Following on from our feature in The Independent, TEAW has seen an upsurge in interest over the last couple of weeks. Under the wing of Soaring Penguin, the book made a debut of sorts at the London Book Fair where it caught the eye of foreign publishers and even managed to get a galley copy stolen. Not to advocate theft but in a way that’s actually a rather lovely compliment.
It’s also been great to see one of our contributor’s featured in the local press. Between The Darkness artist Neil McClements was interviewed as part of a feature on TEAW in The Rugby Advertiser. This not only gives the book and the centenary some great coverage, but it also serves to put comics in the spotlight at a local level and expose people to the incredible talent that dwells right under their noses.
For most of our contributors, this is their first foray into creating comics about the First World War, but S.Martin (sometimes Steve, sometimes Stan) produced a series of WWI comics some years back. We discovered these thanks to one of our writers and were lucky enough to recruit Mr. Martin, the result of which is the fantastic Allies of Reason. The beauty of working with Steve/Stan is that he has no computer and no internet, instead writing letters by hand and sending his art in the post! You can see some examples of his work at the link below and you may even still be able to buy a few copies…provided you don’t expect to pay for them via internet banking!
To End All Wars is available for pre-order at various online book sellers and Soaring Penguin are offering the book at a limited pre-publication price of £13.99.
There should be more news on the book in the coming weeks as we get closer to the centenary commemorations, but in the mean time here are a few more preview pages.
Story and Art by Stuart Richards
Die and Become
Story by John Stuart Clark. Art by Sarah Jones