Comics Unmasked Art and Anarchy in the UK will run from 2 May – 19 August at the British Library. This will be the biggest exhibition of not only mainstream by underground comics ever in the UK. From Neil Gaiman Sandman, Alan Moore Watchmen, V for Vendetta to Grant Morrison Batman: Arkham Asylum and Posy Simmonds Tamara Drewe, this presentation will feature comics from the 1970s to present day to best explain the impact of the art.
To celebrate this showcase of the medium, The British Library has unveiled a brand new artwork by Tank Girl and Gorillaz co-creator, Jamie Hewlett. This brand new super hero is a young, London based woman, who is pictured having just beaten another generic superhero in the centre of the capital. The image shows St Pancreas station over the shoulder of the new character. This hipflask wearing, knuckle duster using, moody teenager is there to subvert the norm and will be part of the marketing for the event appearing as a 6 metre high installation within the museum.
This exhibition aims to highlight the ability for comics to address issues such as violence, drugs and sexuality without flinching. With original artwork on display, including early sketches and preparatory art work, the discussion is open about challenging stereotypes and the British comic creators that are leading this push for equality.
For more information about the event please go to: www.bl.uk
1. Jamie Hewlett’s new artwork for Comics Unmasked © Tony Antoniou