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San Diego: some pics

July 28, 2010 by  


Some pictures from San Diego last week:

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The authors of Networked: Carabella on the Run which we premiered at the show, Gerard Jones and Mark Badger. Talking with Gerry is Sean Michael Wilson of Story of Lee.

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A wider view of our booth. Ted Rall and Richard Moore are signing. Moore had to call off coming because he was so sick but finally struggled in on Saturday. Also in the booth, Patrick Turner our booth manager, thanks to Patrick for a terrific job. Further behind is Deborah Pierce of Privacy Activism Organization on hand to help promote the new Networked book.

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And there’s our sister company Papercutz who had Papa Smurf going around the show to promote its new series of Smurfs graphic novels this fall. Here he’s posing with Terry Nantier, president of the company.

All in all, however, not a good show, we have to say. The aisles around the indie publishers were sparsely populated for too much of the show. The big budget movies are taking over the show and it felt like indie comics lovers have been turned off to coming. What a shame…


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Richard Moore interviewed

July 27, 2010 by  


…on Jazma online.

And Boneyard 7 gets 5 stars on this site here.


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San Diego: Who’s appearing when at the NBM Booth

July 19, 2010 by  


  NBM author appearance schedule        
             
  10:30-noon 1-2:30 2:30-4 4-5:30 5:30-7 7-8:30
             
Wednesday           Rall
Thursday   Moore Wilson; Rall Geary;Jones Moore  
Friday Moore Badger/Jones Wilson; Geary Rall; Moore Badger/Jones  
Saturday Badger/Jones Wilson Rall; Moore Badger/Jones Moore; Geary  
Sunday Rall Badger/Jones        

 

Some slight changes from last post on this.

We’ll be having Mark Badger and Gerard Jones in to launch Networked: Carabella on the Run hot off the press, Ted Rall, Richard Moore (Boneyard), Rick Geary, and Sean Michael Wilson signing an ashcan of his forthcoming Story of Lee


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Horror News on Boneyard

July 15, 2010 by  


“This final edition is chock full of fun, flavor and will keep you glued till the end.”

Horror News


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CBR interviews Terry Nantier

July 14, 2010 by  


Comic Books Resources interviews NBM and Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier mostly about this fall and highlights in San Diego for both NBM and Papercutz and also a bit about NBM’s history.


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Our authors appearance schedule for San Diego

July 13, 2010 by  


Here’s our schedule of our authors appearing at our booth #1528 in San Diego next week. We’ll be having Mark Badger and Gerard Jones in to launch Networked: Carabella on the Run hot off the press, Ted Rall, Richard Moore (Boneyard), Rick Geary, and Sean Michael Wilson signing an ashcan of his forthcoming Story of Lee.

  10:30-noon 1-2:30 2:30-4 4-5:30 5:30-7 7-8:30
             
Wednesday           Rall
Thursday Jones Moore Wilson; Rall Jones; Geary Moore  
Friday Moore Badger/Jones Wilson; Geary Rall; Moore Badger/Jones  
Saturday Badger/Jones Wilson Rall; Moore Badger/Jones Moore; Geary  
Sunday Rall Badger/Jones        

 Naomi Nowak was supposed to come all the way from Sweden but unfortunately had to cancel last minute due to personal circumstances, she’ll be missed.


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Wanna be a Smurf?

July 13, 2010 by  


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Our sister co. Papercutz is looking for two people at the San Diego con, one no higher than 3 apples, um, well, 5’3″ to don a Papa Smurf costume at various intervals Thursday through Saturday, and one to be the guide to Papa Smurf going around the exhibit floor, for some extra money as well as a pass to the show.

Interested? Contact petranek@papercutz.com. Tell him you heard about it from the NBM blog.

Have a smurfy day.


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Tattoo Two

July 10, 2010 by  


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You may remember Josh, my first-ever tattoo art client. He requested a canary in a cage for his arm. Now he’s back! He wanted the proverbial frog in a pot, getting slowly warmer but not realizing it, and here it is. The frog will have a different colored belly, color to be added after the current tattoo heals.


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Syndicated Ted Rall Column: So Much Stupidity on Afghanistan

July 7, 2010 by  


Democrats, Republicans Equally Dumb

As I pack for my return trip to Afghanistan next month, many people are asking me: Why are we losing? What should we do there?

