A cartoonists reaction to 7/7

The anniversary of the London bombings on 7th July 2005 reminded me that Lee Kennedy created a diary comic about her reaction to the bombings which we ran in The Girly Comic. I think Lee’s strip encapsulates the feelings of helplessness and the need to escape the news that many of us often feel (see below).

I can’t imagine how those directly affected by the bombings are feeling and our thoughts and wishes go out to them.

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“To End All Wars” Release & Launch

I’m very excited that this WWI graphic anthology is on its way from the printers to Soaring Penguin Press and will be arriving through letter boxes and in shops soon.

That’s partly because it looks like an interesting collection covering lots of lesser known aspects of WWI and £2 from the sale of each book will go to help the charity Médecins Sans Frontières. But mainly it’s because I wrote a fifteen page strip for it, called Go Home and Sit Still, which has been illustrated by Arthur Goodman.

Dr Elsie Inglis inspects the hospital staff.

Dr Elsie Inglis inspects the hospital staff.

Our strip looks at the experiences of the women of the Scottish Women’s Hospital that went out to support Serbian troops in Russia in 1916/7.

The inclement Russian climate takes it's toll on the roads the the hospital transport.

The inclement Russian climate takes it’s toll on the roads & the hospital transport.

 

I’ll also be at both launch events and the signing at The Lakes Comic Arts Festival.

Midlands dwellers can join us at the Five Leaves Bookshop launch on Wed 30th July at 7pm. Please RSVP, as the venue will depend on attendance.

Nottingham Launch

Nottingham Launch

For those of you in the Big Smoke there is a launch at Gosh! Comics on August 20th.

London Launch

London Launch

 

Lots of links:

Buy To End All Wars from Soaring Penguin Press (£13.99 pre-publication special), from Amazon and from all good comic/book shops.

Acclaimed comics artists publish powerful anthology of stories to combat Michael Gove’s ‘jingoistic’ interpretation of WW1, The Independent

Director’s Commentary: guiding an anthology to completion with To End All Wars, Forbidden Planet Blog

War stories: The making of new WW1 anthology, BBC Scotland

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Jay predicts the future

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Jay predicts the FUTURE!

A panel by Terry Wiley from the 2009 Mid-Winter Comic  Retreat (MCR)  – Project  GoggleBox.

Jay wrote a storyline in the comic that allowed MCR attendees to reach into an old TV and retrieve items – here he decides to bring back all the missing Doctor Who episodes starring Patrick Troughton.

In 2013 the Troughton stories Web of Fear and Enemy of the World were found.

Coincidence? …. You decide….