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 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.
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
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.