Image Comics' "The Big Lie" Asks Some Big Questions

thanks to 911TruthNews for the tip...

by Brian Truitt
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It has been nearly 10 years since 9/11, and the tragedy is still on the minds of many Americans. One of those, writer and artist Rick Veitch, is convinced we haven't been told the complete truth about it.

The questions surrounding that fateful day power the themes and story of his new Image Comics series The Big Lie, which debuts Sept. 7 and reteams Veitch with fellow artist Gary Erskine.

Veitch structured the story similarly to the 1963 Twilight Zone episode "No Time Like the Past," in which a man uses a time machine to try to "fix" three events: warning a Hiroshima policeman about the atomic bomb, assassinating Hitler before World War II and stopping the sinking of the Lusitania.

In The Big Lie, the heroine is a woman named Sandra, who lost her husband, Carl, during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. A particle physicist working at the Large Hadron Collider, she figures out a practical way to travel back in time, so she ventures from present day to Manhattan an hour before the first plane hits the towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

She rushes to his office at a risk-management consulting agency, but since she has aged 10 years, Carl can't quite accept that it's her. And even though she brings evidence on her iPad, neither her spouse nor his co-workers believe her warnings.

"The meat of the story is her trying to convince these 'experts' that the terrorist attack is about to happen," Veitch says. "So it's essentially a taut emotional drama with the facts and questions surrounding 9/11 sewed into it."

Editor and cover artist Thomas Yeates came up with the idea of creating a comic about 9/11, and he and Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson asked Veitch and Erskine to come on board after being fans of their Vertigo Comics series Army@Love, which was part military satire, part critique on love in wartime.

It wasn't until they picked a narrator for The Big Lie— Uncle Sam himself — that everything fell into place, says Yeates, who depicts the American icon on the cover of issue 1 standing alongside the smoking Twin Towers.

"For me, what's great about the U.S. is our freedom," Yeates says. "The 9/11 attacks were used to pass the Patriot Act, which took away some of our most important freedoms. So Uncle Sam here, while bloodied, is still trying to fight to get those freedoms back."

Everybody who lived through 9/11, from Ground Zero survivors to those glued to their TV sets, has a personal connection to the day, Veitch says. "It's very much a defining moment in the history of our country and the world."

And this isn't the first time Veitch has used 9/11 as a theme. In his Vertigo Comics graphic novel Can't Get No, he used one man's lost week before, during and after the attacks as a view of it from the microcosm, but with The Big Lie, Veitch says, "we're trying to present the whole macroscopic landscape of politics, finance and military."

Going into this project, he didn't consider himself a "Truther," yet living during the eras of the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, Iran/Contra and the invasion of Iraq, Veitch admits that he's skeptical about any "official" story provided by the government.

"Reading the 9/11 Commission Report, it's pretty clear that a lot of important evidence about the lead-up to the attacks and the collapse of the towers was ignored or glossed over," he explains. "And I'm pretty angry about the aftermath: how Iraq was invaded based on false intelligence and the occupation mismanaged resulting in over 100,000 civilian deaths."

Those maverick sensibilities and storytelling have been hallmarks of Veitch's career, dating back to his runs on mainstream books such as Miracleman and Swamp Thing, Erskine says. "There was always a subversive edge there, sometimes hidden in the subtext, more often confronting the reader head on.

"This book has certainly been a challenging project for both writer and artist and I am sure it will prove challenging and thought-provoking for the reader."

While similar time-travel stories are nothing new in pop culture, not many have tackled 9/11 yet. It's still pretty recent, for sure, but "the modern entertainment industry tends to focus on empty calories," Veitch says. "And there's been a sort of cultural amnesia in the general public concerning 9/11. I think it was so traumatic that most folks want to forget it and get on with their lives.

"If one scratches the surface of the commission report, one finds huge holes in the official story. There's also a lot of disinformation out there and oddball conspiracy theories that need to be debunked. People who are paying attention are asking for a real in-depth investigation into all these nagging questions. That's what our book is all about."

Veitch realizes The Big Lie may be controversial in some circles, yet the country is so polarized in general right now, he's pretty sure he'll attract hard cases on both sides of the argument: those who want to simply remember, and those who want real and true answers.

That's why he has aimed the book itself straight at the middle, to "those folks who might not have thought about these things much in the last 10 years or who participate in the ideological back and forth," says Veitch, who wants to tackle other historical "big lies" with the series.

"It is right and good that we remember the events of 9/11. It is also vitally important that we get a clearer picture of what really happened."

“The Big Lie” Exclusive Preview

Well,I was waiting to break


I was waiting to break the news, but I think my wait is over.

USA Today has done a fantastic job reporting on "The Big Lie."

I have been intimately involved in this project, and if anyone has questions I would love to answer them.

A temporary website has been set up for our project:

Everyone can be a part of this project really. I am still in need of $$ to finish paying the artists and pay for distribution. We have raised $13,000 of an estimated $25,000 neccessity.

