Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University  She specializes in teaching and research relating to comics, graphic novels, picturebooks and fiction for children. She has published widely in these areas, including a monograph, Remembered Reading: Memory, Comics and Post-war Constructions of British Girlhood (2015). Mel has also run training and promotional events about comics, manga and graphic novels for libraries, schools and other organizations since 1993 when she contributed to Graphic Account, a project on developing graphic novels collections for 16-25-year-olds, published by the Youth Libraries Group.


Agency and activism in comics aimed at young women: a case study of Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, Lumberjanes, and Ms Marvel.


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Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
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