New graphic novel depicts today's Iraq

Nov. 5, 2007 at 11:59 PM
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LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A political graphic novel called "Iraq: Operation Corporate Takeover" is to be unveiled during the London international comics convention.

Published by the anti-poverty charity War on Want and Boychild Productions, the graphic novel will be introduced at the convention at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Tuesday.

Guardian journalist Seumas Milne is to moderate a discussion between the graphic novel's award-winning author, Sean Michael Wilson, and its illustrator, Lee O'Connor.

War on Want said the launch of the novel comes as it steps up pressure on the British government to regulate British companies' operations abroad.

In the book, a young Iraqi man returns to Basra after studying medicine in London, only to find his homeland torn apart by war, as well as the exploitation and conflict generated by foreign companies seeking to profit from the occupation, the group said.

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