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August 2010

Below are the comics, manga and graphic novels I’m most looking forward to based on publisher advance listings due to be released in August 2010 (although actual dates may vary).



A Drunken Dream & Other Stories
by Moto Hagio
Fantagraphics
$24.99

The publisher says:
After years of development, Fantagraphics is unveiling a new line of manga. Kicking things off in September 2010 is a collection of short stories from the mother of shojo (young girl) manga, Moto Hagio. A Drunken Dream is a collection of literary short stories by Hagio falling into multiple genres, created between 1971-2007. This tome travels through several of Hagio’s most revolutionary and poignant tales that span over the years of her lush career. Moto Hagio spearheaded the rebellious shojo movement in the 1970s. She, along with a few other women, formed an artist collective called the “Magnificent 24.” Influenced by radical youth culture of the ‘60s, American and British rock ‘n’ roll, and European cinema, these women pioneered the shojo genre and helped develop the artistic style that so many manga-ka emulate today. Winner of the Shogakukan Manga Award, Seiun Award, Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, Nihon SF Taisho Award and many others, Hagio has earned respect as a Japanese artist superstar and won the hearts of manga fans for the last 40 years. To celebrate the launch of the new Fantagraphics manga, Moto Hagio is making her first ever visit to The United States to attend Comic-Con International 2010 as a special guest.

Paul Gravett says:
Japan-based shojo manga expert Matt Thorn was behind the previous flurry of Moto Hagio manga put into English over at Viz and interviewed her extensively in The Comics Journal a while ago, so I’m very pleased to see him steering her fresh translations for Fantagraphics. Let’s hope we get to read more of her remarkable long-form works as well.



A Friendly Game
by Lindsay Hornsby, Jose Pimentell & Lauren Affe
Slave Labor Graphics
$14.95

The publisher says:
Friends play many kinds of games with each other: cops and robbers, checkers, tag. The best of friends will make up their own games. Todd and Kevin’s friendship is built on such a game. However, the rules and premise are far from the typical childhood games. A dispute amongst the two splits them into very different directions: one sees the game for the cruel act that it is, while the other decides it must move to the next level. Imagine No Country for Old Men crossed with Lord of the Flies, or even imagine if Johnny the Homicidal Maniac were once a little kid. There you have a Friendly Game.

Paul Gravett says:
OK, this had me gripped from reading the 10-page preview here. Can’t wait to see how the full 200-page tale plays out.



Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation
by Seymour Chwast
Bloomsbury
$20 / £16.99

The publisher says:
The ‘left-handed designer’, Seymour Chwast has been putting his unparalleled take - and influence - on the world of illustration and design for the last half century. In his version of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Chwast’s first graphic novel, Dante and his guide Virgil don fedoras and wander through noir-ish realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, finding both the wicked and the wondrous on their way. Dante Alighieri wrote his epic poem The Divine Comedy from 1308 to 1321 while in exile from his native Florence. In the work’s three parts (Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise), Dante chronicles his travels throughthe afterlife, cataloging a multitude of sinners and saints - many of them real people to whom Dante tellingly assigned either horrible punishment or indescribable pleasure - and eventually meeting both God and Lucifer face-to-face. In his adaptation of this skewering satire, Chwast creates a visual fantasia that fascinates on every page. From the multifarious torments of the Inferno to the host of delights in Paradise, his inventive illustrations capture the delirious complexity of this classic of the Western canon. 128-page full-colour hardback.

Paul Gravett says:
Dante’s Divine Comedy has been adapted quite a few times already, of course. I’ll never forget seeing the exhibition at the Royal Academy, London of Sandro Botticelli’s astonishing version. Dutchman Marcel Ruijters recently produced his own take in a caricatural woodcut style which won him the 2008 VPRO Strip Prize. When Marcel and I were guests at Komikazen in Ravenna, Italy, we visited Dante’s Tomb and Marcel put one of my snapshots of him there on his book’s back cover. Meanwhile, Britain’s Hunt Emerson is crafting his own wildly imaginative reading, and gave us a sneak peak at his wacky triple-headed Cerberus here. As for Chwast’s version, I’ve seen some advance pages from Bloomsbury UK which did intrigue me with his distinctive integration of lettering, fine-lined cartooning, panel layouts and a deceptively simple design sense. 



Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein
by Dick Briefer
IDW
$21.99

The publisher says:
The first volume in Yoe Books’ thrilling new series, ‘The Masters of Horror Comic Book Library’, fittingly features the first and foremost maniacal monster of all time… Frankenstein! Dick Briefer is one of the seminal artists who worked with Will Eisner on some of the very first comic books. If you like the comic-book weirdness of cartoonists Fletcher Hanks, Basil Wolverton, and Boody Rogers, you’re sure to thrill over Dick Briefer’s creation of Frankenstein. The large-format 112-page book lovingly reproduces a monstrous number of stories from the original 1940s and ‘50s comic books in full colour. The stories are fascinatingly supplemented by an insightful introduction by Eisner-Award winner Craig Yoe with rare photos of the artist, original art, letters from Dick Briefer, drawings by Alex Toth inspired by Briefer’s Frankenstein - and much more!

Paul Gravett says:
So far, not nearly enough of Briefer’s vintage comic books have been made available again, so this compendium finally allows us to appreciate his unique approaches to both horror and humour.



Drinking At The Movies
by Julia Wertz
Three Rivers Press
$15.00

The publisher says:
In her first full-length graphic memoir, Julia Wertz (creator of the cult-hit comic The Fart Party) documents the year she left San Francisco for the unfamiliar streets of New York. Don’t worry - this isn’t the typical redemptive coming-of-age tale of a young woman and her glorious triumph over tragedy or any such nonsense. It’s simply a hilarious, occasionally poignant book filled with interesting art, absurd humor and plenty of amusing self-deprecation. Box by box, Wertz chronicles four sketchy apartments, seven terrible jobs, family drama, traveling fiascos, and too many whiskey bottles to count.

Paul Gravett says:
Great autobio confessionals and barbed observations. Visit Julia at her website The Fart Party to get a taste of her comedy. As she explains, ‘The Fart Party is an autobiographical comic that is meant to be taken facetiously at times. Updated once or twice a week, the comics posted very loosely follow the daily events of the author, plus the infrequent one about her childhood, embarrassing beliefs, daily struggles, daily failures, funny mishaps, good advice, bad advice and everyday bullshit.’



Finger Prints
by Will Dinski
Top Shelf Productions
$14.95

The publisher says:
In a town where movie-star beauty is only a surgery away, it’s hard to tell what’s real… A cosmetic surgeon takes pride in his best work: an ingénue of the silver screen, literally built for success. While he plans one last procedure to perfect her looks, his aging wife struggles to keep his interest, and his ambitious assistant threatens his practice with a disturbing new technique. In his debut graphic novel, acclaimed mini-comic creator Will Dinski presents a haunting pastel vision of beauty, surgery, and jealousy, served with a sci-fi twist. ‘In Fingerprints, Will Dinski has succeeded in poking fun at an image-obsessed culture by reminding us that all good things must fade. With its mini-comic style and entertainingly quick pace, this book is equal parts tabloid headlines, soap opera, and absurdist comedy.’ : John Geddes, USA Today. A 96-Page, Full-Color Hardcover Graphic Novel

Paul Gravett says:
Making the jump from mini-comic to book, Dinski converts his self-published Beautiful, Cool, and Irreplaceable into this 96-page landscape-format graphic novel. He is definitely an emerging author to watch out for. Check the previews here.



