Trench Dogs

by Ian Densford

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Editions:Paperback Original: $ 18.95
ISBN: 9781682472330
Size: 10.25 x 6.63 in
Pages: 184

Inspired from assorted first-hand accounts, this fictional story of World War I is a sweeping look across the war and the soldiers who experienced the horrors of the front lines and high seas. While horse drawn carts and trains were ordinary sights, some of the first automobiles, tanks, submarines, airplanes, and battleships were being used; alongside machine guns, poison gas, and flame throwers. The nightmares of World War I and the fallout afterwards are often overlooked, this book asks the reader to look again and remember the dead, to weigh their number against those that would choose war. Conceived as a long, continuous camera pan through the trenches and beyond, the reader is soon buried in mud, corpses, and ruin, emerging on the other side with blurred recollections of lost comrades and a nagging sense of pointless destruction.

Reviews:Publishers Weekly wrote:

“…a nonstop horror show.”

Comics Workbook wrote:

“What a monstrous dream Ian Densford has conceived…. The story itself is incredibly poignant and quite vicious. It is a war story or a story of a war. It does not pretend to do anything other than depict war and war’s violent consequences…. [T]here is wisdom in this book in its depiction of human suffering, selfishness, selflessness and survival. Ian Densford steps back and triangulates the brutality of a war that laid waste to an entire continent and more as we stare in horror and amazement hoping we never share their fate, and yet it is difficult not to sympathize and even admire the victims whoever they might be. Death is the great equalizer and, when people encounter it, we can learn a lot from that. Ian Densford has masterfully managed to encapsulate that fact into a comic book.”

Graphic Policy on YouTube wrote:

“[Trench Dogs is] very cinematic in a way where one scene flows into the next…. It kind of feels like a tracking shot and the concept is really great…. Not something I can think of being done in comics before.”

Mark Bielski on History with Mark Bielski (podcast) wrote:

“There are a lot of superb interpretations and renderings throughout the book ... It's almost like reading poetry.”

Historical Novel Society wrote:

“The burgeoning audience of graphic novel fans, especially the historically literate ones, will certainly be impressed by this book…. The author’s and publisher’s intentions could not be more honorable…. [We are] happy to recommend Trench Dogs.”

Military Heritage wrote:

“History is becoming a lost art in the modern era and there is always a question of how to pass on an appreciation for military history to a young person. [Trench Dogs is] a graphic novel intended to interest young readers…. The illustrations are vivid but not gratuitous in their depictions of violence and bloodshed, rather seeking to surprise the reader with the brutality of the war through the eyes of those who were there.”

ARMY magazine wrote:

“Veterans … will likely find much that resonates [in] The ‘Stan.”

Charles Forsman, author of The End of the F***ing World wrote:

Trench Dogs is an unrelenting torrent of war machine imagery. Densford's thick lines and dirty color palette in an unending panel layout takes the reader on a train ride through hell.”


About the Contributors

Ian Densford the author and illustrator is a working artist living in New York state with his wife, Tae, and their son, Anderson. When not animating on the computer, or drawing in his sketchbook, you can find him frolicking in the nearby forest and rocky hillsides.