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Comics at the British Library

In Museums, what i'm reading on May 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

Today the British Library opens a new exhibition about comics.

What I found really refreshing was that it takes us well beyond stereotypical comics such as Superman, Dan Dare and the Beano to new, dynamic and sometimes subversive places.

The comic art form is presented as a means of expressing the other, the underground, the non-conformist view, be it politics, anarchy, sex, gender, magic or identity. Comics have, for generations, been much more than teenage escapism and superheroes in tight outfits. From Andy Capp and the Fat Slags to heroes hanging out in gay saunas and even comics about generation rent.

I picked out a few of my favourite pieces and wrote them up into an article for Vada, an online magazine who have allowed me to grace their pages. Here’s the article …

http://vadamagazine.com/02/05/2014/geeky/comics-unmasked-review

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK is at the British Library until 19 August

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