Cartoonist Ted Rall’s latest graphic novel: After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests arrives in stores this month from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It chronicles his last trip to Afghanistan. Last week, Publishers Weekly has a great Author Profile featuring Rall and his book.
His first journey to Afghanistan was in November, 2001. He was originally commissioned by the Village Voice to write about his trip, he later added comics to better convey his experience. The resulting book was NBM’s To Afghanistan and Back and sold a total of 20,000 copies. Rall has been publishing with NBM Publishing since the early nineties with many of his graphic novels still in print.
Although he may have funded “After We Kill You” through Kickstarter, Rall will be returning to NBM in the future with more work!
In his PW interview, Rall states “Experiential stories, at least for me, are more easily told through the comics.” See some of Rall’s best “experiential stories” on NBM’s website, now with special discounts on some of his titles!
…and he’s tweeting and blogging about it.
It’s quite fascinating as he goes back to where he went at the start of the Afghan War back in 2001. He reported on that in one of our bestselling books To Afghanistan & Back. This hybrid of comics and articles that he wrote for the Village Voice was also the first ‘instant graphic novel’ as we rushed it out to print within months beginning 2002. It’s gone on to sell over 20,000 copies.
Ted just had to see for himself what was really going on, especially with our country frantically waving our flags at the time and blood-thristy for revenge. What he brought back was sobering. He predicted clearly back then that this was far from over. I knew this would make a great bit of comics journalism and had Ted bring it into comics.
Well, he’s back at it again and tweeting about it as well as blogging. Live from the middle of Taliban hell. The guy’s nuts. But count on him to tell you a different point of view. Subscribe to it.
Also, this time he got a miraculous amount of funding for it through the amazing Kickstarter site (link here goes straight to Ted’s page there). No paper or magazine would pay for this highly dangerous assignment in these nobody-has-money-internet-days, so quite a few people contributed to it through Kickstarter…
Literally, the internet taketh away and then giveth back.
Well, on this one at least…
Newsarama ran a great piece about Ted Rall’s getting funding at Kickstarter (see previous blog entries), this will give you all the fascinating background.
Now, of course, Ted has reached his lofty goal of $25,000. It was down to the wire.
See the book we published of his first trip right during the start of the war after 9/11: To AFGHANISTAN & BACK (scroll down). And the comics are also available on the iPhone from Panelfly.
A very important interview just up on Chicago’s Redeye site Chicago Now. It zeroes in on the fact that Ted Rall called it early back in 2001 as can be seen in his ‘instant graphic novel’ we published in 2002 To Afghanistan & Back. Basically he already said it then: ‘we lost this war.’
You’ll remember we all thought we had just won it.
This book is ever more relevant today, check it out. He risked his life going there to see the war with his own eyes, not trusting the news.
And for you Californians, note Ted Rall will be appearing at the D.G. Wills Bookstore, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, Ca. 92037 (858)456-1800
Friday December 11 at 7PM
Ted Rall’s book on his trip to Afganistan right in the middle of the war after 9/11 turns out to be dead-on these many years later.
Ted predicted things wouldn’t be so easy and that the Taliban was hardly wiped out. Afghanistan has historically been the doom of empires from the UK to Russia and alas, the loathsome Taliban just keeps coming back to haunt us in a similar fashion. Now we hear the Obama administration is mulling over sending in more troops, that things aren’t going well. Most interestingly, that the elections may have been marred by extensive fraud which shines a very dim light on the US propped-up government of Hamid Karzai.
I didn’t want to hear it back then but I gotta admit, Ted was right. We hadn’t heard the last word from this quagmire and being involved is like sinking in quick sand.
If you didn’t read his To Afghanistan & Back, you’ll find it fascinating and ever so relevant today. He rushed out there bravely in the middle of the war zone and had the balls, when we all were bloodthirsty for revenge and waving the flag, to denounce what he saw as the uselessness of this action and uncover its absurdities.
It’s a collection of articles he sent in to the Village Voice and chapters in comics showing his adventure and what he saw. We’ve sold over 20,000 copies making this one of our best-selling books and it’s his best, I think… until maybe now when he’s about to bring out Year of Loving Dangerously which has NO politics and is about a tormented part of his life as painted by Pablo (Bluesman) Callejo.
As this is about to come out, a good time to check out a significant previous book of his.