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