Friday, May 18, 2018

Ignorant Bliss 70: Tom King at Fantom Comics November 2017

Ignorant Bliss 70: Tom King at Fantom Comics November 2017

 

Here is the recording of the Q&A I hosted at Fantom Comics in Washington DC where I talk to my friend Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King (Mister Miracle, Batman, The Vision, Sheriff of Babylon, Omega Men). We talk about all his works at the time from the current Mister Miracle and Batman to Vision. Enjoy!

Follow my guest on social media:

https://twitter.com/TomKingTK

https://www.facebook.com/tomkingauthor

https://www.instagram.com/tomking_tk/

Amazon Author page – https://www.amazon.com/Tom-King/e/B0066F3XJS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1524621299&sr=8-1

July 26: Mark Wheatley art on exhibit in Pittsburgh

Comic Riffs talks to John Cuneo

The New Yorker's cover shows Trump playing golf through the 'swamp'


Washington Post
Comic Riffs blog May 14 2018

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/05/14/the-new-yorkers-cover-shows-trump-playing-golf-through-the-swamp/

The Post on Deadpool

'Deadpool 2' is a study in … kindness? [in print as Kill with kindness: Deadpool fights against despair].


Express May 18 2018, p. 28
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2018/05/18/deadpool-2-is-a-study-in-kindness/

'Deadpool 2' is painfully self-referential. And that's why it's absolutely perfect. [in print as Deadpool's pledge: Eviscerating comedy].


Washington Post May 18 2018, p. Weekend 23
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/deadpool-2-is-painfully-self-referential-and-thats-why-its-absolutely-perfect/2018/05/14/64ca087c-53f5-11e8-9c91-7dab596e8252_story.html


'Deadpool 2' does not care about your feelings. That's what makes it work.


Washington Post Comic Riffs blog May 15 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/05/15/deadpool-2-doesnt-care-about-your-feelings-and-thats-what-makes-it-work/
 

Ignatz Award submissions for SPX due to Dan Stafford by June 1

From SPX's email from Dan Stafford:

I wanted to remind you that all Ignatz submissions MUST be postmarked by June 1, 2018 to be considered for consideration. That gives you two weeks! You can do it! 

Here's all of the pertinent info: 

1. Send six copies - five for the jurors, and one for the Library of Congress (how cool is that?) 
2. Submitted work must have been published between 6/1/17 and 5/31/18
3. You must fill in this submission form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rH-LJhzq8IPHGunH_M1CC1rnI9lhx17frJFDsJsOm-s/viewform?edit_requested=true) to ensure receipt and review of your work
4. All physical copies should be sent to: 
Ignatz Awards
c/o Dan Stafford
5010 Quebec St. 
College Park, MD 20740

All of our submissions guidelines and rules can be found at our new website, www.smallpressexpo.com

AND - I have a new email address. I am now at dan@smallpressexpo.com, so feel free to reach out with any questions/comments/concerns/compliments. 

Thanks, and we can't wait to see everything! 

Dan

June 6: Tom Angleberger at Politics and Prose

Tom Angleberger - Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear! **In the Children & Teens Dept.

Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m.
Politics and Prose bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave NW

Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear Cover Image
By Tom Angleberger, Andie Tong (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781368016292
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - May 25th, 2018

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Note that only the writer is coming, but his wife is cartoonist Cece Bell who did the excellent book El Deafo.

About the Authors

Tom Angleberger, author of the New York Times best-selling Origami Yoda series, the Rocket and Groot series, Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!, and has been a Star Wars fan and collector since 1977. Growing up before the dawn of the VCR, Tom listened to Star Wars again and again on cassette tape. His first action figure was C-3PO and his most recent (very recent) was a sandtrooper. He lives in Virginia with his wife, author and illustrator Cece Bell. Andie Tong has worked on titles for various comic franchises, including Tron: Betrayal, Spectacular Spider-Man UK, The Batman Strikes, Smallville, Wheel of Time, TMNT, Masters of the Universe, and Starship Troopers, working for companies such as Disney, Marvel, D.C. Comics, Panini, Dark Horse, and Dynamite Entertainment, as well as commercial illustrations for numerous advertising agencies including Nike, Universal, CBS, Mattel, and Habsro. When he gets the chance, Andie concept designs for various companies, and also juggles illustration duties on a range of children's picture storybooks for Harper Collins. Malaysian born, Andie migrated to Australia at a young age, and then moved to London in 2005. In 2012, he journeyed back to Asia and currently resides in Singapore with this wife and two children.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

NPR reviews Ellen Forney's new book on mental health

In 'Rock Steady,' Ellen Forney Combines Mental Health Advice, Artistry and Wit

May 17, 2018
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/17/609367492/in-rock-steady-ellen-forney-combines-mental-health-advice-artistry-and-wit

May 24: Artist Talk: Tony Lewis, poetry inspired by Calvin & Hobbes

Tony Lewis. Courtesy of the studio. Photo: Mark Poucher.

