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BPRD: 1946 #1, Signing w/ Mignola, BUDDHA and more!

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BPRD: 1946 hits this Wendsday!! 1.9.08!!


Unbridled burning joy. That’s what I’m trying to convey to you. I’m doing nothing short of pushing raw sunlight through these narrow internet tubes. If you can’t feel the warmth then blame our collective tech-level, because on the other side of your screen I’m glowing with pride as I announce my first mini-series of 2008!

BPRD: 1946!

Five issues of occult investigation goodness saddled between the end of WWII and the immediate rise of the Cold War! This marks my first collaboration with Mike Mignola as co-writer. I can look my momma square in the eye now and know I done her proud. I’ll say, “Momma, I’ve collaborated with the second coming of Jack Kirby on a story about Nazi vampires in Berlin six months after the Russians took the Reichstag!” And never again will she beg me to go to Law school.

For those not in the know, BPRD stands for Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. The title is a highly successful spin-off of Mignola’s seminal HELLBOY and since its inception it has been a smart, classy brew of wondrous pulp action and dark delight. And now we’re doing BPRD year one. This is it. The first field mission for the President-appointed Bureau.

I feel like I’ve come home.

Mignola’s awesome cover to issue 2. Due Feb 13

Our mini will be filling in for the regular BPRD, giving the incomparable John Arcudi and Guy Davis (who has an awesome website, you should follow that link) a much-needed break. Artist Paul Azeceta, colorist Nick Filardi, letterer Clem Robins, Editor Scott Allie, Assistant Editor Rachel Edidin, co-writer Mike Mignola and myself (the official 1946 team, we have jerseys) are all working desperately to make sure there’s as little quality drop as possible while John and Guy are off sunning themselves in Palm Springs.

Please, and seriously, I’m begging here, please check it out. You might just have fun.

To find a comic book store in your area go to The Comic Shop Locator here.

Cover to BPRD 3. Hitting you in your pretty little face March 12

Here’s an interview covering my involvement with BPRD and HELLBOY.


Interview from 2006 about the first HELLBOY film. No, that is not me interviewing him.

There will be a BPRD: 1946 Premiere Party featuring Mike Mignola & myself on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6pm – 8pm at THE COMIC BUG in Manhattan Beach, Ca. This is a rare opportunity to get books signed by Mignola who is busy preping for the release of the movie HELLBOY II. After which he’ll need his strength for all the big “Eyes Wide Shut” parties that the Hollywood elite partake in. A portion of the proceeds from the signing will go St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

More info, including directions, here.




Written by Mike Mignola and myself, drawn by Jason Shawn Alexander, colored by the master, Dave Stewart, lettered by Clem Robins and, like all things Hellboy, edited by Scott Allie with Rachel Edidin riding shotgun. This is one of the most fun single issues I’ve ever been a part of (save for the last issue of 1946, which is off the wall mad). Hellboy fights ghost pirates. Need I say more?


This comic was created to be included with the upcoming KONAMI HELLBOY VIDEO GAME, so for a while that’ll be the only place it’s available. But eventually even non-gamers will be able to get their greedy little hands on it. Frankly, we rocked it. And it’s sad to me that such a beautiful piece of comic work won’t be seen by most for some time.




I’ve just finished an eight-page BPRD story that will be included in the Dark Horse special edition FREE COMIC DAY issue. It will also be drawn by Paul Azaceta, who’s doing the best work of his short but prolific career on BPRD: 1946. Mike Mignola and I wanted to create an ode to turn-of-the-century short horror stories with this one. A primary influence being the work of Montague Rhodes James. I hope you dig it. I can’t wait to see the pages.

Portrait of Montague Rhodes James. One of the greatest Ghost Story writers ever and a major influence on the upcoming Free Comic Book Day BPRD story.

*Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional effort to help bring new readers to comics. Participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books. This year Free Comic Book Day falls on May 3rd.





I’ve been commissioned by Virgin Comics to turn Deepak Chopra’s novel BUDDHA into a six-issue miniseries. I’ve handed in the first script and apparently the artist, whose name I don’t have access to right now, is slaving away on pages as I type. This book is going to be really beautiful and it’s a joy to write. I’ve spent some time in my life in and out of Buddhist communities, so now, being able to explore the myth and the man through my writing is a beautiful, seemingly destined, thing. March 26, 2008 is the current street date for issue 1. Mariah Huehner (her link takes you to a great article she wrote about the female readership in comics) and Gotham Chopra are my editors on this one.



Kick ass promtional Preview for Unknown Soldier.

Artist Alberto Ponticelli, colorist Oscar Celestini, letterer Clem Robins, cover artist Igor Kordy, editor Pornsak Pichetshote and I are plugging away on our revamp of the DC classic UNKNOWN SOLDIER. For research I visited Northern Uganda (Acholiland) where I interviewed child soldiers who were trained in the Sudan death camps, talked to teachers, politicians, government soldiers, IDP camp survivors, religious leaders, World Food Program truck drivers, Land Mine Action Program members and war affected children. So now I’m ready to blatantly commercialize their plight for some pulp war fun!

Just kidding, I’m actually very proud of this book. We’ve got two issues written and drawn (Alberto Ponticelli is AWESOME!!) and the book is just coming out absolutely kick ass.

Here’s my original post, written after my return from Uganda. Rich with lots of pictures and a sad/funny video.

There’s also an interview at Newsarama about the book and my travels, for those who are interested.

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Acholi child at Kunyama IDP camp. One of the photos from my trip there in 2007.

