Speakers, Authors and Exhibitors

(G - M)

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University specialising in teaching and research relating to comics, graphic novels, picturebooks and fiction for children. Her doctoral thesis was on British women's memories of their girlhood comics reading. 


Mel has also run training and promotional events about comics, manga and graphic novels for libraries, schools and other organizations since 1993 when she contributed to Graphic Account on developing graphic novels collections for 16-25 year olds, published by the Youth Libraries Group. Mel runs also training events on working with young adults in libraries and working with picture books.


Mel’s website http://www.dr-mel-comics.co.uk/

Luke James Halsall

Luke James Halsall is a British comic book writer. He is best known for Out of Time, the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards nominated book for best comic and iHero. His work has been published in DC Thomson, Avery Hill Publishing, Grayhaven, Watercloset Press, Clockwork Goat Comics and others. He is a founding member of the Glasgow League of Writers. Upcoming work includes editing the Glasgow League of Writers anthology, iHero 3 and Out of Time 4. 

Alan Henderson


The Penned Guin comic strip features the fun antics of a funny group of penguins from the pen of writer/artist Alan Henderson. With family friendly humour for all the comics have covered topics as diverse as meeting other zoo animals through to choosing the right tie for a job interview.




Based in West Lothian, Alan started releasing the daily webcomic in early 2013 to the website - pennedguins.tumblr.com and this was followed by a number of self published collections.  Alan successfully crowd funded the Penned Guin Treasury Edition at the start of 2017 allowing the penguins to travel across the globe from New Zealand to a over the USA.

John Higgins

John Higgins is probably best known for his colour work on Watchmen. In 2005 he was invited to return to the world of Watchmen to oversee the digital re-colouring for the Absolute edition of the book. He was also involved in Before Watchmen, co-writing and illustrating Curse of the Crimson Corsair in 2012. 


John has worked as an artist, and sometimes writer, on such diverse characters as Judge Dredd, Batman and Jonah Hex.


At the end of the nineties John self-published the first issue of the acclaimed comic-book Razorjack, for which he was the sole creator, artist, writer and tea maker. In 2013 the collected edition of John’s creation Razorjack was published by Titan Books.


Going back to DC/Vertigo for a new original series 'Jacked' written by Eric Kripke in 2015 and he also found time to illustrate a special set of Royal Mail stamps ready for the 350th Anniversary of the Great fire of London in 2016.


2016 is also the year John has spent preparing an autobiographical art book 'Beyond colouring Watchmen, the art of John Higgins' to be published by Liverpool University Press to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition of his work at the Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool, opening in March 2017 running until October 2017.




Donna Hill

Donna is a freelance illustrator based in the North East of England who graduated from University of Sunderland with a BA in Illustration and Design. Using bold colours and quirkiness enjoys creating hand drawn canvas bags in her latest adventure. Her artwork can be found at 

Toni McWaters

Hey everyone!
My name is Toni and I work as a freelance illustrator and designer in Durham after graduating from Sunderland University in 2014. My work often shows a fantasy or folk element, with the occasional spooky theme, which can then vary to a very cute style. I make one-off illustrations to sell as prints, as well as a range of accessories such as key charms and badges on my Easy store. I have done a variety of freelance projects including business cards, logos, personal commissions and I am currently working on a children’s book. 
I have a lot of big plans for my illustration development and can’t wait to share it with the world!

University of Sunderland,


City Campus,

Chester Road,

Sunderland SR1 3SD

Nearest Mainline Station: Sunderland

Nearest Metro: University 


Saturday June 3, 2017

10.00am - 5.00pm

Admission Free


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