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.
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.
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,
Diamond order code: JUL151475
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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.
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
Diamond order code: JUL151472
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Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in July’s Diamond Previews Magazine.