Graphic Novel Fires on the Culture at Will

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hide captionOne day, Jimmy Burns is a hip video blogger. The next, he's on a Blackhawk helicopter in Baghdad.

From 'Shooting War'
'Shooting War'

One day, Jimmy Burns is a hip video blogger. The next, he's on a Blackhawk helicopter in Baghdad.

From 'Shooting War'

A new graphic novel called Shooting War follows a left-wing video blogger from Brooklyn to Iraq.

Anthony Lappe, the executive editor of Guerrilla News Network, wrote the book with illustrator Dan Goldman. Lappe says the protagonist, Jimmy Burns, thinks he has the world all figured out.

One day, Burns heads out to tape a segment about corporate use of eminent domain, and he happens to catch a suicide bomber in the act of blowing up a Starbucks in Brooklyn. Jimmy quickly becomes a media star and is sent to Iraq to live blog the war for an evil cable network called Global News.

"The next thing he knows, he's on a Blackhawk helicopter flying into Baghdad," Lappe says. Never sure where the story was heading, the writing team brought real-world figures into the story, including news icon Dan Rather as a kind of fatherly Obi Wan Kenobi.

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