My New Graphic Novel is a … Terrorist Organization?

21.12.12

Categorie: Africa, Comics, Congo, David Axe, Finances, Lord's Resistance Army, Matt Bors |
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ARMY OF GOD cover.

ARMY OF GOD cover.

by DAVID AXE

In 2010 I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo to report on the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group. In 2011 I wrote a graphic novel script based on my reporting and artist Tim Hamilton agreed to draw it. Cartoonist Matt Bors edited the story and early this year the Dutch Website Cartoon Movement serialized the art online, following which book publisher Public Affairs acquired the paperback rights. And last month, the federal Office of Foreign Assets Control confiscated the majority of the advance payment, claiming that we were laundering the money for onward transfer to a terrorist organization.

Yes, you read that right: the feds believe Tim and I are terror financiers. See our press release below:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”

Dec 20, 2012

Artist’s Advance for Graphic Novel Seized by Office of Foreign Assets Control — OFAC

Brooklyn, NY — Tim Hamilton, artist of the Eisner-nominated adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, had his advance payment for the upcoming graphic novel ARMY OF GOD, a non-fiction telling of Joseph Kony’s activities in the Congo, seized by the OFAC under suspicion that the money was being laundering for a terrorist organization.

The graphic novel, written by journalist David Axe, was originally serialized on the Website Cartoon Movement, and is being published next year by Public Affairs, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

Hamilton’s money was seized early in December 2012 when his agent attempted to wire the advance payment for the extra chapters that the artist illustrated for the graphic collection. When Hamilton’s agent contacted the bank to find out more, he was told that the party holding the funds was the federal wire fraud unit, which suspected that the creators were laundering funds for a terrorist organization.

The federal banking authority, which monitors every wire, foreign and domestic, apparently seized the funds due to the title of the book, ARMY OF GOD, which threw up a red flag.

At the time of this release, the funds have not been released to Hamilton or his agent despite the involvement of lawyers. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has also been contacted and apprised of the situation.

The book itself is listed with Amazon and in Public Affairs’ online catalog.

Official ARMY OF GOD copy:

It started with a visit from spirits. In 1991, Joseph Kony, the leader of a Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, claimed that spiritual beings had come to him, instructing him to lead brutal raids against civilians supporting the Ugandan government. In the decades since, wars have been waged to supplant him, yet for all the horror and condemnation his brutality has aroused around the world, Joseph Kony still survives. In ARMY OF GOD, war correspondent David Axe collaborates with illustrator Tim Hamilton to create the first-ever graphic account of the global phenomenon surrounding Kony, from the chaos he has left behind to the long campaign to defeat him for good.

David Axe is a freelance reporter based in Columbia, South Carolina. Since 2005 he has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Chad, Congo and other conflict zones, for Wired, the BBC, Salon, Esquire, C-SPAN, Voice of America and many others. David is the author of War Fix, War is Boring, and, most recently, The Accidental Candidate.

Tim Hamilton is a Brooklyn artist who has produced illustrations for The New York Times, Cicada magazine, DC comics, Marvel comics, Mad magazine, Nickelodeon magazine, and Lifetime. He adapted Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 into a graphic novel, which was nominated for an Eisner award.

Contacts:

Brandon Proia
Editor, Public Affairs
250 W. 57th St, 15th Fl
New York, NY 10107

Tim Hamilton
419tjhamilton@gmail.com

http://hamilton-tim.pair.com/CUTBLEED/

David Axe
david_axe@hotmail.com

High resolution art available upon request.

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22 Responses to “My New Graphic Novel is a … Terrorist Organization?”

  1. [...] This story is almost too bizarre to believe. Journalist David Axe wrote a graphic novel about “the Lord’s Resistance Army” rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (which many people may be aware of due to the controversial viral “Kony 2012″ story from earlier this year). No matter what you think of the situation with Kony, it seems bizarre that the book itself (which is just about Kony) should be declared a product of a terrorist organization and the money associated with it frozen. But… that’s apparently what happened. [...]

  2. [...] news comes from journalist David Axe, who collaborated with Hamilton on Army of God: Joseph Kony’s War in Central Africa, which [...]

