Shackleton – The Voyage of the James Caird. A Graphic Account. Written by Gavin McCumiskey. Illustrated by David Butler.
This new publication was launched last night in the Athy Heritage Centre by Jonathan Shackleton, a cousin of Ernest Shackleton. He also presented the Kildare County flag which he brought on a recent trip to the South Pole to the centre where it will be displayed.
When the mighty Endurance becomes trapped in the Weddell Sea, Ernest Shackleton’s dream to cross the Antarctic becomes a fight to save the twenty-seven souls that set sail with him. With five others, he takes to the sea in the lifeboat, James Caird, and sets a course for South Georgia, 800 miles away across treacherous waters. This graphic depiction brings to life the ceaseless struggle against the harshest environment on Earth, and culminates in the most dramatic real-life open-boat journey in the history of mankind. It is the first illustrated retelling of the greatest feat of leadership and survival ever recorded.
Curious about what goes into creating a graphic novel? Illustrator David Butler put together this video about creating the cover of his book.www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va2IcuujfbY