Reading Between The Panels

Thursday 5th July 2012, 5:00pm - 6:00pm BST

HUBS The Stage

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Comics were once condemned by teachers, librarians and the media as corruptors of children’s morals, reading skills, even their eyesight. Piles of them were incinerated in school playgrounds. Now comics are being reappraised for their unique alchemy between words and pictures and for their practical use as an appealing medium to spark interest in the most reluctant reader. The Reading Agency, for example, has run successful campaigns recommending to school libraries age-appropriate manga for teenage pupils, while Sheffield is home to the Stan Lee Excelsior! Awards, promoting comics literacy and voted by local children who choose their favourite graphic novel, to be announced on Friday July 6th. Leading cartoonists Hunt Emerson (The Beano) and Jim Medway (The Phoenix) share their insights from producing children’s comics and teaching workshops, while experts Mel Gibson (Northumbria University) and Russell Wall (Digital Media Consultant) present their perspectives from the education field in a lively debate that questions the true value and efficacy of comics as a multi-literacy tool.