It's the second Graphic Brighton weekend starting today, following last year's event which looked at the work of local artists and included Chris Riddell and David Lloyd as guests.
This year they are looking at creators who depict 'marginalised groups' in comics, with creators talking about their work including Warren Pleece, Ilya, Patrice Aggs, Emma Vieceli, Karrie Fransman, Nye Wright and more.
Tonigh, they have a free (though you still need to book) discussion of depictions of LGBT characters in Manga followed by 13 x 5 min presentations by local artists of their work.
On Saturday 2nd, there are 7 panels on a variety of subjects including pregnancy in comics, using strips to help the elderly, ethnic voices in graphic novels, with contributions by the artists mentioned above plus experts Tim Pilcher and Ian Rakoff (former writer of The Prisoner, turned comics lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum). £10 for the day / £6 concessions
This isn't the only comics event taking place in Brighton over the next week or so, with Will Brooker coming to the Uni to talk about Batman on the 6th. Alex Milway and Gary Northfield are coming to talk about kids comics on the 9th. And If attendees on Saturday want to run to the local comic shop for FCBD, it's only 10 mins away – Dave's Comics on Sydney Street…
Do let us know if you are going!