Briggs brings back
the popular characters of Jim Bloggs and his wife Hilda in
this heartbreaking cautionery tale in which they must prepare for nuclear
The Bloggs naively follow feeble government instructions to the
eventually, horribly, they succumb to the effects of fall-out...
'This House welcomes the publication of 'When The Wind Blows'
by Raymond Briggs as a powerful contribution to the growing
to nuclear armament and hopes that it will be widely read'
Motion put down in the House of Commons by Labour M.P.
Mr John Garrett. Hansard 15.2.1982 No. 57
Jim and Hilda Bloggs first appeared in: Gentleman
Jim. Here, Briggs juxtaposes
a precise, miniature panel size for the Bloggs' home life with giant
intrusions when depicting the gathering forces of darkness. Each panel
Jim and Hilda in Sussex is minutely observed and utilizes a sunny pallette
Meanwhile, those missile silos, bombers and nuclear submarines are stark
silhoettes against steel skies and seas. The contrast slaps
you in the face.
Here is the Little Man about to be utterly overwhelmed by The Powers
After the bomb goes off the Bloggs' palette is washed out with sickly
and off-colour yellows. And the detail is still there, but oh boy, we
The first panel of the book shows Jim Bloggs arriving home. If you take
look you'll see it's actually depicting the crossroads between Westmeston
Clayton, on the South Downs of Sussex, with Brighton signposted to the
In the background (not shown here) are the Clayton Windmills
- This is where
Raymond Briggs lives in real life...
5 panels on, Trivia Hounds will note that the Bloggs' house is called
'Jimilda' - a combination of their first names...
The story has been adapted for the stage, with performances held
around the world. Most famously, TVC adapted 'When The Wind
into an animated feature in 1986.
See also: Filmography
- When The Wind Blows
Toon Guide - When The Wind Blows