London Adventures – Comics Unmasked at The British Library

Last week, on our last full day together for just over a month, Keegan planned a treasure hunt/scavenger hunt type day across London.

I didn’t know where he was going to take me or what we would be doing (I’m not big on surprises but I trust him wholeheartedly), all he told me I would need is my Oyster Card and my iPhone to take photographs.

After cooking me an awesome breakfast (egg, bacon and fried onion in a breakfast muffin), we set off for the first unknown destination.

He told me we were going to Kings Cross (only 15 mins away by tube), but that’s all I knew! I was stumped, so instead of guessing, I just went along with it.

Our first destination, was The British Library for their exhibition, Comics Unmasked

The Exhibition

After buying our tickets, we headed into the exhibition space; at this point, I have to warn that cameras are not allowed, so there are no photographs.

The rooms are filled with glass cases, and each case is themed, whether that be Race, Gender, Politics, Sex etc. It has a nice flow, and each comic displayed is easy to read with an even better description at the bottom.

The detail in the exhibits is extraordinary, and we were there for almost two hours instead of the 45 mins Keegan expected.

Even if you’re not keen or comics or you’re a newcomer, I would still insist on checking this exhibition out before it ends in mid-August. Firstly it’s a little quieter (as you have to pay to enter), so there’s less tourist gaggle and more enthusiastic punter about the ‘crowd’ in there.

It is also air-conditioned to the point where it feels colder than Hoth (take a jumper – I didn’t and almost turned blue), it will be a chilled out relief from this muggy heat that London is enduring.

My favourite parts were being able to recognise those ones I have already read.

Here is the short synopsis and video from the exhibition:

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 Mistyto 19th-century illustrated reports of Jack the Ripper and even medieval manuscripts.

The exhibition ends on August 19th, we went on a weekday morning, so we didn’t have to purchase tickets in advance, but you can do that here, .

Have you been to the exhibition? Have you been to the British Library before?

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