9 Panels: Taking Comics Forward


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We are thrilled to aNNOUNCE 9 Panels Comics Industry Day back for IS BACK FOR its third year!

Perfect for students, amateur creators and semi-professionals looking to take their comics to the next level, 9 Panels brings you a full day of talks, panels and discussions. This year 9 Panels will be on the theme of Comics for Change - using the medium to engage, effect social change, to represent, to include, to reach and to activate.

Tickets (including refreshments throughout the day)

Standard £20

Student/Concession £12



Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Keynote Speaker - 10.30 am

Hassan is the editor of the Eisner-nominated PanelxPanel magazine, and creator of the YouTube series Strip Panel Naked, breaking down and analysing visual storytelling in comics. Aside from writing comics criticism, he's also a comics writer, editor, and letterer. His work has been featured in comics by Marvel, Oni Press, Image Comics, and others. 

He'll be speaking at 9 Panels about comics as a tool for change and communication. 

Panel: The Activist Publisher

11.45 am

Heather Palmer, 9 Panels' organiser, will be joined by Nyla Ahmad, BHP Comics' co-lead on their year-long mentorship programme Full Colour, Nathaniel Kunitsky, publisher at the progressive Knight Errant Press and Katy Lennon, founder of the Bloodbath Literary Zine. 



12.30 pm

Pitch to some of the top comics publishers in the UK, including Knight Errant, ComicHaus and Markosia.


Smita Kheria reads You Your Rights

Presentation - 2.30 pm

Smita is a Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Edinburgh. She combines legal expertise in copyright and protection of artists’ rights with socio-legal research on how intellectual property law functions in the ‘real world’. She has conducted extensive researchexamining how copyright intersects with the everyday lives of professional writers,musicians, visual artists and performers, digital artists, and online creative communities.




Leila Abdelrazaq


Presentation - 3:30 pm

Leila is a Detroit-based Palestinian author and artist. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi (Just World Books 2015) was shortlisted for the 2015 Palestine Book Awards and has been translated into three languages. She is also the author and Illustrator of The Opening (Tosh Fesh, 2017) as well as a number of zines and short comics. 
Her creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugees, history, memory, and borders. Leila has been involved in organizing in various capacities since 2011, and integrates art making into her organizing work. She is also the founder of Bigmouth Press & Comix.