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UK Submits to New Comics Overlord Dave Gibbons

Written by Jude Terror on Friday, October 17 2014 and posted in News with Benefits
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UK Submits to New Comics Overlord Dave Gibbons

Gibbons will rule the country with an iron fist!


Source: Press Release

According to a press release sent to The Outhouse this morning, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons has been named the new Comics Laureate of the United Kingdom, the first person to hold the title. We're not sure exactly what a Comics Laureate is and we only read the subject line of our press emails, but it sounds vaguely latin so we're going to assume it is akin to n emporer and Gibbons will rule over the people of the UK, weilding ultimate power and crushing anyone who opposes him. And that sounds good to us - Gibbons is a comics legend, and anyway, anyone is better than David Cam... what's that? Oh, really? Folks, I'm being told that Dave Gibbons will not have any official power under his title of Comics Laureate. Well, don't I feel foolish. I guess I'll just post the press release:

DAVE GIBBONS NAMED UK’S FIRST COMICS LAUREATE

Bestselling graphic novelist Dave Gibbons is to become the first Comics Laureate. The announcement was made by internationally acclaimed comics authority and graphic novelist Scott McCloud at the launch of new charity Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on 17th October.

The role of Comics Laureate is to be appointed biennially to a distinguished comics writer or artist in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the field. Their role is to champion children’s literacy through school visits, training events for school staff and education conferences. Dave Gibbons has won universal praise for his comics and graphic novel work for Marvel and DC Comics including the ground-breaking Watchmen (with Alan Moore), as well as the UK’s own 2000AD and Doctor Who. "It’s a great honour for me to be nominated as the first Comics Laureate,” he says. “I intend to do all that I can to promote the acceptance of comics in schools. It’s vitally important not only for the pupils but for the industry too.” Dave Gibbons takes up his two-year position from February 2015.

Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) is a new UK charity formed by a group of passionate, highly experienced professionals from the fields of education and comics. Its primary aim is to improve the literacy levels of children and to promote the variety and quality of comics and graphic novels today, particularly in the education sector.

The Board of CLAw’s trustees includes renowned graphic novelist Bryan Talbot, winner of the 2012 Costa Award for Best Biography for Dotter Of Her Father’s Eyes (a collaboration with his wife Mary Talbot). He says, "In many other countries, comics and graphic novels have been used extensively in literacy drives. The sheer accessibility of the medium, the way in which complex information can be easily absorbed through its combination of words and pictures, actively encourages reading in those intimidated by endless blocks of cold print.”

The other trustees are Julie Tait, Director of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival; Ian Churchill, comic book artist for DC and Marvel, and writer/artist on his Image Comics title Marineman; Emma Hayley, Managing Director and Publisher of UK’s independent graphic novel company, SelfMadeHero; Paul Register, school librarian and founder of the Stan Lee Excelsior Award; and Dr. Mel Gibson, comics scholar and senior lecturer at Northumbria University.

Alongside the Comics Laureateship, CLAw will work closely with schools on a number of initiatives, including staff training events and classroom visits by comics professionals. They will liaise with museums and galleries on a variety of comics-related projects, and provide reading lists and general guidance to school staff and parents unfamiliar with the comics medium, demonstrating the wider educational benefits it can offer.





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