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Comic artists to present an alternative perspective on First World War

Three renowned graphic artists are participating in an exhibition as part of an international comic art festival

Charley's War by Joe Colquhoun
Charley's War by Joe Colquhoun

The First World War viewed through the eyes of three acclaimed comic strip artists is to be the focus of a new exhibition.

Great War in Comics, featuring the work of Joe Colquhoun, Charlie Adlard and Ivan Petrus, will offer “an alternative perspective on the reality of war”.

War artist Colquhoun worked with writer Pat Mills to produce the comic strip Charley’s War which ran from 1979 until 1987.

Adlard is best known for his series The Walking Dead but an earlier collaboration with writer Robbie Morrison resulted in White Death, a story set against Alpine trench warfare of 1914-18.

Ghosts of Passchendaele graphic novel by Ivan Petrus
Ghosts of Passchendaele graphic novel by Ivan Petrus
 

This year’s Ghosts of Passchendaele is the third book in a graphic novel trilogy by Petrus featuring true stories of British, Belgian and French soldiers.

The exhibition opens at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, on September 28 (until December 6).

It coincides with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, from October 17-19, which was established to celebrate comic art.

During the festival (at 2pm on October 18) the Kendal art gallery will also welcome Barbara Stok, author of Vincent, a graphic novel biography of artist Van Gogh.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5pm, and Sundays during August, 12noon to 4pm.

Find festival details on www.comicartfestival.com

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