Graphic Brighton



10 days to go!


With only ten days to go, don’t forget to buy your ticket for Graphic Brighton 2016!

This year’s Graphic Brighton festival and conference is taking place at the University of Brighton City Campus on 9th and 10th December, with the theme of war comics and graphic novels about wartime resistance. Guests talking about their work include Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans, Ben Dickson, plus the editors and the creators of “Brighton’s Graphic War” and many more.

On Friday 9th December there is an academic conference in the University’s building on Edward Street, with talks by Irish cartoonist Fionnula Doran, broadcast journalist Alex Fitch, and Justin Wadlow, curator of the French comics festival Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens.

Friday evening and all day Saturday are public events; and on the Saturday in the University Main Building on Grand Parade, these include a Manga workshop run by Inko and Chie Kutsawada, a discussion of New Internationalist’s comic book anthologies, Bryan Talbot, Jaime Huxtable and Chris Geary exploring how they make their comics, and an ‘on stage’ interview with Dave McKean about his latest book Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash.

The event coincides with a Pop-up Makers’ fair on both days in the main building, so there is also an opportunity to pick up stocking fillers!

Tickets are priced between £5 and £20 for a ticket to all of the public events, and from £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand; available from the University of Brighton online shop.


Full programme now available


Baring last minute changes, this is the programme for Graphic Brighton 2016:

Academic day:

Friday 9th December – Lecture Theatre One, 154 Edward Street, BN2 0JG

10.30am Curators intro /
Keynote: Justin Wadlow – ‘The depiction of War in French Comics, from Tardi to Dumontheuil and Kris & Maël’

11.30am In Country
Jedge Pilbrow – ‘Yankee Papa 13 – Vietnam in LIFE 1965; photo essay as fumetti’
George Khoury – ‘Arabic Comics and Conflicts: Indoctrination vs Individualism’
12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Conflict in Ireland
Louisa Buck – ‘The Myth of Sisyphus as used in newspaper cartoons on the Irish Troubles’
Fionnuala Doran – ‘The Potential of Comics to Interpret the 1916 Easter Rising’
Alex Fitch – ‘The Troubles and beyond in comics by Garth Ennis and John McCrea’
3.00pm Coffee break

3.15pm Alternate looks at occupation
Yannis Koukoulas – ’15 Greek contemporary comics about Nazi occupation in Athens’
Dominic Davies – ‘Drawing Urban Warfare in Leila Abdelrazaq’s Baddawi’

4.15pm Learning from older forms of Warfare
Harriet Earle – ‘Gene Luen Yang’s comics on the Boxer Rebellion’
Camilla Storskog – ‘1940s Swedish comics on pre-19th Century Warfare’
5.15pm Coffee break

Public events:

5.30pm Bryan and Mary Talbot in discussion about Sally Heathcote & The Red Virgin

Saturday 10th December – 58-67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

10.30am (M2) Kate Evans: Red Rosa

Parallel workshop (Foyer) Inko / Chie Kutsawada: Making Manga

11.40pm (M2) Tim Pilcher, Paul Collicutt et al: Brighton’s Graphic War

Parallel Workshop (G4): Bryan Talbot – How to make a graphic novel

12.45pm Lunch

1.45pm (M2) Ben Dickson, Sean Michael Wilson (via skype), and Inko – New Internationalist anthologies

Parallel Workshop (G4): Creating comics about heroes – Jaime Huxtable / Chris Geary

3.10pm (M2) Myriad Editions present… – Majid Akhondzadeh Darjazi, Wallis Eates, Kate Evans, Hannah Eaton, Ian Williams, and Olivier Kugler discuss their comics and graphic novels which deal with conflict and trauma.
4.30pm Coffee Break

4.45pm (M2) Dave McKean: Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash

You can download a PDF of the schedule here

Please note: the Pop-up Makers Fair at the University of Brighton takes place between 8th and 11th December and stall holders are entitled to £5 off Graphic Brighton tickets

Graphic Brighton 2016 poster

Graphic Brighton Poster 2016
Graphic Brighton Poster 2016, art by Carlos Páscoa

The poster for Graphic Brighton 2016 is now available, advertising graphic novelists such as Kate Evans, Dave McKean, Bryan Talbot, Mary M Talbot who will be appearing at the University of Brighton on 9th and 10th December 2016 to talk about their work. They will be joined by creators from Brighton’s Graphic War (published by QueenSpark Books), cartoonists Ben Dickson and Jaime Huxtable, Justin Wadlow from the French festival “Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens” and many more guests to be announced shortly.

