As we write this To End All Wars is making it’s way from the printers in Latvia, soon to end up in the laps of the good folks who’ve pre-ordered it. We’re thrilled to have raised £2000 for Medecins Sans Frontieres already and hope that this will increase as the book gets out into the public. The editors got their hands on an advance copy the other day and don’t mind telling you that it looks amazing.
Sixteen months of hard work by the contributors and the graft of Soaring Penguin have paid off in the form of a book we are all very proud of. In the event you can’t wait to get your mits on it, we’ve put together a ‘flick through.’
We are also pleased to announce that our own Sarah Jones, artist of Die and Become, will be representing TEAW in a talk on WWI comics at the British Library on Aug 17th.
Thanks to the BBC Scotland article, TEAW contributors Joe Gordon and Kate Charlesworth were sent a message by a lady known simply as Sheila. Having read about their story, Memorial to the Mothers, she sent along a poem by the seemingly forgotten Scottish poet, Joseph Lee.
Every bullet has its billet
Many bullets more than one;
God! Perhaps I killed a mother
When I killed a mother’s son.
This poem is indicative of the many aspects of WWI that are conveniently ‘forgotten’ because they fail to chime with the preferred recollections of the conflict. As we ready ourselves for publication, it is a timely reminder of the responsibility and opportunity we writers and artists have to make sure this centenary is not glossed over by the agenda of our present government and self interested institutions.
There’s only a week to go until To End All Wars arrives on the shelves. After over eighteen months of pretty much eating, sleeping and breathing this book it’s slightly strange to now let it out into the laps of the public. Everyone involved from the creators to the good folk at Soaring Penguin are very excited about finally being able to share it, and in celebration of everyone’s efforts we’ve organised a few launch events that will be taking place around the country.
As we mentioned before, on the 30th of July there will be a launch at the Five Leaves bookshop in Nottingham, and will feature presentations by contributors Brick, Pippa Hennessey, Selina Lock and Ian Douglas.
On August the 2nd we’ll be opening an exhibition of art from the book at the Pen’rallt Bookshop & Gallery in Machynlleth in mid-Wales. As well as featuring art from the book and the original painting of the cover, there’ll be a focus on Jonathan Clode’s story The Black Chair, which he’ll be introducing along with a reading of the script from local actors.
The official launch party will then be held at Gosh! comics in Soho, London on the 20th of August. The launch will be attended by the editors and as many of the writers, artists and letterers as can get there, so please come along!
Today also saw a fantastic article published by BBC Scotland that focuses on the Scottish creators and some of the stories that focus on the Scots.
More news on the events we’ll be partaking in as we get it!