January 24, 2013 - Melville House - by Kevin Murphy
David Axe is a freelance reporter and author of the graphic novel Army of God, which details the aggressive and violent exploits of Joseph Kony, the leader of Central Africa’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group.
Kony, you probably know, is accused of terrorizing Ugandan civilians and using children as soldiers and sex slaves; he was the subject of Kony 2012, an online campaign designed to remove him from power before the end of 2012. The campaign went viral after thousands of celebrities and media personalities endorsed the effort on social media channels across the globe.
Axe wrote Army of God based on his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010. The novel’s art, by Brooklyn-based artist Tim Hamilton, was serialized by the Dutch website Cartoon Movement. The paperback rights were then acquired by publisher Public Affairs.
Things were moving along pretty smoothly for Axe and Hamilton … until the feds stepped in.
According to War is Boring, a collective (including Axe) of citizen journalists with an interest in world and national security, the federal office of Foreign Assets Control confiscated the majority of Army of God’s advance payment, claiming it was being used to fund a terrorist organization