Future Perfect: The Changing Face of Girls' Comics

The world of girls’ comics is full of mystery, adventure, romance and time travel. This fun event for all the family explores the history of comic titles such as Misty, Tammy, Jackie and Jinty using the Femorabilia comics collection held at Liverpool John Moores University. Drop in any time during the day to look at classic comics, find out the value of any titles you have, or have a go at drawing and colouring your own comic strips.

Learn more from our experts who have written for, drawn and researched girls’ comics and magazines:

10am – 4pm Drop-in activities to include viewing and valuations table, drawing table, writing advice (and face painting)
11am Girls’ Comics and their Readers: Dr. Mel Gibson, University of Northumbria
12noon: Feminism and zines - changing the world with comic strips: Rachael House, artist
1.30pm: Writing for Young People: Cathy Cassidy, author and former Jackie fiction editor
3pm Panel discussion session with all three speakers

Dr. Mel Gibson, University of Northumbria. Mel specialises in teaching and research relating to children and young people, literature and media and has a huge interest in visual literacies.  She is also a comics, graphic novels and Manga scholar and consultant. In addition to her research in this area she has run training and promotional events about comics and graphic novels for libraries, schools and other organizations since 1993.
Rachel House, Artist. Rachel is a campaigning artist who has exhibited widely and creates comics with a DIY ethos. She is a lifelong comics reader and experienced speaker and workshop facilitator, interested in superheroes, girls comics, graphic novels, queerzines and the alternative titles from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Her work is currently on show at Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics at the House of Illustration in London.
Cathy Cassidy, Author. Cathy has written more than 20 popular novels for girls, including Life is Sweet and Looking Glass Girl. As a child she loved to make her own comics, went on to study at Liverpool School of Art, then worked as fiction editor on Jackie magazine. After living in Scotland for a time, she is now back in Merseyside, busy writing and also campaigning on behalf of public libraries.

Venue: The Black-E, 1 Great George Street, L1 5EW
Date: Saturday 7th May 
Time: 10.30am - 5pm
Tickets: Free. No tickets required

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