Grandville: Mon Amour
by Bryan Talbot
Dark Horse / Jonathan Cape
$19.99 / £16.99

The publisher says:
The badger is back! Set three weeks after the finale of Grandville—Bryan Talbot’s critically acclaimed steampunk graphic novel—Grandville Mon Amour explores an alternate art-nouveau world populated by intelligent animals, a human underclass, robot automatons, and advanced steam technology that power everything from hansom cabs to iron flying machines. Convicted psychotic killer and extremist fanatic Edward ‘Mad Dog’ Mastock violently escapes the guillotine’s blade in the Tower of London to once again terrorize the Socialist Republic of Britain. But dogging Mastock’s bloody footsteps is his longtime adversary and nemesis, Detective Inspector Archie LeBrock, at odds with Scotland Yard and intent on bringing Mastock’s horrific murder spree to an end, once and for all. Aided by his friend and colleague Detective Roderick Ratzi, LeBrock follows the trail of carnage to Paris, otherwise known as Grandville, the largest city in a world dominated by the French Empire and the prime target of Mastock’s sadistic terrorism. Can LeBrock capture the Mad Dog before he can mete out his final vengeance, or will LeBrock’s own quest for redemption be dragged to ground by the demons of his past? Grandville Mon Amour is the second in a planned series of Grandville graphic novels. The world of Grandville is described by Talbot as ‘like Jules Verne and Sherlock Holmes directed by Quentin Tarantino - with animals!’ Publication date October 20, 2010 (US) and November 4, 2010 (UK).

Paul Gravett says:
You’ve got to admire Talbot’s tenacity, working flat out to deliver this sequel to last year’s rollicking roller-coaster ride, Grandville. From the opening taster in Sidekick No. 1, a 6-page extract in the free preview comic given away with Comic Heroes No, 2 in UK newsagents now, Talbot looks to be on top form again here as he charges straight off ‘in media res’ with the bloody breakout of the main villain of the piece, ‘Mad Dog’ Mastock.



Heart Of Darkness
by David Mairowitz and Catherine Anyango
SelfMadeHero
£12.99

The publisher says:
‘The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealth, the germs of empires.’ In this deeply atmospheric rendering of Joseph Conrad’s classic,we join colonial trader Marlow as he recounts his journey into the heart of Africa. Artist Catherine Anyango uses intricate pencil drawings that disintegrate to abstraction as Marlow travels further towards the dying Kurtz and the heart of darkness… Interspersed with excerpts from Conrad’s The Congo Diary, Mairowitz and Anyango create a powerful vision of Conrad’s finest and most enduring novella. Famously, it was Conrad’s prophetic take on imperialism that inspired Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now. Swedish/Kenyan illustrator Catherine Anyango is an internationally exhibited artist with a special interest in the relationship of film and animation to illustration. She has collaborated with musicians The Real Tuesday Weld on live theatrical events around London, including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Film Theatre. Her work combines photography, drawing and animation. Anyango is a tutor at the Royal College of Art, London

Paul Gravett says:
Latest in the Eye Classics line of exciting new interpretations of literary classics. First glimpses of Anyango’s imagery here are brooding with mood and menace.



Hokusai:
Demons & Other Tales Of The Fox Mother

by Al Davison
Astral Gypsy
$17.99

The publisher says:
Hokusai: Demons & Other Tales of the Fox Mother is a full-colour 96-page softcover collection of dream comics with a Japanese theme by award-winning graphic British novelist Al Davison, also known as ‘The Astral Gypsy’. Says Alison Kwitney of Davison: ‘[He] is possessed by demons. How else to explain his art, which can be as lyrical as a Japanese fairy tale, as gnomic as an opium dream, and as gothic and sensual as a Victorian’s secret stash of erotica.’ Introduction by Neil Gaiman.

Paul Gravett says:
Another British graphic novel maestro, from Spiral Cage to Minotaur’s Tale, Al Davison demonstrates once more his versatility and virtuosity as he makes this limited edition full-colour 96-page hardback anthology more accessible and affordable in paperback. Sweet dreams…



Jerry Robinson: Ambassador Of Comics
by N.C. Christopher Crouch
Abrams ComicArts
$35.00

The publisher says:
Jerry Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics. As a member of the original Batman team, he created the first and most iconic of all supervillains, the Joker, and cocreated Robin, the archetypal sidekick. During the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, Robinson worked on every comic book genre there was, and brought to life his own super heroes such as London, Jet Scott, and Atoman. With a career that began in the Golden Age of comics in the 1930s, Robinson is an artist’s artist, deeply influential to and revered by Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Curt Swan, Frank Miller and Alex Ross. Robinson’s work in comic books is unparalleled, but that’s only the beginning of his importance in the world of cartooning, where he is also known for his efforts for Amnesty International and for creators rights. His artistry extended beyond comic books into editorial cartooning and popular syndicated newspaper strips such as Still Life and Flubs & Fluffs, as well as magazine and book illustration, fine arts, academia, and humanitarian affairs. Robinson has been an influential teacher, an important curator of cartooning art exhibits, and a tireless champion of artists’ rights. This rich, fully illustrated collection of his work was written in collaboration with the artist himself and offers a unique look at a comics visionary and at comics history. Introduction by Pete Hamill. 224 pgs, full colour hardback.