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Tony Lewis is part of an exciting generation of artists working to collapse the boundaries between different art forms. He has quickly established himself in the contemporary art world by forming a distinct visual vocabulary that integrates poetry and text with the properties of abstraction. His monochromatic drawings pull from various visual and written sources, ranging from the personal to the political. Separating, rearranging, and erasing text, he shifts the way we read to open up new and unexpected meanings.

His current installation, Anthology 2014–2016, is comprised of thirty-four original collage-poems inspired by his favorite childhood comic book, Calvin and Hobbes, which the artist says was "a literary and artistic savior growing up in the '90s."

Lewis will join the Hirshhorn in conversation to delve into his practice of writing through drawing. He will discuss the inspiration for Anthology and how he deconstructed hundreds of comic strips, reordered them, and ultimately shaped them into poems through a process of erasing, editing, and rearranging dialogue to explore the collaborative nature of creativity and authorship, leaving meaning open to a range of interpretations.

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May 24, 2018
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 19: Cartoonists at Gaithersburg Book Festival (UPDATED)

So, they have a children's panel of comics and a graphic novel panel, and they scheduled them for the same time. Well, at least you can get five book signed at one signing time. Local cartoonist Gareth Hinds is on slightly earlier in the day.

 

Paul Noth

Paul Noth is a writer and artist whose cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker and occasionally in other publications, including The Wall Street Journal. He was a regular guest writer for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” for which he created the cartoon “Pale Force,” and was an animation consultant for Saturday Night Live. He has also written for CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and other television programs.  His children’s book, “How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens,” is forthcoming in April 2018.
Twitter: @PaulNoth

Author Schedule:

Venue:
Willa Cather Pavilion
Presentation Start Time:
2:15 pm
Presentation End Time:
3:05 pm
Signing Time:
3:15 pm

 

Joe Flood

Michael Kupperman

Michael Kupperman's comic drawings and strips have appeared in dozens of publications and websites, including The New Yorker, Fortune, The New York Times, Nickelodeon Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Esquire, Heavy Metal, Vice and McSweeney's; comic books for DC, Marvel and others; and been collected in multiple books, including five of his own. They've also been animated for Saturday Night Live, Adult Swim, and Comedy Central. Conan O'Brian described him as "probably one of the greatest comedy brains on the planet." "All The Answers" is his first serious book. Michael lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, Muire, and son, Ulysses.
Twitter: @MKupperman

Author Schedule:

Venue:
Rachel Carson Pavilion
Presentation Start Time:
12:15 pm
Presentation End Time:
1:05 pm
Signing Time:
1:15 pm

Author Website:

http://michaelkupperman.com/

Dave Roman

Julian Voloj

Julian Voloj  is an award-winning author who specializes in non-fiction graphic novels and literary adaptations. His graphic novel "Ghetto Brother" (NBM, 2015) was named Booklist's 'Best Non-fiction Book of 2015' and praised by Junot Diaz in The New York Times as "superb" and "a gem." His new book, "The Joe Shuster Story," focuses on the life and struggles of the Superman co-creator. He lives with his wife Lisa and sons Leon and Simon in New York City's borough of Queens, not far from Joe Shuster's 1970s residence.
Facebook
Twitter: @WarriorPeacemak

Author Schedule:

Venue:
Rachel Carson Pavilion
Presentation Start Time:
12:15 pm
Presentation End Time:
1:05 pm
Signing Time:
1:15 pm

Tom Wolfe, cartoon collector

The Washington Post published an obituary of Tom Wolfe today. In the print edition of the paper, and in Ron Charles' video commentary, is a picture of Wolfe in his apartment in 1998. On one side of an archway is a cover of Simplicissimus, a pre-WWII German satirical magazine. On the other side is a comic strip, two pages of a comic book, and several caricatures, one of which looks to be Wolfe done by David Levine. You can see the image here -http://wvtf.org/post/listen-legacy-tom-wolfe

If anyone else can figure out the rest of the comics, let me know.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Margot "Lois Lane" Kidder obituary in today's Post

Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in blockbuster 'Superman,' dies at 69 [in print as Margot Kidder, 69; Actress flew to fame as reporter Lois Lane].

