Coming Soon: Dazzle Ships and the Art of Confusion 

Dazzle Ships and the Art of Confusion - Cover

If you’re a fan of Commando comics, then you may want to check out Dazzle Ships: World War One and the Art of Confusion, out later this year.

Yes, it’s nonfiction – but there is a comics connection.

Written by Chris Barton this dazzling picture book explores art, desperation, and one man’s incredible idea for saving ships from German torpedoes in World War One. Dazzle camouflage transformed ordinary British and US ships into eye-popping masterpieces.

Credited to the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson it was his belief painting a ship in a dazzle pattern it could make it difficult for an enemy to estimate the correct range, speed, and heading.

The book art alone looks amazing, and Chris’ reputation as an author definitely makes this a title to look out for.

Dazzle Ships and the Art of Confusion - Art
And the comics connection? The art is the work of Hong Kong born comic artist and illustrator Victo Ngai, a winner of a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, no less, whose recent work includes promotional art for the IMAX release of Divergent.

Victo Ngai's poster art for the IMAX release of Divergent
Victo Ngai’s poster art for the IMAX release of Divergent

The samples of her work on her web site, not only include illustrations for magazines such as The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Yorker and Wired Magazine. There’s also a quite stunning wordless comic to read,  I was born in 1930, 3500’N 10500’E which was inspired by her grandparents’ life in China.

I was born in 1930, 3500’N 10500’E by Victo Ngai
I was born in 1930, 3500’N 10500’E by Victo Ngai

Dazzle Ships: World War One and the Art of Confusion is due out from Lerner/Millbrook Press in September 2017. Pre-irder it now from amazon.co.uk (using this link helps support downthetubes, thank you)

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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