Hannah Berry, who graduated from her Illustration degree at the university in 2004, will become the third graphic novelist to hold the title. She will take over from current laureate Charlie Adlard in 2019.
Introduced in 2014 by the Comics Literary Awareness organisation, the laureate job is described as an “ambassadorial and educational role” for the genre.
Hannah is best known for her works Adamtine (2012), a dark thriller, and Livestock (2017), a satire that explores themes of celebrity and politics.
Talking about her time at the University of Brighton, Hannah said “I think one of the most fundamental lessons stuck with me because it’s so relevant to comics: every element has to contribute towards the final message of the piece. Space is such a luxury in comics that you need to ensure every bit of the artwork is doing what it has to do to convey the right meaning, even if that meaning is deliberately obtuse. I also learned to blag artistic justifications for anything and everything – a key part of art school, I think you’ll agree.”