By Florence Okoye
It’s not everyday you get invited to see a new show in Liverpool but one of the things I’ve learned since starting MancsterCon is that it’s surprising how often the not everyday occurs.
Panic Lab, a performing arts company, known for their fusion of contemporary dance, theatre and performance, were putting on a show called R.I.O.T., described as a comic book come to life with a dash of political commentary thrown in. Excited, I wasn’t ever likely to refuse and so once the tedious bit of organising my schedule had been done, I was all set for an evening about which I had absolutely no idea would turn out.
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.
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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.
“Comics”, it’s an awkward word that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The British Library has taken the very open definition of “storytelling in sequential pictures” to show a wide variety of pieces dating back hundreds of years up to the present day, covering a huge number of subjects and media. It seems their aim is to show that the comics medium is open to any sort of storytelling for any audience, to challenge preconceptions of what a comic actually is and show that it’s an artform worth discussion. With everything from comical mischief to graphic violence, everything is on display in what is likely the largest and most in-depth exhibition of British comics ever. Continue reading