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Ted RallPablo Callejo
Suffering from budget cuts, layoffs and a growing suspicion that his search for the truth has become obsolete, veteran war correspondent Mark Scribner is about to throw in the towel on journalism when he discovers that his hard-earned knowledge can save his career and make him wealthy and famous. All he has to do is pivot to social media and -with a few cynical twists- abandon everything he cares about most. A paean to when fact-based journalism mattered, THE STRINGER, set at an important turning point a few years ago, is a globe-trotting action-packed timely statement about how a society without a vibrant independent culture of reporting can degenerate into chaos and a warning of the dangers of sophisticated new technologies that enable the manufacture and modification of ‘truths’ with no basis in fact.
"One of the 'Books that Made 2021 Worth Living Through'. Absolutely blew my mind!"
-Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"One of 4 graphic novels to blow your socks off! You know that feeling when you find a new comic book or graphic novel and it just totally sucks you in, and you love the story and you love the characters and the artwork just blows your mind."
-San Francisco Book Review
"One of the most entertaining books I've read in the last decade! Gripping, smart and scarily plausible, this potent dose of realpolitik is a supremely engaging yarn."
-Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
"Excited to dive into @TedRall's latest [The Stringer]"
-Jake Tapper, CNN
"This biting, hard-boiled character study delivers satire with bile to spare."
-Publishers Weekly
"Many years ago I wrote about the Warren Ellis book “Transmetropolitan.” To this day, it remains one of my favorite works and stands out as a piece that shaped the way I thought about a lot of things. Almost 20 years later, I received an advance copy of Ted Rall’s "The Stringer" in the mail and after reading it I felt the same thing I felt all those years ago."
- William Kulesa, Journal
"A thoughtful story that’s unpredictable to its end, The Stringer is an engaging thriller that strikes a resounding note of warning."
Ted Rall talks about The Stringer with Comics Grinder

8 ½ x 11, 152pp, full color HC, $24.99, ISBN 9781681122724
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Ted RallPablo Callejo
It's New York City in the 1980s and Ted Rall is in college. Everything is fine before his pranks, lack of focus and restlessness get him expelled. Unable to find a job and rejected by his parents, he considers suicide. By happenstance he finds comfort in the arms of many women as he bed-hops around the five boroughs. It's better than homelessness, but the psychic toll of selling himself and his affection was higher than he imagined. Both acidly funny and brutally honest, Rall, a cartoonist both beloved and reviled for his edgy politics, pours out his guts in this remembrance of this most difficult chapter in his life.
Revised paperback edition.
"Rall scripted but wisely left the illustrations to Callejo, who did a great job.”
-Richard Pachter, Miami Herald
"Many of the book's most memorable passages consider the ambiguous
intersections between sexual desire and economic destitution, albeit
with Rall's characteristic blunt wit."
-New York Press
"A solid read, recommended for the underdog in us all."
-Boston Weekly Dig
“He was more interested in well-stocked refrigerators than impending sexual adventures. Realistically illustrated in soft colors by Callejo, of Bluesman (2004–06) fame, and maximally unbuttoned in some places, Rall’s sympathetic account of his life on the edge encourages identifying with a situation so desperate that his outrageous choices seem necessary.” -Booklist
"Rall is obviously an excellent writer. And the book is very funny at times, so don’t let the serious premise scare you away. I enjoyed this graphic novel immensely and have been encouraged to check out more of Rall’s books. Read this book with an open mind and eye for detail and I think you will enjoy it just as much. 9 out of 10.” -Sequential Tart
"A gorgeous whirlwind of a memoir."
-Sasha Watson, Publishers Weekly
“Much of the strength in this remarkable account comes from Pablo G Callejo’s artwork. His artwork is ideally suited for this cautionary tale and made reading it a lot easier. This is an important work in that it lays bare a man’s life and shows how easily things can go awry and why society needs safety nets.” -ComicMix
"If you’re a fan of comic memoirs, yet maybe a little sick of socially inept, nebbish autobio, Rall provides an effective antidote.“ -Newsarama
"A strong addition to the growing field of graphic memoirs.”
“This is a very honest, very open story, that does not ask for your pity but instead just tells things like they were. I loved the 80’s references." -Paperback Reader
"Inspirational, intensely erotic and at times heart-wrenching, this is truly a memoir which cannot be passed up.”
-Comics Waiting Room
See Rall's interview on Smith Magazine
"Ted Rall is fearless. In The Year of Loving Dangerously, he turns his formidable journalistic skills on a very rich subject--himself. The memoir is not just a revealing and entertaining account of Rall's
misspent youth, but a gritty, alternative take on Manhattan in the boom years of the eighties."

Paperback: 8 ½ x 11", 128pp, full color trade pb., $15.99; ebook: 9.99
ISBN 9781681122151

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Hardcover: 6x9, 128pp., full color, clothbound: $18.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-565-8


