History · World War II

I Can’t Describe the Poignancy of This Picture

Jack Chalker has passed away at age 96. He, along with Ronald Searle, Des Bettany, and others, gave the world an impossibly horrific, tragic, poignant, and sometimes desperately funny record of the Second World War’s prisoners in Asia.

Their drawings are disturbingly specific to their circumstances, yet achingly resonant with so many situations, then and now, in which people who had so much are reduced to so little–and can depend on nothing but one another.

Chalker: a fascinating obituary

The same for Ronald Searle. Also read St. Trinian’s. Especially if you like Charles Addams or Tim Burton.

An amazing collection of images by Des Bettany.