Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the first World War: Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 wounded that first day, and by the time the offensive halted, there were more than 1 million casualties. Acclaimed Portland cartoon journalist Joe Sacco (Footnotes in Gaza and the new Great War) depicts the events of that infamous day in an extraordinary, wordless, 24-foot-long panorama: from General Douglas Haig and the massive artillery positions behind the trench lines to the legions of soldiers going “over the top” and getting cut down, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead buried en masse—truly the War to End All Wars as we’ve never seen it before. Sacco will appear in conversation with Steve Scher.
Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Civic series, with University Book Store. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Double feature! Admission to this event also gains entry to Peggy Kelsey ‘Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women’ at 6 pm in the same space.
Doors open: 6:30 pm.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Learn more: About Sacco.