Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK


By (author) Paul Gravett, By (author) John Harris Dunning


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  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 248mm x 290mm x 26mm | 1,420g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712357750
  • ISBN 13: 9780712357753
  • Illustrations note: 150 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 426,269

Product description

It may come as a surprise that comics offer much more than meets the eye. Of course we all have happy memories of favourite childhood reading (Beano, Dandy, Eagle, Mad, Viz - the list is endless). But how aware are we that there is something inherently anarchic about comics? A huge variety have been produced over the centuries by British creators. It is a strong tradition that continues today. Some of the biggest names in comics - Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) - are featured in this visually stimulating book (which accompanies a major exhibition at the British Library). But there are many, many more. And it is the diversity of content and form, as well as comics' ongoing relevance, which is a main focus. The seditious aspects of the comics tradition - adult, underground and 'alternative' material - is highlighted, alongside the superheroes who still dominate the scene. There is anarchy everywhere that you look!

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Author information

Paul Gravett has written many books on comics, the most recent ones being Comics Art (2013) and 1001 Comics You must Read Before You Die (2011 and 2014). John Dunning is author of the acclaimed graphic novel Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers (2009).