Panel Borders: Collecting comics at the National Art Library

Panel Borders: Collecting comics at the National Art Library

Continuing a month of shows looking at the presence of comics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Alex Fitch talks to Jan van der Wateren (former chief librarian and Keeper of the National Art Library,) and Ian Rakoff (founder of the Rakoff Collection) about the collecting and acquisition of comics at the V & A. Jan and Ian talk about the history of the Rakoff collection, how it relates to other comic book collections in the archive at the National Art Library – such as the Krazy Kat Arkive and Walt Disney comics collection – and various efforts over the years to highlight their existence. Also, Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the V & A, talks about the museum’s cultural remit and how that relates to comics, periodicals and popular culture.
Originally broadcast Monday 9th September 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Photo of the National Art Library

Photo of the National Art Library

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Links: Info about the comic book collections in the National Art Library / Victoria and Albert Museum

Ian Rakoff’s blog
Alex’s previous interview with Ian

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