UK Comics Laureate

Charlie Adlard, best known as the comic artist behind The Walking Dead series, is the UK’s Comics Laureate 2017–2019. Hannah Berry, award-winning author and creator of the critically-acclaimed graphic novels Adamtine and Livestock, is the new UK Comics Laureate 2019-2021, picking up the baton from Charlie Adlard in March this year.

Charlie Adlard - the UK's Comics Laureate 2017–2019

The Walking Dead - artwork by Charlie Adlard

The Lake District - For Comics and Quiet Imaginings by Charlie Adlard for LICAF 2016

Hannah Berry - the UK's Comics Laureate 2019-2021

Livestock - artwork by Hannah Berry

Draw the Line - artwork by Hannah Berry

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 or artist in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the genre.

Working closely with the Lakes International Comics Art Festival, the Comics Laureate will champion 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 artform in schools, libraries and throughout the education system.

"The power of comics to encourage learning and develop literacy shouldn’t be underestimated. Comics can connect with people who may never pick up a normal book and really help encourage a love of reading. I see this as a great opportunity to bring the wonder of comics to a wider audience."

- Charlie Adlard, UK Comics Laureate 2017-2019

Guest appearances for Charlie Adlard have included an event targeted at school librarians, literacy co-ordinators and those involved in literacy in schools in Birmingham; an event at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and a guest appearance at the Amiens Comic Festival.

UK's Comic Laureate 2019-2021

Hannah Berry was announced as the new Comics Laureate 2019-2021 at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, in Kendal, on 13 October 2018.

"Comics are the perfect gateway drug to literacy - warm and inviting yet often surprising and challenging: the artful union of universal pictorial language and the written word. I gained my love of language as a child through reading comics, and I look forward to inviting new audiences to discover comics for themselves.”

- Hannah Berry, UK Comics Laureate 2019-2021

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

Charlie Adlard

Charlie Adlard is the artist behind the highly successful The Walking Dead comic series, now a popular TV series and video game. He’s also worked on many other comic projects including 2000AD, Mars Attacks, the X-Files, Judge Dredd and X-Men.

Charlie Adlard picks up the baton from Dave Gibbons, the first Comics Laureate appointed in February 2015. Comic artist Dave Gibbons is best known for his artwork on Watchmen as well as numerous creative projects for Marvel, DC Comics and 2000AD.

Hannah Berry

Hannah Berry is an award-winning author and creator of the critically-acclaimed graphic novels Adamtine and Livestock. Her first graphic novel Britten & Brülightly, begun while studying illustration at the University of Brighton, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2008. It has subsequently been published in the USA, Italy, Holland, France and Serbia, with the French edition chosen for the official selection of the 2010 Angoulême International Comics Festival. Further credits include work for New Statesman and a monthly cartoon strip for Prospect magazine.

 

Supporters

The Comics Laureate is kindly supported by Lancaster University, Peters (the UK’s leading supplier of books and furniture for nurseries, schools, academies and public libraries) and Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

With additional support from Bryan Talbot.

You can download below an article by Benoît Peeters, the UK’s Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art at Lancaster University (in association with LICAF).