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Professor Roger Sabin

Central Saint Martins
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Roger  Sabin


Roger Sabin’s research has an emphasis on the history of comics and cartooning, but takes in film, TV, and other popular forms – including subcultural studies. He is the author or editor of seven books, including 'Adult Comics' (Routledge 'Major Works'), 'Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels' (Phaidon), 'The Lasting of the Mohicans' (University Press of Mississippi), 'Punk Rock: So What?' (Routledge), and 'Cop Shows: A Critical History of Police Drama on Television' (McFarland). He was part of the team that put together the 2016 Marie Duval Archive ( He serves on the boards of eight research journals, and is Series Editor for the booklist 'Palgrave Studies in Comics'; and Series Co-Editor for 'Palgrave Studies in Comedy'. His journalism includes work for 'The Guardian', 'BBC' and 'Channel 4', and curatorial consultancy includes 'The British Museum', 'The British Library' and 'Tate Gallery'. The 'Sabin Award' is presented annually at the 'International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference'.

Roger’s work on publications draws from theories around seriality (especially how stories develop in different contexts), and his subcultural research is focused on the 1960s-90s. He is currently investigating the Victorian entertainment business, and how music halls, penny papers, and advertising meshed together to create a template for the multi-platform industry we see today. He has two books in process.

In terms of PhD students, he has 17 completions to date, and welcomes applications on any aspect of pop culture, including practice-based (for example, creating a graphic novel).

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Marie Duval presents Ally Sloper: the female cartoonist and popular theatre in London 1869-85, £55,080.05, (2014-2016)

Research Outputs

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Current research students

  • Gareth Brookes, How can the handmade object and the book as object be applied to develop the practice of comics? (Lead supervisor)
  • Barbara Chamberlin, Haunted by her histories: representing the witch in post-millennial comics. (Lead supervisor)
  • Martin de la Iglesia, Manga publishing in Europe (Joint supervisor)
  • Simon Eden, Collage, New Alchemy and the Graphic Novel Memoir – Remembering the Future. (Lead supervisor)
  • Thomas Gebhart, Collecting UK Digital Comics: Social, cultural and technological factors for cultural institutions (Lead supervisor)
  • Timothy Patrick Gibney, Smiley’s People – ageing, legacy and meaning in Britain’s acid house subculture (Lead supervisor)
  • Simon Grennan, Comic Strips and the Making of Meaning: Emotion, Intersubjectivity and Narrative Drawing. (Lead supervisor)
  • Mark Hibbett, Doctor Doom In The Marvel Age: An Empirical Approach To Transmedia Character Coherence (Lead supervisor)
  • Guy Lawley, The history of comics as printed colour: technological change and the production of culture (Lead supervisor)
  • Penelope Mendonca, Mothers Storying the Absent Father: A Graphic Novel. (Lead supervisor)
  • Lindsey Moore, Edith Head - "Dress Doctor": Her Role as Disseminator of Fasion Advice and her Involvement with and Influence on American Fashion from 1945 to 1981. (Lead supervisor)
  • Leah Muwanga-Magoye, Afrofuturism and the British African Diaspora: a graphic novel. (Lead supervisor)
  • Ana Bastos Raposo, 30 Years of Agitprop: The Representation of 'Extreme' Politics in Music Packaging in the UK from 1978 to 2008. (Lead supervisor)
  • Clari Searle, Comics for Finding the Funny (Lead supervisor)
  • Ewelina Warner, Non-existent heroes and hoax events in Czech popular culture (1970-2010): comedy and national identity in a colonial and post-colonial context (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

  • Marc Baines, British Underground and Alternative Comics, 1980-1990, Glasgow School of Art, 2002-2004: MPhil supervisor, as Second Supervisor. (Joint supervisor)
  • Russell Bestley, If You're Going to Reminisce, Then You Need to Do It Properly: Punk Rock and Graphic Design in the Faraway Towns, 1977-1984. (Lead supervisor)
  • Shaun Cole, Sexuality, Identity and the Clothed Male Body. (Lead supervisor)
  • Michael Connerty, The Comic Strip Work of Jack B. Yeats (Lead supervisor)
  • Rikke Cortsen, Comics as Assemblage – How Spatio-Temporality in Comics is constructed, University of Copenhagen, 2010-2013 PhD supervisor, as Second Supervisor. (Joint supervisor)
  • Ahmed Mauroof Jameel, The 'Potential' for Writing Graphic Novels: A Practice-based Investigation Using Constraints to Illuminate Writer-Artist Collaboration. (Lead supervisor)
  • Dean Kelland, An Enquiry into Masculine Identity Through a Multimedia Arts Practice Drawing on Representations within British Situation Comedy. (Lead supervisor)
  • Raymond Kinsella, Post-war Britain’s First Youth Subculture: The Jazz Scene in Soho, 1945-1950 (Lead supervisor)
  • Bethany Lamont, Post-Traumatic Web Disorder': Navigating the Relationship Between Childhood Abuse and Digital Spaces. (Lead supervisor)
  • Daniel Marrone, Between History and Memory: Ambivalent Longing in the Work of Seth, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2010-2013: PhD supervisor, as ‘Primary Supervisor’ (Lead supervisor)
  • John Miers, Can You Read it This Way? Tracing and Expanding the Limits of Comic-strip Storytelling Through Practice.
  • Elisa Oliver, Hanging About: The 1970s 'Teenage Moment' in Contemporary British Art (Lead supervisor)
  • Tobias Yu-Kiener, Graphic Novel Biographies of Iconic Painters: A Critical Analysis of Form and Function (Lead supervisor)