Talks & publications

We like taking part in events, talks, conventions, and fun times. Here’s a list of our past talks and presentations. Or, scroll down for a list of academic publications.

Talks and presentations

  • Wysocki, L. Invited panelist at Creative Fuse North East CAKE 46: Comics Culture. [PDF of slides]
  • Wysocki, L and Davies, P.F. 2021. ‘Graphic science and narrative drawing: A Comics Grid webinar with Lydia Wysocki and Paul Fisher Davies’. Invited webinar as part of the Comics Grid/Open Library of the Humanities series. [webinar recording]
  • Wysocki, L. 2021. ‘How social and political motivations informed methodological choices in the Applied Comics Collaborations project’. Invited webinar as part of Methods Hub event The Political Nature of Research Methodology, Newcastle University. [PDF of slides]
  • Wysocki, L (2020). How to make and distribute 45,350 comics about political participation. Invited presentation at University of Oxford TORCH Comics Network, 18th February 2020 [PDF of slides]
  •  Wysocki, L (2020). Comics as a method in empirical research. Invited presentation at NINEDTP/Northern Bridge Consortium doctoral training event, Newcastle University, 13th January 2020
  • Wysocki, L (2019). Comics as a method in empirical research. Invited presentation at Visual Research Methods doctoral training event, Newcastle University
  • McLaughlin, J and Wysocki, L (2018). Making patient information comics with the Great North Children’s Hospital. British Sociological Association’s Medical Sociology Group Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Wysocki, L and Tiplady, L (2018). Comics as a research method: using comics as a qualitative method in the FaSMEd European research project. Watch online:
  • Wysocki, L (2017). Comics for community participation. Presentation at CfLaT research showcase, Research Centre for Learning and Teaching, Newcastle University.
  • Wysocki, L, Jackson, M, Webster, J, and Miers, J (2017). Representation, history, and access to information: Cartooning the Gertrude Bell archive. Invited presentation at Gertrude Bell: Her Life, Work, and Legacy. Interdisciplinary Symposium, Newcastle University.
  • Wysocki, L (2017). ‘Comics: good, bad, and most things inbetween’. Invited presentation at Graphic Justice Discussions, St Mary’s University Twickenham.
  • ‘What’s it like to have an MRI scan?’ Lydia Wysocki, Julie Anderson, and Claire Watson. Poster presentation at Young People’s Advisory Group NE conference, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, December 2016 (Read a PDF of our poster here)
  • ‘Making great comics and books with the Great North Children’s Hospital’. Julie Anderson, Claire Watson and Lydia Wysocki. Graphic Medicine conference, University of Dundee, July 2016.
  • ‘The Science Of… Comics’. Lydia Wysocki and Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel. The Core, Newcastle Science Central. June 2016.
  • ‘Setting boundaries, communicating, and reflecting: 3 projects using comics as a method’. British Consortium of Comics Scholars, University of Sussex, June 2016 (read the zine-y version of our presentation in the photos below or PDF file here).
  • Wallsend Library local authors’ Story Tyne day, May 2016
  • North Shields Library Customer First Centre local history fair, April 2016
  • Sheffield University Postgraduate Research Training day (invitation only) November 2015
  • Thought Bubble: The Leeds Comic Art Festival on 14th-15th November 2015
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Local History Fair, Newcastle, November 2015
  • Laydeez Do Comics, Leeds, September 2015, talking about Spineless: The Newcastle Science Comic and True War Stories
  • ‘Epic Themes in Awesome Ways, or the wee and guinea pigs in Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic’. Presentation at Graphic Medicine conference Comics and Medicine: From Private Lives to Public Health at Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, June 2014. Xanax belongs to the group of antidepressants, which is prescribed together with antipsychotics and tranquilizers. Taking antidepressants can be harmful for a couple of reasons, namely the fast development of addiction to the medication and a reduced activity of the brain.
  • Wysocki, L., and Priego, E., (2014). Letter in response to Matthew Reisz’s piece, ‘The hero in all of us’ (THE, 24th July 2014). The Comics Grid blog, 29th July 2014. Available online:
  • Lydia Wysocki & Mike Thompson (2013). ‘Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic – public engagement, comics, and awesomeness’. Workshop at Engage2013, Bristol.
  • Lydia Wysocki & Mike Thompson (2013). ‘Epic Themes in Awesome Ways, or how we made Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic’. Presentation at Comics Forum, Leeds.


Academic publications based on Applied Comics Etc projects:

Wysocki L, Jackson M, Miers J, Webster J, and Coxon B. (2019). Making the invisible visible: hyperlinked webcomics as alternative points of entry to the digitised Gertrude Bell Archive. International Journal of Heritage Studies, (ePub ahead of print). DOI:

Wysocki L, Leat D. (2019) Collaborative comic as Boundary Object: the creation, reading, and uses of Freedom City Comics Cómic colaborativo como Objeto de Frontera: la creación, lectura y usos de Freedom City Comics. Tebeosfera, 3(10).

Wysocki L. (2018) Farting Jellyfish and Synergistic Opportunities: The Story and Evaluation of Newcastle Science Comic. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8(1), 6. DOI:

Wysocki, L., and Thompson, M., (2014). ‘Epic themes in awesome ways: How we made Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic, and why it matters’. Comics Forum. Available online:

Here’s an example of the sort of thing we talk about (slides only; you’ll be needing a chat with us for the full story). These slides are from 2015, captured here for posterity.