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Little Nothings and On Odd Hours get reviewed

April 5, 2010 by  


Trondheim’s Little Nothings keeps sweeping ‘em up! ICv2:

“A solidly entertaining look at the life of an artist.  Fans of his other work may find this an interesting piece of slice of life graphic novels.”

From Comics Worth Reading:

“Reading each new volume of this series is like a vacation, traveling the world from the comfort of your home, and expanding your mind through vibrant observation and humor. The cartooning is impressive in its achievement, a wonderful journey through both subject matter and skill.”

Comics Waiting Room on Odd Hours didn’t much like the main character but does say:

“By tapping into the spirit of the pieces, ON THE ODD HOURS delivers an unforgettable visual tour of one of the worlds greatest museums.”

A few reviewers expressed dislike of the main character. Yeah, he’s burly but he’s also rebelling against a society that misunderstands deaf people…


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2 reviews for Mr. Easter

April 5, 2010 by  


…and people seem to be sharing our enthusiasm for Brooke Allen’s energetic new graphic novel:

“Allen’s artwork is an extension of Tesana: bold, fantastical and beautiful in its purity. The book is fast-paced as Tesana and Mr. Easter are almost continuously in motion, and while the action panels are uncomplicated while still expressive, moving the book along nicely.”
Avril Brown at Comics Waiting Room


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Rall’s 2nd Afghanistan trip funded, see the Newsarama piece

April 5, 2010 by  


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.


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Mission Accomplished

April 3, 2010 by  


With a few hours more than a day to go, more than 200 supporters came through with the $25,000 I was trying to raise through Kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tedrall/comix-journalism-send-ted-rall-back-to-afghanista-0

At this writing, there is $25,845 in funding provided by 210 people. (Kickstarter allows supporters to make pledges over the funding amount; any funds over my initial $25,000 request will be used toward trip expenses that would otherwise have come out of my pocket.) Amazing!

Thank you to everyone who pledged funds toward my upcoming return to Afghanistan. I am in awe of your tremendous generosity and commitment to independent journalism, literally putting your money where my mouth is, at a time of extreme economic pain and when the mainstream media seems to have abandoned the search for truth in favor of access. I promise to work hard to justify your trust and faith in me.

I will be posting updates here and elsewhere to keep you advised about the progress of this project. In the next few months, I will need to obtain visas for Afghanistan and neighboring countries, including Iran, arrange flights and alert fixers, find the perfect hat to keep the desert sun off, and consider the painful prospect of growing the world’s ugliest beard. I’m currently planning for a trip throughout the month of August.

I will file blog entries from Afghanistan, and when I get back I’ll have a book to write. And hopefully I will find out some things worth knowing about a country the United States military has been occupying for nearly a decade—with no end in sight.


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A New Geary in June

April 2, 2010 by  


Here’s what we’ve got slated for June, solicited in comics stores now:

A NEW TREASURY OF XXTH CENTURY MURDER!

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder
The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans
Rick Geary
Nights of terror! A city awash in blood! New Orleans right after the First World War. The party returns to the Big Easy but someone looks to spoil it. Grocers are being murdered in the dead of night by someone grabbing their axe and hacking them right in their own cushy beds! The pattern for each murder is the same: a piece of the door is removed for entry, the axe is borrowed on the property, and the assailant aims straight for the head! Why? How could he fit through that piece in the door? The man is never found for sure but speculations abound which Geary presents with his usual gusto!
A Junior Library Guild selection
6×9, 80pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $15.99 ISBN 978-1-56163-581-8

See the previews.

And from EUROTICA:

KRISTINA, Queen of Vampires
Chapter 3
Frans MENSINK
Kristina’s coven of vampires come over to rescue her with their own blood but as she revives she cannot resist being with her little group of human subjects who provide her with such delicious sex. Will it be her un-doing?
8 1/2 x11, 48pp, full color trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-585-6
see previews, click on the Coming up in June banner.

Order all of these from your comics store today or you can pre-order from us here.

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From PAPERCUTZ, our sister co.:

DISNEY FAIRIES #2
“Tinker Bell and The Wings of Rani”

By Teresa Radice, Augusto Machetto and Giulia Conti
Daniela Vetro, Emilio Urbano, Roberta Zanotta, artists.

