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Dr Ian Hague

Contextual & Theoretical Studies Coordinator
London College of Communication
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Ian  Hague


Dr Ian Hague is a Senior Lecturer and Year 3 Coordinator in Contextual and Theoretical Studies at London College of Communication (UAL), where he is based in the Interaction Design and Visual Communication Programme. His research looks at comics and graphic novels, and how they engage with questions of materiality and experience. Ian is the author of Comics and the Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge 2014) and the co-editor of Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge 2015), as well as numerous shorter pieces.

In 2009, Ian founded Comics Forum, an annual conference on comics that runs as part of the Thought Bubble sequential art festival in Leeds. In 2011, he launched the Comics Forum website, which publishes scholarship from a wide range of academics and thinkers on comics from around the world.

Ian is also an experienced designer, having worked as a PowerPoint Designer at OgilvyOne Business from 2014-2017, and as a freelance designer and illustrator in various contexts. Previous clients include Adobe, Dow Corning, MasterCard, Oracle, Philips, SITA and Vodafone.

Ian's current research looks at the questions digital comics pose around materiality, economics, histories and geographies. He is also the co-editor (with LCC colleagues Dr Ian Horton and Dr Nina Mickwitz) of two edited collections about violence in comics: Contexts of Violence in Comics and Representing Acts of Violence in Comics (forthcoming from Routledge).


Current research students

  • Thomas Gebhart, Collecting UK Digital Comics: Social, cultural and technological factors for cultural institutions (Joint supervisor)
  • Paul Jackson, Do worlds have frames? Another narrative, another drawing: an ontology of the ‘unbounded’ story. (Joint supervisor)
  • Valerie Mace, Cultivating atmospheres in public foyers: the interplay between space, governance and participation (Joint supervisor)


Communication and graphic design
Curation and culture