It’s time to catch up with yet another local comic creator! Currently finishing a Masters at Manchester Metropolitan University, Jem first discovered MancsterCon through the monthly Cosplay Sketch-off events and has been thoroughly indoctrinated since then. As well as exhibiting at this years’ MancsterCon, Jem has been busy helping us out with publicity (you may have seen some of his neon pink flyers dotted around Manchester already) and has even written an article for this site. We got a chance to talk with him about his latest project, a post apocalyptic sci-fi comic called Keter.
Well here it is, a four part review of the Comics Unmasked exhibition at the British Library by local comic artist Jem Perks. Let us know what you thought about the exhibition – comments are always welcome!
As well as being a staunch member of the MancsterCon Voluntary Division, Jem will be exhibiting at this years MancsterCon so you’ll get a chance to speak to him in person and check out his wonderful work.
Breakdowns: The Outer Limits of Comics.
This section focusses on something I’ve never really considered; the role of magic in British comics. With some of the biggest names in the industry being practising magicians it makes sense though. A lineage from opiate use in Victorian dream comics, to astral-horror writer Lovecraft to modern day comics writers like Alan Moore is presented, providing a timeline of altered states being studied in fiction. To finish off the exhibition, the future of comics and crossovers into other media are also looked at.
Let’s Talk About Sex.
This section looks at how changing attitudes towards sexual imagery in Britain has affected comics. This is the only part of the exhibition which has been separated from the others, which says something about current attitudes in itself.
To See Ourselves.
This section looks at how all sorts of different people have been represented in comics, whether we’re talking about race, gender or disability. It also looks at how people represent themselves in autobiographical works.