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Unknown Soldier’s Road to the Eisners…

Though nominated, Unknown Soldier did not win for Best New Series in 2009.

That honor went to Invincible Iron Man. Congratulations to writer Matt Fraction, artist Salvador Larroca, colorist Frankie D’Armata, letterer Chris Eliopoulos, editor Warren Simons and assistant editorAlejandro Arbona.

However… the did something really cool. They interviewed me before the Eisner competition and then caught up with me afterwards, and published both things as separate articles.

You can find what I had to say the day of the award ceremony here.

And then my response the next day, after loosing, here.

6 Responses to “Unknown Soldier’s Road to the Eisners…”

  1. John Reid Says:

    Hey… saw a bit in the NY Times about your book… my father was in Uganda during the Idi Amin regime, had a close call with soldiers that almost killed him. The only way he got out of it was that one of the soldiers had the same first name as him. Some quick thinking allowed him to convince the soldier that killing someone with the same name would haunt him for the rest of his life. He recently wrote a book that marries his real life experiences with fiction. Has some good chapters about his time in Uganda… I’m going to tell him about your work when he visits me in NY in a few days.

    I lived in Africa during the 80’s while my parents worked for UNICEF (Nigeria in the height of it’s corruption, Ethiopia during the famine, Rwanda before the genocide)… saw a lot of dark stuff (lynching, shootings), but also met a lot of great people.

    It’s great that you’re opening up a part of the world that most folks in the US never even think about. It’s a nation with a lot of promise, but way too much tribal/religious war and insane amounts of corruption. Congo is the darkest stain on Africa right now…

  2. Joshua Dysart Says:

    Thanks so much for writing, John! It’s interesting, if you ever get around to reading the comic you’ll see that our primary protagonist is also the son of a Ugandan, one who fled the Amin regime.

    What an amazing childhood you had. So much psychological weight, but at the same time I’m sure it’s given you an wide and real perspective on the world.

  3. John Reid Says:

    Hey… definitely will pick a copy up. Yeah, living there did open my eyes, and give me a perspective and attitude towards different cultures that simply can’t be emulated otherwise… and also allowed me to see what true poverty is. With all due respect and empathy to those in the US that are living in hard conditions, there really just is no comparison to current 3rd world situations.

    Anyway, best of luck!

  4. Doug Hancock Says:

    Hi, I’m a bit behind on Unknown Soldier, I read up to issue 10 before I (I’m a Kiwi) went off to volunteer for a year in Moshi, Tanzania with an HIV/AIDS NGO. Saddened to hear about the impending cancellation-just found out today. I’ve been in Tanzania 6 months so far, have not yet been to Uganda but its interesting for me to reflect on how well the ‘Unknown Soldier’ issues I was reading in New Zealand capture a lot of the mood of East Africa…if that makes sense. Mad stuff happens here all the time and it quickly becomes ‘normal’.

    Anyway, all the best for future comic series, I’ll collect the rest of the Unknown Soldier issues when I get home!

  5. Joshua Dysart Says:

    Hey Doug!

    We just published our last issue and I feel pretty good about how it ended. The third trade’s out now. Check it out when you can.

    That sounds like an amazing trip! How was the NGO experience? Do you feel good about the org. you worked for?

    Hope you made it home safe and sound… assuming you’re done with the work (I’m pretty late on this response, sorry).

  6. Doug Hancock Says:

    Hi, made it home safe and sound, an amazing experience. The work was a challenge ie building capacity for very poor, vulnerable people in understandings of their legal/human rights. I could write a looong post about the development industry…its an odd beast. All I will say is, in my view, you can only try to pass on skills. If you are just handing over huge sums of money to people, you are making them dependant nto independant. But anyway…I miss the life there a lot. Weekends were always an adventure…

    Did get to Uganda for a few days by just in the South West. Beautiful country. Reading Unknown Soldier (just finished the last issue in trade-sigh) makes me want to go back there.

    If you want to see some photos from the year, feel free to check out the blog I had for friends and family while away…just please ignore my hack, self-indulgent prose:

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