Hello Compatriots, Peers, Employers, Benefactors, Lovers, Haters, Friends, Galactic Interlopers, International Spies, Government Search Algorithm Robots and, lastly but not leastly, Readers…
I’m here to tell you that you don’t need Mecca, you don’t need money, you don’t even need a hallucinatory fever dream to grant you celestial visions, earthly pleasures or spiritual solace. No, ladies and germs, you can find all those things, plus a funk ass beat, right here in this newsletter!
(warning, you will find none of those things in this newsletter – Legal Department)
I’M GOING TO AFRICA!
Tomorrow I board a plane that will take me from Los Angeles to London, then another that will wing me from London to Dubai and finally a third that will take me from Dubai to a tarmac in Ethiopia where I’ll spend on hour doing a whole lot of nothing, then finally on to Entebbe, Uganda!
I will spend three weeks in Uganda researching a currently unannounced project. While there I’ll be visiting an HIV clinic for teens in Kampala (I’m super excited to meet the kids, I’ve seen pictures of them and read letters that they’ve written and they seem absolutely amazing). I’ll spend some time interviewing several physicians and locals, and then I will head North of Murchison falls to Gulu and (hopefully – though I’ve yet to establish contact with the appropriate people – still trying) get to talk to youth groups and catch a ride out to the Beppo Internally Displaced Persons camp, where tens of thousands of Acholi people wait to see if the ceasefire between President Museveni’s UPDF and Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army will hold.
As of this writing people have begun to clear out of the camps and return home. This is profoundly historic. This conflict has been raging since 1986 and has displaced more than 1.9 million human beings. Over 25,000 children have been kidnapped and forced to either act as soldiers or sex slaves. It’s my desire to document in some small way the hopes and dreams of the people as this conflict finally begins to wind down.
I’ll be return to the states on June 16, after seeing as much as I possibly can. All communication will be extremely limited until my return.
To learn more about the single greatest, unreported humanitarian crises in our lifetime… check out these links…
displaced people starting to return home
The Juba Peace Talks
You can watch the film INVISIBLE CHILDREN… about the Night Commuters (thousands of children that travel up to 9 miles a day to sleep in a safe place from rebel abduction).
To donate “light” to Africa go here…
The fact that this has remained out of the global mainstream press for almost the full duration of the conflict suggests nothing short of Global Racism.
Here’s hoping the Juba Peace Talks hold.
AVRIL LAVINE’S MAKE 5 WISHES
On a much more serious note, my turn as a corporate whore has garnered some extremely favorable reviews and enormous sales all over the world. Random House/Del Rey, the publishers, reported going to a second printing in just four days. FOUR DAYS! Jesus Christ! What is wrong with the value system of this planet?! Well, I have every intention of cashing the checks. Welcome, my son, to the age of hypocrisy. At least they can buy me another trip to Africa after Jan.
Anyway, I’m proud of the story. I think it’s good. Camilla d’Errico is an amazing artist who I intend on working with again very soon and everyone at House of Parlance is just plain dope.
I know that I said in other interviews that I would be doing another project with Avril, but I have since changed my tune and realized that life is too short to use one’s powers of creativity to promote mediocrity and useless, shallow pop-rock culture. Better to sell less and mean more.
Still, as I said, the reviews are phenomenal, and everyone seems to be shocked that the thing doesn’t just totally suck. Which is what we were going for… as little suckage as possible.
