Comics For Free: In London And On-Line

Between May 2 and August 19 this year, the British Library is running a comic exhibition. Called Comics Unmasked: Art And Anarchy In The UK, it will be held in the PACCAR Gallery adjacent to the Sir John Ritblatt Gallery. The material covered will include comics from the Victoria era (and beyond) to the present day; as might be expected, the later ones will contain a lot more risqué material.


The British Library is running a comic exhibition.

The British Library has a large number of comics in its archives, but some of these are currently inaccessible because of the closure of the Newspaper Library at Colindale and the transfer of its collections to St Pancras.

You can find an introductory video about Comics Unmasked...on the British Library’s YouTube channel, but what if you don’t live within easy travelling distance of Central London? There are masses of comics on-line which you can have fun searching for, but two sources worth mentioning are The Comic Archive and The Digital Comic Museum. As their names suggest, these are both dedicated comic archives. The latter is a particularly useful source that styles itself “the best site for downloading FREE public domain Golden Age Comics.”

All the material therein is in the public domain, so can be used freely on other websites by those who are paranoid about copyright. A large collection of comics can also be found amongst the 390 billion and rising pages of the Internet Archive.

[The above article was published originally February 19, 2014].

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