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Dr Ian Hague

Interim Contextual and Theoretical Studies Leader
London College of Communication
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Ian  Hague


Dr Ian Hague is a Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator and Research Coordinator in the Design School at London College of Communication. His research looks at sensory and material cultures, with a particular focus on comics and related forms. Ian is the author of Comics and the Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge 2014). He co-edited Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge 2015), Contexts of Violence in Comics and Representing Acts of Violence in Comics (both Routledge 2020).

In 2009, Ian founded Comics Forum, an annual conference that runs as part of the Thought Bubble sequential art festival. In 2011 he launched the Comics Forum website, which publishes scholarship from around the world. In 2018 he co-founded the Comics Research Hub (CoRH) at UAL.

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

Ian is currently researching digital comics.


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)
  • Danqing Xu, Creating a Personified Commercial Portal: Analyzing IP characters in China in the Internet Era (Lead supervisor)


Communication and graphic design
Curation and culture