Five stories featuring Tinker Bell and the rest of the Fairies of Pixie Hollow! In “The Lost Fairy” Tinker Bell and Prilla search for one of their missing friends while “The Wings of Rani” sees the only wingless fairy, Rani, strive to save her friend Beck from a huge waterfall. “The Most Beautiful Dress” pits Beck, Vidia and Prilla against each other in a dress contest, leaving Tinker Bell to keep the competition from getting out of hand. Beck learns the true value of friends in “The Color of Friendship,” and lastly all of the Fairies find themselves looking a bit silly when Queen Clarion accidentally loses her shoes, leading all the Fairies to do the same, thinking it’s the newest fashion trend! A collection of warm and funny stories starring Tinker Bell and friends.

5 x 7 1/2, 80 pages, full-color paperback, $7.99, ISBN: 9781-59707-226-7
Also available in collector’s hardcover: $12.99 ISBN 978-1-59707-227-4

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED
Graphic Novel #10
Cyrano de Bergerac
By Edmond Rostand
Adapted by Peter David and Kyle Baker
The classics romance comes to comics in this adaptation by celebrated graphic novelist Kyle Baker and Peter David, in which the tragedy and romance of Rostand’s 19th century play are presented. Cyrano de Bergerac yearns to confess his love to for his cousin Roxanne; he is a talented poet and musician who should have no trouble doing so. Yet his large nose has him convinced that no woman would ever be interested in him. When Cyrano finds out that Roxanne is enamored with the handsome Christian de Neuville, a tale of romance and heartbreak begins that is wonderfully captured by David and Baker.

6 1/2 x 9, 56 pages, full-color hardcover, $9.99,
ISBN: 978-1-59707-197-0

Order all of these from your comics store today or you can pre-order from us here.


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SYNDICATED COLUMN: Out-Republicaning the Republicans

April 1, 2010 by  


Obama Revives Clinton’s Disastrous Triangulation Strategy

NEW YORK—”It was Bill Clinton who recognized that the categories of conservative and liberal played to Republican advantage and were inadequate to address our problems,” President Obama wrote in his book The Audacity of Hope. “Clinton’s third way…tapped into the pragmatic, non-ideological attitude of Americans.”

Clinton’s “third way” was “triangulation,” a term and strategy invented by his pollster Dick Morris. Triangulation is a candidate’s attempt to position himself above and between the left and the right. A Democrat, Clinton insulated himself from Republican attacks by appropriating many of their ideas.

Obama is even more of a triangulator than Clinton.

Triangulation can work for candidates in the short term. Clinton got reelected by a landslide in 1996. (It failed, though, for Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004.) But triangulation hurts parties, which sell an ideological point of view. Clinton worked so hard to out-Republican the Republicans that he forgot he was a Democrat-. He also forgot that Democratic voters expected to see liberal policies.

Clinton’s greatest achievements ended up being Republican platform planks: free trade deals like NAFTA and the WTO, welfare reform, balancing the federal budget on the backs of the poor and working class.

By the way, Dick Morris is now a Republican. Maybe he always was.

Because of Clintonian triangulation, the liberal base of the Democratic Party saw the 1990s as a squandered opportunity: eight years of unprecedented economic expansion with not one new social program, not even national healthcare, to show for it. They got the message: voting Democratic doesn’t guarantee Democratic policies. Unenthused, liberals stayed home or voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. Liberal disgust for triangulation (they called it “selling out”) sufficiently reduced Al Gore’s margin of victory to allow George W. Bush to steal Florida and the national election. It took the Democrats six years to begin to recover.

Obama ran as a centrist. It would come as little surprise if he were governing as one.

But he’s not a moderate president.

Obama is a Republican.

A right-wing Republican. Thanks to triangulation gone wild.

In his first year Obama chose to continue numerous Bush Administration policies, many of which originated in the far extreme wing of the GOP. Each of the following asterisks represents a broken campaign promise:

Keeping the Guantánamo torture camp open*

Continuing the war against Iraq*

Expanding the war against Afghanistan

Renewing the USA Patriot Act*

No-string bank bailouts

Continuing “military commission” kangaroo trials*

Reserving the right to torture*

Continuing the NSA’s “domestic surveillance” program of spying on innocent Americans’ emails and phone calls*

It took over a year, but Obama can finally point to two legislative achievements: healthcare reform and reducing private banks’ role in the issuance of student loans. The student loan bill, though a step in the right direction, is liberal but too modest. Student loans ought to be replaced by grants. Ultimately, universities and colleges will have to be nationalized.
Obama’s revamp of healthcare, on the other hand, goes too far, perverting the liberal desire to provide healthcare for all Americans into a transfer of wealth from poor to rich that the hard right never dreamed of.