The short answer is simple: Afghan resistance forces live there. We don’t. Sooner or later, U.S. troops will depart. All the Afghan resistance has to do is wear us down and wait us out. As I have pointed out before, no nation has successfully invaded and occupied any other nation since the 19th century. All occupations ultimately fail.

For those who prefer their punditry longwinded, here’s a longer answer.

Even taking historical precedent into account, America’s post-9/11 occupation of Afghanistan—its longest war ever—has been notably disastrous. Wonder why? Everything you need to know was contained in this week’s war of words between the chairmen of the two major political parties.

The Afghan War kerfuffle that revealed the boundless stupidity of our national political leadership began on July 1st. Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele told GOP donors in Connecticut that the war in Afghanistan could not be won and should never have been fought: “If [Obama is] such a student of history, has he not understood that, you know, that’s the one thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan? All right? Because everyone who’s tried, over a thousand years of history, has failed,” Steele said.

Steele’s main point is beyond dispute. There’s a reason Afghanistan is known as “the graveyard of empires,” as opposed to as, say, the “number one producer of tasty, nutritious pomegranates.”

Steele’s all too typical ahistoricity is in the details. Which he gets wrong.

Would-be conquerors have had trouble with Afghanistan not for over 1,000 years, but for 2,000 years. Alexander the Great sent supplies through the Khyber Pass in 327 BCE in an attempt to subjugate the Konar Valley. Characteristically, the locals waged a ferocious resistance. The Macedonian conqueror, nearly killed by an Afghan arrow, beat a retreat to the Indus River and withdrew.

But it’s Steele’s “land war” qualifier that really gets me. According to the GOP chairman, the British Army might have spared itself total annihilation in 1842 if it had conducted an air war instead. Using what—hot air balloons?

Then things got really weird.

“This was a war of Obama’s choosing,” Steele said.

Huh?
True, Obama made the Afghan war his own by sending in more troops. But Bush started this mess. Doesn’t Steele remember that? Or—this thought is even more frightening—does he really think WE forgot?

“This is not something the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in,” he continued. This surely comes as welcome news to the tens of thousands of Afghans killed by tens of thousands of American bombs. Chin up. Imagine how many more would have died if the U.S. had “actively prosecuted” this fiasco!

Not to be outdone in the moronitude department,

Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse retorted that “we are there because we were attacked by terrorists on 9-11.”

Um…We were attacked by Saudis and Egyptians. Who were trained and funded by Pakistanis. None of the major figures linked to 9/11—including Osama bin Laden—were in Afghanistan on 9/11. (Bin Laden was in a Pakistani military hospital in Islamabad.) By 9/11, both Al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan had been closed. Al Qaeda’s operations were based entirely in Pakistan.

Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11.

Nothing.

None of the Afghans I interviewed in November and December of 2001 had even heard of 9/11. None had heard of Al Qaeda. Other journalists reported the same thing.

As far as I can tell, we attacked Afghanistan for fun. To disrupt Iran and India. To test weapons that would be used against Iraq. To test the resolve of the American antiwar movement. And to build an oil and gas pipeline between Central and South Asia.

Not because of 9/11.

Woodhouse continued: “It’s simply unconscionable that Michael Steele would undermine the morale of our troops when what they need is our support and encouragement. Michael Steele would do well to remember that we are not in Afghanistan by our own choosing, that we were attacked and that his words have consequences.”

Dubya—is that you?

Can we even tell which party is which anymore?

No wonder we’re losing. The parties have forgotten what they stand for—and they never learned the history of the countries they invade.

(Ted Rall’s “The Anti-American Manifesto” will be published in September. He will return to Afghanistan in August.)

COPYRIGHT 2010 TED RALL


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Francavilla’s Orson Welles

July 6, 2010 by  


It’s been three long years since I commissioned Francesco Francavilla to illustrate a cover for THE BROADCAST. Three years!! That’s a long time, especially in comics. They’ve two Harry Potter movies in that time, I think.

I’m sure Francesco reached a point where he assumed it wasn’t going to come out. Part of me thinks he probably forgot about it all together. Anyway, I was ecstatic to send him an e-mail a while back to let him know we finally had a publisher and the gorgeous piece he did was going to see print.

To celebrate the book’s debut next month, Francesco did a new piece over on his Pulp Sunday blog that features Orson Welles. I’ve already requested a print. I’ve pasted it below, but I highly suggest everyone take a look at his blog. He is incredibly talented and is a future star in comics. We’re going to work together someday… he just doesn’t know it yet. ;)

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of THE BROADCAST.