So here’s the scoop on my upcoming graphic novel, er, graphic memoir. Some basic details:
Writing: Ted Rall
Artwork: Pablo G. Callejo
Introduction: Xaviera Hollander, author of The Happy Hooker
Cover Design: Mikhaela B. Reid
Length: 128 pages
Publication Date: Oct. 15, 2009
If You Want Them First: Buy From Me at Small Press Expo in Maryland in late September
This takes place in 1984-85, when I was expelled, dumped, arrested, fired and evicted. When the economy goes sour, or when your luck turns bad, these things can happen. Young, confused, and broke, I wound up on the mean streets of Reagan-era New York with eight bucks in my pocket and very few options…well, none. So I made do.
I’ve already posted some samples pages of artwork here, and will do a few more in the coming days and weeks, but to see the whole thing together is truly remarkable. I’m very excited about this book, albeit a bit scared because I’ve exposed so much of my personal life. I’m usually a very private person, for obvious reasons.
Anyway, I do hope you’ll buy it. My plea especially goes to those who read my comics and columns online…in the Internet age, books are literally the ONLY way artists like me get paid. If you don’t buy this book, it’ll make it harder for me to put out more books in the future. Besides, it’s really good. Alison Bechdel thinks so!