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Comics Unmasked: Curators Talk

Comics Unmasked poster image by Jamie Hewlett [© Jamie Hewlett]

When: Fri 16 May 2014, 13.00-14.15

Where: Conference Centre, British Library

Price: Free, no booking required

Comics Unmasked; Art and Anarchy in the UK is the first exhibition of its kind staged by a major institution. Guest curators John Harris Dunning and Paul Gravett together with their British Library counterpart Adrian Edwards, talk about the creation of the show and take your questions.

  • Born in South Africa, John Harris Dunning has lived in London since graduating from university. He has written for The Guardian and Metro newspapers, and has contributed to Esquire, GQ, Arena, iD and Dazed & Confused, to name a few. He was also features editor at Port magazine. Dunning’s comic work appeared at the Institute of Contemporary Arts as a part of the Comica Festival in 2003, and his series ‘Salem Brownstone’, with artist Nikhil Singh, in award-winning UK anthology Sturgeon White Moss alongside work by Charles Burns and Daniel Johnston. Extracts of ‘Salem Brownstone’ were included in the book Pictures and Words that also featured work by Marjane Satrapi, Joe Sacco, David Shrigley, Jason and Jim Woodring.
  • Adrian Edwards is Lead Curator of Printed Historical Sources, the British Library.
  • Nicknamed 'The Man at the Crossroads', Paul Gravett is a London-based writer, lecturer, broadcaster, curator and comics activist specialising in international comics art. In 1983, he co-founded Escape Magazine with Peter Stanbury, to promote a new generation of British talents including Eddie Campbell, Jamie Hewlett, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. He has curated numerous exhibitions in the UK and abroad, including God Save The Comics!, Strip Search and Hypercomics: The Shapes of Comics to Come and retrospectives of the works of Tove Jansson, Jack Kirby and Posy Simmonds. He is the author of Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics, Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life and Comics Art, co-author of Great British Comics and The Leather Nun & Other Incredibly Strange Comics and editor of The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics and 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. Since 2003 he has been co-director of Comica, the London International Comics Festival. His writings and reviews appear in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times Literary Supplement, ArtReview, Comic Heroes and other publications.