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I got up at an HORRENDOUS hour on Sunday in order to be in Canterbury at 10am for a CONFERENCE. That's right, I AM dedicated to my ART and my ART is COMICS, for LO! I was attending "Comics Crossroads", and all day symposium covering VARIOUS aspects of comics studies.

When I got to Canterbury I thought I knew the way to The University Of Kent as The Students In My Study Group and I had passed through it a while ago when we did The Crab & Winkle Way walk. We got a bit LOST that time though, so I was not entirely confident I'd get there, but my worries disappeared when I spotted someone who looked very much like he was going to the same place as me, so I followed him. Turns out he totally WAS!

The University Of Kent is one of those PROPER University campuses (aka Former Polytechnic campuses) built in the 1960s/1970s, where the whole place is miles from anywhere in a FIELD with loads of small buildings and, for some reason, hexagons. The event was happening in an actual THEATRE that looked EXACTLY the same as the one we went to in Bedford earlier on in the year to see 'Captain Wonderful', I guess maybe there was a DESIGN going round that everyone just used?

Anyway, the day itself did my HEAD in as it was FULL to BURSTING with IDEAS and TERMINOLOGY and THEORIES that I never even knew existed, let alone had thought about. My supervisor, Professor R Sabin, apologised for the lack of SUPERHERO stuff in the day (as that's what I'll be doing when I start my PhD in October) but I didn't mind at all. It was GRATE to be exposed to the world of CULTURAL STUDIES and so forth. I learnt about linguistics, philosophy, art history and ALL sorts, it felt like getting a GROUNDING in a whole new world, into which I shall be dropping SUPERHEROES later in the year.

At about 6pm I STAGGERED out of the building, mind REELING with THORTS and set off for the railway station. Imagine my DELIGHT when I saw, just ahead of me, the same person I'd followed there in the morning. Turns out following him BACK worked as well!

posted 28/6/2016 by MJ Hibbett

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