Traces of the Great War tie-in education resource to get launch in Kendal

KS3 Traces of the Great War

Hot on the heels of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and the launch of the Traces of the Great War, the organisation, together with Lancaster University and their Educational Resources department, are launching a new learning resource that builds on the World War One-inspired anthology.

Launching on 18th October 2018 in Kendal, the new Key Stage 3 resource focuses on English and literacy; art; history; citizenship, and the team behind it are looking for 12 schools to evaluate the resource.

Traces of the Great War  - Cover

Published by Image Comics, as previously reported, Traces of the Great War , which was launched at the Festival this weekend, is an ambitious anthology of new illustrated short stories, the anthology features over forty internationally acclaimed comic book artists, graphic novelists and writers.

The stories explore the continued relevance and resonance of the World War One and its aftermath in our lives today.

Artist Sean Phillips and author Ian Rankin at the launch of the stunning Traces of the Great War anthology. Photo: LICAF

Artist Sean Phillips and author Ian Rankin at the launch of the stunning Traces of the Great War anthology. Photo: LICAF

Part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the World War One centenary, the creative collaboration re-evaluates the impacts and legacy of the conflict across a diversity of cultural, geographical and narrative viewpoints. The aim is to introduce new audiences to the narrative of the Great War through the immediacy and wide appeal of the comic artform.

The anthology features eighteen short stories from both the UK and around the world, including a number of collaborations between graphic artists and writers (Dave McKean with poet Simon Armitage, Sean Phillips with novelist Ian Rankin, Charlie Adlard with Robbie Morrison) and between artists and illustrators who have never worked together before (Juan Díaz Canales and Kris, Régis Hautière and Thomas von Kummant).

“The anthology is full of amazing, thought provoking stories by acclaimed authors, says Dr Natasa Lackovic, ReOPeN Co-Director and Lecturer in Higher Education/Educational Research at Lancaster University. “The resource builds on the anthology.”

ReOPeN is brings together scholars working in different disciplines at Lancaster University and beyond, at other universities and any other individual, group or organisation with a shared interest in images, comics, graphic narratives, novels and illustration.

• For more information on the resource and the event contact Aileen McEvoy at

• Find out more about ReOPeN at

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (11th – 13th October 2019) is online at

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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