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Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
It’s simple—comics are fun. Whether fifteen or fifty, we love sitting down with a comic book, losing ourselves in a universe filled with wonder and excitement. But comics offer much more than meets the eye, and in Comics Unmasked, Paul Gravett and John Harris Dunning look beyond the notion of comics as pleasure reading to focus on their inherently anarchic nature.
        
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by British Library Publishing
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Andrew
Feb 17, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it
This book is designed as a companion to the British Library exhibition of the same name which sadly has long since been closed. It was one of my great disappointments that I was unable to see it first hand and after reading this book - my regret is even more so

The book however is not a guide but is a true companion - taking subjects discussed in the exhibit and expanding on them, giving a depth and gravity to the subject which i think could be so easily missed. After all the whole thrust of the
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Jaimie
Nov 02, 2014 Jaimie rated it it was amazing
This book, the accompanying publication to the exhibition by the British Library of the same name, is an ambitious and sprawling overview of comics and graphic arts in the UK. THe focus is cllearly on the historical content (much of which is likely to be unknown or vaguely known by young readers) with the majority of the remainder speaking to the comics "revolution" of the 60s/70s. Little is said of the modern era, but I don't think that this weakens the presentation at all. Most readers are wel ...more
Eleanor
Jul 16, 2014 Eleanor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
The perfect companion to an excellent exhibition. It was published to accompany the current exhibition at the British Library (which I reviewed here). It is divided into the same topics as the exhibition, in each case providing the information which was in the show as well as providing more in depth research. It is hugely informative and doesn't just re-print the exhibition texts. It connected the dots and added even more context to the pieces highlighted in the exhibition.

This book is perfect f
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Martin
Jun 08, 2014 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Written to coincide with the British Library's Comics Unmasked exhibition http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/... this looks at British comics - or comics by British writers and artists - from way back when up to the present, though focusing mainly on the 20th century. It examines how comics are an ideal medium to reflect and perhaps to some degree influence the society of which they are a part, ending with the thought that we could be on the verge of another great age for comics thanks to thei ...more
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Oct 11, 2015 Gonzalo Oyanedel rated it really liked it
La cara más rebelde y contestataria de la historieta británica en una investigación contundente, rescatando títulos y autores que eligieron rehuir la esfera más complaciente para exponer, criticar y satirizar los vicios de una sociedad conformista. Un libro para descubrir e investigar por cuenta propia.
PJ Ebbrell
Dec 29, 2014 PJ Ebbrell rated it it was amazing
An excellent companion piece to the exhibition of the same name. Covers a lot of ground with some good thematic points that comics are not just for kids....
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