Introduction to Comics

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Module code


  • Level 1
  • Semester 1
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • Saturday mornings classes 9.30 to 12.30


This module will introduce students to the history of comics and encourage them to foster an understanding of comics texts through critical analysis and creative work; and to introduce the skills required to undertake an undergraduate degree of which comics is a component.

The module combines a critical history of the comics medium with practical exercises and assignments. There will be 5 x 3 hour workshops on Saturday mornings. The workshops will be broken up with lecture/seminar and creative workshop, with each session ending with a reflection on the creative work with feedback from the tutors and peers. For the creative element, students may concentrate on a particular aspect of comics e.g. writing or art, and there will be an opportunity for collaboration. The indicative module content is as follows:

  • Week 1: Introduction – Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels
  • Week 2: Genre, Character, Story
  • Week 3: Autobiography & Truth Games
  • Week 4: International Comics Cultures
  • Week 5: Showcase: Exhibition and Performance event


Dr Damon Herd


There will be 5 x three-hour lectures/seminar/workshops fortnightly for this module. All modules are supported by VLEs and staff office hours for individual consultation. Consultation via email or phone is also offered.


  • 4 x journals (300 words each) (50%)
  • Comics creation (50%)