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 beyond.

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.

Parental guidance is advised for visitors under 16 years of age due to the explicit nature of some of the exhibits on display. Within the exhibition, there is a separate section examining sexual themes which visitors can by-pass if they wish.

The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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Opening hours
Monday & Wednesday from 9.30am to 6.00pm
Tuesday from 9.30am to 8.00pm
Saturday from 9.30am to 5.00pm
Sunday from 11.00am to 5.00pm

Related images

  1. Brand new Jamie Hewlett design for Comics Unmasked at the British Library © Jamie Hewlett 2014
  2. Torrid Erotic Art, 1979, © Erich von Götha - Robin Ray
  3. Foiled again - the second panel of Jamie Hewlett's brand new two-panel comic design for Comics Unmasked