May 15 2018 p. B6
online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/margot-kidder-who-played-lois-lane-in-blockbuster-superman-dies-at-69/2018/05/14/918ddebc-5795-11e8-b656-a5f8c2a9295d_story.html
From the Vault of Artleytoons
Given recent events, thought I'd reprise this not-so-ancient cartoon from a few months earlier (click on image for larger view.


See more recent work by Steve Artley at Artleytoons



Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Bipartisanship No. 2"

From Mike Flugennock, DC's only anarchist cartoonist:

"Bipartisanship No. 2"
http://sinkers.org/stage/?p=2516

So, anyway, just so we're clear on this... the GOP are worried that defense contractors will lose their jobs if we aren't bombing Syria (or Yemen, or Iran); the Democrats are still "resisting" their weak little asses off, but when it comes to Syria "there's no one more red, white and blue", as ol' Phil Ochs says.

There, done.



Monday, May 14, 2018

Glen Weldon on Fandom Files podcast

Superman's legacy & what superheroes mean to culture, with Glen Weldon

Jordan Zakarin

Fandom Files podcast April 16, 2018
https://rss.art19.com/episodes/ad4634bf-78a1-4bc9-8004-b4bd22cc4d50.mp3

The Fandom Files is joined by Glen Weldon, the author, NPR contributor and all-around geek expert. Weldon talks to us about the history of Superman — it's the Man of Steel's 80th birthday! — and what Zach Snyder got wrong. Plus, we talk about Batman, Star Wars, and the highs and lows of geek culture as pop culture. All this and more in this episode of The Fandom Files! Follow us on Twitter: @FandomFilesSYFY! (Photo from Batman/Superman #14, 2014)

June 26: Scholastic Graphix writer Tui Sutherland at Poitics and Prose

Tui Sutherland - The Lost Continent: Wings of Fire Book 11 ** in the Children & Teens Dept.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7 p.m.

 

 

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Click here for more information.
Politics and Prose bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave NW   Washington   DC    20008

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Comic Riffs report on Ward Sutton's Herblock address

Herblock Prize winner believes cartoon humor can help bridge a nation's differences


'Washington History' magazine now has comics

The newest issue of the semi-annual Washington History magazine, published by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., includes a new comics feature called "Another Look" by ... me (Matt Dembicki)! "Combustible" is the inaugural story about Mayor Walter Washington's leadership during the 1968 riots.

Below is a photo of the page as well as one of me (left) and editor Chris Myers Asch at the release gathering Wednesday at the National Building Museum.


Herblock award photos by Bruce Guthrie online

Ward Sutton was presented with the Herblock award last night at the Library of Congress and Bruce Guthrie got photos.

Presentation: 
http://www.bguthriephotos.com/graphlib.nsf/keys/2018_05_09B1_SuttonP

Everything else (mostly reception): 
http://www.bguthriephotos.com/graphlib.nsf/keys/2018_05_09C_SuttonR

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Cavna talks to Ward Sutton

2018 Herblock Prize winner is inspired by his forebears — and enraged by Trump


Washington Post
Comic Riffs
blog May 9 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/05/09/2018-herblock-prize-winner-is-inspired-by-his-forebears-and-enraged-by-trump/

Comic Riffs on the changing world of editorial cartoons

Here's why 2018 is a huge moment in the history of political cartoons


Washington Post Comic Riffs blog May 9 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/05/09/heres-why-2018-is-a-huge-moment-in-the-history-of-political-cartoons/

Avengers review by local writer Harrison Blackman

The manipulative storytelling of 'The Avengers: Infinity War'

How formulaic scenes, jokes, and a stunning finish distract from the blockbuster's narrative deficiencies


Harrison Blackman

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

William L. Brown's Weekly News Drawing: Irantrum

Local cartoonist/illustrator William L. Brown issues a weekly, wordless commentary.
























