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25th May 2023


In the 1980s Raymond Briggs moved into political commentary about subjects such as nuclear war and the Cold War. As the exhibition explains, he "did not consider himself an activist, yet his books from the early 1980s are powerful critiques of authority figures and military action. Briggs was one of the first illustrators in the UK to explore serious subjects through graphic novels". This is the magazine advertisement for When The Wind Blows (1983) which, like several of his books, was later made into a film.

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