TOMORROW’S VOICES TODAY – Diversity & Representation in UK Comics

Hosted by UK Comics Laureate Bobby Joseph

Bobby Joseph, writer, publisher and the first UK Comics Laureate of colour, invites four up-and-coming creators from the Black and Asian community to discuss their work and the challenges that people of diversity face in the industry.

Colleen Douglas is a comics writer and/or editor for Ahoy, Amigo, Caliber, Dark Horse, Rosarium, Second Sight and others. She is Collection Editor on the history-making SHOOK! Vol. 2, a horror anthology by Black Women, and writer of the graphic novel Silk Cotton.

Shangomola Edunjobi won the Embassy of Japan, London’s Manga Jiman Competition in 2017 and the Silver Award in Japan’s International Manga Awards in 2018. He was Curator of Tone for The British Museum’s ‘Manga’ exhibition in 2019 and head illustrator for the Science Museum’s Technicians Gallery in 2023.

Shazleen Khan has been self-publishing comics since 2011, including their award-winning webcomic Buuza!!. Khan has also illustrated the graphic novel Saving Sunshine written by Saadia Faruqi (2023, First Second) and the forthcoming My First Monster written by Cecil Castellucci.

Shanti Rai’s debut graphic novel was the acclaimed Sennen from Avery Hill Publishing. She is a Bengali/British illustrator and graphic novelist from London, creating comics and fantasy worlds since 1994.



This event is part of COMICA London Comics Festival 2024, organised in association with VIP Brands.

Image Credit: Silk Cotton by Collen Douglas & Jesus C. Gan (Rosarium Publishing, 2024)
Miseyieki by Shangomola Edunjobi, winning entry in International Manga Awards, 2018

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