My podcast interview about B.P.R.D. 1946 and UNKNOWN SOLDIER

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The awesome cover to B.P.R.D 1946 #3. Art by Mike Mignola, Coloring by Dave Stewart.

Click on FANBOY PLANET PODCAST to hear me rap about the upcoming B.P.R.D. mini written by Mike Mignola and myself, as well as the in-production UNKNOWN SOLDIER. My new on-going series from Vertigo which hits next year.

The podcast was recorded live at the Illusive Arts Comics and Games grand opening in Santa Clara, Ca. Rafael Navarro (Sonambulo, animator for The Batman and Scooby Doo cartoons), Mike Wellman (Mac Afro, Start Trek The Manga) and Mark Masterson (Dorothy) are interviewed as well.

I’m up first, but if you stay until the end you can hear me desperately trying, and failing, to create a plug bump for them. It’s kind of ridiculous how poor a carnival barker I really am.

You can browse or subscribe to the FANBOY PLANET PODCAST here

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Kick ass promtional Preview for Unknown Soldier. Art by Alberto Ponticelli. Coloring by Oscar Celestini.

Joshua Dysart Moderates David Mack, Jessica Able and Cecil Castellucci!

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This weekend is the West Los Angeles Book Fair!

It’s a god damned literary orgy! A pow wow of epic proportions for all the
little lost weekend Indians with nothing to do.

We’re talking live performances, readings, workshops and panels spread
across 12 stages with plenty of eclectic, independent publishers in
attendance to buy from and more than 300 writers and artists pimping
their wares and strutting their stuff.

Plus a wrestling match between Gore Vidal and Wil Wheaton! That’s
right, pony up your bets bitches!

There’s also little old me (for what that’s worth). I’ll be moderating a panel
for which I am grossly unprepared. Come watch me rely entirely on the
vivacity, charisma and intelligence of my panelists!

THE SPIRIT AND CRAFT OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
Time: 12:15-1:15pm
Featuring:

Jessica Abel (Art Babe): Creator of the phenomenal Art
Babe
, which ran for the better part of the 90′s and spawned two
collections, Jessica has used the medium in the service of fiction,
autobiography and journalism. She’s also set out to educate and
advocate in the name of comics! La Perdida is her newest graphic
novel.

David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil, The Shy Creatures): Kabuki is now seven
collected trades strong and has won exactly one billion international
awards for its experimental graphic storytelling. The Shy Creatures is his
new children’s book. David Mack is 43 feet tall! You have to see it to
believe it!

And…

Cecil Castellucci (The Plain Janes): She’s the new blood in the
industry. Her first and only graphic novel is at the center of
DC/Vertigo’s new MINX line for teens. She’s also the author of three
highly acclaimed young adult novels, and is a produced musician and
filmmaker.

We’ll all be signing afterwards @ the Golden Apple booth in the
Comics/SciFi/Horror Pavilion!!

Come out and support!

And Spread the word!

Punch and Pie!

Click here for further information…

Or just check out the flyer…

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Thanks!!

(Warning: some of the above promotional promises were made in a state
of unchecked fervor and may indeed turn out to be absolute fiction)

More Praise for “Make 5 Wishes”

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“A mature tone and sumptuous art make this a dark and compelling tale for all ages.”British Fantasy Society News

Incidentally Vol 2 has landed.

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Africa, Avril and Conan – Newsletter Time!

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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!

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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…

Joseph Kony

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).

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To donate “light” to Africa go here…

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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.

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AVRIL LAVINE’S MAKE 5 WISHES

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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.

Some Reviews…

“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

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CONAN AND THE MIDNIGHT GOD

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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.

Some reviews…

“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

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BUREAU FOR PARANORMAL RESEARCH AND DEFENSE: 1946

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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.

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HELLBOY: THOSE THAT GO DOWN IN SHIPS

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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.

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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!
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“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
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“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
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Violent Messiahs: The Book of Job.
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Violent Messiahs was an Eisner Nominee, A Wizard Fan Award Nominee and a Harvey Award Nominee

And the ego soars!

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See you in June!!

Reviews on the latest work!

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Please don’t leave me. Look, you see, others love me… you could learn to love me to. If you just give it a little time.

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“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

It’s not really an “allegory about the evils of going to war for less-than-honorable reasons”, but that sure makes my writing sound gangster!!

“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

Hear that Dark Horse!? Daddy wants another ride on Conan’s beefy back!

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“A surprisingly profound animated manga fantasy. Whatever your thoughts on Lavigne, it’s compelling reading.”The Gaurdian Unlimited

Yes! I got a mention in The Guardian Unlimited!! One of my favorite news sites! First The Onion and now this!

“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

The sentence structure in this review is a freaking mess, but fuck it, it’s Ain’t It Cool News, a site that’s somehow managed to become a pop-culture blog of record.

“In a way, it’s almost disturbing how close to home it hits on issues of modern youth: alienation, identity, celebrity worship and screwing around on the internet (aren’t we all too familiar with that one).”Anime News Network

If you click through to only one review, make it this one. It’s fantastic! The reviewer manages to both attack and praise the book with equal verve. Both arguments are also completely valid and well constructed. Great pop-criticism.

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“Make 5 Wishes is no poser manga aimed at cashing in on the Lavigne faithful but rather a compelling “be careful what you wish for” fable meticulously brought to life by Camilla d’Errico and Joshua Dysart.” - Play Magazine

This review actually claims that I’m the artist and Camilla is the writer… so, you know, take it with a grain of salt.

“As it turns out, ‘Make 5 Wishes’ is great reading and the artwork is just divine.”Digital Taku

I like how surprised everyone is that the book doesn’t just totally suck.

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Everybody loves a shill!!