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The Art of War Hits 5Church in Charlotte, NC

Ever thought about combining your sophisticated culinary sensibilities with a double helping of The Art of War? If so, you’re in luck because on January 12th Kelly Roman and Michael DeWeese will be at 5Church, the incomparable eatery and bar, to jaw about their awesome Art of War graphic novel, sign books, and show off their incredible original artwork.

5Church Awesome!
5Church Awesome!

Why 5Church you ask? Well the fantabulous restaurant’s roof has been inscribed with Sun Tzu’s masterwork, making it the perfect place to host an Art of War signing. Constantine over at CLT Buzz is talking about it and you can check out the official Facebook event page for even more information.

You should absolutely try to make it out to the event. There’s going to be food, drinks, live music, and tons of fun. I hope to see you there!

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The San Francisco Chronicle Reviews the Art of War

Hey everybody, I’ve been keeping an eye open for more Art of War reviews and if you’re looking for something short, sweet, and stellar then David D’Arcy’s review at the San Francisco Chronicle absolutely takes the cake.

“As gestures and grimaces make for ingenious (camera-ready) composition, the novel has the feel of a ballet or an opera, with the added nightmarish specter of cunning Chinese conspirators plotting world domination that sold the alarmism of Fu Manchu potboilers by Sax Rohmer in the 1920s and 1930s. In 2012, sheer overstatement stanches that paranoia.”

This gentleman knows what he’s talking about, but don’t take my word for it, check out Mr. D’Arcy’s review for yourself!

Get the book right meow! 
Check out the 3-chapter sample of The Art of War at http://www.theartofwargraphicnovel.com
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The Art of War on the Huffington Post

While I was out hanging with Kelly during my trip to NYC he mentioned that the Huffington Post had approached him to write a brief, ~700 word article, on his inspirations for The Art of War. I was absolutely thrilled to see what he might come up with, because while we’ve talked about the book for years, chatting with a friend is a very different thing than seeing him speak candidly for a global audience.

And after reading his article, which hit the interwebs today, I’m still impressed by how much I don’t know about Kelly and Mike’s Art of War. I never realized how personal this journey was for Kelly, though what five year endeavor isn’t? This was the first time I had heard that he got emotional writing the interactions between the protagonist and his father. It’s the little things that continue to surprise me.

“I found myself tearing up while writing scenes in which the protagonist interacts with his father, and depressed and angry when writing scenes between Kelly and his dark mentor, Sun Tzu. These relationships, I realized after writing the script, reflect the light and dark aspects of my relationship with my father in a way I don’t think would have occurred otherwise.”

Head on over to the Huffington Post to check out Kelly’s great article and afterwards be sure to pick up The Art of War from your local bookstore. You’ll be glad you did.

Get the book right now! 
Check out the 3-chapter sample of The Art of War at http://www.theartofwargraphicnovel.com
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The Art of War Gallery Opening!

To kick off the long-awaited debut of The Art of War I flew out to NYC to celebrate with Kelly and Mike at the awesome White Box, where the dynamic duo had covered the walls with Mike’s incredibly raw, visceral artwork.

Raw Art
Visceral

It’s actually been… jeez it’s been almost two years since I’d been back to New York City and it was great to get out there and see Kelly. I’ve been working on the book for almost three years, I started in the summer of 2009 with a brief hiatus in 2010, and being able to see the book in all its glory, it was so satisfying. I can only imagine how it felt for Kelly and Mike.

The gallery opening was a total blast. There was Budweiser and Perrier a plenty, heck the Perrier peeps even sent a person to photograph the entire event. You can check out her pictures here. There were over 350 people at the event, art teachers, comic book nerds, artists, friends, family, it was a pleasure to meet so many fans. Kelly and Mike were signing books all night, talking with fans, and posing for pictures.

Mike Signing for Fans
A Thoughtful Moment Amidst the Madness

So yes, this was honestly an incredible event to celebrate the completion of this awesome book. I’ll leave you with this picture of Kelly and I. Cause it’s awesome.