This has been an incredible project of artists and activists thus far!

We are excited to bring "The Big Lie" forward, and thanks to Brian Truitt of USA Today for excellent coverage.

This will be hitting comic stores throughout the US on 9/7/11.

(for clarity: Image comics publishes creator-owned comics, and Truth Be Told owns "The Big Lie")

How did you come to be working with Rick Veitch?

Can you tell us a little bit more about Truth Be Told Comics? Who is involved and how?

Also, I'm surprised Image isn't covering the costs? Please tell all.

As a lifelong comics fan, Rick Veitch is one of my all-time favorite creators.

I'm expecting this to be very good!

Awesome! I loved comics

Awesome! I loved comics growing up too. (They are one of the few things that have survived multiple house-moving situations.)

Coming to work with Rick has in short happened through a friend introducing myself to another wonderful comic book artist - Thomas Yeates.

Thomas and I live fairly close to each other, in the same county. We quickly came into discussions of 9/11, the reason why we were introduced. (by Mary Moore of all people, I know you might remember her name YT)

Thomas has had an idea to present the questions of 9/11 in a graphic novel for many years.

The two of us quickly became friends and he let me know more about the ideas he had.

Many things arose to get to where we are, but in short:

We did not have time to create a graphic novel (120+ pages) by the September 11th anniversary: Something we both wanted to do as an "action". Another thing about graphic novels is they cost 4 times as much to produce than a comic book (30 pages).

So, Thomas had the connections to the artists and industry; along with the idea of presennting 9/11.

However Thomas had someone other than himself in mind for the project, whom he had already presented the idea to: Enter Rick Veitch.

Rick has an "ability", as Thomas put it, not only to draw and write really well, but do it in a manner that is quicker than most artists, Thomas included.

Rick was very supportive of the concept and he also is good friends with Thomas; so I assume they had many discussions about it before I ever met Thomas, and subsequetly Rick.

These are some real good guys! I have enjoyed the relationship very much.

My role?

We needed money to make this happen: $25,000 was the accurate estimate.

It was decided we needed an "entity" so people could donate or even invest into our project - with transparency and contractual agreements when needed.

Truth Be Told came to be in April at the Sonoma Co. clerk's office.

It is a sole proprietor business, as Thomas was not interested in getting involved into the business end as much - his duties to the project were elsewhere: He drew the AMAZING cover.

So, I own Truth Be Told. I set up the site. I pay the artists. I write the contracts. (The absolute last thing I thought I would be doing if you asked me 5 months ago, really.)

*However, the contracts are arranged so that investors, artists and owner make the same amount. If we were to profit, which is possible but not probable, discussions are developing on the next issue.

I have also been responsible for co-editing the script, especially the 9/11 information. (So you all know who to blame)

All "rights" in 5 years will revert back to the artists as is typical in these situations I have learned.

Image publishes creator-owned comics. They normally take a fee for the service, and of course they dont just publish anything by anyone.

Image doesn't work like Marvel or DC, where those companies own everything and the artists simply get a check - se la vi.

Image has been extremely supportive and when all is said and done:

Kudos to all these people involved.

Hope that hints at some of the logistics!

* added for clarity


That's really cool, Brian. Thanks!

Best of luck on the project.


Yeah, this was inspiring to see, some reasonable, real, and not belligerent coverage, and that image is amazing.

Have you seen the other

Have you seen the other images?

There are a few sneak peeks.

This will be a 28 page comic, without ads.

We have given up ad money for resource and informational based pages. There will be 4 info pages on top of the 28 pages of art and story.

I think everyone here will be impressed.


Those are excellent too, in a different way.

Why do you think USA Today covered it this way?

The author @ USA Today, Brian

The author @ USA Today, Brian Truitt said this is one email to us:

Thanks! I think it's a really great idea for a comic, and I wanted to make sure I did present the series respectfully for you guys as well as for people affected by it. So, hopefully I did a decent job of that. ;) Anything that gets people thinking is a good thing, I believe.

Again, thanks for all the great insight!

How about that? Honest reporters exist in the strangest places.

thank you. Hope it packs a whollup!

"It is right and good that we remember the events of 9/11. It is also vitally important that we get a clearer picture of what really happened."

Unexpectedly, The Huffington


The Huffington Post has reported on this comic giving 9/11 b- exposure.

Should I post a new blog for that, or just leave it here?

the comments at Huffpo will make you wanna cry

goes to show how effective at mind control the False-opposition orgs are.


Joe, you got that right.

My brother in law is Univ. of Chicago Ph.D Economist teaching at a major U.S. university ( O, the irony regarding Leo Strauss and the "Shock Doctrine" UChicago Economics dept. ) Clearly he is very bright, but it's as if that one brilliant point of analytic ability that makes him a successful economist casts into shadow the rest of his mind which would otherwise connect the dots regarding 9/11.

Leo Strauss does not escape

Leo Strauss does not escape the storyline of our comic!


did you just coin that term?

I like it.