Cartoonist and raconteur Ted Rall has written a new graphic novel that asks: what if a journalist decided it was more profitable to use his contacts to start wars instead of covering them? “The Stringer,” out next month from NBM, is a sprawling, dark fantasy that reads like Syriana met Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and went on a date with Nicholas Cage’s Lord of War.
While the book is clearly fiction, it is informed by Rall’s time as a war correspondent in Afghanistan in 2001 and 2010, and propelled by the cinematic artwork of collaborator Pablo Callejo. It is also a lament for the real-world collapse of newspapers and on-the-ground reporting, as Rall uses his story to bash media corporations that are more interested in profits than actual journalism.
“The Stringer” drops on April 21, 2021 — order your copy today from your local bookstore.