SHOOTING WAR creator and writer Anthony Lappe is Executive Editor of GNN.tv, the web-site for the Guerrilla News Network. He is the co-author of their critically acclaimed book True Lies (Plume, 2004) and the producer of their award-winning Showtime documentary about Iraq, BattleGround: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge. He has written for The New York Times, the Huffington Post, New York, Vice, and Salon among many others, and has been a producer for MTV News and Fuse. He is a frequent guest on Air America and other radio stations across the country. SHOOTING WAR artist Dan Goldman is a writer, artist and designer. He is the co-author of the political graphic novel Everyman: Be the People, and a founding member of the daily on-line comics anthology ACT-I-VATE, where he serializes his psychedelic romance-thriller "Kelly."
A scathing near-future satire of the Iraqi occupation that rings with eerie plausibility, this Web comic-to-print hardcover collection follows a cocky young journalist named Jimmy Burns, who finds himself video-blogging across the front lines of Iraq in the year 2011. An accidental Internet celebrity transplanted suddenly to the Baghdad battlefields, Jimmy quickly progresses from arrogant to regretful, then jaded-in short, he is America in Iraq. As the world slowly disintegrates around him, Jimmy finds himself caught between the competing agendas of Muslim insurgents, the American military and a sensational cable news network as they all clamor for blood on the battlefields. Journalist and first-time graphic novelist Lappe takes obvious delight in skewering all three with a whip-smart, left-leaning indictment of both American media and foreign policy that offers little hope and fewer heroes. The bleak prognostications are cut with black humor and a penchant for explosions that keep the narrative moving. The collection adds 110 pages of new content to the Web version, and Goldman's art, a cinematic blend of photography and digital painting, is framed in widescreen panels that lend an air of video documentary to a grim graphic novel that manages to make media-and the truth-seem more fluid than ever. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Suddenly famous for his searing footage of one more terrorist attack on New York (it's 2011), video-blogger Jimmy Burns is emboldened to seek the truth about Iraq-still war-torn after all these years. Not your average escapist graphic novel. With a six-city tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"[T]his astute, timely, entertaining graphic novel...predicts, in dramatic terms, the logical evolution of the war. Pundits say there's no good outcome. This book illustrates what that looks like. "--Penthouse