Very, very good. I love the play on "Say Uncle!" to include Uncle Sam. I will be even more happy if more comic book artists are inspired by your work and churn out works of art that can rally this generation against the enemy, like Superman and Captain America rallied our grandparents. Let me know if you can estimate when "The Infidel" and "Pigman" come out. I will be among the first. I respect that you don't beleive in God, you are free to after all, but may he bless you nonetheless.
Of course, Bosch, not all of the Islamic supremacists are bearded and turbaned--as many of Islam's Fifth Column aren't.This drawing only shows half of the equation: crime = punishment. This pitiless killer looks shockingly pathetic; I'd like to be reminded of the smug, self-righteous, twisted conviction that their deen, imani or whatever it's called, magnifies their strength five times over.Do remind us why this poor brown Muslim victim is our implacable, deceitful, despicable enemy.
YESSSSS!BBC, Reuters, AP and AFP are qualified to be uncle sammed just as much as any jihadi scum:Disgusting Bias propaganda
Godfrey,Thank you, and I will stick to my making an announcement on publication in March, but I will use all of March to get to that, I want to see what more I can do on that front. Don't have a publisher, will keep pushing for it, but I will get at least chapter one out on my own if I have to. The only God I ever 'knew' was Allah, so I'd say my conscious decision to become an atheist wasn't challenged in the least. And I do appreciate the sentiment of 'God bless you', I know what believers mean when they say it, as an acknowledgment to the greatest good and I definitely believe in Good. Thank you.
John,Of course, John, the enemy takes all shapes and forms, look no further than Salaam Duka, but with the Pigman part of the story, the bearded,turbanned Mohammed-looking terrorist is a good shorthand. I don't think having Pigman headlocking a CAIR official tells it as well, I'll leave that ideological battle to Killian Duke and Frank Warner, who battle the stealth Jihad up close and personal.
phuckie slum,Thanks, saw all those stories earlier, posted on one or two of them. Whenever I see things like this, I think: PIGMAN.
I simply love this image, Bosch, especially the modeling you achieved on PigMan's arm as he grips the terrorist by the neck. The watercolors are beautiful as well. You are a MASTER of your craft.You also have an uncanny ability to come up with some of the best puns, my friend. As you know fully well, I have my fingers crossed with many prayers said that a publisher finds your work. It needs to be high-profile and out there into as many hands as possible. If there is any order to the universe, then it will be so.
I think we're all getting used to seeing and hearing about terrible things going on in the Muslim world, things that were once unthinkeable, but this story shook me, literally made me take in a sharp breath.
Didn't Pigman even bother to READ THAT GUY HIS RIGHTS???You know that the jihadis follow the norms of international law when they legitimately resist Israel, so Pigman had better reciprocate or else the ACLU will send him a very mean letter, and THEY'LL MEAN IT!I'd like Pigman's bulging muscles if he wasn't such a neocon.
Mike,Really appreciate that. About puns, I've been making them up since I was a kid and I've liked the idea of packing as much punch into an image or line as I could. Hopefully I can recognize the groan-worthy ones before I send them out there, I think I've got a pretty good track record.I think there is most definitely a publisher who will take this on, one with nerve and as strong a belief as I have that this is a story that has to be told, in this form. We'll see how it goes, I'll keep all updated as to the status.
Bosch wrote:"... but this story shook me, literally made me take in a sharp breath."I am literally stunned. Cetainly the family gets to lop this guy's head off in return. I could throw up.
Mike, I feel the same, it's the only response that makes sense.And from the original source of the story, you hear this from 'A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Arab News, “The murderer was in a dispute with the boy’s mother and her husband. He chopped off the boy’s head in front of the mother to get back at her.”How this cop can give such a fast rationale, even if that's what the creature told him, is telling.
So right, Bosch. This takes emotional detachment to an entirely new level...a low one.