Tickets priced between £5 and £20 for all the public events, and £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand, are available now from the University of Brighton online shop.

Tickets page now live

Small black and white version of Graphic Brighton 2016 poster, art by Carlos Páscoa
Small black and white version of Graphic Brighton 2016 poster, art by Carlos Páscoa

The tickets page for Graphic Brighton 2016 is now live!

To chose from various options, please visit the University of Brighton Online Store at

The programme includes Academic presentations on Friday 9th December with talks by Irish cartoonist Fionnula Doran, broadcast journalist Alex Fitch, and Justin Wadlow, curator of the French comics festival Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens.

Included in the ‘general’ ticket (£5-£20) there is a Q and A with Bryan and Mary Talbot on the Friday evening + workshops and talks by creators including Kate Evans, Ben Dickson, Dave McKean and the creators of Brighton’s Graphic War on Saturday 10th December.


Ticket prices:
£5 – Students for Fri eve and Saturday all day
£10 – Concessions for Fri eve and Saturday all day
£20 – Full price for Fri eve and Saturday all day

£30 – Students / Concessions for full two day conference including academic presentations all day Friday + all day Saturday
£60 – Full price for full two day conference including academic presentations all day Friday + all day Saturday

Graphic Brighton 2016 Call for Papers

University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities present the third annual Graphic Brighton symposium with its 2016 theme of Conflict and Resolution, to connect with the Great War Centenary.

The symposium is aimed at scholars, creators, publishers and readers of sequential narratives, and follows successful conferences in 2014 and 2015 which featured such guests as Hannah Berry, John Higgins, Karrie Fransman, David Lloyd, Pat Mills, Chris Riddell and Emma Vieceli discussing their work.
This year’s conference dates are 9th and 10th December 2016.


For Graphic Brighton 2016, in addition to a practitioner based day, we are introducing an academic strand and welcome papers in response but not limited to the following topics:

• The cultural memory of British War Comics such as Battle Action Weekly
• Graphic Journalism in the work of Joe Sacco and Emmanuel Gilbert
• Underrepresented stories of war such as the suffrage movement and conscientious objectors
• Historical and contemporary global conflicts
• Audience reception and expectation of war comics
• The wartime memoir practiced by Art Spiegelman and Raymond Briggs
• Beyond the front line – the impact of war on everyday lives in graphic novels by Barbara Yelin and Marjane Satrapi
• Dramatising historical research in the work of Bryan and Mary Talbot
• Comics propaganda from 1940s war bond advertising to the present day
• Superhero publishers’ responses to war, such as Marvel’s The ‘Nam
• Gender representation and conflict
• War and exploitation in the pages of EC Comics

Keynote speakers include: Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Kate Evans.
Featured creators include Ben Dickson, Jaime Huxtable, Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt, with more guests TBC

Email abstracts of up to 300 words and a short biography to
B.J.Chamberlin [at] & A.Fitch [at]
Please include ‘Graphic Brighton’ in the subject line, deadline 21st October

Tickets: £60 (both days of conference) / £30 (concessions) / £20 (public events only) – ticket sales and registration will go live early October 2016
Full conference tickets will include all talks, presentations and workshops both days, while public tickets will only include talks by practitioners

Barbara Chamberlin is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and has an eclectic teaching and research profile that combines language teacher education, sociolinguistics and increasingly comics studies at both under and postgraduate levels. She has just started a part-time PhD at the University of Sussex exploring the construction of female monstrosity in comics.

Alex Fitch presents the UK’s only monthly broadcast radio show about comics – Panel Borders – on the Arts Council Radio Station, Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB in London. He has been published on the topics of comics and film by University of Chicago Press and University Press of Mississippi, and is an assistant editor of Electric Sheep Magazine online.

Graphic Brighton is run in association with University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities with assistance from QueenSpark Books and Myriad Editions. Recordings of selected public talks will be broadcast on ‘Panel Borders’, Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (Arts Council)

Download a PDF of the Call for Papers by clicking here

Graphic Brighton 2016 postcard

As work begins organising Graphic Brighton 2016: Conflict and Adversity – War Comics and Untold Stories of Wartime, here’s a postcard advising to “Save the Date!” regarding 9th and 10th of December (with thanks to Bryan Talbot for permission to use art from his and Mary M Talbot’s graphic novel The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia).


