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Ally Sloper's Half Holiday

Ally Sloper

When: Sat 3 May 2014, 14.30-16.00

Where: Conference Centre, British Library

Price: Free, no booking required

The scheming, drunken Ally Sloper, the first comics superstar, was a Victorian sensation. His comic Ally Sloper's Half Holiday made its debut exactly 130 years ago on 3 May 1884, and went on to become the the biggest-selling title of its kind in the world, shifting as many as 350,000 copies a week.

Hear his story in this free, illustrated talk by Roger Sabin, Reader in Popular Culture at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. He is the author of several books about comics, and freelances for the BBC and international press.