John Cox, of Cox & Forkum, is the Artist
Early last month, in case you missed it, a new kind of comic was released.
As the publisher put it, Matamoros is the first comic set in the battle between the U.S. military and radical Islamists.
The comic is written by a pair of brothers, Sleet and Darius LaMonica. It is drawn by John Cox, of Cox & Forkum fame.
For collectors, the released its first issue on January 1 of this year. See the links at the end of the article for information on ordering a copy of Matamoros.
Yesterday, DBKP interviewed Bosch Fawstin on his upcoming graphic novel “The Infidel”, starring anti-Jihad hero, Pigman. [DBKP Interview: Bosch Fawstin]
Fawstin chronicles the fight against Jihad through the eyes of Pigman and his comic creator.
The LaMonicas and Cox show the battle against terror through the eyes of Chuck Sobietti, formerly of the U.S. armed forces.
According to the MySpace page on Charles Sobietti, “Matamoros, the comic book”:
Charles Sobietti is a seventeen year veteran of the United States armed forces. Chuck enlisted at the age of twenty and moved up the ranks as he became a highly decorated NCO. His career took him to Kuwait and Iraq in the Gulf War, to Somalia and Bosnia during the 1990s, and most recently to Afghanistan and again to Iraq.
Chuck is the subject of the new comic book, Matamoros, available now through http://www.MatamorosComic.com. Written by Sleet and Darius LaMonica, and illustrated by John Cox of Cox & Forkum cartoons (see http://www.CoxAndForkum.com and http://www.JohnCoxArt.com), Matamoros is the first comic book to address our military’s role in the War on Terror and the return of one of our soldiers to the United States.
According to a post at the Matamoros discussion forum, the next issue is scheduled for April and the creative team hopes to put out an issue quarterly in 2008.
To give a little look into the creative process of the book, John Cox had a sketch of the first idea for the cover of Matamoros. If you compare the drawing on the left above with the finished product, you’ll see quite a difference in the final rendering.
The drawing on the left is the first sketch for the Matamoros cover. I was trying to involve a taped up image that would feature a likeness of Sobietti, the main character. The writers and I decided it would be more dramatic if he were actually in the scene.
I’m sure the “taped up drawing” motif can work. Gotta find the right project.
John Cox is highly enthusiastic about his foray into comics, as the following post from his website demonstrates.
It’s a tale of GOOD vs EVIL and how a U.S. soldier makes his way through it. I’m in the midst of creating this 30 page story and a publishing date is imminant. STAY TUNED for all the glorious tidbits forthcoming. If you were ever curious about what a John Cox book would look like….here ya go.
According to the blurb at Indy Planet, which offers the book for sale:
Written by Sleet and Darius LaMonica
Illustrated by John Cox of the Cox & Forkum political cartoon team (www.CoxAndForkum.com)
“Matamoros” is the first comic set in the U.S. military’s fight against radical Islamists.
Chuck Sobietti was a seventeen-year veteran of the U.S. military. He’d seen it all – Gulf War I, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan – but nothing in his experience could prepare him for one fateful day in Iraq and its aftermath. Part political thriller and part war story, “Matamoros” follows one of America’s heroes in the “Long War” – an ordinary guy who discovers that only extraordinary situations exist when the enemy is a protean entity which refuses to adhere to the laws of war.
So, there you go.
Matamoros, a comic that details the fight against Jihad and the War on Terror.
Check it out.
Anti-Jihad lovers never had it so good: first, “The Infidel” and now, “Matamoros“.
For the price of a couple Sunday editions of the New York Times, you can have yourself a keepsake and some good reading.
And besides, you can bet Matamoros will be more “pro-American military” than a year of the NY Times.