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DEAD CANARY: The treatment of Muslims is very even-handed but one can’t escape your high horse morality with issues such as Burkas, Women’s rights and the general motivations of the Taliban. Would you say this story is for an American audience primarily?

MARK SABLE: I’m glad you think that our treatment of Muslims is even-handed. I think we showed that war brings out the worst in anyone. We’ve got an Afghan Police Officer that’s a child molester, and a Marine that’s a drug abuser. There are very few “good guys” in the story.

I’m not sure that I’d agree I’m on a high horse about morality with this book. I’ve tried to keep my politics out of the book – it’s not worth alienating half of my readers. I just tried to put the truth (as I understood it) out there, and I’ll let my readers make a moral judgment.

I don’t think the book is for an American or even Western audience. One of the first conventions the book debuted at was the first Middle East Film and Comic-Con in Dubai, which I had the honor of attending last year. The book was as well-received there as it was in San Diego, which is an American city with a ton of military personnel.

You’ve mentioned the motivations of the Taliban – that is mostly from drawn interviews I found conducted directly with Taliban members that were conducted by an Afghan.

Do I bring a bias to the book? I was born and raised in the West. I’ve never been to Afghanistan. There is probably unconscious bias, but I did everything in my power to make sure that I wasn’t only drawing on American sources.

@DeadCanaryComic’s Chris Baker interviewed with me about GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, my @imagecomics book drawn and co-created by @paulazaceta.  Unlike many interviews, I think I got asked some really tough questions about the more controversial aspects of the comic, which I appreciated.  Check out the full interview here.

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Finnish soldiers defend their homeland during the Winter War, January 1940.


Pretty sure this a photo from Ukraine in the winter of 1941..?


No, it’s really the finnish. Check your facts.


Dude.. The guy hopping in the trench is carrying an STG44!
Clearly GERMAN! - check YOUR sources, bruh.


Explain how he can have a STG44 in 1941. *z snap*


*golf clap*  Well played sir..



Funny, this looks like the planet Hoth that is under attack by the Empire. You know, from The Empire Strikes Back.


People are so besotted with blockbuster movies and video games that they can no longer recognize the horrors of war when they see it. Many Bothans died trying to bring us breathtaking combat photography like this.

gunsandposes:

settling-entropy:

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gunsandposes:

Finnish soldiers defend their homeland during the Winter War, January 1940.

Pretty sure this a photo from Ukraine in the winter of 1941..?

No, it’s really the finnish. Check your facts.

Dude.. The guy hopping in the trench is carrying an STG44!

Clearly GERMAN! - check YOUR sources, bruh.

Explain how he can have a STG44 in 1941. *z snap*

*golf clap*  Well played sir..

Funny, this looks like the planet Hoth that is under attack by the Empire. You know, from The Empire Strikes Back.

People are so besotted with blockbuster movies and video games that they can no longer recognize the horrors of war when they see it. Many Bothans died trying to bring us breathtaking combat photography like this.

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Reblogged from humanoidhistory

"…It’s cliche to say something like, “this is not your classic zombie story,” especially in the post-Walking Dead world we inhabit. However, very much like Kirkman’s opus, this does feel different. Much of that has to do with Graveyard’s treatment of characters and the messy politics of war; in this case, both with the undead and, more terrifyingly, with ideas….Azaceta’s art accomplishes the admirable task of being expressive without being overly detailed, and pairs gorgeously with the story."

SCORE: 5/5

-from Steven E. Paugh’s review of THE GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES TPB on ComicBastards.com

An excerpt from @StevilEmpire’s @ComicBastards AMAZING review of GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, which you can (and should) read in its entirety here.  It’s maybe my favorite review of anything I’ve written ever, not just because it was given a perfect score, but because it’s incredibly informed, thoughtful and well written.  That someone even took the time to engage with the comic I’m most proud of this deeply means a tremendous amount.

(Edited to include a working link and a quote about Paul’s art).

DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON INSPIRATION - THE BATTLE OF VARNA IN MINIATURE

Part of my continuing series on many images that have influence DRACULA, SON OF THE DRAGON, the comic book epic I’m creating with artist Salgood Sam chronicling the transfomation of Vlad Tepes from Impaler to Vampire.

We’re funding the book through KICKSTARTER and could really use your help: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/78669939/dracula-son-of-the-dragon

The big set-piece battle in the first Volume of Dracula: Son of the Dragon is The Battle of Varna, which took place in 1444.  Vlad Dracul of Wallachia- Vlad Dracula’s father and older brother Mircea reluctantly joined a Crusade with the legendary Hungarian John Hunyadi and the Polish King Wladysws to push the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Murad II out of Europe.

The Varna crusade entailed breaking a treaty the Christians had with Turks.  This was a particularly dangerous thing for Vlad Dracul to do, because his sons Dracula and Radu were hostages of the Sultan.   Going into battle, he had to know that his sons lives were likely forfeit.  (Death might have been one of the best scenarios…two of the Sultan’s other child hostages were blinded with hot irons).

The Ottomans had overwhelming forces, consisting of their Sipahi cavalry and elite Janissary corps (shock troops who were comprised of Christian boys often taken from their families and forcibly converted to Islam at a young age) and cannon fire.

Nevertheless, the combined Wallachian and Hungarian forces of nearly routed the Ottomans and killed the Sultan…until Wladyslaws foolishly charged the Janissaries with his bodyguard in a failed attempt at personal glory.  He was killed, and is severed head was impaled on a spear.

