HARBINGER RETURNS

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First off, let me just acknowledge that it’s literally been years since I posted on this site. Seems the speed and simplicity of social media has swallowed my online presence whole. But that’s all about to change. I’ll be updating JoshuaDysart.com very soon. Expect a slicker interface, a cleaner look and a more pleasurable user experience. From that point on I’ll be shifting the majority of my online presence from Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to this dedicated site and start using social media as my “conversation” workhorse with readers, friends and peers. Hopefully we can make this URL valid again.

All that aside, I’ve got some great news to post. And while my own site is waaay behind the rest of the net in reporting it, at least I’m finally dusting off the cobwebs here and getting everything up and rolling again.

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Josh Dysart @ the Miami Book Fair International this weekend!

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http://www.miamibookfair.com/

I’ll be speaking at 11:30 AM in the Center Gallery: Room 1365 on Saturday, Nov. 14th. If you’re in the neighborhood, come by!

Also…

BPRD 1947 #5 is in stores now!

Here’s the first few pages!

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West Hollywood Book Fair Featuring Bryan Lee O’Mally, Mark Waid, Mike Mignola and Joshua Dysart!!

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This Sunday, Oct. 4, I’ll be on two panels at the West Hollywood Book Fair in Los Angeles, Ca.

First up, at the ungodly hour of 11:00 am to 12:00 pm I’ll be on the DREAM ON DEMAND: VISION VS. MARKET PLACE panel along with guests Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Middleman), Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and Mark Waid (every comic book ever).

The panel will be moderated by the irrepressible Christine Boylan (Star Trek Manga 2 und 3). We’ll be in the Comics, SciFi & Beyond Pavilion. Directly afterward we’ll all be signing at The Comic Bug Booth from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, though I might have to cut out early for my next panel in which…

I’LL BE INTERVIEWING COMICS SUPERSTAR BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY!!

Bryan is the creator of one of my favorite current comic book series, SCOTT PILGRIM! The book Publishers Weekly called A great oddball tale that captures the energy of a generation”.

As we all eagerly await the closing volume of this mad, genius mash up of manga, kung-fu flicks, video games, rock n’ roll and early twenties romance angst (and await with great trepidation the upcoming movie directed by Edgar Wright and staring one-note actor Michael Cera), I’ll be talking with Bryan about his creation, the grinding six years it’s taken to complete it, his dealings in Hollywood and what he plans to do after his epic is finally finished. We’ll also open up questions to you, the weary and hardened masses.

That’s 1:00 pm-1:45 pm SCOTT PILGRIM: Bryan Lee O’Malley In Conversation with Joshua Dysart. There will be a signing with Bryan at The Comic Bug Booth afterwards.

All this Sunday!

For Directions and more info go to the WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR website!

Unknown Soldier Gets Blogged Around the World

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One thing the increased attention from the New York Times article has done for us is blow open the global internet. Where once we were spoken about almost exclusively on comic book websites and related blogs, now we are coming to the notice of a new kind of reader, one far more educated on the issues this book bats around with. Honestly, this was the scariest thing about the increased exposure. If anybody was going to call bullshit on what we’ve done here, it was going to be these people. But instead we were met with an overwhelmingly positive response. Here’s just a sampling of what some of our new audience is saying about us…

Ugandan Insomniac

She’s a Kampala woman who defines herself as…

“a  30-something journalist, writer and quack psychoanalyst (un)successfully pondering the complexities of herself, her people, her country and her world.”

Her review of Unknown Soldier is here. and includes such gems as…

Alberto Ponticelli’s art is moving.  For a native of Kampala, I felt his street scenes were a good depiction of the only life I know.

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Ignorance of what exactly the war in Northern Uganda meant for millions who suffered under it is extremely high in the rest of this country.  For many people living south of the Karuma Falls, it was too far removed from their peaceful reality to comprehend.  Misunderstanding is highest among youth under 25 living outside of the affected region.  Many of them are unaware of the future repercussions of growing up with a generation of people that were subjected – and for the most part, abandoned to – a life at the brink of the abyss. It excites me that Unknown Soldier is that it will, perhaps, bring the story of the north to an entirely new generation.

Already I’m using her blog as a resource for future work on the book.

Africa Is A Country

Africa Is A Country is a phenomenal blog about African politics and the continent’s place in the world. I can’t recommend it more highly.

The bloggers  coverage of the New York Times article on Unknown Soldier is here.

CHRIS BLATTMAN

“An Assistant Professor of Political Science and Economics at Yale” who studies “poverty alleviation, political participation, the causes and consequences of violence, and public policy in developing countries.”

His blog is fantastic and he’s also given us one of our most prized reviews of Unknown Soldier.

My first reaction: This is patently absurd. Northern Uganda can simply not get any more kitsch. Second reaction: Better not jump to conclusions. To the comic book store. Third reaction: Whoa. This is simply outstanding.

and…

Tasteful. Thoughtful. Compelling. Gripping. Historically accurate (well, mostly–I mean this is a comic book). Writer Joshua Dysart has done leaps and bounds better then virtually every journalist (and a fair number of researchers) that I know.

Please support these bloggers! And if you know of any other blogs of this caliber and with similar concerns please don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section.

BPRD 1947 featured on A Comic Book Orange

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