This year sees 100 years since WW1 broke out, and there’s going to be a ton of events happening all year to remember what happened, including a comic anthology which I feel very lucky and proud to be part of. I thought I’d put up a few preview pages!
My short is set in an Officer camp, these were prisoner of war camps made especially for higher ranking officers, which from what I’ve read were a huge step up from the awful conditions of other POW camps.
I read a very old (and hard to find!) book written by H.G. Durnford, an officer who escaped from one of these camps, in one of the very few recorded escapes in WW1. As a modern reader, the thing that struck me the most was how blissfully unaware the officer was of how lucky he had it!! If you read the book, you’ll see what I mean! I also found that Orderlys (servants to Officers, and the main character of my little short) were very important to helping the officers escape, but they didnt get much appreciation from this particular escapee!
What I did get was fantastic detail into what it was like digging and going into an escape tunnel. I hope I managed to pull off how cramped it was in my comic.
I’ve always had a bit of a emotional fascination with WW1. I relate to the idea of how much horrific things the world had to go through at the time. So much change, and no way of ever going back to a time that was more simple and easier to handle. Something that must’ve taken a lot of mental courage to get through.
My story is one of the more light hearted ones, but the anthology in general sets out to show a less romanticized view of The Great War. It seems like it’ll be something that you’ll really be able to get your teeth into, and from the previews and names that I’m already familiar with, I’m pretty excited about reading the other stories in there!
I won’t go into much detail here, but check out all the other artists (and the amazing cover!) at the main website:
You can also preorder the comic from amazon now too: