Panel Borders: Preserving comics

Panel Borders: Preserving comics

Continuing a month of shows about the presence of comics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Alex Fitch talks to V and A conservator Anne Bancroft and comic book creator Jenni Scott about some of the more unusual items in the collection. Anne discusses the preservation and conservation of comics at the V and A, including methods to display items in touring exhibitions and the creation of bespoke storage folders suitable for fragile printed materials. Also, a few days after what would have been his fiftieth birthday, Jenni describes the donation of the Andy Roberts collection to the museum which followed his untimely passing in 2005; the collection includes boxes of British comics and self published zines by Andy himself and others, that the small press creator and musician had amassed during his life. Originally broadcast 16th September 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Tools used by Anne Bancroft at the Victoria and Albert Museum / art by Andy Roberts from 1997 Caption programme, Linus website, RRR zine 2005

Tools used by Anne Bancroft at the Victoria and Albert Museum / art by Andy Roberts from 1997 Caption programme, Linus website, RRR zine 2005

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

Articles about Andy Roberts in The Comics Reporter / Paddy Brown’s website
LiveJournal page on Andy Roberts including link to his final RRR zine

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