THE WALKING WOUNDED, “jarring in it’s impact, from the precision of its storytelling to the power of its art.”

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq was named one of the “5 top graphic novels and cartoon collections to read this Veterans Day”, by The Washington Post which said:

“From battlefront to homefront, this story shines a light into the minds of warriors and the mental states of war’s patients. This is the stuff of what motivates young men and women to go to war — and what unsettles them, sometimes to the brink of suicide, after they’ve lived war’s horrors.”

 

“This is an anti-war book, and it’s hard to argue against it, even if seeing the horror of war in simple ink and paint that reminded me strongly of sepia, which seems fitting.”

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“Mael’s art is important to the story…There is also a constant tension in the interview sequences.”

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“The book’s didactic nature doesn’t diminish the power of its antiwar message. As the Iraq War recedes, works such as this serve as a much-needed prod to a society that’s all too eager to put its misbegotten Middle East misadventure behind it.”

– Booklist

 

“Suggesting that war creates an existential rupture in the souls of those who fight, this powerful account will enlighten adults and teens willing to set aside pat answers.”

– The Library Journal

Finally, the creative team of Olivier Morel and Maël discussed the book with The Library Journal:

Library Journal: What would you especially want librarians to know about your projects?

Olivier Morel : For me, libraries are sacred places. Books have always saved the world, saved lives; they are living bodies. As bibliophiles, librarians affirm life. Walking Wounded is also a living body—all of its protagonists are authentic. I am presenting a graphic novel that deals with issues that rarely make the headline news, when at the same time, there are millions of individuals, families, and communities affected. This is social realism: [the book] generates, I hope, both an informative and a transformative reading experience. Most important, it is about resilience, survival, about how it is possible to overcome the greatest challenges in life

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NBM Hits SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival!

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On the weekend of September 19th-20th, you can find NBM Publishing participating at two exciting events the 2015 Small Press Expo and The Brooklyn Book Festival.

And at both events we’ll be debuting three new titles, Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan , Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer and Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel.

 

Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan

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Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.

“One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years.  Twenty years.  It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.” 

In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.

 

Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer

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The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells – that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject?

This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between. It offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.

 

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel

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For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Irak. Then came the trauma. Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences. From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Mael relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for our country’s war sickness.

 

SPX Details and Signing Schedule

September 19th-20th; Located at E 1-2

Appearing Saturday Only: Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

The Small Press Expo is North America’s premiere independent cartooning and comic arts festival. SPX brings together more than 4,000 cartoonists and comic arts enthusiasts every fall in Bethesda, Maryland.

Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.

Signing Schedule:

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

 

 

Brooklyn Book Festival Details and Signing Schedule

September 20th; Located at Booth# 309

Appearing Sunday: Olivier Morel, Margreet de Heer,

Julian Voloj & Benjy Melendez

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

PANEL: Can’t You See Who I Am?

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Three comic creators talk about their new books, that explore identity, place, and finding your purpose in the city.

Join A.K. Summers, author and artist of the break-out hit Pregnant Butch, about her adventures in motherhood; Julian Voloj with his comic biography Ghetto Brother on Benjy Melendez, and the events of gangland New York in the 1970s, and Lisa Wilde, a NYC high school teacher whose collected memoir zine Yo, Miss, follows her and her diverse students as they struggle and celebrate over a single academic year.

Moderated by Jessica Abel, (Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio). Screen Projection.

At Brooklyn Historical Society; 2:00pm

 

Signing Schedule:

10:30 am -11:30 am:   Julian Voloj

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:30 pm -4:30pm:      Olivier Morel

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:    Julian Voloj

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute changes.

