Comics Laureate Spotlight


Welcome to our new section dedicated to our Comics Laureate!

Stephen L. Holland, the co-owner, co-manager and sole curator of Page 45, the European-style comic shop in Nottingham, who's also a freelance artist and and is a fervent champion for quality and diversity in comics, was announced as the new Comics Laureate 2021-2023 at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival during LICAF Live, on Friday 9th October 2020.

The Comics Laureate is an ambassadorial and educational role for the comic genre and aims to raise awareness of the impact comics can have in terms of increasing literacy and creativity.

The Comics Laureate appointment is made biennially to a distinguished comics creator, writer, artist or advocate in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the genre.

Working closely with the Lakes International Comics Art Festival, the Comics Laureate champions the role of comics in improving literacy through a programme of educational visits, workshop events, guest appearances and conferences.

A key focus will be working to increase the acceptance of comics as a creative art form in schools, libraries and throughout the education system.

• For information on the Comics Laureate’s upcoming appearances please contact Carole Tait


Reading recommendations from our Comics Laureate

Covering a wide range of genres from science fiction and fantasy to crime and horror our recommended reading list by Stephen L. Holland, our Comics Laureate 2021-2023, has something for everyone!

UK Comics Laureate

Stephen L. Holland is our Comics Laureate 2021-2023. The appointment is is an ambassadorial and educational role for the comic genre and aims to raise awareness of the impact comics can have in terms of increasing literacy and creativity.