Comics Un­masked

the co-cu­ra­tor’s Best in Show

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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).

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