IMLD 2023 – Comics up Close with Creative Manchester and University of Manchester

  • DATE

    21 February 2023

  • TIME

    10:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome


    £25 (includes lunch)


    Manchester Museum
    University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PL

COMICS UP CLOSE – New Perspectives in Comics 2023
Why Comics? What Can They Do? The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in partnership with Creative Manchester and Sheffield Hallam University invite you to join a day packed with new and exciting perspectives on comics in Manchester Musuem’s Kanaris Theatre.

Bringing together leading academics, world renowned comic creators and comic advocates from across the globe, the day will present new research and thinking on comics. 

Contributors will include: 

Dave McKean, one of the UK’s leading illustrators, photographers, comic book artists and filmmakers, reflecting on new technological advances, especially Artificial Intelligence, and how these are redefining what it is to create, to draw and consume comics. 

Benoit Peeters, previously the UK’s first professor of comics at Lancaster University, currently professor at the Collège de France in Paris and also a writer, thinker and the creator of The Obscure Cities comic series with the Belgian artist François Schuiten, exploring what makes comics special and particular in the world of arts and culture. 

Also featured will be presentations on comics and social change across Europe, comics and racial identities in Latin America and a survey of comics and social change in the UK over two centuries, plus much more. 


We have created a page showing the public transport options for reaching each IMLD event venue and a page with various itineraries to help you turn IMLD into a day out.