The Great War in Comics

Bringing together work by three artists who have used comic illustration to shed new light on the events of the First World War.

 © Abbot Hall Art Gallery

The exhibition focuses on three artists who each provide an alternative perspective on the conflict. Between the 1970s and 80s, war artist Joe Colquhoun turned his attention to comic illustration. The resulting series – Charley's War – presents a frank portrayal of the horrors of battle, with Colquhoun opting for heavy inks, messy backgrounds and stark facial expressions. It has been described as 'the greatest comic strip ever created'.

An early project of Charlie Adlard's – best-known as the artist on the television series The Walking Dead – features in this exhibition. White Death is set in the Alpine trench war of 1914-1918, and Adlard works solely in charcoal and chalk on gray paper in order for his drawings to convey the fear, horror and desolation of war. 

Ghosts of Passchendaele, launched in 2014, is the third book of a graphic novel trilogy by Ivan Petrus.Painted in bold, dark, muddy colours, it features Belgian, British and French soldiers and their true stories from the First World War.

Venue details

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall, Kendal Cumbria LA9 5AL 01539 722464

Entry details

£3.20 with National Art Pass (standard entry 6.35)

17 Jan – 20 Dec
Mon – Sat, 10.30am – 5pm

Nov – Feb
Mon – Sat, 10.30am – 4pm

Open Sun throughout the Barbara Hepworth exhibition (5 Jul – 28 Sep)