Paul Gravett says:
I’ve had the good fortune to meet Jerry Robinson a couple of times, including on a visit to London. He’s a true gentleman, a sparkling raconteur, a top-class comic artist and a modest legend. In recent years, he’s even written manga, for goodness sake! With this tribute tome he gets some more of the recognition he so richly deserves. Note that he has also updated his excellent reference work on American newspaper strips The Comics, coming out again soon from Dark Horse.



Polly & Her Pals Vol 1
by Cliff Sterrett
IDW
$75

The publisher says:
Coming this August, IDW Publishing and its imprint, the Library of American Comics, will launch a new oversized hardcover series with what historians and critics consider one of the essential masterpieces of comics strip art, Cliff Sterrett’s Polly and Her Pals. Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics, 1925-1927, a 176 page hard cover “Champagne edition” reproduces present every one of Sterrett’s dynamic full-color Sunday pages from 1925 to 1927, in an extra large 12” x 16” format so that each can be fully appreciated. Debuting 1912, Polly and Her Pals was one of the first “pretty girl” strips, but it was in 1925 that Sterrett’s magnificent Sunday pages entered their peak period, as he developed a style with distinctive surreal perspectives, abstract backgrounds and bold, vibrant use of color. Art Spiegelman has written, “Polly and Her Pals is a glorious composition…a happy pop synthesis of Art Deco, Futurism, Surrealism, Dada, and Pure Cartoon.” “Some strips, such as Polly, need to be seen large,” says Dean Mullaney, Creative Director of the Library of American Comics. “We’ve created the oversized Champagne Edition format specifically for these Sunday pages.” In Polly and Her Pals, things are never dull at the Perkins household. Pretty blonde Polly flits from the city to the beach with her many friends, but her life is a sea of tranquility compared to the many mishaps of her “Paw,” Sam Perkins. Despite “Maw’s” best efforts, trouble has a way of finding Paw, and towed along in his wake are Polly’s cousin Ashur; Neewah, the family retainer who often fractures the English language; and Paw’s cat, Kitty, whose pantomime antics, angular posture, and priceless expressions carry the strip to the apex of hilarity. Edited by the award-winning Mullaney, Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics, 1925-1927 contains the detailed background and biographic material that helped earn The Library of American Comics the prestigious Eisner Award. The collection also include Sterrett’s topper strips, Damon and Pythias, Dot and Dash, Sweethearts and Wives, and Belles and Wedding Bells. The cover design is by two-time Emmy winner Lorraine Turner, who teams up with Mullaney on the overall book design. The series will continue with three full years of Sundays per volume, and a companion series, reprinting the daily strips, is also in production.

Paul Gravett says:
This is going to be a riot of “Polly-chromatic effulgence”. Only down-side is that this overlaps with the two Rick Marschall-edited volumes of Sterrett’s jazzy gems published in 1990 by Kitchen Sink, which covered 1926-27 in Vol. 1 and 1927-29 in Vol. 2. In addition, Thierry Groensteen edited a sequel Polly and Her Pals volume from Editions de l’An 2 in 2005 covering 1929-30 in French, plus seven earlier sample Sundays, these in English, dated 1913, 1915, two from 1916, two from 1924, and 1925. On the plus side, IDW’s series will be in a substantially larger format, but can you find a big enough shelf or coffee-table to put it on?



