War and Comics

There’s a couple of events coming up in Edinburgh and beyond regarding the interesting theme of war and comics, sparked off by the work of Pat Mills (Charley’s War) and Glasgow’s own Roger Glass (Dougie’s War).

I’d be interested to hear more about this.  Comics have had a long and complicated relationship with warfare, from the boy’s own propaganda that has been peddled around during most conflicts, through to more complex works like such as Alan’s War and the above mentioned graphic novels, which discuss themes of PTSD.

Pat Mills and Roger Glass will be discussing their work and the themes of war and comics at the Edinburgh Book Festival.  Dave Turbitt, illustrator of Dougie’s War, will take part in the Comics & Conflicts conference in London, discussing trauma and conflict alongside Adrian Searle and Mikkel Sommer (Obsolete).

Details follow:

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Join Pat Mills and award winning author of Dougie’s War, Rodge Glass, as they discuss the depiction of war and post-traumatic stress in comics and graphic novels at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Sunday, 28 August – 12:30pm-1:30 pm. Tickets: £10/£8

Website: www.edbookfest.co.uk Phone: 0845 373 5888

Comics & Conflicts Conference at the Imperial War Museum London: Pat Mills, Adrian Searle and David Turbitt

Adrian Searle (publisher) and Dave Turbitt (illustrator) will discuss their graphic novel about Afghanistan, Dougie’s War, at the Imperial War Museum’s event Comics & Conflicts Conference in August. They will be joined by Danish artist Mikkel Sommer writer and illustrator for Obsolete for a discussion on Trauma & Conflict. Paul Gravett chairs the event.

Saturday, 20 August- 11:30 am to 12:20 pm. Tickets: £6

Website: www.comicafestival.com

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