Traces of the Great War is an ambitious anthology of new illustrated short stories by internationally acclaimed comic book artists, graphic novelists and writers, all of which explore the continued relevance and resonance of the First World War and its aftermath in our lives today.
An international collaboration between the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF) and On a Marché sur la Bulle in Amiens, France, commissioned by 14-18 NOW and La Mission du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale, Traces of the Great War features contributions from both the UK and around the world. The anthology includes a number of collaborations between graphic artists and writers (Dave McKean with poet Simon Armitage, Sean Phillips with novelist Ian Rankin), and between artists and illustrators who have never worked together before (Juan Díaz Canales and Kris, Régis Hautière and Thomas von Kummant).
Traces of the Great War launches in October 2018 at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (Kendal, UK) and Salon du livre d’Albert (Albert, France), and is accompanied by touring exhibitions and a wide-ranging education programme.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, La Mission du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale, On a Marché sur la Bulle and Lakes International Comic Arts Festival