Comics and Film module (CG50009)

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This module introduces students to the relationship between comics and film. These mediums have, in many respects, a shared history.

This module examines the similarities and differences between comics and film through analysis of comics that have been adapted into films, and films that have been adapted into comics. We explore issues of fidelity, and the complex relationship between these two visual mediums.


Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment, as follows:

  • Presentation (30%)
  • Research essay (70%), 3,000 words


Dr Chris Murray and Dr Brian Hoyle


  • Week 1: Introduction - Comics and Film
  • Week 2: No Seminar
  • Week 3: Various American Splendor comics by Harvey Pekar American Splendor and (2003, Dir. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini)
  • Week 4: No Seminar
  • Week 5: A History of Violence (1997, John Wagner and Vince Locke) and A History of Violence (2005, Dir. David Cronenberg)
  • Week 6: No Seminar
  • Week 7: The Walking Dead (2003 - present, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard) and The Walking Dead (2010, Dir. Frank Darabont, et al)
  • Week 8: No Seminar
  • Week 9: Watchmen (1986, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons) and Watchmen (2009, Dir.  Zack Synder)
  • Week 10: No Seminar
  • Week 11: Kick Ass (Mark Millar and John Romita Jr) and Kick Ass (2010, Dir. Matthew Vaughn)
  • Week 12: No Seminar
  • Week 13: Various Judge Dredd comics by John Wagner (1977 - present) and Dredd3D (2012, Dir. Pete Travis)