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Dr Maggie Gray



I am a teacher and researcher in the History and Theory of Illustration Animation with a specialism in Comics, Cartooning, and Visual Narrative.

My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and academic anthologies originating in the UK, US, and Germany, as well as general-audience publications.

I am active in the comics studies community, regularly contributing to conferences and symposia, and sit on the editorial board of Studies in Comics. I have taught the Theory and History of Art and Design, Aesthetics, and Cultural Studies (with an Illustration specialism) as an associate lecturer / postgraduate teaching assistant at Middlesex University, London College of Communications, Central St. Martin's College of Art & Design, and University College London.

Courses taught



  • PhD History of Art, University College London
  • MA History of Art, University College London
  • BA History of Art and English & Related Literature, University of York


My research expertise lies in comics, cartooning, and visual narrative, with a particular interest in the politics of image-making, the social conditions of creative labour, and the materiality of cultural production and consumption. My work to date has centred on the historical development of British comics and its relation to cultures of resistance and political dissent. My PhD research concerned the work of Alan Moore from 1971- 1989 in relation to theories of mass culture and cultural resistance derived from critical theory and cultural studies. My current research focuses on Moore's earliest work as a cartoonist in relation to his wider creative practice as an illustrator, poet, performer and musician, and the larger context of the design, media and politics of the hippie and punk undergrounds. I am particularly interested in the performative aspects of comics, as a mode of drawing and storytelling, and the politics of performance thereby invoked.


Number of items: 15.


Gray, Maggie (2012) Airing Alan Moore's shorts (Conclusion). Comics Forum,

Gray, Maggie (2012) Rummaging around in Alan Moore's shorts (Introduction). Comics Forum,

Gray, Maggie (2011) Alan Moore’s underground : The formation of a dissident cultural practice. Studies in Comics, 2(1), pp. 21-37. ISSN (online) 2040-3232

Gray, Maggie [Reviewer] (2011) Reviews : Alan Moore Storyteller. Studies in Comics, 2(1), pp. 228-232. ISSN (print) 2040-3232

Gray, Maggie [Reviewer] (2010) Book review of 'Alan Moore : Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel' by Annalisa Di Liddo. Studies in Comics, 1(1), pp. 176-178. ISSN (print) 2040-3232

Gray, Maggie (2010) ‘A fistful of dead roses…’. Comics as cultural resistance : Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 1(1), pp. 31-49. ISSN (print) 2150-4857

Book Section

Gray, Maggie (2013) Alan Moore. In: Smith, Matthew J and Duncan, Randy, (eds.) Icons of the American comic book: from Captain America to Wonder Woman. Santa Barbara, USA. : Greenwood. pp. 531-544. (Greenwood Icons) ISBN 9780313399237

Gray, Maggie (2013) A Gothic politics: Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and radical ecology. In: Green, Matthew J A, (ed.) Alan Moore and the Gothic tradition. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 42-62. ISBN 9781784993634

Gray, Maggie (2009) ’The fantasy bribe’ : comics and punk. In: Schneider, Norbert, (ed.) Bildwissenschaft und Visual Culture Studies in der Diskussion [Bildwissenschaft and Visual Culture Studies in Conversation]. Göttingen, Germany : Universitätsverlag Osnabrück at V&R unipress. pp. 63-67. (Kunst und Politik : Jahrbuch der Guernica-Gesellschaft [Art and Politics : Guernica-Gesellschaft Yearbook], no. 10) ISBN 9783899715309

Conference or Workshop Item

Gray, Maggie (2017) Alan Moore, comics and music. In: The Eighth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference part of the Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Bandes Dessinées and Comics 2017 : Borders : Identity, Difference and Representation; 26-30 Jun 2017, Dundee, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gray, Maggie (2017) The freedom of the press : comics production and the Birmingham Arts Lab. In: Comics and Critique : Invigorating Critical Study of the Medium; 03 Jul 2017, Twickenham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sabin, Roger, Round, Julia, Gray, Maggie and Gravett, Paul (2016) Plenary. In: Transitions 7 : New Directions in Comics Studies 2016; 19 Nov 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gray, Maggie (2010) Hanging out with Halo Jones – the first feminist comics heroine? In: Comics Forum 2010 : Women in Comics II; 18 Nov 2010, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gray, Maggie (2010) ‘Nothing but flat, dead wood?’ Comics and ecocriticism. In: Transitions : New Directions in Comics Studies; 05 Nov 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gray, Maggi (2007) 'All comics are political’ Comics as cultural resistance : Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta. In: "The Aesthetics of Trash" : Reassessing Animation and the Comic; 28-29 Aug 2007, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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