Brighton’s Graphic War is a full colour, World War One-themed graphic novel, featuring the people and history of Brighton & Hove. The project is being run by QueenSpark Books, the longest running community publisher in the UK.
See Molly, one of our young artists', talk about her participation in a project film here.
All of QueenSpark's books feature the lesser-heard voices and stories of the City, and Brighton's Graphic War is no exception. Industry professionals Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt – who led on QueenSpark's previous Brighton – The Graphic Novel - have mentored 15 new talented young writers and artists from the city to create Brighton’s Graphic War. Tim Pilcher talks on film about his experiences here.
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. Young writer Matt Austin explains more about the project and his involvement.
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. Watch Paul Collicutt chat about the creative process and engaging with the artists for the project.
The book will engage readers of all ages, and those who love graphic novels as well as those who've never read one. This project is supported byArts Council England. However, their funding does not cover the full design and print costs – hence our seeking support from the Kickstarter community – all funds raised will go towards print costs, so the more pledges, the better-quality the book!
Brighton’s Graphic War will be published later this Autumn, with a book launch on 11th November 2016, contains approximately 170 pages of story, historical background and related content, and will retail at £12.99.
Become a part of this unique project, and encourage new young writers and artists - as well as receiving a host of QueenSpark rewards - by supporting us today.
Listen to contributor and young artist Joe McKelvey discuss his inspiration for the project here.
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Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges:
Deciding to publish a book always carries risks, and when the book is the result of a project conceived as part of a wider mission, the risks are amplified.
At QueenSpark, we are always confronted with:
• who will create the content?
• how will we guide them through the process, so that they can make the most of their talents?
• who will be interested in the book itself?
In answer to the first question, we recruited talented young people who wanted to develop their writing and graphic skills under the guidance and experience of Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt, which also answers the second question.
But our biggest risk is the third question: is it just a 'Brighton' book, of interest only to the city's residents? Will the wider graphic novel community - indeed, the wider world - see it as parochial?
Whilst the themes are focused on the city and its people, the stories are universal. As with Brighton – The Graphic Novel, we're confident that the book, and the model of working behind it, will prove popular both across the world.
* These are many! All of QueenSpark's books feature the lesser-heard voices and stories of the City so Brighton's Graphic War is about making hidden stories apparent which is great for everyone.
* 15 new talented young writers and artists from the city are being mentored and developing at an amazing pace.
* Rewards are plentiful for backing this project including:
* An acknowledgment on the QueenSpark Books website
* Your name printed in the book itself.
* You could receive a copy of the e-book, in mobi or e-pub format (we will contact you to find out what format you want).
* We would invite you to the launch of the book, due to take place in Brighton on 11th November 2016.
* Receive a copy of the new book signed by the creative team of Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt, and all of the writers and artists.
* PLUS Volumes 1 and 2 of QueenSpark's The Brighton & Hove Photographic Collection.
* AND 5 recent QueenSpark books: Brighton, The Graphic Novel, Back Row Brighton, Backstage Brighton, Back Street Brighton and Tale of a Boy Soldier (RRP of the 5 books, £57.95).
* Be gifted with a framed copy of the Brighton's Graphic War logo
* An invite to all QueenSpark Books events in 2017 for its 45th anniversary celebrations
* A signed exclusive print of the book’s cover by Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.
* And finally, a portrait of a person of your choice drawn by one of our artists.
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