Conference Team


Dave Huxley

David is an Independent Researcher, previously a 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

Professor 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 and Dr Madeline B. Gangnes) 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 is an award-winning writer and scholar whose work explores the intersections of Gothic, comics, and children’s literature. Her most recent books include Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels (McFarland, 2014), Gothic for Girls (University Press of Mississippi, 2019), the co-authored Comics and Graphic Novels (Bloomsbury, 2022), and the co-edited Companion to Literary Media (Routledge, 2023), and she has also published over 50 articles and book chapters on various aspects of comics. She is an Associate Professor of English and Comics Studies at Bournemouth University, UK, and a founding editor of Studies in Comics journal (Intellect Books) and the Encapsulations book series (University of Nebraska Press). 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 an Independent Researcher, having previously taught as a senior lecturer on 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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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.