Current Projects

Co-editor, Gothic Studies Journal 25(3), themed issue on 'Gothic Comics' - read the Call for Papers (closes 1 March 2021)

Forthcoming Talks and Events

Forthcoming public lecture: 'The Strange Story of Misty and Gothic for Girls in British Comics', Miskatonic Institute (online), 7.00-8.15pm, Thursday 12 November 2020. Tickets available at:

Previous Events

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


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