© 2018, William L. Brown

Monday, May 07, 2018

Hookah Girl out from MD's Rosarium

Now out - The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories! [


Where to find it:

In this current political climate, being a Palestinian is a hazard. However, there are common grounds where East meets West. The Hookah Girl is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel of a childhood as a Christian Palestinian in America. Told in short stories and with narrative ranging from growing up in a refugee family to how to roll waraq (stuffed grape leaves), this book is an account of living in two seemingly different cultures that actually aren't very different at all.


Keep an eye out for our creators at these events!

TCAF - Rosarium will be tabling, and Whit Taylor will be there! May 12-13th, Toronto


Rosarians in the wild!

We presented at the Westover Branch of the Arlington Central Library on "Beyond Marvel and DC: Comics and Graphic Novels"! Thanks for the opportunity, Arlington Library!



Find us on social media!

Instagram: RosariumPub

Want to be a reviewer, interview our creators, or have any questions about Rosarium? Email Melissa Riggio at melissa@rosariumpublishing.com.


Sunday, May 06, 2018

That darn Doonesbury (and what about Nancy?)

Attention all 'Doonesbury' and 'Nancy' fans [in print as Understanding comics].

Spencer L. Williams, Deborah Rimmer Leser, Becky Bray,

Washington Post May 5 2018, p. A15

online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/attention-all-doonesbury-and-nancy-fans/2018/05/04/e8e7b0d8-4da5-11e8-85c1-9326c4511033_story.html


Les Cites Obscures


by RM Rhodes

I was recently re-reading issues of Roger Stern’s run on The Avengers circa 1983 because I remember reading those as a kid and I always got the impression that I didn’t get the whole story. (As it turns out, I was right.) In some ways, this was the flagship title of Marvel comics and represented a public face for what Marvel comics felt their product should look like.




In that same year, 1983, in Brussels, these two gentlemen – artist François Schuiten and his friend, writer Benoît Peeters – were well into the establishment of a comic book universe of their own.



The difference between English language comics and French language bandes dessinées (commonly shortened to BD) has been distinct for some time. Where the American industrial comic product is typically a floppy twenty-two (or so) page booklet every month (or so), the French industrial comic product is weekly or monthly anthology magazines that provide episodes of an ongoing story in anywhere from half- page (weekly) to multi-page (monthly) increments. If the feature was considered popular enough, it would be collected in a reprint edition. This makes for a complicated publishing history.

Les murailles de Samaris, the first story in what would eventually be known as Les Cites Obscures, was originally serialized in French in Casterman’s monthly anthology, A Suivre (English translation: To Be Continued), in 1982. Casterman released a collected edition in 1983 that is still in print. The story first appeared in English, in the Heavy Metal November 1984 to March 1985 issues under the name The Great Walls of Samaris, although the ending was badly mutilated and the translation is generally considered to be sub-par. NBM published a collected edition in 1987 and called the series the Stories of the Fantastic. They kept the Heavy Metal translation but fixed the ending. Copies of the NBM printing can cost $45 or more, but thankfully IDW released a new version with a better translation in 2017. This version comes with a translation of four episodes of an unfinished story that appeared in various issues of A Suivre and other publications.



Many of the older stories in the series were also serialized in A Suivre prior to collection, including La fièvre d'Urbicande (original 1983, Casterman collection in 1985, NBM collection in 1990); La Tour (original 1985, Casterman in 1987, NBM in 1993); and Brusel (original 1990, Casterman 1992, NBM 2001). By the time Brusel came out in English, the translation of the series name had been changed to Cities of the Fantastic.



There are still several stories in the series that have never been translated into English, including L'archiviste, L'Écho des cites, Le Guide des cites and L'ombre d'un homme. This latest round of translations from IDW are a result of Stephen Smith’s decision to translate and publish the entire run through his Alaxis Press, under the more accurately translated series name The Obscure Cities. The first book was The Leaning Girl in 2014 and IDW partnered with Alaxis Press for The Theory of a Grain of Sand in 2016. Samaris is the third edition in this collaboration.



It was smart of Smith (and IDW) to start with the untranslated books first and work back to earlier translations. The original NBM books were thin and printed on cheaper paper and tried to match the format of Asterix collections. The newer printings in French are lush, with a better paper quality, better coloring, and better overall production values. In fact, the newer editions produced by IDW are more-or-less indistinguishable from their European versions except for the language they are printed in.



