The British Consortium of Comics Scholars (BCCS) is a PhD student-led initiative. It was started by PhD student, Paul Davies (University of Sussex) in 2012 as a reading group for discussion of comics theory with doctoral researchers from three universities. This expanded to welcome new research students to join from five British universities: University of Sussex; University of Brighton; University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins; Open University and Loughborough University.
In 2014 it was developed into a half day symposium held at University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, hosted by Professor Roger Sabin, (Professor of Popular Culture, University of the arts London, Central Saint Martins) and Dr Ian Horton, (Coordinator for Contextual & Theoretical Studies, University of the Arts London, College of Communication). Discussion at the symposium focused on the value of a group visit to the annual International Festival of Comics in Angouleme, France, 2015, the largest and most significant international festival of comics.
The full day symposium held on Saturday 30 May, 2015 consolidated and developed activity to date, bringing together scholars and artists and ensuring continuing innovation within a growing area of scholarship.