But I’ve had to put it on hold to finish…



The 150 page graphic novel, illustrated by Sean Murphy and based on the music and writings of singer/songwriter/rock legend Neil Young, particularly his 2003 concept album Greendale, is coming along beautifully. I’m almost done writing it, then Sean will tuck in with more than a year of paid work ahead of him as he starts bringing the book to life. Expect it sometime in 2009. Word is Dave Stewart will be coloring. Which gives me a boner.

You can see an article on the project on the front page of Neil’s website.




“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.”The Comic Book Bin

The book has been collected into a single volume and is ready to come bludgeoning into your life! Sumptuously illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Juan Ferreyra, Covers by Jason Shawn Alexander, Lettering by Richard Starkings and Comicraft and edited by Scott Allie and Matt Dryer, with an assist from Rachel Edidin.

Here’s a video of me trying to intellectually justify Conan from way back in July of 2006.

Click here for a cool little making of the first issue website.

Click here for the DVD-esque commentary that Scott Allie and I did for the first issue.



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

My all ages horror story that Camilla d’Errico (who will be doing Vertigo work in the near future!) and I wrote and created has received a nomination for The Young Adult Library Services Association 2008 Great Graphic Novels award!! I’m battling it out with the collected trade of Elk’s Run and Plain Janes. Both created by good personal friends of mine.

It’s exciting, because all “Make 5 Wishes” was ever supposed to be was a corporate spinoff of a popular brand item. That brand item being Avril Lavigne.

Yeah, yeah… I know, but back off! Man’s gotta eat! I don’t see you sending me any canned goods! To be honest, I’m really proud of this two-volume manga and it got great reviews across the board. Even from Comics Journal! Check out what THE LIST just said a few days ago…

“I really wanted to hate this. I was hoping for a cheesy, corporate celebrity tie-in scamming money out of a willing fanbase. Sadly, it’s a stunningly-drawn, intelligent, jet-black study of adolescent isolation. Dammit.”

If my one task on this planet was to make an Avril Lavigne tie-in about genuine and real things, then hipsters, my work here is done.

A little girl and her demon. From “Make 5 Wishes”



“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

Both story lines are collected in two separate trades. So if you’re feeling the need for some existential horror in your life, dive in, baby, ’cause the swamp water is fine! The best issues of this series were the last nine that went uncollected, I highly recommend you buying them for a quarter out of the bin. Particularly issues 25 and 26, I sorta hit my stride there. And we worked with some amazing artists too, Enrique Breccia, Timothy Green II, Richard Corban, Ronald Wimberly, Dean Ornstrom and Jock, with covers by Eric Powell. As you can see, it was a real powerhouse of a book, artist wise. Edited by Jon Vankin (who has written a script for fucking Takashi Miike!!!) and Pornsak Pichetshote.



“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

Pulp action madness!! My homage to WWII adventure comics. A black superhero fighting mutant Nazis! Word is it’s Penny Farthing Press’ best selling book, yet it’s very hard to find, so who knows. What I do know is that Sal Velluto and Bob Almond on art chores really rocked the house, as did Mike Garcia on colors.



I did the English adaptation of Mizuki Hakase’s epic, tragic, violent supernatural, manga love story about a misty eyed half-angel and her James Dean devil lover. All four volumes have now been collected by TokyoPop into one huge doorstop edition. I didn’t write it (I couldn’t have, it’s waaaay too Japanese) but I slaved over it, I gave it my love and its themes fit perfectly into the gist of my own work. It was wonderful to have been a part of this beautiful book. If you like what I do, or you like manga, check it out. The english adaptation was edited by Luis Reyes.


Okay, that’s it for me, if you made it this far then I’m sorry you didn’t have something better to do. I certainly didn’t get this famous just sitting around on my ass reading other people’s newsletters. Hell, I had a hooker type this up for some crack while I took lunch with Lars Von Trier to rap about his next flick. For God’s sake, go out… get laid, buy a pet, learn an instrument, something, Just get off the damned internets!

Still here? Sigh. Then let me recommend some comics to you. Here’s the best of 2007, to my mind…

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Thanks for reading!!

Here’s your reward for making it all the way to the end…

B.P.R.D. 1946 is coming…

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Jan 09, 2008



Feb 13, 2008



In the wake of the second world war, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm-occult investigator and guardian of the infant Hellboy-founded the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense to investigate and defuse the remains of the Axis’s sophisticated occult warfare projects and potential Soviet threats. Now, outfitted with a small band of war-weary Allied soldiers, Bruttenholm begins to unravel the mystery of the Nazi Occult Bureau’s greatest and most threatening initiatives: Project Vampir Sturm.

Buuyahhhh, motherfucker!

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

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!

Time: 12:15-1:15pm

Jessica Abel (Art Babe): Creator of the phenomenal Art
, 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

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!


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

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…



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

Fellow Pros… Girl Wonder Art Auction

Posted on by Joshua Dysart Posted in Comic Books, Cool Stuff!, Journal | Leave a comment is an organization dedicated to female characters, creators, and fans in mainstream comics. Thier goals are to foster an attentive, empowered audience community and to encourage respect and high-quality character depiction within the industry (cribbed shamelessly from website copy). They’re currently working to establish themselves legally as a nonprofit organization so that they can do more direct-action work: setting up scholarships, developing presence at conventions (and hopefully eventually throwing one of thier own), and the like.

In October, Girl-Wonder’s going to be having an art (and other comics stuff) auction to cover some of the costs of officially incorporating and registering as a NPO (as well as general operating expenses like bandwidth, which currently get paid out-of-pocket by the staff). So, They are soliciting donations of original sketches and artwork, signed prints and comics (or, if you should *theoretically* happen to be a writer, scripts), and the like.

If you’re remotely interested or know of anyone else who might be, please let them know. Either way, thank you for taking the time to read and consider this.