Monday, September 11, 2006

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation of a Graphic Event

The Upshot from the Publisher: On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government’s fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes.

Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, far too few Americans have read, grasped, and demanded action on the Commission’s investigation into the events of that tragic day and the lessons America must learn. Using every skill and storytelling method Jacobson and Colón have learned over the decades, they have produced the most accessible version of the 9/11 Report.

Jacobson’s text frequently follows word for word the original report, faithfully captures its investigative thoroughness, and covers its entire scope, even including the Commission’s final report card. Colón’s stunning artwork powerfully conveys the facts, insights, and urgency of the original.

Published on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, an event that has left no aspect of American foreign or domestic policy untouched, The 9/11 Report puts at every American’s fingertips the most defining event of the century.

It’s not often that one lives through a turning point in history. Five years ago today, we all watched the world change before our eyes—and not for the better. Nineteen terrorists with four hijacked airplanes managed to inflict damage that just the day before would have been considered unimaginable—the end result was 2,948 confirmed dead, 24 reported dead, 24 reported missing—total Sept. 11 casualties—2, 996.

For a complete list of the 9/11 victims, -- click here

That list may grow as the number of Ground Zero first responders grapple with their rescue related illnesses.

No matter where you were that morning, we were all affected by the attacks of 9/11 and we all continue to live with the consequences to this day. For FanBoyWonder, it’s even more personal. Sept. 11, 2001 was our second wedding anniversary with Mrs. FBW. So F**k you very much Osama!

As you take the time to remember those who died and those who survived 9/11, it is incumbent on us all as American citizens to remember the world before 9/11 and to know why it happened—so we can tell our children.

To make that task easier, comic book veterans Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón have teamed up to write and illustrate The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation based on the best selling government commission report released in book form in 2004.

Jacobson and Colon sought to do what had previously seemed impossible—to make the 568 government report comprehensible and accessible to the masses. Their 9/11 report is a Graphic Illustration of the most graphic event in U.S. history.

The adaptation has received the blessing of the chair and co-chair of the 9/11 Commission and by all accounts it’s a faithful, non-political, non-dramatic version of the events that led up to the terrorist attacks—including who knew what and when, and the communications gaps and failures among government agencies.

When the original report first came out, FBW made it a point to read it cover to cover—it took us well over a month to complete and we admit that we did not entirely comprehend all that we read. Easy or not, this report should be required reading for every single United States citizen.

Thanks to Jacobson and Colon, everyone from school kids to steelworkers now have easy access to read about how their government failed them that day and what needs to be done (yet sadly what hasn’t been done) to prevent what happened five years ago today from ever happening again.

God Bless America!

Link to the original 9/11 Report:

Link to purchase the 9/11 Report: The Graphic Adaptation


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