  3. [...] This story is almost too bizarre to believe. Journalist David Axe wrote a graphic novel about “the Lord’s Resistance Army” rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (which many people may be aware of due to the controversial viral “Kony 2012″ story from earlier this year). No matter what you think of the situation with Kony, it seems bizarre that the book itself (which is just about Kony) should be declared a product of a terrorist organization and the money associated with it frozen. But… that’s apparently what happened. [...]

  4. [...] news comes from jour­nal­ist David Axe, who col­lab­o­rated with Hamil­ton on Army of God: Joseph Kony’s War in Cen­tral Africa, [...]

  5. [...] This story is almost too bizarre to believe. Journalist David Axe wrote a graphic novel about “the Lord’s Resistance Army” rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (which many people may be aware of due to the controversial viral “Kony 2012″ story from earlier this year). No matter what you think of the situation with Kony, it seems bizarre that the book itself (which is just about Kony) should be declared a product of a terrorist organization and the money associated with it frozen. But… that’s apparently what happened. [...]

  6. The Pigman says:

    Nice to know America’s safety is in the hands of such intelligent people.

  7. Ira says:

    They should have been using Bitcoin. Then they wouldn’t have to worry about this sort of thing…

  8. I guess this explains why they’re letting HSBC off the hook so easy…they’ve gotta deal with much more serious problems.

  9. Stranger then fiction…

  10. Bill says:

    When I look at the top of this page I find a banner ad from American Military University for “Online Degrees in Counter Terrorism”. That might explain a lot…

  11. [...] The federal government has seized a publisher’s advance payment to a well-known graphic artist currently working on a book about [...]

  12. [...] The federal government has seized a publisher’s advance payment to a well-known graphic artist currently working on a book about [...]

  13. Bergman says:

    It’s not the first time something like this has happened. Almost 22 years ago, a small publishing company called Steve Jackson Games received a visit from the United States Secret Service. Government agents confiscated printing supplies, manuscripts, paper, computers, telephones, you name it, on evidence so flimsy it should have been laughed out of court, when they applied for the warrant.

    Why? Because one of the company’s employees answered a technical question unrelated to the company, while on his own time, about how a data transfer protocol worked, on a bulletin board forum unrelated to the company, that was also occasionally posted to by a suspected hacker.

    This prompted the raid, during which the agents discovered copies of a book about hacking computers that didn’t exist in 1990 and don’t even exist now in 2012, using techniques that didn’t exist then and don’t exist now, set in the 2050s. The agents declared it a “handbook for computer crime” and made statements such as “this is real” to the press. The Secret Service walking out the door with all copies of the book the company had just finished writing almost put the publishing company out of business.

    The book that describes the incredible series of blunders committed by the government in the course of the “investigation” that the SJ Games raid was part of is frequently misfiled by bookstores and public libraries in the fiction section because nobody is willing to believe it could happen in America. It happens anyway.

  14. Wow, I wonder how many copies of your novel the thugs will sell?

  15. [...] This story is almost too bizarre to believe. Journalist David Axe wrote a graphic novel about “the Lord’s Resistance Army” rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (which many people may be aware of due to the controversial viral “Kony 2012″ story from earlier this year). No matter what you think of the situation with Kony, it seems bizarre that the book itself (which is just about Kony) should be declared a product of a terrorist organization and the money associated with it frozen. But… that’s apparently what happened. [...]

  16. chy says:

    None of us is going to like the NWO.

  17. [...] In early December our agent wired Hamilton his share of the advance, but the money never reached the artist’s account. After a few weeks the agent made some calls. “He was told that the party holding the funds was the federal wire fraud unit which suspected that they were laundering funds for a terrorist organization,” Hamilton says. [...]

  18. [...] In early December our agent wired Hamilton his share of the advance, but the money never reached the artist’s account. After a few weeks the agent made some calls. “He was told that the party holding the funds was the federal wire fraud unit which suspected that they were laundering funds for a terrorist organization,” Hamilton says. [...]

  19. [...] he claims, OFAC seized most of the advance from the publisher, claiming that he was laundering money for a [...]

  20. [...] Politics: Graphic Writer’s Advance Seized by Feds [...]

  21. [...] to War is Boring, a collective (including Axe) of citizen journalists with an interest in world and national [...]

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