For more than a century, from the trenches of the First World War to Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea and elsewhere, comics have responded to conflicts through propaganda, reportage, memoir and fiction. Captain America himself began life as a propaganda poster boy, socking Hitler on the jaw on the cover of his debut edition.

This panel of creatives (including photographer Benjamin Dix, comics writer Morsal Mohammad and author John Clark) demonstrate the power of the medium to bring untold stories and hidden histories to light in revelatory graphic novels, photographic portraits and digital comics.

About The Artists

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Asia Alfasi

Asia Alfasi is an award-winning British Libyan graphic novelist. Born in Libya in 1984, she spent her formative years first in Tripoli, and then in Glasgow, Scotland, after migrating there with her family. Upon discovering and falling in love with comics and manga, she realised their immense potential for humanising issues and bringing the plight of often marginalised peoples to the fore and therefore furthering understanding. Ever since, she has represented the Muslim and Arab voice through her work with the ultimate aim of harnessing the medium as a tool for cross-cultural dialogue. 

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About The Author

John Clark AKA ‘Brick’

John Clark is the author of eight books (three cartoon, two travel, three comic books), a BBC drama, several short prose stories and over 100 adventure travel articles. Raised in war zones and educated in posh schools that emotionally crippled him, he started working life as a scrapman. He’s now an honorary associate professor of comics.

About The Academic

Morsal Mohammad

Morsal Mohammad is an English literature and creative writing student at Roehampton University. Born in Denmark, raised in the UK and originally from Afghanistan, she is a lover of travelling, painting and photography. In the summer of 2015 she explored Afghanistan with her camera – the result was the comic ‘Here and There’, an account of her journey to the heart of her homeland.

Contributor

Paul Gravett

Acknowledged by the ‘Times’ as “the greatest historian of the comics and graphic novel form in this country”, Paul Gravett is a writer, historian and curator specialising in international comics. He is the author of ‘1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die’ and co-curated the recent exhibition ‘Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics’ at House of Illustration.