War-related trauma ignited Vince’s political consciousness

 Emanuele, an Iraq War veteran (US Marine Corps), is a protagonist of Walking Wounded. He recently published a piece in Znet: “Over the last nine years, people have routinely asked, “How did you become politically conscious and actively engaged?” […] After all, I wasn’t raised in a political household, nor were my parents counterculture radicals or hippies. […] Often, personal struggles and trauma ignite political consciousness […] my political awakening came via my experiences in the military. […] Right around the time I was coming home from my first deployment, my friends were coming home from their first year at university. During this period, I was first introduced to Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, William S. Burroughs and psychedelics. […] I returned home, radicalized, angry and committed to changing the world.” “War and Culture: Becoming Politically Conscious”, by Vince Emanuele: https://zcomm.org/zcommentary/war-and-culture-becoming-politically-conscious/

 

Veterans’ PTSD turned into a gut-wrenching, beautiful song

“Lately it’s occurred to me, it’s hard to fight an enemy that lives inside of your head./Spend my life in between the sleepless nights and the bad dreams, think I might rather be dead…/I’m trying to find my way home. […]/ Somewhere between lost and alone, trying to find my way home.” “Trying To Find My Way Home,” music and lyrics by Iraq War Veteran Jason Moon, featured in the documentary film “On the Bridge” and in “Walking Wounded” (NBM, 2015).

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Wendy Barranco, protagonist of Walking Wounded, featured in Yann Arthus Bertrand’s new film (to be released in September).

In 2008 I met a powerful young woman, an Iraq War veteran named Wendy Barranco. Her personal insight about the war, about the US, about Iraq… her humanity touched me deeply. She was featured in my film “On the Bridge” that I completed in 2011, and will be featured in “Walking Wounded” (upcoming, NBM publishing, October 2015). A few month ago, I was contacted by Yann Arthus Bertrand’s team. Arthus Bertrand wanted Wendy to be interviewed for his new film “Human.” They interviewed over 2000 people around the world. Today, Wendy’s picture was on France’s evening news while Arthus Bertrand was being interviewed about “Human.” Obviously, Wendy’s story is a highly compelling one.
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National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month; Walking Wounded

Did you know that June is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month? About 5.2 million Americans have PTSD during the course of a given year, and about 30% of men and women who have spent time in war zones experience PTSD. I began working on “Walking Wounded” many years ago, in 2007, when this subject matter was far from being well reported. Things have changed a little bit since then but there is still a very long way to go, especially when it comes to military personnel, male and female If you are currently experiencing a crisis please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255, and press 1.

Two timely titles from NBM in September: Religion and Walking Wounded

Now being solicited in September Diamond Previews, NBM has two new graphic novels that are quite topical.

 

The first title is an honest look at American veterans returning home from the War in Iraq. Witness their struggles re-acclimating to civilian life and the awful reality of living with PTSD, a constant reminder of the horrors of war!

 

A professor at Notre Dame, French born author Olivier Morel has extensive research on war trauma. Interviewing Iraq War vets, he made the documentary “On the Bridge” and this graphic novel relates his personal experience facing the vets. Mael, working out of Paris, does double duty as a cartoonist and the lead singer of a folk/rock group.

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WALKING WOUNDED

Uncut Stories from Iraq

Mael & Olivier Morel

For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Iraq. Then came the trauma. Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences. From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Mael relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for our country’s war sickness.

7 ½ x 10 ½, 120pp., 2 color hardcover, $24.99,

ISBN: 9781561639823

Diamond order code: JUL151475

 

For previews and ordering information, click here!

 

Also new in comic shops this September, Margreet de Heer continues her Discovery in Comics series, this time focusing on RELIGION. De Heer, who actually spent part of her childhood growing up in a church, takes an open-minded and respectful look at the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism). Her past Discovery in Comics installments have been hits with educators and students.

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RELIGION- A Discovery in Comics

Margreet de Heer

The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells – that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject?

This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between. It offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.

8×8, 120pp. full color hc., $17.99

ISBN 97815616399465

Diamond order code: JUL151472
For previews and more click here!

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in July’s Diamond Previews Magazine.