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Comics Research Network


'Who's making the rules?'
Emerging trans voices in comics

Wednesday 17th January 2024

FAB (room and time TBC)

This event is set up as a reading group led by Dr Ash Kayte StokoeLink opens in a new window from the University of Birmingham. We will be exploring trans representations in contemporary comics, questioning their role in sustaining or disrupting the idea of the good trans object, one that 'fold[s] transness into the visual economy of existing normative media', 'minimizing the threat that transgender embodiment poses to the dominant models of gender and sex upon which realist, mediated worlds rely' (Cáel M. Keegan, 2022). We will be looking at specific comics examples. Links to extracts to these will be circulated in the next few weeks. For that reason, we kindly ask you to please send us an email to express your interest in participating to


The event is open to students, PGRs and staff of all levels. No prior knowledge of comic books or trans studies is required, just curiosity and enthusiasm!

This event aims to be an inclusive space and no transphobic, homophobic, misogynistic, ableist, racist or xenophobic discussions will be tolerated.

London gothic ‘made in Italy’
Transnational, translational, and transmedial readings of Dylan Dog
The Comics Research Network will be taking part in the Festival of the GothicLink opens in a new window in collaboration with the Italian Studies department and the Study Café with the workshop London gothic ‘made in Italy’: Transnational, translational, and transmedial readings of Dylan Dog. The workshop will take place on the Mezzanine floor FAB M0.02 from 14-17, and it will be divided into three sections focusing on the Transcultural (14-15), Translational (15-16), and Transmedial (16-17) elements of Italian comic book series Dylan Dog. You can attend each thematic section separately.

We hope we can see many of you there!
N.B Participants don't be spooked! No previous knowledge of Italian is required to attend the workshop 👻
Poster of the event

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