Talking about ‘The Big Lie’ 9/11 Truth Comic Book with creator Rick Veitch

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, there still exists an almost complete blackout in mainstream media of the voluminous forensic evidence that demands an immediate and independent new investigation of that fateful day. Enter “The Big Lie” a new comic book dealing with the September 11th attacks from the vantage point of a time traveller who has returned on 9/11 to try to warn her husband and avert the catastrophe.

We here at We Are Change Atlanta were fortunate enough to be granted an interview with one of the creators, Rick Veitch, who partnering with other concerned artivists at “Truth Be Told Comics” promise to continue to ask the Big questions and tackle more of the ‘The Big Lies’ of our time with their graphic novels.

We Are Change Atlanta (WACA): First of all I would like to say having read “The Big Lie” that you have done a great service to our Country and to the memory of all the lives lost because of 9/11 by creating this work. Obviously with the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th a little over a month away. The release of your book is rather timely. What inspired you to create “The Big Lie” and what would you say are your intentions with this work?

Rick Veitch (RV): Personally, I’m hoping the comic book will find its way into the hands of folks who don’t normally think about these things. The whole event was so traumatic, you can’t blame people for wanting to put it behind them. But there are huge gaps in the official story and we, as a nation, need and deserve answers.

WACA: To my knowledge this is the first comic book to take a critical look at the evidence that calls into question the government’s versionof events of 9/11 according to the 9/11 commission report. Did you encounter any resistance in getting this work published or from within the comic community?

RV: No resistance at all. Quite the opposite in fact. Image Comics has been extremely supportive.

WACA: 9/11 is a very sore subject for a lot of americans, and more often than not , unfavorable conversation. But you’ve done a great job of taking a very sensitive subject and putting a very entertaining and thrilling storyline, while simultaneously educating the audience to the massive issues with the “official conspiracy theory of 9/11″. Did you find it difficult to write? How did you approach the other artists about creating the comic?

RV: Our first attempt was a much more straight propaganda, similar to what Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz did with their BROUGHT TO LIGHT book in 1988. Our first draft had a narrator ticking off the facts, page after page. But then we decided a more entertaining approach might work better. So we embedded the information we wanted readers to consider into a drama structured like an old Twilight Zone episode where a person goes back in time to save a loved one and change history. Interestingly, I just read where Stephen King has used the same device for his new book on the Kennedy assassination.

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The Big Lie Isn't Just A Truther Text... It's An EC Comic

Rick Veitch is old school. Coming into comics in the seventies, he worked on horror and war comics with a twist that were heavily influenced by the origins in William Gaines’ EC comics. Something nasty in the woodshed, a overall sense of foreboding, the grisly only finally revealed in the last panels. It’s a sensibility he used in The One, Bratpack and Maximortal and that’s what we have here in The Big Lie.

It does look different however, much cleaner and brighter than those dark days of the eighties and nineties. Artistic collaborator Gary Erskine, who worked with Veitch on Army@Love for DC Vertigo is adept at “mainstreaming” Veitch’s style without losing what makes it intriguingly disturbing in the first place. He’s also great at giving buildings and vehicles a sense of verisimilitude, essential for grounding this story in the world that is. Or, at least, the world that was.

And yes, this will be rapidly held as a gospel for Truthers, encapsulating as it does theories of government pulling away armed response, the 9/11 conspirators allowed to carry their plan to fruition and how the buildings in question were actually brought down by explosives.

What gives the argument its strength is the people who espouse such opinions in the book are not wackos driven to some almost religious paranoid rage, but the calm, considered opinions of the white collar class trying to show explain away the footage of the 9/11 disaster being shown to them before the collapse of the buildings has to be fake. While sitting in a meeting room towards the top of the north tower of the World Trade Centre.

This fantastic conceit at the heart of the book is an inspired creation. A time traveller with an hour to try and persuade her husband to evacuate the building, faces extreme scepticism and another yet conspiracy, that she is all part of Steven Spielberg and his special effects trying to get her husband’s team to work harder on their new proposed film project, by exploring new plot possibilities.

And also to explain why the World Trade Centre just could not fall under any circumstances.

There are likely to be a number of lazy September 11th comics. those who play up the shock angles from a variety of viewpoints. The Big Lie, despite being embedded in Truther arguments, is a stunningly comprehensive and cohesive narrative that entertains, infuriates and convinces on all levels.

And a twist ending that will make each and every Truther ejaculate in their underwear. EC Comics are alive and kicking once again!

