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Dr John Miers

About

I am a cartoonist, illustrator, teacher and researcher. My artistic practice spans a variety of contexts including branding and promotional design and illustration in the editorial and publishing sectors, including work for The Guardian, Reader's Digest, The Idler, Foyles, Paragraph Publishing and Centaur Media. My primary interest is in narrative illustration, particularly sequential forms such as comics. My comics work is represented in Tate Publishing's survey of the artform Comics Art, and I have been invited to present it at events across the UK and in Amsterdam and Chicago.

My research has been published in British and European peer-reviewed journals and volumes. I am an active member of the comics studies community. I sit on the organising committee of the Transitions symposium (Birkbeck, University of London) and am a founder member of the UAL Comics Research Hub (CorH!).

In addition to my primary role as lecturer in illustration at KSA, I am a visiting lecturer at University of the Arts London and the Royal College of Art.

With Maggie Gray and Nick White, I co-run the Kingston School of Art Comic Club.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Illustration and Critical and Historical Studies

Qualifications

  • PhD Graphic Communication, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
  • Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London
  • BA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

My key research interest is the way in which drawing style creates narrative meanings by guiding audiences' expectations regarding genre, mood and character. I explored this from a theoretical perspective in my PhD (Visual Metaphor and Drawn Narratives, Central Saint Martins, 2017), which developed a synthesis between philosophical understandings of depiction and visual metaphor. More recently I have applied this approach in the field of Graphic Medicine: my Researcher in the Archives residency at London College of Communication resulted in the production of an autobiographical comic book in which I adopted the styles of other artists in order to express and process aspects of living with multiple sclerosis. This publication is now held in the Wellcome Collection, the UK's leading institution exploring the connections between art and health.

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