Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK


It may come as a surprise that comics offer much more than meets the eye. Of course we all have happy memories of favourite childhood reading (Beano, Dandy, Eagle, Mad, Viz – the list is endless).

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But how aware are we that there is something inherently anarchic about comics? A huge variety have been produced over the centuries by British creators. It is a strong tradition that continues today. Some of the biggest names in comics - Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) - are featured in this visually stimulating book. But there are many, many more. And it is the diversity of content and form, as well as comics’ ongoing relevance, which is a main focus. The seditious aspects of the comics tradition - adult, underground and ‘alternative’ material – is highlighted, alongside the superheroes who still dominate the scene. There is anarchy everywhere that you look!

This book has been published to accompany a major British Library exhibition, Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK (2 May – 19 August 2014).

John Harris Dunning and Paul Gravett
The British Library
Publication date
May 2014
192 pages
288 x 245mm,120 colour illustrations

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