"A supremely gifted writer and cartoonist. Insightful taut reportage"
-James Rosen-Washington Post Bookworld
"Fantastic correspondent-a very good storyteller."
-Juliet Huddy-
Fox & Friends, Fox News Network
with an introduction by Bill Maher
The World’s first "Instant Graphic Novel"! When U.S. bombs started raining on the Taliban, Rall didn't just watch it on TV--he jumped on a plane straight to the war zone to get the real story for himself. But the only cartoonist to go to Afghanistan got more than he bargained for, way more than his previous gut-wrenching trip deep up the legendary Silk Road. Within days of arriving, armed men were hunting down journalists to murder and rob them. Waving funnies didn’t help. From the gruesome spectacle of a Taliban prisoner blowing himself up with grenades to the hilarious image of mujahideen lining up for shaves and DVD porn a day after joining the Northern Alliance, you can count on Rall for a decidedly different take on this gritty war. TO AFGHANISTAN AND BACK, features as its centerpiece a 50-page graphic novel travelogue of his experience as a cartoonist and war correspondent. It also includes Rall's articles, cartoons and photos as filed from the front for the Village Voice and syndicated throughout America.
In the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association YA top forty list for non-fiction for 2003.
"His views run counter to current, uncritical jingoism, yet for that reason are noteworthy and valuable. Will challenge readers, provoke many thoughtful discussions."-School Library Journal
"Excellent!"-Alex Beam-The Boston Globe
"For alternative views of post-9/11 politics, don't pass up this small, potent volume."
-Gordon Flagg- Booklist
"Joins Joe Sacco's accounts of life in Palestine and Bosnia as a tremendous contribution to comics war journalism."-Publishers Weekly
"He trundles through the war zones with hopes, fears and keen visuals intact, and fills his book with first-person detail passed over by most cameras."
-The Guardian
A 2003 Best Book For Young Adults
6x9, 112pp., B&W, clothbound, $15.95, ISBN 9781561633258


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ISBN 978-1-56163-359-3


Move forward two decades. See the world as the giant media moguls and software companies have become our new big brothers. They want the best for us. They know what’s best for us. And maybe we don’t always know so well.
Ted ‘I-need-more-enemies’ Rall updates 1984 in a scathing look at where we could be headed; and this is all Rall, no holes barred, no prisoners. His best and most chillingly funny work yet!
"Astonishingly good! The ideas are so arresting and knowingly presented that you fall into the story in two pages. This is the work that Ted Rall's life and career have led up to. He knows this material intimately. 2024 should be required reading in every high school in America. It's just that scary."
Andrew Smith, "Capt. Comics", Scripps-Howard News Service
"Rall's distinctive blocky, punkish drawing style well conveys the story's depersonalized, dystopian environment." Booklist
"A rich, extremely clever and in many ways profound satire of where our "whatever" culture is taking us."
-Bradford W. Wright (author "Comic Book Nation"),
Washington Post Bookworld
"Rall's view of the future's social contract is a razor-sharp, irony-saturated parody of today's pop culture/consumerist consciousness." Publishers Weekly
6x9, 96 pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover: $16.95

ISBN 1-56163-279-1

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Rall compiles his most scathing cartoons and commentary aimed at what he portrays as our first non-elected president, one of the most hawkish and mean-spiritedly incompetent in U.S. history.
"Rall, unlike practically everyone else, allowed the president no honeymoon. There was, he felt, too much at stake. Given all that has happened since, it appears he was right. The fume-o-meter for both pro-Bush and anti-Bush readers, will be close to exploding. Better uses of the $19.95: None." -The New York Times Book Review
"Even when the country was rallying around President Bush, syndicated cartoonist and columnist Rall remained in a state of outrage-one he effectively maintains throughout this book. Love him or hate him, Rall is never less than provocative." -Publishers Weekly
"On the summer reading list. Mixing incendiary prose with disturbing, deceptively simple, quasi-cubist art, Rall will have you seething in 5 pages flat. Keep a defib handy ." -Arthur Salm, San Diego Union Tribune
"Concise, well-argued." -Larry Tritten, San Francisco Chronicle
6x9, 288pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover: $19.95,
ISBN 9781561633845
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Ted Rall
Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil... Combines articles with comics chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans” where Rall had the temerity -or was it blustery stupidity?- to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare. It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil...
"A rollicking, subversive and satirical portrait of the region that is part travelogue, part graphic novel. It's fresh and edgy and neatly captures the reality of travel in the region."
-Lonely Planet Guide for Central Asia

"As a ticking package, the visual and verbal delivery is irreplaceable. This is wrenching stuff. I admire the hell out of the way Rall walks the walk."
-Rich Kreiner, Comics Journal
"His awestruck descriptions of the region's natural beauty, crowded bazaars, and chaotic sporting tournaments will make adventurous readers want to see it all firsthand. The author takes a serious subject and infuses it with humor."
- School Library Journal

"Neither fearless nor stupid, Rall nonetheless casts himself into situations that turn into various combinations of unimaginably stressful, impossibly uncomfortable and mind-blindingly dangerous. All to a purpose: "Silk Road to Ruin" is a crash course on Central Asia, essential for anyone who's at all interested in what the U.S. is up to (see: oil, projection of power) in the region, and what's likely in store for us (see: blowback)." -San Diego Union Tribune
"Stuffed with information, characterized by courage, in photos, "comic novellas," and pictures, he serves up a travelogue of a region teetering on the brink of irreparable political and environmental failure." -The Boston Globe
"Offers a great read that is packed with facts, accessible dissection of thorny issues, and a narration that reads like suspense fiction." -Voya
"The bottom line with Rall's Silk Road To Ruin is that this is an inspired work written with accuracy, wit and passion about what is already becoming an extremely important corner of the planet." -Counter
"Gritty observations, told in wonderful cartoon panels."
-San Jose Mercury News
"Funny and knowledgeable and serves as a fair (if biased) introduction to a region that we all should be paying more attention to."
-Eric Hanson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A sincere (yet still wry) attempt to stave off another disaster. His forte is exposing the comic-tragic truth buried within political rhetoric."
-Village Voice
"Much of "The Silk Road to Ruin" focuses on the absurdities he witnessed traveling through the region. There is a chapter on how to properly bribe guards at checkpoint; horror stories about the food; a collection of the philosophical wisdom of Turkmenbashi, the bizarre and megalomaniacal dictator of Turkmenistan, who re-named the month of September in honor of the title of a book he wrote."
-New York Daily News

6x9, 304pp., B&W trade pb, $19.99, ISBN 9781561638857

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