As a consistent creative team, Schuiten and Peeters have been allowed to flesh out their universe at their own speed. Because of the way that French-language comics are serialized, there was no concern about having to maintain a consistent commercial presence in A Suivre. They just showed up when they needed a place to serialize their latest work and Casterman kept the collections in print. There has been no change in artistic teams, and it would be very odd to think of anyone but Schuiten and Peeters producing something in the series – although they have had artistic collaborators (eg the photographed sections of The Leaning Girl.)



As the title implies, these art nouveau-inspired pre-steampunk science fantasy stories are all about various cities on a massive continent on an alien world that is not ours (although there is a suggestion that it’s a planet on the other side of the sun from Earth). The mysteries of these cities add to the appeal of the series, as oblique references to one story often show up in another. Research and/or investigation is a consistent theme throughout and there is an entire book – L’archiviste – that is centered around research into artifacts from these cities and, as a result, contains a healthy heaping of references to other stories, including some that had not been made when L’archiviste was originally printed. You know, the sort of thing that makes people build websites to explain the whole thing. More than anything else, this shared universe presentation makes the comparison to The Avengers feel very apt.



Schuiten’s illustrative art style, however, is significantly different than most English-language commercial comic work and it has gotten better over time.  He was trained as an architect (his brother and father are practicing architects as well) and it shows in his work. Indeed, Schuiten’s illustrative art style is so detailed and distinctive that it sets the entire series apart from the pack. The reader is immediately drawn to the art and is pleasantly surprised that the stories are good.



This is almost a textbook example of how a specific art style meshes with a hyper-realistic kind of worldbuilding – and Benoit Peetershas actually produced a definitive piece about page layout. There is a lot of material that has not yet been translated and one can only hope that sales have been good enough to encourage IDW to finish the task. Between this and the Corto Maltese reprints (also published by Casterman in Europe), IDW deserves much more recognition. And now that I’ve got their attention, can I request a translation of the other stories by Pellejero and Zentner? That would be great.




















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Why is this here? It's a long story. Mike Rhode first introduced himself to me when I first started vending at SPX. Over the years, we've talk to each other at Comic conventions around the DC area and never quite get around to sitting down for lunch. 

When I moved to Arlington two years ago, I didn't realize that Mike lived within a mile of my building. Nor did I realize that he lived next door to my girlfriend's friend from college. We also discovered, by accident that we work two buildings away from each other, because we work in adjacent organizations. The world is a very small place, sometimes. 

It really feels that way when I run into Mike at the local farmer's market. Naturally, that's when I pitch him article ideas. I'm reading the entire run of Heavy Metal in public (in blog format) because I happen to own the entire run of Heavy Metal. This means that I'm engaged in an ongoing study of the magazine. In addition, I have a diverse and idiosyncratic reading list that tends towards the weird corners of comics history. Sometimes one circumstance or another results in long articles that I don't really have anyplace to put. Mike has been gracious enough to let me publish them here.

In summary: this is an article about comics from someone in the DC area. 

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Cops And The Klan: Hand In Hand"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist Mike Flugennock:

"Cops and Klan: Hand in Hand"
http://sinkers.org/stage/?p=2511


From Sacramento to Newnan to Charlottesville -- it should be clear to one and all at this point that the police are there to "protect and serve" corporations and fascists. Now, as always -- cops and the Klan go hand in hand.

12.5 x 14 inch medium-res color .jpg image, 1.6mb

From the Vault of Artleytoons


From the Vault of Artleytoons

When daily television broadcasts from U.S. Senate began in 1986, there was some concern that Senators would be more prone to grandstanding than tending to affairs of State. So, I offered this cartoon. (click on image for larger view).


See more recent work by Steve Artley at Artleytoons.



Friday, May 04, 2018

Jason Rodriguez on Story Collider

Identity: Stories about figuring out who we are

Jason Rodriguez and Josh Silberg

This week, we're presenting stories about identity, whether its an external sense of cultural identity or an internal sense of self.

Part 1: Mathematician and comic book writer Jason Rodriguez feels torn between separate cultural and professional identities.

Jason Rodriguez is a writer, editor, educator, and applied mathematician. Jason spends the first half of his day developing physiological models of human injury. In the evenings, Jason creates educational comic books about American history, systemic racism, and physics. On the weekends, Jason tends to visit conventions, museums, libraries, and festivals in order to talk about the unparalleled joy of comic books, and how that joy can spark a desire to learn and create in kids. Jason lives in Arlington, VA on the rare occasion when he's home.  