That site caused the Europeans to flee in disarray.  That would cause a rift between The Draculas and Hunyadi that would lead to the deaths of Dracula’s father and older brother at Hunyadi’s hands, putting him as first in line for the Wallachian throne.  The Sultan spared Dracula, pitting him against Hunyadi and giving him the chance to reclaim his throne.

In DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON, we’re going to follow the model of mostly sticking to the historical accounts of battles like these, but with a supernatural twist.  The Janissary corps will be more (or maybe more accurately, less) than human…and will be the first use of vampire soldiers on the battlefield.

The above pictures show the battle depicted in miniature in a wargaming scenario.  I wish I could claim credit for painting and arranging those miniatures, but they are taken from the Vlad The Impaler sourcebook for the Warhammer Historical boardgame.  I thought it would be fun to show that, in addition to history texts and pop culture, wargaming is one of the other things Salgood and I are looking at to help capture the Medieval epic side of the equation.

Again, we could really use your help in bringing DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON to life as a comic book.  Please check out our Kickstarter page, make a pledge, reblog this post, share the link etc.:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/78669939/dracula-son-of-the-dragon

 

@TiltShiftComic (Jose Torres) has another Kickstarter comic worth supporting.  Jose was a combat photographer with a U.S. special forces unit, and “Tilt Shift” is a book that fictionailizes his and other veterans experiences.  In his words:
"TILT-SHIFT marries police procedural intrigue with hard-hitting modern warfare action in its hyper-real presentation of the work done by Special Operations teams throughout Afghanistan. 
More than that, it paints a picture of young Americans rising from their varied upbringings, distinguishing themselves from among their peers and flying to the most desolate ends of the world to quell a violent insurgency that suppresses the freedom of the Afghan people and threatens the security of their families back home.”
If you’re a fan of GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES and/or you know me, you know that I’m an aficionado of war fiction, particularly modern war fiction.  Not only is this book the real deal, but by supporting it you’ll be helping people who have risked their lives to bring their stories to you.  Click through the picture or click  here to check it out and donate.

@TiltShiftComic (Jose Torres) has another Kickstarter comic worth supporting.  Jose was a combat photographer with a U.S. special forces unit, and “Tilt Shift” is a book that fictionailizes his and other veterans experiences.  In his words:

"TILT-SHIFT marries police procedural intrigue with hard-hitting modern warfare action in its hyper-real presentation of the work done by Special Operations teams throughout Afghanistan. 

More than that, it paints a picture of young Americans rising from their varied upbringings, distinguishing themselves from among their peers and flying to the most desolate ends of the world to quell a violent insurgency that suppresses the freedom of the Afghan people and threatens the security of their families back home.”

If you’re a fan of GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES and/or you know me, you know that I’m an aficionado of war fiction, particularly modern war fiction.  Not only is this book the real deal, but by supporting it you’ll be helping people who have risked their lives to bring their stories to you.  Click through the picture or click  here to check it out and donate.

For MEMORIAL DAY 2012 - COMICS FOR THE TROOPS

For most of us, Memorial Day is synonymous with vacation, but for those that have or continue to serve in the military it means much more.  In that spirit, I thought I’d take the time to once again mention one small way you can give back to the men and women who continue to serve this country.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working on GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES has been the chance to interact with so many veterans.  Some helped me research the book, many contacted me to thank Paul Azaceta and I for the book, and others reached out to share their stories.

Paul a I will never forget, for instance, the Marine who after showing us his shrapnel scars, asked us if he could used Paul’s amazing image from Graveyard of Empires #1 as the basis for tattoo.  He wanted to ink the names of the four men in his unit lost in the roots of the poppy plant.

 

If you spend time with anyone who’s served, and hear the stories of what they and their loved ones have sacrificed…you can’t help but want to do something.  I did.  You can too, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably amassed a huge collection of comic books.  You may not have room for them, and it’s unlikely you’re going to re-read most of them.  The secondary market for comics has collapsed to the point where you not only can’t make money by selling old books, you can’t even get most comic stores to take them off your hands for free.

But there are men and women who could use the diversion that comics provide.  War has been described as "long periods of boredom punctuated by punctuated by moments of sheer terror".  There’s not much you can do about the sheer terror short of enlisting, but there is something you can do to help alleviate the boredom.

Donate your comics to Operation Gratitude.

Here’s how they describe what they do:

"Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$125 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship.  For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 660,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas."

I’ve driven hundreds of comics, graphic novels, books, dvds and videogames over to their HQ and the Van Nuys, CA National Guard Armory.  I’m not saying that to brag, but rather to give you an idea how easy it is.

My poorly taken photo doesn’t convey the massive volunteer operation they have going, but I felt uncomfortable taking pictures at a military installation, even with permission.

But everything you see here, and more, gets sent directly overseas to the troops:

(Those are Marines standing by a Cobra gunship like the ones in GRAVEYARD)

You don’t need to drive to Van Nuys, you can mail your comics there.  They don’t need to be comics…You can donate candy, cellphones, cars, even cash (here’s a more complete list of things you can do, including volunteering your time).  But do something.

Trust me…I’m lazy, self-involved and practically a shut-in, and I did.

At the very least, please re-blog, re-tweet and re-post the hell out of this on Facebook so others can.

P.S. Although I hate making this at all about me, for those of you asking where GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES #4 is, Paul is completely done with the art, it’s just waiting to be colored and lettered, so it should be out in June.  Here’s a never page from the final issue to whet your appetite:

Hope you all had/have a great Memorial Day.