The Canterbury Journey team have been working with staff across the Cathedral and experts from a range of fields to create a series of comics based on the Miracle Windows in the Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral.
The comics follow the stories of various pilgrims depicted in the medieval stained glass. The comics aim to engage new, young and diverse audiences, with the vivid, lively and touching stories found in the stained glass.
Using a variety of illustrators allows the stories to be retold in a rich visual tapestry of unique styles. Linking the art of the stained glass with the contemporary cultural platform of comics, has facilitated a conversation between artists of different mediums from very different centuries.
The Canterbury Journey Community Engagement Manager Liam O’Driscoll and Collections Manager Sarah Turner brought together a team to support this project. Information about the stories and the craft and artistry of the stained glass came from Leonie Seliger, Director of the Stained Glass Studio, Canterbury Cathedral. The stories were re-visioned based on the recent translations of “The Miracles of Thomas Becket by Benedict of Peterborough” by Dr. Rachel Koopmans, Canterbury Cathedral stained glass expert and Associate Professor of History at York University in Toronto.
Keep an eye on the Cathedral website for more comics as they are released and the accompanying graphic novel later in 2021.