Dr Maggie Gray


I am a teacher and researcher in the history and theory of illustration and animation with a specialism in comics, cartooning, and visual narrative.

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

I am active in the comics studies community and sit on the organising committee of the Comics Forum conference, part of the Thought Bubble festival, and the editorial board of the journal Studies in Comics. I'm a member of the Comics & Performance Network and an associate member of the UAL Comics Research Hub (CorH!). I've taught the history of art and design, aesthetics, cultural and contextual studies as an Associate Lecturer at Middlesex University, London College of Communications, Central St. Martin's, and University College London.

With Nick White and John Miers, I co-run the Kingston School of Art Comic Club, ksacomicclub.tumblr.com

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies (Illustration Animation)


  • 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
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


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 recent 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: 37.


Gray, Maggie (2020) UK Underground Comix: Ar:Zak, the Birmingham Arts Lab, and Streetcomix #4. Confessions of an Aca-fan,

Gray, Margaret [Reviewer] (2019) Book Review of: 'The expanding art of comics : ten modern masterpieces' by Thierry Groensteen, translated by Ann Miller. European Comic Art, 12(1), pp. 111-116. ISSN (print) 1754-3797

Gray, Maggie (2019) Popular. Kunst und Politik : Jahrbuch der Guernica-Gesellschaft, 21, pp. 131-139. ISSN (print) 1439-0205

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

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 (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

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 (2017) Alan Moore, out from the underground : cartooning, performance and dissent. New York, U.S. : Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave studies in comics and graphic novels) ISBN 9783319665078

Book Section

Gray, Maggie (2020) The freedom of the press : comics, labor and value in the Birmingham Arts Lab. In: Giddens, Thom, (ed.) Critical directions in comics studies. University Press of Mississippi. (In Press)

Gray, Maggie (2020) The risks of representation : making gender and violence visible in 'The Ballad of Halo Jones'. In: Mickwitz, Nina , Horton, Ian and Hague, Ian, (eds.) Representing acts of violence in comics. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 139-158. (Routledge Advances in Comics Studies) ISBN 9781138484535

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 (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, Margaret (2011) Saga of the Swamp Thing. In: Gravett, Paul, (ed.) 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. Universe Publishing. pp. 467. ISBN 9780789322715

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], (10)) ISBN 9783899715309

Conference or Workshop Item

Gray, Maggie and Horton, Ian (2021) Art history for comics: past, present and potential futures. In: Comics|Histories Conference; 16 - 17 July 2021, Held online. (Unpublished)

Gray, Maggie, Metwally, Calico and Moffat, Cameron (2021) Dismantling the single story : (how) can we decolonise illustration history? In: Illustration Research Symposium; 11 - 12 Feb 2021, Kingston upon Thames, U.K. (Held online).

Gray, Maggie (2020) Cartooning and performance: 'cartoon style' alternative theatre. In: Cartoon Animation: Satire and Subversion; 17 Feb 2020, Farnham, Surrey. (Unpublished)

Gray, Margaret (2019) “Talk to me in a language I can understand”: constructing cartoon storyworlds in alternative theatre. In: Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bande Dessinées; 24th - 28th June 2019, Manchester Metropolitan University. (Submitted)

Gray, Margaret (2019) Performing form and playing in print: comics in Oxford’s other paper. In: Oxford Comics Network; 05 Feb 2019, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gray, Maggie (2018) Drawing attention to drawing, performing print : Alan Moore, underground cartoonist. In: Drawing Yourself In and Out of It : The 2nd International Amsterdam Comics Conference; 15 - 17 Nov 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Unpublished)

Gray, Maggie (2018) Putting reality into the hands of people : a comics materialism. In: Transitions 8 : New Directions in Comics Studies; 10 Nov 2018, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gray, Margaret (2018) The sound of the underground : Alan Moore, cartooning and music. In: Graphic Brighton : Music and Comics; 19 - 20 Jul 2018, Brighton, U.K..

Gray, Margaret (2018) Alan Moore : original cartoonist. In: The original writer : reading Alan Moore; 17 Mar 2018, London, 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)

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)

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 (2012) A Gothic politics : Alan Moore's 'Swamp Thing' and radical ecology. In: Contemporary Fiction Research Seminar; 30 Jun 2012, London, 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, 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) Heroes. In: Bright Club : The Thinking Person's Variety Night : Heroes; 14 Jun 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gray, Maggie (2009) Seriously into Comics. In: Thought Bubble Comics Festival; 19-22 Nov 2009, Saviles Hall, Leeds. (Submitted)

Gray, Maggie (2008) ‘The Fantasy Bribe’ comics, punk and the perfect product. In: Marxism in Culture; 2008, Institute of Historical Research, London. (Submitted)

Gray, Maggie (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)

Gray, Maggie (2007) The Quest for Cultural Legitimacy: Comics in the Gallery. In: Location: Museum, Academy, Studio, 34th Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians; 2007, London, U.K..

Sound Recording

Gray, Maggie [Interviewee] and Fitch, Alex [Interviewer] (2018) Panel borders : Comics academia. (Radio broadcast).

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