Comics Unmasked

Featuring such iconic names as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), this exhibition traces the British comics tradition back through classic 1970s titles including 2000AD, Action and Misty to 19th-century illustrated reports of Jack the Ripper and beyond.

Comics Unmasked is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics, showcasing works that uncompromisingly address politics, gender, violence, sexuality and altered states. It explores the full anarchic range of the medium with works that challenge categorisation, preconceptions and the status quo, alongside original scripts, preparatory sketches and final artwork that demystify the creative process.

Enter the subversive and revelatory world of comics, from the earliest pioneers to today’s digital innovators.
(British Library)

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Image by Jamie Hewlett, 2014
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Adventures of Luther Arkwright, Book 1 © Bryan Talbot
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Ceasefire No. 1, ’Fanny’ © Angela Martin. Published by Fanny and Knockabout Comics

Comics Unmasked, Art and Anarchy in the UK
2 May 2014 – 19 August 2014
The British Library
, 96 Euston Road
, London, 
NW1 2DB

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