Special Exits
by Joyce Farmer
Fantagraphics
$26.99

The publisher says:
A major, original graphic memoir in the vein of Fun Home, Joyce Farmer’s memoir chronicles the decline of the author’s parents’ health, their relationship with one another and with their their daughter, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives. Elderly parents Lara and Rachel, who have enjoyed a long and loving married life together, are rendered in fine, confident pen lines. Set in southern Los Angeles (which makes for a terrifying sequence as blind Rachel and ailing Lars are trapped in their home without power during the 1992 Rodney King riots), backgrounds and props are lovingly detailed: these objects serve as memory triggers for Lars and Rachel, even as they eventually overwhelm them and their home, which the couple is loathe to leave. Special Exits is laid out in an eight-panel grid, which creates a leisurely storytelling pace that not only helps to convey the slow, inexorable decline in Lars’ and Rachel’s health, but perfectly captures the timbre of the exchanges between a long-married couple: the affectionate bickering; their gallows humor; their querulousness as their bodies break down. Though Lars and Rachel are the protagonists of Special Exits, Farmer makes her voice known through creative visual metaphors and in her indictment of the careless treatment of the elderly in nursing homes. Special Exits gracefully deals with the hard reality of caring for aging loved ones: those who are or who have been in similar situations might find comfort in it, and those who haven’t will find much to admire in the bravery and good humor of Lars and Rachel. Joyce Farmer, best known for co-creating the Tits ‘n Clits comics anthology in the 1970s, a feminist response to the rampant misogyny in underground comix, spent 11 years crafting Special Exits, a graphic memoir in the vein of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home or Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, and Frank Stack’s Our Cancer Year, about caring for her dying father and stepmother. 208 pages of black-and-white comics.

Paul Gravett says:
Another pioneer from the underground era arrives at their magnum opus. Sadly I’ve yet to read an advance copy of this, but I presented the front cover and above details at the Comics & Medicine Conference in London on June 17th and received plenty of enthusiastic interest from the medical and comics professionals alike. A full review is to follow. This could well be one of this year’s landmark American works dealing with vital issues likely to affect us all.



The Broadcast
by Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
NBM
$13.99

The publisher says:
On the day of the historic broadcast of The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles which triggered panic in many places it sounded so real, a family in the countryside fears for its life and also has to deal with strangers and neighbors coming in for help. The tension brings to the surface long suppressed emotions and conflicts and a violent reckoning in a dark stormy night. By the artist of Elk’s Run and Tumor. 180pgs, B&W.

Paul Gravett says:
Now this is a striking premise, one that’s been in the making it seems since at least 2007. Some pages by Philippine-born illustrator Tuazon are previewed here.



The Example
by Tom Taylor and Colin Wilson
Gestalt Comics
$1.95

The publisher says:
Two people. A train station. An unattended briefcase. Prejudice versus Preservation. In the war on terror, will suspicion and fear win out? Written by Tom Taylor (The Authority) and illustrated by Colin Wilson (2000AD), The Example is a bleakly humorous mediation on terrorism, paranoia and personal responsibility. Featuring cover art by Colin Wilson & Justin Randall. 20 pages, B/W.

Paul Gravett says:
Short but sweet, this may run to a mere twenty pages and never leave the railway station setting, but this adaptation of Tom Taylor’s award-winning play has been generating a real buzz from Australian publishers Gestalt. Also good to see New Zealander Colin Wilson applying his sequential skills to a different kind of drama here. The Example is one of a number of Tom Taylor’s graphic short stories being prepared for the anthology Brief Cases



The Extraordinary Adventures of
Adèle Blanc-Sec, Vol. 1

by Jacques Tardi
Fantagraphics
$24.99

The publisher says:
Both a rip-roaring adventure series set in pre-World War I Paris and a parody of same, Adèle has been enchanting, thrilling, and puzzling readers worldwide through four decades. In this premiere installment (4 more after this!), Adèle becomes involved in a series of mysteries that involve a revived pterodactyl, a frightful on-stage murder, a looming execution by guillotine, and a demon from the depths of hell - plus of course moronic gendarmes, loyal (or perhaps traitorous?) henchmen, and a climax atop the Eiffel Tower. Brought to you by Jacques Tardi, the man responsible for the recent hits It Was The War Of The Trenches and West Coast Blues. 

Paul Gravett says:
The unconventional Adèle was originally serialised in English in black and white in Cheval Noir from Dark Horse and several colour softcover albums were issued by NBM. Now that Luc Besson has adapted Tardi’s ‘dry-white’ Belle Epoque heroine to the big screen (see the trailer here), Adèle’s superior original exploits in comics get a fresh translation from Kim Thompson, a repackaging from Fantagraphics and another chance to crossover to an Anglophone audience. And about time too.