We plan Graphic Brighton 2016 to be a mixture of Academic Panels – a Call For Papers will be announced in September 2016 – workshops, panel discussions with comic book creators and Q and As on stage.

Various guests from the comic book world have been invited – Tim Pilcher and Kate Evans have confirmed, Bryan and Mary Talbot are interested and available!

More information to follow.

Cine-Excess gets Graphic [in] Brighton (Autumn 2015)

On 14th November 2015, a mini Graphic Brighton morning took place as part of the annual Cine-Excess cult film conference, held for the second year running at the University of Brighton.

Following academic papers on comics by co-curator Alex Fitch, and cartoonists Lee Christien and Hannah Eaton, Professor Martin Barker (University of Aberystwyth) gave a talk on the controversy surrounding the British Action comic in the late 1970s and then interviewed its writer Pat Mills, alongside 2000AD artist Jim McCarthy.

Pat also received a lifetime achievement award with recognition that this Graphic Brighton happening was a highlight of Cine-Excess 2015.

You can hear a podcast of Martin Barker on Action and his interview with Mills and McCarthy


Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills)

“Cine-Excess gets Graphic in Brighton” was organised by Alex Fitch and Xavier Mendik with support from the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Brighton.

Coverage: UK Horror Scene website
Down the Tubes website
Myriad Editions article on Hannah Eaton’s presentation
Cine-Excess programme

Graphic Brighton 2015: Drawing in the Margins

The second Graphic Brighton conference at the University of Brighton took as its theme “Drawing in the Margins”, which is to say portrayals of marginalised groups in graphic novels, marginalised creators, and even people who are highly visible in society but absent from the pages of comics (such as pregnant women).

Graphic Brighton 2015 poster by Nye Wright
Graphic Brighton 2015 poster by Nye Wright

Guests included: Patrice Aggs, Henny Beaumont, Francesca Cassavetti, Kate Evans, Karrie Fransman, Ilya, Dr Muna Al-Jawad, Chie Kutsuwada, Dan Locke, Laura Malacart, Corinne Pearlman, Tim Pilcher, Warren Pleece, Ian Rakoff, Inko Ai Takita-Lucas, Emma Vieceli, Nye Wright and more!

The programme opened with a free panel discussion on Gay Manga on Friday 1st May 2015, followed by a Myriad Editions ‘Quick Strips’ / Pecha Kucha event featuring a dozen local creators displaying their work.

On Saturday 2nd May various parallel streams included talks on “Older people and comics”, “Do the homeless have a voice in comics” and “Representing the experience of non-verbal Autism”.

You can listen to a podcast of the keynote Q and A – Karrie Fransman interviewed by comics historian and publicist Tim Pilcher.

A recording of the ‘Gay Manga’ panel discussion with Chie Kutsawada, Inko, Ilya and Emma Vieceli, hosted by Alex Fitch.

The conference was organised by Barbara Chamberlin, Alex Fitch and Paul Slater with support from the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Brighton.

Coverage: Janklow and Nesbit PR site on Henny Beaumont at Graphic Brighton
Down the Tubes website
Review of the event on artist Myfanwy Nixon’s blog
Forbidden Planet International blog
Broadway Baby cultural events website
Escape Books on Warren Pleece at Graphic Brighton
The Streets Today website interview with co-curator Alex Fitch
Cartoon County website
Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton page

Graphic Brighton 2014

The inaugural Graphic Brighton Conference, held at the City Campus of the University of Brighton took place on 25th May 2014.

With a focus on local comic book and graphic novel creators, guests included Hannah Berry, Paul Collicutt, Lawrence Elwick, John Higgins, David Lloyd, Tim Pilcher, Chris Riddell, Nicola Streeten, Paul O’Connell, Daniel Locke and many more.

Hannah Berry, Ian Williams, Hannah Eaton, Corinne Pearlman and David Lloyd at Graphic Brighton 2014 – photos by Paul Slater

You can hear podcast recordings from the conference including:

“What makes a good graphic novel” part 1, featuring Hannah Berry, Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten

part 2 featuring Pearlman, Berry, Streeten, Eaton, David Lloyd and Ian Williams

Keynote interview with Chris Riddell discussing his career as a political cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, in conversation with Alex Fitch

The conference was organised by Barbara Chamberlin, Alex Fitch and Paul Slater in association with C21 – Research in 21st Century Writings at the University of Brighton.

Coverage: Down the Tubes website
Geek Syndicate website
Comics Beat website
C21 at the University of Brighton page

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