“When the Wind Blows” by Raymond Briggs (1982) comic recommendation – graphic novel review


[Book cover of graphic novel “When the Wind Blows” by Raymond Briggs (1982) – comic review from comics recommendation list]Now, let’s talk aboutWhen the Wind Blowsby British cartoonist Raymond Briggs.When the Wind Blowswas created during the early 1980s, in the middle of the Cold War. During the 80s, there was a real threat of nuclear war ending civilisation at any moment’s notice. So Raymond Briggs decided to write a black comedy about the absurdity of the situation. He saw that even though war is conducted by presidents and generals and men of immense ego, it’s the everyday people who have to suffer as a result of their decisions. So he focuses on an elderly British couple, and he shows what their experience is like on the day that nuclear war breaks out between the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. This is black comedy at its purest. The main characters are simple people who never seem to comprehend the severity of the situation, no matter how bad things progressively get. And there’s plenty of jokes about them misunderstanding the official government instructions, as well as absent-mindedly misunderstanding each other.When the Wind Blowswas quite a landmark book when it was released in the 1980s. Both in terms of the service it did to comics – as an early British graphic novel. But, apparently it was also influential with a number of British politicians, helping them see the absurdity of nuclear war. So, check outWhen the Wind Blowsby Raymond Briggs.[title music: “Bunny” by Screamfeeder]

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