Buying into the classic, flawed, American assumption that a bad system can’t get worse (ask the Iraqis and Afghans), ObamaCare entrusts 30 million new customers, to the tune of roughly ten grand a year each, to the tender mercies of private insurance companies.

ObamaCare pours hundreds of billions of dollars, some from taxpayers, the rest from poor people, into the gaping coffers of giant corporations. Once people find themselves paying even more for visits to the same crappy doctors and hospitals they can’t afford now, they’ll hold the Dems responsible at the polls. If Republicans stopped to think, they’d love it.

And if Democrats stopped to think, they’d hate it.

Most Americans, and almost all liberal Democrats, want socialized medicine. Like they have in the rest of the world. Failing that, they were willing to settle for single-payer. When Obama let it be known that Mr. Audacity was going to lead as anything but, they prayed for a “public option.” What they got: zero.

Actually, less than zero: We were better off before. Taxes will go up for the already insured. For those about to be forcibly insured, they’ll have to pay more. And here’s the kicker: not only will the insurance companies be making higher profits at our expense, so will the federal government.

The Congressional Budget Office, invariably described in pieces like this as “the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office,” projects that the U.S. Treasury will come out ahead by $130 billion over 10 years.

Deficit negativity helped score votes among Democratic deficit hawks in Congress. But again, think about it: If the healthcare bill is making a profit for the U.S. government, where is that $130 billion coming from?

Correct: you and me. Our taxes will be higher than they should be, our health benefits will be less.

Obama, the media and many of us have forgotten what the problem was in the first place. Healthcare costs were too high. Thanks to this monster of a bill, they’ll go even higher.

The government should not make a profit off sick people.

Even the Republicans wouldn’t propose a tax this regressive.

Now Obama is echoing Sarah Palin, right-winger-turned-Tea-Partier. “Drill, baby, drill!” says the president, guaranteeing oil-soaked beaches decades after he has retired. It’s a terrible policy for the environment, won’t lower gas prices by one red penny, and will further turn off liberal Democrats.

Democrats will lose seats in Congress this fall. It may already be too late for Democrats to keep the White House in 2012. But if they continue to follow the Clinton-Obama triangulation strategy, they could destroy themselves for years to come. They might even expose the overall bankruptcy of our two-party pseudo-democracy.

(Ted Rall is working on a radical political manifesto for publication this fall. His website is tedrall.com.)

COPYRIGHT 2010 TED RALL


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A Home for Mr. Easter is in stores

March 31, 2010 by  


Brooke Allen‘s brilliant debut is now available in comics stores, just in time for Easter! Go check it out!

Also, Brooke will be appearing to premiere this at the MoCCA Fest April 10-11 at our booth.


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Who we got at MoCCA

March 31, 2010 by  


The MoCCA Festival is coming right up, here in NYC the weekend of April 10 and we’ll be busy with quite a few of our authors appearing! Come and meet:

Brooke A. Allen premiering our brand new ‘A Home for Mr. Easter.’
Greg Houston
(Vatican Hustle)
Neil Kleid and Nicolas Cinquegrani (The Big Khan, Brownsville)
Ted Rall (The Year of Loving Dangerously)

Here’s the schedule of their appearances:

Saturday

11-1: Brooke Allen & Ted Rall
1-2: Nicolas Cinquegrani
1-4: Greg Houston
2-4 Brooke Allen
4-5: Nicolas Cinquegrani
4-6 Ted Rall

Sunday:

11-1: Ted Rall
noon-1: Neil Kleid/Nicolas Cinquegrani
1-4: Brooke Allen
1-3: Greg Houston
3-5: Kleid/Cinquegrani
5-6: Houston

And of course, we’ll be bringing our latest graphic novels for sale besides these guys’!

Meet ya there.


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Ted Tatt

March 31, 2010 by  


I designed my first tattoo! One of my readers asked me to draw a canary in a birdcage for his arm. Here it is!

(Anyone interested in having me draw custom artwork for a tattoo (there is a fee), please get in touch.)

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Good UK Review of YOLD

March 30, 2010 by  


Check it out.