Comics Up Close - New Perspectives in Comics comes to Manchester in February 2023

Creative Manchester is delighted to present the upcoming Comics Up Close event, in partnership with Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Sheffield Hallam University

This event will be an insightful consideration of what makes comics special, bringing together world-renowned comics creators from across the globe to present new and exciting perspectives in comics, as well as new research and thinking. It will be of notable use to comics-inspired academics, researchers, and students, along with comics creators and teachers. Speakers will include Dave McKean and Benoît Peeters.

Dave, auteur and comic maker, will reflect on how new technological advances, including AI, are presenting new opportunities to define what it is to create, draw, and consume comics, examining new developments that have stirred great debate amongst creators in recent months. Benoît, comics writer and scholar, meanwhile, will cover the role of comics in the arts and how they occupy a particular cultural space.

‘What makes Comics Up Close special is the coming together of comics creatives, academics, and thinkers,’ says event co-ordinator and Festival co-Director, Richard Foster. ‘The result is an inspiring and exciting mix of new perspectives on comics.’

The event takes place on Tuesday 21 February 2023, and forms part of the global celebration of UNESCO International Mother Language Day, and will be held at Manchester Museum, following its £15million transformation.

Booking information

Tuesday 21 February, 11.00am-5.00pm (registration from 10.00am); Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL.

£25.00 – including lunch and refreshments.

If you would like to attend this event, please book via our booking page.

Comics Up Close is an event created by Lakes International Comic Art Festival, in partnership with Creative Manchester for The University of Manchester and Sheffield Hallam University. It is supported by Arts Council England, CAE, Creative Europe, Lyon BD, Escola Joso - Barcelona, Comic Art Museum - Brussels.