New UK comics laureate

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, which was later made into a film.The UK now has a comics laureate. It’s the illustrator and graphic novelist Dave Gibbons – he’s been appointed for two years starting in February and will champion children’s literacy through schools, teacher-training events and education conferences. The role was created by the charity Comics Literary Awareness (CLAw).

He said: “It’s a great honour for me to be nominated as the first comics laureate. I intend to do all that I can to promote the acceptance of comics in schools. It’s vitally important, not only for the pupils but for the industry too.”

He’s illustrated characters for Marvel and DC Comics during his art career, including Batman, Superman and Green Lantern. He began in underground comics after leaving his job as a building surveyor. He’s worked on Doctor Who and in the late 1980s worked with the writer Alan Moore on the Watchmen series, which went on to become a film.