Kelly and I

Get the book right now! 
Check out the 3-chapter sample of The Art of War at http://www.theartofwargraphicnovel.com
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Greg Burgas Reviews The Art of War Graphic Novel

You’ve heard me hyping up The Art of War for months, but here’s your chance to read a review of the book by Greg Burgas, a gentleman scholar over at Comic Book Resources. This is the first ever review based on the entirety of The Art of War so if you want to know what a comics pro has to say about the book head over to CBR for the scoop!

“The Art of War is Strongly Recommended, and I encourage you all to pick it up when it shows up in a couple of months.”

Gotta say, the review is totally awesome and you guys need to check it out. It hints at some of the darker points in the book and some characters that you haven’t met yet if you’ve only read the preview. Definitely excited to see such a big site showing The Art of War some love, oh and don’t forget to pre-order the book! The first print run is limited and we want to make sure you get your copy!

Pre-order The Art of War comic book here
Check out the 3-chapter sample of The Art of War at http://www.theartofwargraphicnovel.com
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Mike DeWeese’s Dark Knight Rises T-shirt

Getting hyped for Bane and the The Dark Knight Rises? The folks at Design by Humans are too and they’ve even got a t-shirt contest going for the flick. Fans can post designs, and whoever’s design gets the most votes wins!

Well our very own Mike DeWeese, the incredible artist behind The Art of War’s awesome aesthetics, entered one of his own amazing designs to the contest. I mean check this beauty out!

The Mouth of Bane

Well what are you waiting for? Head over to Design by Humans to give Mike’s shirt a vote, you’ll be glad you did!

Pre-order The Art of War comic book here
Check out the 3-chapter sample of The Art of War at http://www.theartofwargraphicnovel.com
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The Art of War Author and Artist Prepped to Bleed for their Book

Blood and belief often go hand-in-hand.  This May, two talented New Yorkers will be giving their own blood to celebrate the completion of their graphic novel, The Art of War, and using it to sign free 3-chapter previews of their book.  Aside from a few other select comic book productions receiving the biological treatment from their creators, Kelly Roman and Mike Deweese, author and artist respectively, are doing something sensationally different.

To give you just a little background, the book depicts a future when China is the dominant economy and Wall Street is militarized.  Kelly was inspired to write the story in 2007 after reading a Wall Street Journal article about China investing billions of dollars in Blackstone, an American private equity firm.  The world he came up with is terrifyingly prophetic, with a gritty Blade Runner-esque feel that Mike hammers home in every single panel.

But when Kelly first proposed the idea of the bloodletting, I was skeptical.  “Is that even legal?” I thought.  Yet the more I mulled it over the more the idea grew on me.  How could you possibly show more enthusiasm and conviction for your creation than by bleeding for it?  Kelly found a way: by bleeding in front of a crowd!

On May 19th in Chinatown’s Columbus Park, the destination a courteous bow to the original manuscript’s author and Kelly’s inspiration, these guys will be having their blood drawn by a registered health care professional, dousing stamps that say “The Art of War,” and marking free copies of the 3-chapter preview for fans.

They’ve spent 5 years writing, penciling, storyboarding, digitally inking, coloring, revising, and editing this book into the beautiful graphic novel it is today.  While I’ve only been riding with them for about a year now I’m just as excited as they are for the bloodletting.  It will mark the culmination of a long and arduous process crafting a work that, when you look at current events, borders on the prescient.

In this insane post-Action Comics #900 world, where everyone from your grandmother to your mayor has an opinion about comic books and their role in American culture, The Art of War is going to give us even more to talk about.

The Art of War is slated for a Spring 2012 release through HarperCollin’s imprint !t Books, so this will be one of your only chances to pick up a physical copy of their work before next year.  If you can’t make it to the event Kelly was kind enough to put up the 3-chapter preview over at TheArtofWarGraphicNovel.com.

Read the official Press Release for the Blood, Sweat and Tears event here

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