RYE | EAST SUSSEX Comics Outside | Not Everyone Rises. As the summer blazes, now is the time to wander on a coastal tour along the coast of Rye and there, on a fine day with the gulls wheeling, you will discover comics and stories of forgotten days, in the places where they unfolded.

Julian Hanshaw, award-winning comics creator, has just finished installing the last of his Outside Comics in and around Rye, East Sussex, England.

“I have taken historical moments that have occurred on a stretch of beach in East Sussex which is very dear to me, as it’s minutes from my house and somewhere I walk regularly.”

Coastal Comics Julian Hanshaw Comics Outdoors: Map showing four of the five sites of the comics plinths in Rye, East Sussex
Map showing the location of four of the five sites in the comics installation along the coast at Rye, East Sussex
Coastal Comics Julian Hanshaw Comics Outdoors: Map showing the fifth site of the comics plinth at Fire Hills, Hastings Country Park, Rye, East Sussex
Map showing the the fifth site in the comics installation at Fire Hills in Hastings Country Park along the coast at Rye, East Sussex.

“This stretch of coast has had a tumultuous history, each event having been made up of small, personal vignettes and it is these that I have depicted in site specific comics located on or near where the event took place. Stories of love and loss all connected to and by the sea.”

Comics Outdoors | Not Everyone Rises by Julian Hanshaw

The permanent site-specific Outside Comics installations are located at five sites. At each location you will find one of the five two-page comics displayed on a plinth.

Coastal Comics Julian Hanshaw Coastal Comics Outdoors Installation at Camber Sands, Rye, East Sussex, England.
Coastal Comics Page One of "Tickets To The Opera" by Julian Hanshaw. Comics Outdoors Not Everything Rises
Page One of "Tickets To The Opera" by Julian Hanshaw. From the Comics Series: Outdoors Comics: Not Everyone Rises

Tickets To The Opera

A dead German pilot is brought back to Rye having crashed in Camber Sands. In his pocket two tickets are found in his top pocket for the opera that evening in Paris. A woman waits outside the venue in Paris unaware of his fate.

1 Camber Sands

Located at Rye Harbour looking at Camber Sands where a local ambulance woman in WW2 drove through a mine field to a downed German Pilot.

Coastal Comics Outdoors Julian Hanshaw Installation at the Pillbox, Rye Harbour, East Sussex, England.

2 Rye Harbour

Located on the edge of Rye Harbour on a ‘Pill Box’ looking towards Dungeness where an American airman John Paul Merton came down and perished when his bomber crashed during WW2.

Coastal Comics Page One of "Bomber" by Julian Hanshaw. Comics Outdoors Not Everything Rises
Page One of "Bomber" by Julian Hanshaw. From the Comics Series: Outdoors Comics: Not Everyone Rises

 Bomber

This panel tells the story of an American pilot who, while fighting with the RAF, his plane came down in the channel. His body slipped over the side of the inflatable by his crew after passing away in their arms.

Coastal Comics Julian Hanshaw Coastal Comics Outdoors Installation at Mary Stanford Life Boat Station. Winchelsea Beach, Rye, East Sussex, England.
Coastal Comics Page One Of "Lost At Sea" by Julian Hanshaw. Comics Outdoors: Not Everything Rises
Page One Of "Lost At Sea" by Julian Hanshaw. From the Comics Series: Outdoors Comics: Not Everyone Rises

Lost At Sea

At this site in 1928, 17 men, fathers, sons and brothers, launched their lifeboat into violent seas but perished going to the aid if a ship in distress. Just as they left the recall flare was sent up. But too late. A whole fishing village decimated.

3 Mary Stanford Life Boat Station

Winchelsea Beach

Standing next to the historic Mary Stanford Life Boat station this comic looks at the events that lead to 17 members of a RNLI lifeboat perishing when they set out to rescue a liner in distress.

Coastal Comics Julian Hanshaw Coastal Comics Outdoors Installation at Winchelsea Town, Rye, East Sussex, England.

4 Winchelsea Town

This is the tale of K Forbes Dunlop who threw her red shoe to a solider who was passing through Winchelsea town on the way to the Boer War.

The town filmed the story when they saw the comics and got Donald Sinden (who lived locally) involved and who acted in the production.

Coastal Comics Page One Of "The Red Shoes" by Julian Hanshaw. Comics Outdoors: Not Everything Rises
Page One Of "The Red Shoes" by Julian Hanshaw. From the Comics Series: Outdoors Comics: Not Everyone Rises

 The Red Shoes

As a battalion marched through Winchelsea Town on their way to Dover to board a troop ship bound for the Boar War, a small girl, K Forbes Dunlop, carried away with the patriotic excitement removed one of her red shoes and threw it at the troops. A solider plucked it out of the, air claiming it will be his lucky charm. A girls shoe to ward off lead and steel in a foreign land.

Coastal Comics Julian Hanshaw Coastal Comics Outdoors Installation at Fire Hills Hastings Country Park, Rye, East Sussex, England.
Coastal Comics Page One Of "Fire Hills" By Julian Hanshaw. Comics Outdoors Not Everything Rises
Page One Of "Fire Hills" By Julian Hanshaw. From the Comics Series: Outdoors Comics: Not Everyone Rises

German Invasion

This panel dealing with the possible invasion in WW2 as seen through a child’s eyes, stands over looking Rye Bay. The proposed location for the invasion of the UK between Dungeness and Pett Level using the gentle sloping beaches.

5 Fire Hills, Hastings Country Park

Over looking Rye Bay this page of comics deals with the proposed plans and defences constructed by the Allies for the impending invasion by the German Army in WW2.

Cape Observer Comica Graphic Short Story Prize Winner

Julian Hanshaw’s Sand Dunes and Sonic Booms won Graphic Short Story Prize in 2008. The work shares many similarities to this project.

Sand Dunes and Sonic Booms was inspired by the Denge Sound Mirrors, some 5 miles away from Rye.

Both projects inspired by the history of the coast, often the defensive front line from the rest of the UK. A coast shaped by the tide and political instability.

Comics Outdoors! Not Everyone Rises is a site specific comics project funded by The National Heritage.

Admission Free


Photograph by Julian Hanshaw

How To Get There

To Rye from London by Train

Trains depart from St Pancras (High Speed Link) with one change at Ashford International frequent direct trains then run from Ashford to Rye.

Total travel time from London-just over an hour.

Rye can also be reached by rail from Brighton in just over an hour.

To Rye from London by Vehicle

The main road serving 1066 Country from the London area is the A21 which is linked to the M25 around London.

The fastest route into 1066 Country from the Channel Tunnel and Ferry Ports is via the M20 towards Ashford, then the A2070 via Brenzett towards Rye.

The coastal road is the A259 which serves Pevensey, Bexhill, Hastings and Rye and links 1066 Country with the ferry ports and Channel Tunnel.

How to get to the location from Rye?

Once in Rye the beach sites can be reached either by public transport to Rye Harbour or a 15-minute cycle ride (with cycle lanes) or 35-minute walk or a 5-min car ride.

The Winchelsea site can be reached by bus. Ten minutes from Rye, 5-minute car ride, 55-minute walk or a 35-minute cycle ride.

The Fire Hills site is a 20-minute bus ride or a 10-minute car ride from Rye.

Related Events

At Protein in London on 27 August 2016.

The Safari Festival

Julian Hanshaw and Krent Able launch a comic, published by Badtwin.

 

At Gosh! Comics, London on 5 October 2016

The Story Of My Tits

Julian Hanshaw will be in conversation with Jennifer Hayden about her graphic novel “Story Of My Tits”, published by Top Shelf).

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