Walking Dead Artist Will Replace Dave Gibbons As UK Comics Laureate


Charlie Adlard is the British comic book artist behind one of the most successful independent comic book franchises of all time The Walking Dead. He now has another accomplishment to add to his resume, as he was named the new Comics Laureate for the U.K. at an event held at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, Cumbria.

The Director of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival Julie Tait, described the importance of the position in an official press release: “The Comics Laureate isn’t just a title; we already have a programme of events taking shape that will ensure we reach out to new audiences and raise the profile and the understanding of the importance of comics for education, inspiration and literacy.”

When Adlard accepted the role, he said, “I’m delighted and deeply honoured to be appointed as the Comics Laureate. The power of comics to encourage learning and develop literacy shouldn’t be underestimated. Comics can connect with people who may never pick up a normal book and really help encourage a love of reading. I see this as a great opportunity to bring the wonder of comics to a wider audience.”

Using comics as an educational tool is critical. It helps kids who need visual and written instructions to learn and encourages reading.

Adlard will officially take over as the new Comic Laureate in  February 2017 replacing legendary comic book artist Dave Gibbons best known for his work on Watchmen, who has been the Comic Laureate since 2015.  


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