The road to the World War One to be re-visited by top British cartoonists

One of Our Minor Wars 'Well, if you knows of a better 'ole, go to it.' Bruce Bairnsfather, Bystander, 24 November 1915

One of Our Minor Wars ‘Well, if you knows of a better ‘ole, go to it.’ Bruce Bairnsfather, Bystander, 24 November 1915

Over six weeks (28th June – 4th August 2014), twelve top cartoonists and graphic artists, and a number of script writers will respond to the events that happened across the world as the world was heading to war one hundred years ago.

Via BBC Radio 4 or the 1914 Day by Day website, you will be able to follow their illustrated commentary on the issues and incidents of the day as relations between the great powers deteriorated into war.

The website will run alongside a real-time series on BBC Radio 4, 1914 Day-by-Day, in which Professor Margaret MacMillan (The War That Ended Peace) chronicles the weeks leading up to Britain’s entry into the conflict.

Each week, two cartoonists react to the events of one hundred years ago through the prism of what we know, now. Their cartoons will be published online and distributed via social media, bringing home to a new audience the frightening speed with which global war can descend.

Artists include Steve Bell (Guardian), Peter Brookes (The Times), Steven Camley (Glasgow Herald), Kate Charlesworth (The Cartoon History of Time), Achim Greser & Heribert Lenz (Frankfurter Allegemeine), John McCrea and Ferg Handley (Marvel/Lucasfilm& Marvel/Commando), Jon McNaught (Dockwood), Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip), Zoom Rockman (The Zoom!), Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), Ralph Steadman (New Statesman), and Lalit Kumar Sharma and Alan Cowsill (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Marvel).

The original works will be exhibited at London’s Cartoon Museum beside the exhibition Never Again – The First World War in Cartoon and Comic Art (11 June-19 October 2014).

• For more information visit http://1418now.org.uk/whats-on/1941-day-by-day-cartoons or bbc.co.uk/today

• The Cartoon Museum is at 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH. For prices and opening times, please visit cartoonmuseum.org

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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