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London's British Library hosts UK's biggest comics exhibition

Friday, May 02, 2014 - 01:46

May 2 - British Library hosts for the first time UK's biggest comics exhibition. Joel Flynn reports.

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They might be most associated with heroes like Superman. But a new exhibition at London's British Library aims to reveal the secrets behind some of the world's most popular graphic stories. "Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK" celebrates the impact British comic book artists and writers have had on the international scene. Adrian Edwards is the lead curator of Printed Historical Sources at The British Library. SOUNDBITE: Lead Curator Of Printed Historical Sources at The British Library, Adrian Edwards, saying (English): "What we want to do is show that comics are a valuable resource for understanding Britain and its society in past decades and centuries so." The exhibition rolls through six sections, including Mischief and Mayhem and Breakdowns: The Outer Limits of Comics. It also looks at the influence comic books have had on issues like racism and domestic violence. But it does not just focus on the contemporary comic book. Paul Gravett is a co-curator. SOUNDBITE: Co-Curator Paul Gravett, saying (English): "This exhibition goes back to 1470 with an incredible pauper's Bible which tells Bible stories in comic book form. It uses balloons and monsters and angels and demons and it uses bright garish colours and it could probably be published today, in fact and it shows what a long tradition we've had. British artists like David Gibbons are among some of the best known in the world. He was behind the British classic "Watchmen", which was turned into a Hollywood movie in 2009. SOUNDBITE: Comic Book Artist, David Gibbons, saying (English): "It's amazing that it's got to this stage where someone as prestigious as the British Library would devote all this space to an exhibition and also people that are knowledgeable to put it in its cultural context and I think show comics as being a really important part of popular culture." "Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK" is on display at the British Library from May 2 until to August 19.

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London's British Library hosts UK's biggest comics exhibition

Friday, May 02, 2014 - 01:46