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Encyclopedia > When the Wind Blows (graphic novel)

When the Wind Blows is a 1982 graphic novel, by British artist Raymond Briggs, that shows a nuclear attack on Britain by the Soviet Union from the viewpoint of a retired couple, Jim and Hilda Bloggs. The book was later made into an animated film. Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Raymond Briggs in his studio Raymond Briggs (born January 18, 1934) is a British illustrator, cartoonist, and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children. ... Nuclear War is a card game designed by Douglas Malewicki, and originally published in 1966. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ...

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The Bloggs live in rural Sussex, and exhibit considerable confusion regarding the nature and seriousness of their situation, which is sometimes used to generate gentle comedy as well as darker elements. For example, after the nuclear attack, Hilda notices a smell of burning. Jim responds with the statement "It smells like roast meat. I expect people are having their Sunday dinners early this week due to the unexpected circumstances." As the novel progresses their situation becomes steadily more hopeless as they suffer, for example, from the effects of radiation sickness. The novel ends on an extremely bleak note. Sussex is a historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. ... Radiation poisoning, also called radiation sickness, is a form of damage to organic tissue due to excessive exposure to ionizing radiation. ...


Briggs used the same characters in his earlier book Gentleman Jim, and they are similar to his parents as he later portrayed them in Ethel and Ernest. It includes references to the government leaflet, Protect and Survive, whose obvious inadequacy in the face of such a catastrophe makes the couple's suffering seem even more poignant. Ethel and Ernest is a graphic novel by English author and illustrator Raymond Briggs. ... The front cover text reads: This booklet tells you how to make your home and your family as safe as possible under nuclear attack. Protect and Survive was the title of a series of booklets and a public information film series produced by the British government during the late 1970s...


The title is on the one hand a reference to a phrase in Protect and Survive — "the radioactive dust, falling where the wind blows it, will bring the most widespread dangers of all" — and on the other a quotation from a traditional lullaby: A lullaby is a soothing song sung to children before they go to sleep. ...

Rock-a-bye, baby,
In the tree top.
When the wind blows,
The cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks,
The cradle will fall,
And down will come baby,
Cradle and all.

The book was made into an animated film by director Jimmy Murakami in 1986. The couple's voices are spoken by John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft. The soundtrack consists of songs, many with an anti-nuclear theme, by prominent pop singers and groups, including Roger Waters, Genesis and David Bowie. The film shocked many when it was first released and, although the subject matter and overall plot and tone of the film is extremely serious, because of the naïve nature of the characters, the film does have some aspects of gentle but dark comedy. For other uses, see When the Wind Blows. ... Jimmy Murakami (also known as Teruaki Murakami; born June 5, 1933) directed the television adaption of Raymond Briggs book When the Wind Blows in 1986. ... // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... John Mills as Professor Bernard Quatermass in the Thames Television science-fiction serial Quatermass (1979). ... Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft, DBE (22 December 1907–14 June 1991) was an English actress. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... It has been suggested that Six of the Best be merged into this article or section. ... David Bowie (David Robert Jones 8 January 1947) is an English Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ...


There was also a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation in 1983; a stage version, created at around the same time, has been performed several times since. BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ...


 
 

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