Right, as if there's anything in the World that she could have possibly done to have this done to her. The unthinkeable, the unspeakable as a way of life in the enemy's culture, part of why we want to stay clear from it, to our ultimate detriment, of course, but I understand the habit to recoil from letting any of this into our heads. But that's the thing about evil, the more you ignore it, the bigger it grows. Stories like this are just so sick that most of us would rather look away than face it. But face it we must, or we'll allow this kind of evil to begin to fester in our own culture, as we see it bit by bit every day. Man, this one got me good, whew.
jon_stewart wrote:"Didn't Pigman even bother to READ THAT GUY HIS RIGHTS???You know that the jihadis follow the norms of international law when they legitimately resist Israel, so Pigman had better reciprocate or else the ACLU will send him a very mean letter, and THEY'LL MEAN IT!I'd like Pigman's bulging muscles if he wasn't such a neocon."LOL
In these parallel universes of your story, I want to be reminded of the shock I had when I realized the truth. The truth that seemingly senseless malice and evil had a pattern and purpose pointing to its origin.I grasped the unsettling fact that a multitude's zeal for a warped truth, for a system of falseholds, a set of totalitarian religious beliefs, has spawned cosmic warfare, immutably universal war, with the destiny of the entire world at stake.I want to be reminded that our enemy wears two faces--seemingly benign and unfathomably malignant. Show us their works, their evil intents and evil works. Yes, let PIGMAN confront the behind-infidel-lines terrorists who are Jihad's spearheads, expose the Ikhwanists and sleeper cells--strike at Jihad Central Command, then mop-up the the detached networks of operatives and enablers. If the Sami al-Irians of this unholy struggle must be dealt with directly, perhaps laying pigskin on them, going mano-a-mano is in order.
hey pigman, you are my buddy. you know, there are times when i am terribly depressed. i see the politicians in the US. and the spineless ones in europe. what utter dhimmies!!! and mohammaden groups are having a field day, using our democracy against us. i am glad to see some gutts shown. man, you made my day and i think i feel encouraged. three cheers, beer and some pork for the pigman !!!
John,If there's one serious challenge I have with this story, it's that I have so much to say, I'm tempted to say it all, but I know I can't. I have to choose the best ideas and tell them as effectively as I can, through story. I understand where you're coming from and I appreciate it. This jihad against is of course an organized evil, an evil with its own twisted logic, which is far more dangerous than if it were simply an anarchic band of killers running wild. This evil has gripped an entire part of the world and crippled their humanity and it was inevitable that it would break out as it has across the world. I acknowledge that and my story does touch on that, sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly. The Infidel is My way to take on this enemy, in All its forms, the way they Should be taken on.2:05 AM
anonymous,Cheers to you as well, my friend, here's to us saying what needs to be said and doing what needs to be done, 'cause when that happens, this enemy is over.
Bosch,I know you have much to say, and I'm surprised at the scale of your ambitions. Yours is an exciting and effective medium. I think that you have enough ideas here for a series of sequels, if that's where your course goes. And you are inventive enough to occupy your life's work. Besides, there is always room in a great idea for others to derive their own interpretations.When I sound off, react to images and ideas, I'm joining in a bull-session, like cluing you in to my take on this image above. I have an expectation that the fictional jihadists will produce the fear and loathing that their real-life counterparts evoke in us.You sense I take your themes and subject rather seriously, and I'm guessing aloud what messages come across, not to mention that I'll always be waiting for the next piece of the puzzle. I'm confident I'll find your initial work to be a pioneering genre--engaging, timely, and also timeless as an epic saga.
Bosch,I know you're eager to fulfill your public's expectations; be assured that you already have. Even a committed superhero knows that he can't vanquish all his foes in one day; but PIGMAN, being Pigman, sure knows how to frame this struggle, and how to fight it on his own terms.
Needless to say, even in his own universe, I imagine PIGMAN would not be fighting alone in the end, and not every job is his or solely his.
