the co-curator’s Best in Show
To coincide with his Comics Unmasked exhibition, Paul Gravett selects his Top Ten examples of comic book art
After two years spent rummaging through the British Library’s vast comics collection in London, co-curator John Harris Dunning and I have cherry-picked about 200 items to display in Comics Unmasked: Art And Anarchy In The UK. Simply this country’s largest ever exhibition of British comics spanning centuries, it’s arranged in six sections exploring violence, society, politics, sex, heroes and altered states, and continues daily till August 19. From Jamie Hewlett’s sassy new mascot Lawless Nelly to Dave McKean’s brilliant design concepts; from prints, publications, scripts, sketches and original artwork to artefacts, audio and video clips, webcomics and Sequential’s iPad samplers, it’s really tough to choose, but here’s my personal Top Ten. And don’t miss the final weekend, August 15-17, when Comica Festival presents a free Comiket Fair and a programme of celebrity panels and signings, including Bryan Lee O’Malley and Emmanuel Guibert (see World of Comics, page 116).