The Web Comic
SHOOTING WAR began as a serialized web comic here on SMITHMAG.net in May 2006. What was to be a short online preview of the story expanded to 11 bi-weekly chapters as reader and media interest grew. Earlier this year, the web comic was nominated for an Eisner Award.
In the fall of 2006, the story was acquired by Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books) for publication as a hardcover graphic novel in North America and in the U.K. by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Think of the web comic as a sort of beta version of the book. We ended up remastering every panel from the online version, reworking the storyline and the political context, some of which came as a result of suggestions from our loyal readers on this site. The full-color 192-page hardcover graphic novel takes the story to its dramatic conclusion and features over 110 pages of new material, including all new plots twists and, by popular demand, more Dan Rather than you can shake a dead armadillo at.
The original (unedited) web comic chapters can we viewed here.