John,Appreciate your thoughts very much, thank you for your serious support. I am writing and drawing the kind of book I've wanted to see since 9/11,and a part of me feels like I have no choice in the matter. I know that's not the case, but I literally cannot imagine working on anything else that hits me on all levels as this does. As to your allusion regarding Pigman's possible allies, his is for the most part a one man crusade against Islam and its Jihad, but he does have allies, in Europe, in the Middle East, mainly in Israel and India, that have important parts to play. These things are all part of the story, whether prominently shown or not. Even Killian, who prides himself in his independence, comes to a point in the story where recruiting an ally becomes necessary. Thanks again, always appreciate the give and take.
Can't wait to read "The Infidel!"
Did you guys try to type "9/11" in cafepress?I did it to see how popular Pigman is with that term. I was shocked to see completely unexpected results. I'll leave the thoroughly sickening experience to all of you.
P.S. wrote:"I'll leave the thoroughly sickening experience to all of you."Did exactly as you suggested, and was literally stunned. Sure, there are some shirts/logos with like-minded and somewhat clever sayings that reflect my thinking and others of this community )like terrorize terrorists), but jeez-louise, many of them were clearly made by people with half a brain and/or literally no clue what happened on 9/11. Pathetic.
If you believe that the U.S. government is our enemy, because Amerika is a fascist police state, because Bush/Cheney are Nazis who exploit the masses here and abroad, because the government is controlled by multinational corporations or cabals of globalist one-worlders, that world capitalism, the Israel lobby, international Jewish finance, or [your paranoid conspiracy here]; if you believe our government is the enemy because Franklin D. Roosevelt and his sucessors took away our "real" money in exchange for scrip; well, then, why believe the Establishment's cover story--after all, all the real facts and unanswered questions point to THE TRUTH we have ourselves uncovered!!!!!
You bunch of Islamophobes! Beheading babies is a "cultural" thing, nothing to do with Islam. What are you thinking?? God bless America. God bless Pigman.
John C. Barile: You are right: Bush is not Hitler.He is Quisling.He holds hands with Saudi princes and sheiks.He dances with Saudi princes and sheiks.He kisses Saudi princes and sheiks.No conspiracy theory needed: Multinational corporations don't control this president. Bass ackwards fat little savages in flowing white robes and the tablecloth from "Lady & the Tramp" on their head control this president.Makes me sick to my stomach.
It's curious and true that our foreign policy looks a lot like Saudi Arabia's; they have us fight their enemies for them, while feining to be our "friends."
Bush is not Hitler, and 9/11 is not the Reichstag Fire.
The Truthers are a complex of hybrid creatures, bizarre crosses of paranoid Neanderthal libertarians, anti-capitalist Jew-haters, deluded anti-imperialist, anti-globalization leftists, and deranged antisemitic Islamists.
I heard that International Women's Day was yesterday, Bosch. Yesiree--Islamists observed the day with public demonstrations for subordination to men, seclusion, harems, head-to-toe veiling, early arranged marriages--especially to older men, and for war brides--that is, sex slavery and the forced conversion and marriage of infidel women. You know, carrying signs and banners saying things like "Better Off In A Burkah" and "Happiness Is Obedience To Men," "What Would Aisha Do?" and "Adulteresses Should Be Stoned."
"Don't have a publisher, will keep pushing for it, but I will get at least chapter one out on my own if I have to"Have you pushed Avatar Press? They have that Warren Ellis series with a superhero assainating a president, so they can't complain about controversal content. Maybe try to play up pro-war pigman with the anti-war Ellis book to cater to both sides, thus increasing fanbase. I don't really expect them to take it, but I think that is your best play. For what its worth.
Frank,Thanks for the suggestion, I'm waiting on some responses right now, but I will consider any publisher that's willing to take this on. My book being what it is, whoever shows interest in it is showing me they have nerve, which is a great start and a way to weed out the timid. A cartoonist friend of mine told me to go exclusively for the book publishers. We'll see.
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