The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme (Hardcover)
This essential book's power is revealed in it's unique format. Printed on accordion-style paper to reveal 24 drawings that fold out to depict the first day in the Battle of the Somme, Sacco's black-and-white illustrations show the horror of the war by drawing us into details of the battle. Inside the endless trenches, nearby the constant explosions and oddly--both distinct from and very much a part of--military regiment and routine, Sacco beautifully renders the devastation and human toll of the war. Because of the unique nature Sacco's art, this is a book to reflect on small details by yourself, but also to share and observe with others.— Will
From “the heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman” (Economist) comes a monumental, wordless depiction of the most infamous day of World War I.
Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoon journalist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary, 24-foot- long panorama: from General Douglas Haig and the massive artillery positions behind the trench lines to the legions of soldiers going “over the top” and getting cut down in no-man’s-land, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse. Printed on fine accordion-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe slipcase with a 16-page booklet, The Great War is a landmark in Sacco’s illustrious career and allows us to see the War to End All Wars as we’ve never seen it before.
About the Author
Joe Sacco's acclaimed books include Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and Footnotes in Gaza, as well as a best-selling collaboration with Chris Hedges, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
A searing depiction of a single day…. Exacting in every damning detail, magnificent in its tragic way.
— Jeff Shesol
Show[s] what photos can’t: the enormousness and the enormity of what happened that day on the Western Front.
— Douglas Wolk
You’ve never seen anything quite like this.
— Kathryn Schulz
This is incredible. It is fantastic. He’s showing you far more than a film or photographs could. It’s just drawing—it’s a superb example of what art can do.
— David Hockney
Insanely beautiful. This is yet another total masterpiece from one of the most important comic artists of all time.
— Stuart Hammond
Gorgeous and haunting.
— Cory Doctorow
An eloquent, convincing, entirely wordless story.
— Tom Horgen