming Talks and Events

Watch this space!

Previous Events

Eleventh International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference
Hosted online by CoRH and the University of the Arts London

Theme: The Resonance of Comics - Social Impact and Possible Futures

Keynote speakers: Pen Mendonça, Golnar Nabizadeh, Stephan Packard,

All papers available in perpetuity via Figshare.

Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bande Dessinées
Manchester Metropolitan University 

Monday 24 June 2019 - Friday 28 June 2019

Theme: Storyworlds

Keynote speakers: Jamie Brassett, Charles Forsdick, Paul Gravett, Isabel Greenberg, Laurence Grove, Laydeez do Comics, Richard Reynolds


Ninth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference
Bournemouth University 

Wednesday 27 June 2018 - Friday 29 June 2018

Theme: Retro! Time, Memory, Nostalgia

Keynote speakers: Rozi Hathaway, Anne Digby, Mel Gibson, Ian Gordon, Woodrow Phoenix, David Roach and Catherine Anyango


Eighth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference /
Tenth International Bande Dessinée Society Conference
University of Dundee and University of Glasgow

Monday 26 June 2017 - Friday 30 June 2017

Theme: Borders

Keynote speakers: Thierry Groensteen, Ann Miller and David Kunzle

Seventh International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference
Manchester Metropolitan University

Monday 11 July 2016 - Wednesday 13 July 2016

Theme: Graphic Gothic

Keynote speakers: Hannah Berry, Toni Fejzula, Matt Green and Julia Round

International Society for Metal Music Studies Conference
Bournemouth University

Thursday 9 June 2016

Theme: Metal and Politics

Keynote speaker: Jasmine Shadrach (Denigrata)

Sixth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference /
Ninth International Bande Dessinée Society Conference
University of London Institute in Paris/Institut national d'histoire de l'art

Monday 22 June 2015 - Saturday 27 June 2015

Theme: Voyages

Keynote speakers: Jacques de Loustal, Renaud Chavanne and Pat Mills


Fifth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference
British Library, London

Friday 18 July 2014 - Sunday 20 July 2014

Themes: Production and Institution; Sedition and Anarchy; Culture and Education

Keynote speakers: Mike Carey, Dave Baillie, Mike Perkins, Pascal Lefèvre and Scott Bukatman

Digital Reading Symposium

​Bournemouth University

19 June 2014

Keynote speaker: Bob Stein

Fourth International Comics, Graphic Novels and Bande Dessinée Conference

​University of Glasgow, Scotland

24 June 2013 - 28 June 2014

Keynote speakers: Grant Morrison, Roger Sabin and Sir Kenneth Calman


The Third International Comics Conference: Comics Rock

Bournemouth University

28 June 2012 - 29 June 2012

Themes: Comics and Education; Comics and Multi-Modal Adaptation

Keynote speakers: David Lloyd, Steve Marchant, Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard

Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Bande Dessinée and Comics

Manchester Metropoilitan University

5 July 2011 - 8 July 2011

Keynote speaker: Edmond Baudoin

Non-Human Narratives Symposium

Bournemouth University

27 April 2011

Keynote speaker: David Herman

Keeping it Real: Narratives of Ordinary and Extraordinary People Across Media Symposium

Bournemouth University

3 September 2010