New comics laureate Hannah Berry has said she wants to use the position to remove some of the “stigma” that still surrounds graphic novels and comics, and harness their “untapped” potential.
Berry is the award-winning creator of graphic novels Adamtine and Livestock.
“There are still a lot of people who think comics are just superheroes throwing stuff at each other.
“With the enormous, diverse, wealth of subjects out there, there’s a graphic novel for everybody,” she said.
“There’s nothing wrong with superhero comics, but I think if people were aware, maybe the stigma could be removed.”
Brighton-based Berry was unveiled as the UK’s third comics laureate, and the first woman in the post, at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, Cumbria, on Friday.
The job is described as an “ambassadorial and educational role” for the comic genre, intended to raise awareness of the impact comics can have on literacy and creativity.