Lancaster University has appointed an expert in famous cartoon character Tintin to a pioneering comic art role.
Renowned French graphic novelist and critic Benoit Peeters is the UK’s first ever Professor in Graphic Fiction and Comic Art.
Prof Peeters wrote the book ‘Tintin and the World of Hergé’ and Hergé’s biography, ‘Hergé, Son Of Tintin’.
The Adventures of Tintin is a world famous series of comics created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi who used the pen name Hergé.
They tell the stories of a teenage boy called Tintin and his dog Snowy as they solve mysteries. Tintin’s adventures were turned into a TV cartoon and also a series of films.
The three-year appointment will see Prof Peeters deliver a series of lectures, run creative writing workshops and supervise post-graduate students.
Prof Peeters is also author of biographies about 19th century comics pioneer Rodolphe Töpffer and the French philosopher Derrida, and co-creator, alongside François Schuiten, of Les Cités Obscures, one of Belgium’s most famous francophone comic strips created in the past 30 years.
The university has worked alongside the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF) and Wallonia Brussels International (WBI) to create the unique post, which it describes as “a significant investment in the academic significance of comic art”.
Professor Simon Guy, Lancaster University’s Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, said:
“The appointment will bring a new dimension to our University and, in particular, to our English and creative writing courses. It will also demonstrate strong commitment to our collaboration with the increasingly popular and fast-expanding Lakes international Comic Art Festival.”
Mr Peeters said: “This professorship is a great honour for me.
“I was very impressed by my first contact with the Lancaster University’s team.
“I want to explore the connections between the history of graphic fiction and contemporary creation, between the world of French and Belgian bande dessinée, and the world of comics and graphic novels”.
Benoit Peeters takes up his post in Summer 2016 and will be present at next year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, which runs from October 14 to 16 2016.