|And so it begins
||[Jun. 13th, 2012|06:07 am]
The Philadelphia Weekly has a cover story on War Paint this week which includes six pages of photos and text from the book. I'm very happy about this. I've been living with War Paint for four years now in one state or another and now it's like the long journey is over. I'm grateful to the people at the Philadelphia Weekly for this, for my editor and the people at Schiffer Publishing who believed in this, and, most of all, to the men and women who shared their stories with me, painful as it sometimes was for them. It's been a long road.
This is Tom Murtha, a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served in the Navy and the Marine Corps and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He's still very involved in veterans groups today, making sure that men and women coming home from overseas know that someone appreciates what they've been through.
Click to read the story on PW
It was some time in 2006 when I first got the idea for War Paint. I had just finished up Armed America and I was looking for something else to do -- that book had taken up two years of my life and the prospect of suddenly doing ... nothing was unimaginable. I photographed my first veterans tattoo in March of 2007 and it proceeded slowly from there. After a few months I was also working on Where I Write, photographing Fantasy and Science Fiction writers desks, and then I did Who Killed Amanda Palmer and a whole bunch of other things like American Rocker, what I thought might turn into a book about rocking chairs (and still might) and then Leaving Dakota and the amazing project I did with Elizabeth Bear Veronique is Visiting from Paris and the Inappropriate Tale for Unusual Children Bunny Named Swine and a lot of other stuff -- there was so much going on, but I kept at War Paint because I knew that it was important and it was alive inside of me. And the project ground slowly and in 2010 Schiffer Publishers picked it up, realizing that it need to be a thing that people could pick up and hold and touch. And now it's out. A box of books and a bottle of wine showed up from my publisher today the same day I saw the layout of the Philadelphia Weekly story and I couldn't be happier.
Back in 2007 with WWII vets in St. Louis. It seems like a lifetime ago.
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Congratulations for seeing it through! I'm excited for the release.
I must be getting old. It's hard to believe that you started this four years ago, but then again it's been over a year since Leaving Dakota.
Congratulations, Kyle. This is an awesome work, and I look forward to seeing what happens now that it's out in the world.
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Hurrah! An excellent journey to a wonderful destination!
Congratulations on the book and this article posted in the Philadelphia Weekly. I look forward to picking up my own copy and have forwarded this article to my brother (Persian Gulf vet) and my friends who work with homeless veterans thru Legal Aid. Thank you for telling these stories.
I just received a shipping notification from Amazon!
This is Tom Murtha
Related to John Murtha, by any chance?
As soon as I heard your book was available, I ordered it from Amazon for my Dad for Fathers Day. Can't wait to get it! I know he's going to love it.
Still waiting on my order from Amazon, they've upped the shipping date to July 1st.
I cannot wait to give this book to my father, who served in the NAVY and got his first tattoo during that time. Awesome Kyle! So proud of you. :)
Any chance we'll ever see "Where I Write" in print with lots more pictures?
My grandad's war tattoo was rather restrained - a simple bluebird on his forearm with a ribbon in its beak that used to read "mother" (it was blurred to obscurity before I was born).
When I attended his funeral, I had a chance to talk to one of the RSL attendees (they played The Last Post/Reveille and read For The Fallen, talked about Grandad's Navy service), and he had Tom and Jerry at the base of his thumbs!
2012-06-15 01:10 am (UTC)
Kyle, congratulations! Looking forward to when the mail woman delivers my copy.
2012-09-14 03:22 am (UTC)
<B>And so it begins ~ This is the end...</B>