John Miers

about the author

The familiar question regarding the ability of the art object to embody or communicate knowledge that artist-researchers frequently encounter is inverted in the case of the cartoonist-researcher: the art form is frequently used for factual narratives and explanatory texts, and held by educators to be a highly effective means of transmitting information. Developing my artistic research methodology has largely consisted of resisting the urge to explain rather than explore theory. My work as a scholar emerges directly from my work as a cartoonist: it was through artist’s talks at academic symposia that I was introduced to the emerging discipline of comics studies, and the desire to develop my cartooning motivates my research. John Miers’ PhD explores the role of visual metaphor in meaning making in comics, and my ongoing research aim could be described as an attempt to frame the making of comics as primarily an act of drawing rather than of storytelling.

info & contact


Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, UK


j.miers [AT]


Bacon and the Cartoonist: The Emergence of the Figure Through Two Opposing Diagrams
(in DARE 2015: the dark precursor )
keywords: cartoon, diagram, drawing, emergence, figure, Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation