By: Dave Astor
“To Afghanistan and Back,” a “graphic travelogue” by syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist Ted Rall, is arriving in bookstores this week.
Rall, who is based in New York, spent three weeks in Afghanistan last fall as U.S. bombs hit the country.
His 112-page NBM hardcover includes a 50-page “graphic novel” (it’s factual), cartoons, columns, photos, and stories from and about his trip.
Rall — whose work is distributed by Universal Press Syndicate — filed reports from Afghanistan for The Village Voice in New York and KFI Radio in Los Angeles.
Next month, Rall’s ninth book will be released. “Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists” is an NBM paperback spotlighting 21 creators.
Rall, 38, made headlines earlier this year with his controversial cartoon tweaking some Sept. 11 widows for being too media- and money-hungry. But his client list of about 100 papers didn’t drop.
“They know that I push the envelope,” he said. “They know that they’re not going to get weeping Statue of Liberty cartoons from me.”
An interview with Rall will appear May 20 in “Syndicate World” (on this site) and in the May 20 print edition of “Editor & Publisher” magazine.