“As an accomplished and well-constructed story, Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes may wind up being the most attractive silk purse woven from a sow’s ear in 2007.” – Comics Journal
“A surprisingly profound animated manga fantasy. Whatever your thoughts on Lavigne, it’s compelling reading.” – The Gaurdian Unlimited
“Make 5 Wishes is a disturbingly well-constructed comic with a current spin on a classic story, the Monkey’s Paw specifically. Powerful metaphors and fascinating character gradations make “Make 5 Wishes” by far the most compelling work that grafts a popular name from North American media onto the style of anime or manga.”- Aint It Cool News
CONAN AND THE MIDNIGHT GOD…
Marches on. Issue three is in stores and four is coming at you in June. The ultimate alpha male fights lizard women, cackling witches, sea monkeys (that’s right, sea monkeys, bitch!) and mad sorcerers in his quest to avenge the death of his heir, get at the heart of the mysterious political motivations behind Stygia’s thrust at power and defeat a rising God who last showed his face before the “dawn of the world”. Kicking ass, sword in hand, till there just ain’t no more ass to kick! Two more issues to go! And the Trade hits in October! Will Conrad’s pencils are amazing and Juan Ferreyra colors are an emotional experience.
“This is epic storytelling at its best, with plenty of sword-and-sorcery action – combined with a real-world allegory about the evils of going to war for less-than-honorable reasons – to keep any barbarian lover riveted to the page.” – Wizard
“Joshua Dysart mimics Robert E. Howard’s language deftly, and weaves a tapestry of the juicy elements that made Conan stories fun to read: monsters, sorcerers, swordplay, and an emphasis on the conflict between civilization and barbarism. Conan fans everywhere should hope that Dysart is given plenty more chances to bring the Cimmerian adventurer to life. Worth the money? Absolutely.”- The Comic Book Bin
“To my surprise, I found what might be the beginnings of the best Conan story I’ve ever read. “ – EYE ON COMICS
BUREAU FOR PARANORMAL RESEARCH AND DEFENSE: 1946
It’s coming! I’ve been co-writing this awesome series with Mike Mignola and Paul Azaceta has been tearing it up on pencils and inks. This will tell the tale of Harry S. Truman’s handpicked occult expert, Trevor Bruttenholm, and his first field mission to Berlin just months after the Reichstag has fallen to the Russians. What follows is a race against the Soviets to uncover the occult discoveries made during Hitler’s reign of madness. This is nothing short of a story about the birth of the Occult War that followed in the footsteps of WWII and it also ties heavily into the history of the HELLBOY universe. This is probably the most fun I’ve had writing a comic book since the early days of Violent Messiahs. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
HELLBOY: THOSE THAT GO DOWN IN SHIPS
Included in the coming HELLBOY KONAMI VIDEO GAME will be an original HELLBOY one-shot written by Mike Mignola and myself that takes place during Hellboy’s time with the BPRD and is wonderfully illustrated by Jason Alexander. Wait till you see it. It’s gonna be mad, mad fun. I can’t tell you how much of a blast it is to write comics with Mike. He squeezes all my pretentious bullshit out and makes me write stuff that just brings a smile to the reader’s face… and mine.
And don’t forget my other collected trades that’re out there, in the comic book pound, wagging thier little tales, just waiting for a home…
Captain Gravity and the Power of the Vril!
“Writer Joshua Dysart evokes Golden Age Hollywood at the dawn of World War II through compelling period details, while launching the characters into a story that mixes action-adventure tropes of the day with a more post-modern sense of realism. Captain Gravity pushes the same buttons as other inspired-by-serials stories, but Dysart tells a much deeper, more graceful story than any of those works have managed.”
-The Las Vegas Weekly
Swamp Thing: Love in Vain
“Dysart’s writing is among the best in contemporary comics. He balances old-fashioned, EC style monster stories with the intense conceptual explorations for which the Vertigo imprint is known. It is both a thrilling read and a moving reflection on some of the core elements of human existence, loneliness and love, delusion and faith. In fact, the greatest horror doesn’t come from the revulsion of monstrous sexual intercourse or vicious violence; it comes from the realization that love and faith may fail, leaving us abandoned and forlorn in loneliness.” – Silver Bullet Comics
Swamp Thing: Healing the Breach
Violent Messiahs: The Book of Job.
Violent Messiahs was an Eisner Nominee, A Wizard Fan Award Nominee and a Harvey Award Nominee…
And the ego soars!
See you in June!!