V for Vendetta exhibition looks behind the mask

Fans of writer Alan Moore and illustrator David Lloyd’s celebrated graphic novel V for Vendetta – and the hit 2005 film starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving that it inspired [pictured below] – should make tracks for The Cartoon Museum in London, which has reopened with an exhibition charting the history and cultural impact of this modern classic.

Running until October 31, the V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask exhibition features original artwork and covers from the comic as well as storyboards, concept art and costumes on loan from Warner Bros. It also examines how the Guy Fawkes-inspired mask adopted by the story’s mysterious vigilante ‘V’ has become a symbol of protest in the 21st century.

‘We’re delighted to re-open following the lockdown and to do so by inviting people to look behind the mask and explore how a British comic strip became a global phenomenon,' says Joe Sullivan, director of The Cartoon Museum.

V for Vendetta shows us a near-future world, that is borne out of fear and anger following a potential catastrophic event. That’s why it still speaks to us today and I look forward to welcoming the public back as we continue to celebrate the art, culture and comics that try to make sense of the world we live in.’

Tickets for V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask are available from the Cartoon Museum website priced £8.50 for adults, £5 concessions and £3 students. No advanced booking is required to visit the museum or the exhibition.


V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask Exhibition, The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street, Fitzovia, London, W1A 3AE, www.cartoonmuseum.org