Mel Gibson is a UK based comics scholar and consultant. She has run training and promotional events about comics and graphic novels for libraries, schools and other organizations since 1993 when she contributed to Graphic Account on developing graphic novels collections for 16-25 year olds, published by the Youth Libraries Group.

As a consultant, Mel runs training events on manga, working with young adults in libraries, working with picture books and the links between children's books and the Internet.

Mel is a researcher and lecturer, as well as a trainer. She is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University specialising in teaching and research relating to children and young people, literature and media and has a huge interest in visual literacies. She is a National Teaching Fellow and writes about Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in the UK. This writing has also encompassed advising on successfully completing a Humanities PhD in Britain. Tome Reader offers support, guidance and humour about this particular academic challenge.

Finally, Mel is, additionally, a reviewer for Writeaway and Inis, the Children's Books Ireland magazine amongst others and currently represents the Northern branch of the Youth Libraries Group as their Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judge.

She has worked extensively with television and radio, promoting and enthusing about comics, graphic novels and manga, including the BBC4 series Comics Britannia.

Mel runs an occasional blog at