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Academic Biography

Julian Lawrence is an award-winning cartoonist and educator specializing in comic books. Born in England and raised bilingual English-French in Québec, his work has been published and displayed internationally by Fantagraphics Books, Les Editions des Plaines, Conundrum Press, National Film Board of Canada, Penguin Books, Cartoon Network and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Julian’s work concentrates on the undercurrents of communication through gesture in the medium of comics. His research explores freehand narrative drawing and its impact on representations of artist identity. Investigations of these topics led him to combine theories of authorship with semiotic analysis of comics. This combination constitutes a large focus of Julian’s art/research/teaching practice. His most recent works include the publication of two graphic novels: Drippy’s Mama and The Red Drip of Courage, as well as contributions to the book The Bliss and Blisters of Early Career Teaching: A Pan-Canadian Perspective and SANE Journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education. Julian lives in Middlesbrough, UK where he works as a Senior Lecturer in Comics and Graphic Novels at Teesside University.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of British Columbia

1 Sep 20141 May 2017

Award Date: 1 May 2017

External positions

Artist/Educator, The StART Studio UK

1 Jun 2018 → …

Artist/Educator, ArtStarts in the Classroom

1 Sep 2009 → …

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Research Output

The Adventures of Drippy the Newsboy Volume III: The Dripping Boat

Lawrence, J., 23 Apr 2020, Canada: Conundrum Press. 64 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open Access
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    Where the Action Is: Crumb, Semiotics, L'Ecriture Feminine, and Taste

    Lawrence, J., 18 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Art of R. Crumb. Worden, D. (ed.). 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Images, Speech Balloons, and Artful Representation: Comics as Visual Narratives of Early Career Teachers

    Lawrence, J., Irwin, R. & Lin, C-C., 12 Apr 2017, In : SANE Journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education. 2, 2, p. 1-31 33 p., 3.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Press / Media

    17 Canadian comics to watch out for in spring 2020

    Julian Lawrence


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Martin Scorsese says superhero movies are ‘not cinema’: two experts debate

    Julian Lawrence & Neil Archer


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment