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June 16, 2014

Joe Sacco’s Great War Mural To Be Displayed In A Paris Subway Station On Battle’s 100th Anniversary


It's almost more note than feature article, but it's nice to learn that Joe Sacco's cartoon mural of the Battle Of the Somme -- the work released in book form as The Great War -- will be put on display at a Paris subway station beginning July 1 in a form that will apparently make it 500 feet long. This will coinicide with the 100th anniversary of the battle.

One thing that's cool about this that the article hammers home is that the mural can be seen as a tribute to all-time proto-comic the Bayeux Tapestry. I thought that was one of the five great books of the year it was released, and I think its sprawling narrative will play well in the conceived-of form.

I also missed this very-likely-cooked-up-by-a-PR-department article from two years ago of Sacco recommending books about that history-changing war.
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