The Green Woman
by Peter Straub, Michael Easton & John Bolton
DC Vertigo
$24.99

The publisher says:
New York Times best-selling author Peter Straub resurrects his most sinister creation, Fielding “Fee” Bandolier, the unstoppable serial killer last seen in Straub’s bestseller, The Throat. Aging and tired of a life devoted to death, Fee is preparing to end his long career of bloodshed. Bob Steele is a disillusioned New York detective out for redemption and to him redemption means a one-man crusade to stop Fielding Bandolier. Steele’s father cruelly named him after a Hollywood cowboy hero. The name has been a curse because Bob has very little hero in him. But he’s going to give it one last try. Cop and killer finally face off in a mysterious midwestern pub, “The Green Woman Tavern.” And in that abandoned place, an unspeakable evil stronger than either of them lies waiting to seal the fates of both men. “John Bolton is a god and Straub and Easton write about evil like it was their own invention. Let The Green Woman sink its claws into you.” - Robert Rodriguez (Director of Sin City and From Dusk Till Dawn). 160pg full-colour hardcover, on sale October 6, 2010.

Paul Gravett says:
Bolton is one of Britain’s true masters of comic art, both illustrated and painted, continuing the long tradition going back via Oliver Frey, Ron & Gerry Embleton, Don Lawrence, Frank Humphris, to the great Frank Hampson of Dan Dare fame. Early sightings from the online preview suggest that Straub’s chilling narrative is inspiring some of Bolton’s career-best horror artwork.



The Night Bookmobile
by Audrey Niffenegger
Abrams ComicArts / Jonathan Cape
$19.95 / £16.99

The publisher says:
Audrey Niffenegger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, has crafted her first graphic novel after the success of her two critically acclaimed “novels-in-pictures”. First serialized as a weekly column in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. But her search turns into an obsession, as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and memories. The Night Bookmobile is a haunting tale of both transcendence and the passion for books, and features the evocative full-color pen-and-ink work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.

Paul Gravett says:
Fascinated with storytelling, both visual and verbal, Playful Little Audrey was in London last month to interview Comica guests Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes, as well as to guide visitors to Highgate Cemetery on one of her special tours. She originally wrote The Night Bookmobile as a short prose story for Francis Ford Coppola’s quarterly Zoetrope: All-Story magazine, Vol, 8, No. 4, Winter 2004, before adapting it into a weekly half-page landscape comic in colour in the Saturday Guardian’s Review section. Niffenegger will be over again for a Comica event of her own, when her graphic novel is published by Cape in the UK. If you’ve not discovered her earlier ‘visual novels’, The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress, originally self-published, micro-edition artist’s books, be sure to track down Cape’s smart mass-market hardbacks.



War Is Boring:
Bored Stiff, Scared To Death In The World’s Worst War Zones

by David Axe and Matt Bors
NAL
$12.95

The publisher says:
The war memoir as graphic novel - an utterly unforgettable and highly original look at war in the 21st century. Street battles with spears and arrows in sweltering East Timor. Bone-jarring artillery duels in Afghanistan’s mountains. Long patrols on the sandy wastes of southern Iraq. For four years, war was life for David Axe. He was alternately bored out of his mind and completely terrified. It was strangely addictive. As a correspondent for The Washington Times, C-SPAN and BBC Radio, Axe flew from conflict to conflict, reveling in death, danger, and destruction abroad while, back in D.C., his apartment gathered dust, his plants died, and his relationships withered. War reporting was physically, emotionally, and financially draining-and disillusioning. Loosely based on the web comic of the same name, with extensive new material, War Is Boring takes us to Lebanon and Somalia; to arms bazaars across the United States; to Detroit, as David tries to reconnect with his family-and to Chad, as David attempts to bring attention to the Darfur genocide. 144 pgs, B&W.

Paul Gravett says:
I interviewed David Axe via Skype on a Documentary Graphic Novels panel at the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival in 2008 with the late John Hicklenton, Woodrow Phoenix and Rutu Modan. We were discussing his previous book with Steve Olexa, War Fix, from NBM. Axe’s reportage is illuminating and affecting. As Axe puts it, ‘We go to war, so you don’t have to.’

Posted: June 26, 2010

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