Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK

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The Trials of Nasty Tales (© Dave Gibbons)
© Dave Gibbons
 (© Tony Antoniou)
© Tony Antoniou

Jamie Hewlett for Comics Unmasked

 (© British Library Board)
© British Library Board

Rouge et Noir from Miss Pettifer's Diary, London Illustrated News

 (© Bryan Talbot)
© Bryan Talbot

Adventures of Luther Arkwright Book 1, Bryan Talbot, 1982

 (© Hunt Emerson)
© Hunt Emerson

Knockabout Comics 1984, no4. 'Obscene' issue

 (© British Library Board)
© British Library Board

Misty 1978

Heroine, 1978 (© Suzi Varty)
© Suzi Varty

The British comics tradition stretches back to the Victorian era and beyond. The show will explore the full potential of the medium, demystifying the process of creating comics while presenting work that is challenging to the status quo, examining issues around gender, violence, sexuality, drug-taking and politics. Featuring some of the biggest names in comics, including Alan Moore ('Watchmen', 'V for Vendetta'), Neil Gaiman ('Sandman'), Mark Millar ('Kick-Ass') and Grant Morrison ('Batman: Arkham Asylum').  

Tickets for the exhibition are now available to book online and the museum has unveiled original artwork to accompany the exhibition by 'Gorillaz' and 'Tank Girl' co-creator Jamie Hewlett. A series of talks and events will accompany the exhibition including Tank Girl and the Aftermath with Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin (Friday June 27, 6.30pm-8pm. £8/£6 concs) and Comics and Music, a museum late of songs and sounds inspired by the world of comics featuring Amanda Palmer (Friday May 16, 7.30pm-10.30pm. £12).


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