Ian Horton is Reader in Graphic Communication at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. His present research is focused in three related areas: comic books, graphic design and illustration. He has been invited to speak at international conferences and presented papers on self-published comic books and creative freedom; information design and graphic narratives; comic book archives and collections.
Within the field of Comics Studies he has published work on: national identity in European and British comic books; the relationship between art history and comics; public relations and comic books. In 2014, along with Lydia Wysocki (founder of Applied Comics Etc) and John Swogger (archeological illustrator and comic book artist), he founded the Applied Comics Network. He is co-editor of two forthcoming books Contexts of Violence in Comics (Routledge 2019) and Representing Acts of Violence in Comics (Routledge 2019), and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.
Research keywords: Applied comics; comics and art history; comics and graphic design: national identity.