Monthly Archives: July 2013

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So the WWI beano is cranking up. Christopher Menaul’s film Summer in February is now released to ho-hum reviews, Joe Sacco’s fold-out diorama The Great War, fixing on July 1st, 1916, is soon to reach these shores, and the stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong is probably at a theatre near you.

Of delight to the editors of To End All Wars is the limited vision presently being displayed by storytellers tackling the Great War. By contrast it is thrilling to scroll through the list of contributions to our anthology and find a real breadth of subject matter and ways of telling. We have dramatic reconstructions of the war in the Atlantic that could have come straight out of Steve Ditko’s vault of horror. We have the story of combatants’ affection and need for pets in the trenches, related exclusively in pictures (see sample sketch by SAM Richards). We have the obligatory war poet’s story, but that of a Welsh hill farmer rather than some bit of posh who’s been done to death. And we have a feminist take on the controversial Mata Hari and the very personal story of an author’s search for their great grandfather’s memorial.

We have low humour, high drama, weird fantasy, even a couple of love stories and sincere tributes. We take readers to East Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Turkey, and we are non-partisan, with narratives from the ‘other side’ of the conflict, not least that of the greatest unofficial war artist of all time. Personally we can’t wait to see it all wrapped between covers we can get a hold on!

And one other thing that is exciting… most of our contributors are either novices or relative unknowns in the comics game, yet they are putting in turns that eclipse most of what passes for graphic narrative these days. What’s more, they are working their pinkies to the bone for no greater reward than the satisfaction of involvement in a landmark publication slated to be released at a unique moment in history. All power to them and their dedication!

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