Brighton’s Graphic War – Help Support Young Comic Creators of the Future

“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”

Ok now that I’ve shown off my love for Whitney Houston classics (What???) I can now get into the meat of this post.

Comic professionals Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt are currently running a Kickstarter, which I think is not only worthy or supporting but I wish there was something like this around when I was 15 and wanted to draw comics. Back then the only advice I was given was ‘It’s not fine art and you’re not good enough’…happy days.

The idea behind this Kickstarter is to help these youngsters create their first graphic novel. At the moment the comic has the working title of Brighton’s Graphic War and will focus on the city before, during and after World War One.

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The result: eight illustrated fictionalised narratives that include actual events, characters, photographs and mementoes from the era. The book illustrates the huge social and military changes that took place from 1900 to 1920, and details how the first modern war of the 20th Century impacted upon the people of a then-small Sussex town.
 
It depicts the First World War from the perspective of young servicemen – and a young woman pretending to be a serviceman – and those on the home front in Edwardian-era Brighton & Hove; we follow daily life at the workhouse, and washday in Hove; conscripts returning home after the horrors of the front line, and rationing on the domestic front – all of which serve to build a new approach to the centenary of World War I from a local perspective.

What I think is really interesting is that none of the young people on the project have ever working in comics before so this sounds like great way to foster, develop and encourage new talent.

The book’s cover will be created by current Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell with comic legend and current comics Laureate Dave Gibbons writing the foreword.

The downside is that according to Tim Pilcher the Kickstarter is still over £1000 from it’s target with 10 days to go. All funds raised will go towards print costs of the 170 page graphic novel.

So if you have a tenner (or more) burning a hole in your pocket then head over to the Kickstarter page for the project and see the rewards there are on offer.

It would be great to see this project hit its target as this sort of project is more than publishing another graphic novel, this is about helping creative talent right at the beginning of their adventure.

 

Source: Kickstarter 
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