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The British Library is a depository of all the great works of literature; classics, historical texts, and books of well acclaimed academia. You might not therefore expect it to indulge in the 'lower' forms of storytelling - the ones that use as few words as possible, and replace them with pictures. I'm talking about comic books. Mostly considered as part of a cult pop culture for geeks who like superheroes, and can't be bothered to read 'proper books'.

But at the British Library they cherish all forms of storytelling, and between the 2nd May - 19th August, they will be holding an exhibit dedicated wholly to the wonderful world of comics. Comics Unmasked proves that this pictorial adventure is far more than simple pulp fiction and mindless entertainment. The genre covers serious issues of politics, gender, violence, and sexuality. For that reason, there is a parental guidance warning that children under sixteen should be accompanied by an adult.

The exhibition costs 10.50 for adults, and has various concessionary discounts. It will include original artwork, preparatory scripts, and explore the creative process. Discover as the world of comic books is revealed, covering material from the 1970s and beyond, and featuring artists such as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum), and Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe).

There will be free and ticketed events throughout the season, starting with a look at Bryan and Mary Talbot, which features a screening of the documentary, Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: 2nd May - 19th Aug
Phone: 44 (0)1937 546060
Where: British Library
Cost: 10.50 adult, 8.50 seniors, 5 student, Free for under 18s
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