The text panels of this accordion-fold book are printed on uncoated stock with 2-colors (black and yellow tint) giving it a soft feel, while the case is wrapped in Mohawk VIA felt to compliment the interior and printed with 4 PMS colors plus varnishing. The book depicts one day in the Battle of the Somme, and is a continuous story from the first panel to the last panel of the accordion book. Each printed sheets holds three of the panels, which are then carefully glued together to make the picture one “seamless” story.
The Battle of the Somme (1916) in World War I shows the intensity that comes with battle. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded the first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the end of the offensive. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoon journalist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that first day in an extraordinary, 24-foot- long panorama. The Great War has been translated and printed for the French market.