Comics Unmasked Art and Anarchy in the UK – British Library – Open until 19 August 2014

Creative and Art Events


Comics Unmasked
Art and Anarchy in the UK
Open until 19 August 2014

Parental guidance required for visitors under 16 years.

Featuring such iconic names as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), this exhibition traces the British comics tradition back through classic 1970s titles including 2000AD, Action and Misty to 19th-century illustrated reports of Jack the Ripper and even medieval manuscripts.

You are strongly advised to book ahead to avoid disappointment
Weekends are very busy (tickets for Tue evenings often available)
Please note that photography is not permitted
Parental guidance required

Comics Unmasked is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics, showcasing works that uncompromisingly address politics, gender, violence, sexuality and altered states. It explores the full anarchic range of the medium with works that challenge categorisation, preconceptions and the status quo, alongside original scripts, preparatory sketches and final artwork that demystify the creative process.

Enter the subversive and revelatory world of comics, from the earliest pioneers to today’s digital innovators.

Content advisory notice
The Comics Unmasked exhibition contains imagery and language which some visitors may find offensive or disturbing, including exhibits with violent and sexual content.

Parental guidance is required for visitors under 16 years of age; visitors under 16 years of age who are unaccompanied by an adult will not be admitted. Please be aware that the Library may request proof of age.

Within the exhibition, there is a separate section examining sexual themes which visitors can by-pass if they wish.

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Ticket prices and visitor information

Image by Jamie Hewlett, 2014


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