Long-time readers might wonder what happened to my autobiographical comic strip “War is Boring,” which was the rationale for launching this humble blog 18 months ago. The strip basically disappeared six months ago, in the wake of my trip to Somalia.
But it didn’t die. Quite the contrary. After Somalia, my artist Matt Bors and I realized we had something on our hands that was bigger than a mere web comic. So we took a break from publishing online and focused on putting together a pitch for the book market. Shortly thereafter, we scored one of the best agents in the comics world, Bernadette Baker of the Baker’s Mark Agency. And today WAR IS BORING, the book proposal, went out to market:
As a military technology writer, and later a freelance correspondent for The Washington Times, C-SPAN and BBC Radio, David Axe spent four years jetting from conflict to conflict, with only short pauses in between. War was life for David Axe. For four years he was alternately bored out of his mind and completely terrified.
War is Boring is the story of Axe’s odyssey through the world’s most dangerous places, en route from naïvete to contrition by way of maxed-out credit cards, broken relationships, near-death experiences and the mind-numbing boredom of waiting — and, perversely hoping — for the next battle. It’s also about the reasons people and nations go to war, and the absurd, often painful, sometimes comic situations that result.
Now we await word from publishers. Keep your fingers crossed.
The book, if and when published, will cover my work in Lebanon, East Timor, Japan, Washington, D.C., Somalia, Iraq and Chad. And it will have all the dark humor you’ve come to expect from the strip.
(Art: Matt Bors)