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Comics A.M. | British Library to stage largest exhibit of UK comics

The Trials of Nasty Tales

The Trials of Nasty Tales

Events | The British Library is staging a “long overdue” exhibit on comics, called “Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the U.K.,” which will feature comics in a variety of genres from the 19th century to the present. Featured items include The Trials of Nasty Tales, which chronicles the 1972 obscenity trial of the editorial staff of Nasty Tales. “I went to a very traditional school where they would raid desks and take comics off to the orchard to burn them,” said Dave Gibbons, one of the contributors to The Trials of Nasty Tales. “Fast forward 40 years and they now invite me to the school to lecture on graphic novels.” The exhibition runs May 2-Aug. 14. [The Guardian]

Festivals | Here’s the shortlist for the Grand Prix of the Angoulême International Comics Festival: Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo and Alan Moore. The winner of the Grand Prix is the president of the following year’s festival and helps curate the show, and any of these three would be an interesting choice. Wim Lockfeer reports that contrary to what was previously announced, the registered creators and the Académie (made up of past Grand Prix winners) will not vote separately for the Grand Prix; instead, there will be a single vote. He also notes that 16 members of the Académie, including the President of the current show, Willem, are abstaining from the vote. [Forbidden Planet]

All-New Invaders #1

All-New Invaders #1

Creators | Writer James D. Robinson chats about his Marvel work, including All-New Invaders, which launched this week. [Comicosity]

Creators | Eva Volin interviews Rob Harrell, author of the children’s graphic novel Monster on the Hill. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Artist Mike S. Miller talks about his work on the two George R.R. Martin adaptations, The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword, which are being republished by Amazon’s Jet City comics imprint. [Kindle Post]

Creators | A new HBO documentary will profile the editorial cartoonist Herblock, once “America’s most feared editorial cartoonist. [San Antonio Current]

Graphic novels | The staff of Paste Magazine looks forward to the coming year with a list of their most anticipated graphic novels of 2014. [Paste Magazine]

Graphic novels | Sonya Paul interviews Indian graphic novelist Vishwajyoti Ghosh, the editor of the anthology This Side That Side: Restorying Partition, which features graphic works by creators from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. [The New York Times]

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