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.

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Talks and presentations

  • 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
  •  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.
  • 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.