Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembering to Remember

Today marks another anniversary for Veteran's Day, Rememberance Day, Armistice Day, and whatever else November 11th is known for. Now would be a good time to take another look at the highly acclaimed Charley's War, the "Best World World One comic". Even if there's not enough compensation given to the artist's family or the writer's efforts. Here's to all those fallen soldiers who died trying to capture those last few miles in the world's bloodiest game of Tug-of-war.

World War II may get the bigger publicity, due to its status of bigger involvement, a sequel that was better than the original, alluring villains (Which has better visual appeal - the high soldier cap or the German helmet?), and ending with a bang. But it's the first World War that's becoming increasingly forgotten, and the last veteran of that war died this year. Apart from historians, there's nobody left to tell the story. In a few years time, it'll be the anniversary of the first war, and who'll be around to remember?

To most people, trying to understand the implications and origins of WWI is a daunting task, especially since there's very few movies about that time period. To change things up a bit, here's some sobering statistics from War in the Trenches.

I always enjoy looking at Jacques Tardi's art, because all of his people look like lumpy sacks of potatoes.

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