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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.
Lecturer in Illustration and Critical and Historical Studies
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.
Miers, John, Chessum, Thierry and Davies, Paul F. (2021) Triangulation (Being the record of a discussion of comics theory conducted on 2nd May 2018, transcribed into words and then comics in the period since.). Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, ISSN (print) 2150-4857 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Wysocki, Lydia, Jackson, Mark, Miers, John, Webster, Jane and Coxon, Brittany (2019) Making the invisible visible : hyperlinked webcomics as alternative points of entry to the digitised Gertrude Bell Archive. International Journal of Heritage Studies, ISSN (print) 1352-7258
Miers, John (2015) Depiction and demarcation in comics : towards an account of the medium as a drawing practice. Studies in Comics, 6(1), pp. 145-156. ISSN (print) 2040-3232
Miers, John (2019) Picturing national and personal acts of violence : modes of depiction in Barefoot Gen. In: Mickwitz, Nina , Horton, Ian and Hague, Ian, (eds.) Representing Acts of Violence in Comics. Abingdon, U.K. and New York, U.S. : Routledge. pp. 19-34. ISBN 9781138484535
Miers, John (2017) Bacon and the cartoonist : the emergence of the figure through two opposing diagrams. In: de Assis, Paulo and Giudici, Paolo, (eds.) The dark precursor : Deleuze and artistic research. Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press. pp. 375-385. 2 ISBN 9789462701182
Miers, John and Grennan, Simon (2015) Dispossession: time, motion and depictive regimes. In: Grennan, Simon and Grove, Lawrence, (eds.) Transforming Anthony Trollope. Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press. pp. 33-54. ISBN 9789462700413
Miers, John (2018) If epilepsy is a dragon, multiple sclerosis is a…. In: Drawing Yourself In and Out of It : The 2nd International Amsterdam Comics Conference; 15 - 17 Nov 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Unpublished)