Part 2: As a graduate student, Josh Silberg begins to question whether he's cut out for science.

Josh Silberg has researched everything from humpback whales to whale sharks to rockfish—he just couldn't decide on one creature to study. After earning a Master's of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, he joined the British Columbia-based Hakai Institute as the Science Communications Coordinator. Now, he gets to share all sorts of coastal science stories through blogs, videos, and the occasional poem. In his free time, he can be found photographing wildlife, hiking, or searching for creatures in tide pools. You can follow him on twitter @joshsilberg.

May 25: Molly Crabapple at East City Bookshop

BROTHERS OF THE GUN, Molly Crabapple In Conversation with Latoya Peterson

https://www.eastcitybookshop.com/event/brothers-gun-molly-crabapple-conversation-latoya-peterson

Event date: 
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
East City Bookshop

645 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Washington, DC  20003

tel  202.290.1636

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Please RSVP on Facebook or at rsvp@eastcitybookshop.com

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Join Molly Crabapple, co-author and illustrator of Brothers of The Gun, and Latoya Peterson, deputy editor at ESPN's The Undefeated for a reading, discussion, Q&A, and signing. 

A bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, Brothers of the Gun is an intimate lens on the century's bloodiest conflict and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom.
 
In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends—fellow working-class college students Nael and Tareq—joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria, in response to a recent massacre. Arm-in-arm they marched, poured Coca-Cola into one another's eyes to blunt the effects of tear gas, ran from the security forces, and cursed the country's president, Bashar al-Assad. It was ecstasy. A long-bottled revolution was finally erupting, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, at last, imminent. Five years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now an Islamist revolutionary, another dead at the hands of government soldiers, and the last, Marwan, now a journalist in Turkish exile, trying to find a way back to a homeland reduced to rubble.
 
Brothers of the Gun is the story of young man coming of age during the Syrian war, from its inception to the present. Marwan watched from the rooftops as regime warplanes bombed soldiers; as revolutionary activist groups, for a few dreamy days, spray-painted hope on Raqqa; as his friends died or threw in their lot with Islamist fighters. He became a journalist by courageously tweeting out news from a city under siege by ISIS, the Russians, and the Americans all at once. He watched the country that ran through his veins—the country that held his hopes, dreams, and fears—be destroyed in front of him, and eventually joined the relentless stream of refugees risking their lives to escape.

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Illustrated with more than eighty ink drawings by Molly Crabapple that bring to life the beauty and chaos, Brothers of the Gun offers a ground-level reflection on the Syrian revolution—and how it bled into international catastrophe and global war. This is a story of pragmatism and idealism, impossible violence and repression, and, even in the midst of war, profound acts of courage, creativity, and hope.

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"From the anarchy, torment, and despair of the Syrian war, Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple have drawn a book of startling emotional power and intellectual depth. Many books will be written on the war's exhaustive devastation of bodies and souls, and the defiant resistance of many trapped men and women, but the Mahabharata of the Levant has already found its wisest chroniclers."—Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger and From the Ruins of Empire
 
"A revelatory and necessary read on one of the most destructive wars of our time . . . In great personal detail, Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple poignantly capture the tumultuous life in Syria before, after, and during the war—from inside one young man's consciousness."—Angela Davis

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Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. The New Yorker described her 2017 mural "The Bore of Babylon" as "a terrifying amalgam of Hieronymus Bosch, Honoré Daumier, and Monty Python's Flying Circus." Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society.

 

 

 

Latoya Peterson is deputy editor of digital innovation for ESPN's The Undefeated, where she works across editorial, product and data teams to help implement trailblazing new forms of storytelling. Peterson is editor/owner of the award-winning blog, Racialicious, covering the intersection of race and pop culture. Forbes magazine named her one of its 30 Under 30 rising stars in media for 2013. Her work has been published in ESPN Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Essence, Spin, Vibe, Marie Claire, The American Prospect, the Guardian and others.  Her honors and fellowships include being a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, focusing on mobile technology and digital access; a Harvard Berkman Center Affiliate, a Poynter Institute Sensemaking Fellow, and one of the inaugural Public Media Corps Fellows.