Conference Team

Dave Huxley

Dave Huxley

Senior Lecturer on the MMU BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies course. His subject specialisms are the Graphic Novel and the Comic Strip, Censorship, Hollywood Film and Animation. He is the author of Nasty Tales: Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll in the Underground (1990) and Lone Heroes and the Myth of the American West in Comic Books, 1945-1962 (2018) and has written widely on American and British generic comics, and has written and illustrated a range of adult and children’s comics. He has supervised a wide range of PhDs in the fields of the graphic novel and the comic strip, horror, genre and national film and examined a wide range of Phds in film and media studies. He is the editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Routledge, 2010-).

Chris Murray

Dr Murray’s research interests are in comics, film and popular culture, specifically the theorisation of how popular visual culture relates to other discourses (literature, art, and politics).

Chris has published on various aspects of comics, including:

        • the relationship between American superhero comics, popular culture and propaganda during World War Two;
        • the comics of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison;
        • Independent/small press comics (mini-comics);
        • British comics, specifically DC Thomson.

Chris is editor (along with Dr Julia Round) of the peer-reviewed comics journal, Studies in Comics (Intellect Books).

He is Secretary of the Scottish Word and Image Group, which researches aspects of the relationship between verbal and visual representation.

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Julia Round

Julia’s research examines the intersections of Gothic, comics and children’s literature. Her books include Gothic for Girls: Misty and British Comics (UP Mississippi, 2019, winner of the Broken Frontier Award for Best Book on Comics), Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Critical Approach (McFarland, 2014), and the co-edited collection Real Lives Celebrity Stories (Bloomsbury, 2014). She is a Principal Lecturer at Bournemouth University, where she is also Deputy Head of the Narrative Culture and Community Research Centre and Programme Leader for the MA English and Literary Media course. She co-edits Studies in Comics journal (Intellect) and the book series Encapsulations (University of Nebraska Press), and is one of the organisers of the annual International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference (IGNCC). She shares her work at

Joan Ormrod

Joan’s research explores gender and representations in comics.  Her books include Wonder Woman, the Female Body and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury Academic 2020), co-edited collections Superheroes and Identities (with Mel Gibson and David Huxley, Routledge, 2015), Time Travel in Popular Media (with Matt Jones, McFarland and Co. 2015).  She is currently researching UK romance comics and girlhood and published preliminary research ‘Reading production and culture UK teen Girl comics from 1955 to 1960,’ in Girlhood Studies, (2018) 11 (3). pp. 8-33.

She is a senior lecturer, teaching units at Manchester Metropolitan University in Film and Media BA Hons in The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University.

She edits Routledge’s Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics ( and is one of the organising team for the annual International Graphic Novels and Comics Conference (IGNCC).

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Ian Hague

Dr Ian Hague is a Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator and Research Coordinator in the Design School at London College of Communication (University of the Arts London). Ian is the author of Comics and the Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge 2014), and the co-editor (with Carolene Ayaka) of Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge 2015). He also co-edited (with Ian Horton and Nina Mickwitz) Representing Acts of Violence in Comics and Contexts of Violence in Comics. He is the founder and director of Comics Forum (, an academic organisation dedicated to the production and dissemination of comics scholarship.

Mark Hibbett

As well as being a PhD student at UAL, Mark Hibbett is a Research Data Manager working on the University’s REF submission. He holds an MA in Creative Writing and publishes the weekly ‘Marvel Age Doom’ blog at

Ian Horton

Ian Horton is a Reader in Graphic Communication at the University of the Arts London. He is associate editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and his research is focused on comic books, graphic design and illustration. His book Hard Werken: One for All (Graphic Art & Design 1979–1994) [co-authored with Bettina Furnee] is the first academic study of this influential avant-garde Dutch graphic design studio and was published by Valiz in 2018. In 2014, along with Lydia Wysocki (Applied Comics Etc) and John Swogger (archaeological illustrator and comic book artist), he founded the Applied Comics Network.

Nina Mickwitz

Nina Mickwitz teaches Contextual and Theoretical Studies at London College of Communication. She is the author of Documentary Comics (2016).

Roger Sabin

Roger Sabin is Professor of Popular Culture at the University of the Arts London. He has written several histories of comics, and was part of the team that put together the Marie Duval Archive. He is series editor for the booklist Palgrave Studies in Comics, and consults on curating (Tate Gallery, British Museum, British Library). The ‘Sabin Award’ is given yearly at the IGNCC.