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Veitch Corrects "The Big Lie"

Rick Veitch wants you to think about things. Specifically, the writer/artist wants readers to think about the events of 9/11. Set to debut nearly 10 years after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, "The Big Lie" from Image Comics features a physicist named Sandra who goes back in time to save her husband from perishing in the World Trade Center buildings. Veitch teamed with longtime collaborator Gary Erskine on inks as well as editors Thomas Yeates and Brian Romanoff who got the ball rolling on the project and saw it through to completion. CBR News spoke with Veitch about what he wants readers to come away thinking after reading the miniseries, how Uncle Sam comes into play and the problems Sandra encounters in her quest to save her husband.

"She's in a race against time to convince people in 2001 that the attack is about to happen," Veitch told CBR News. "She'd hoped to arrive five days before the attack but something goes wrong and she arrives only an hour before the plane hits. Her husband works for a risk management agency and he and his co-workers don't believe her."

Time travel and intense interactions aren't the only comic book hallmarks found in the pages of "The Big Lie;" Veitch and company also utilize a familiar storytelling device in the form of American icon Uncle Sam.

"He's the narrator," Veitch said. "Our Uncle Creepy if you will. Only he's a good guy. Feisty and not easily duped."

"Feisty" is a word that could also be used to describe Veitch's artistic collaborator, inker Gary Erskine.

"Gary is the best. He really gets my pencils and the sometimes subversive directions my comics tend to go in," Veitch said. "He's one of those amazing pros who can party all night, be fresh as a daisy in the morning and has never missed a deadline."

Veitch also had help from editors Romanoff and Yeates, the latter of whom actually came up with the idea for the book and pitched it to the writer.

"The person who conceived of this, and who has spent a couple years doggedly pulling it together, is Thomas Yeates," Veitch explained. "He got Image interested, and he dug what Gary Erskine and I were doing on 'Army@Love' so he asked if we'd want to do the first issue. Then he found Brian Romanoff who organized funding and provided a knowledge base."

No stranger to writing about 9/11 with 2007's "Can't Get No" Vertigo graphic novel already under his belt, Veitch still finds he has something to say about the tragedy and its effect on the nation.

"If you are an American of my age, 9/11 was a major event; emotionally and politically" Veitch said. "How can an artist not want to explore it? 'Can't Get No' was a flutterball about the emotional side of 9/11. 'The Big Lie' is a fastball aimed straight at the politics."

Composing the story -- which features not only several theories on what actually happened during 9/11 and after, but also the Large Hadron Collider -- was no small task, but Veitch was up for the challenge.

"Man, there's so much disinformation, much of it highly charged politically, that it's no easy job wading through," Veitch said. "The debate has turned into a decade long troll fest, with polarized and entrenched groups insulting and debunking each other. Fortunately, in the middle of that are guys like Brian, who work diligently to separate fact from fiction."

Veitch liked working with so many complex ideas in an effort to get the truth out there to the reader, but he also wants to give them a good show.

"You always want to entertain readers," Veitch said. "We've constructed the first issue of 'The Big Lie' as a taut self-contained ensemble drama, kind of like those old 'Twilight Zone' episodes. But in this case we also want to enlighten, so we've woven the information we want readers to consider into the narrative. The take away, I hope, is that there ought to be a new and independent investigation into the bad smell surrounding the whole affair."

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"Rick Veitch's all-but-documentary tale on 9/11, starting in the first issue of The Big Lie, recaps material that has been done in documentary form, but primarily on internet-distributed videos. Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11 did touch on the Bush family's comfy relationship to the Saudis, and the Bin Laden family in particular, but none of the real questions about the structural integrity of the buildings, anomalies in how they were brought down, or even the question of why the evidence was destroyed before a normal forensic examination could be made, well -- none of those questions are even allowed in "mainstream" media.

And not even being able to ask a question, or hold a sustained, sober conversation -- well, those are the hallmarks of a dysfunctional family, yes?

Comics then, by virtue of still existing on the periphery of more mainstream culture (with the obvious exception of providing source material for summer movies) are allowed, as ever, to do things more mainstream culture can't. Or won't.

And it is that -- not the frenetic rebooting of superhero universes -- that keeps them valuable, and necessary, to the culture at large. "

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Just got my copies

I just got my copies and have carefully gone through the comic. The art work is stellar, super-professional work. Impressive. Of course getting the Big Lie into another medium is a huge positive, sure to engage a different demographic. My overall impression is very positive. Thank you guys for making this.
As is my nature, I am bothered by a couple of things.
First, the narrative progression is a bit weak regarding the wife's relationship with her husband. All she would have to do was tell him several things that no one else could possibly know about him.
The other thing is one of the final images: of explosives on a steel girder. The image suggests that the demolitions were done in a conventional fashion. We don't know exactly how they were done, but it opens the argument about access to all of the structural members of the buildings. That said, I do understand the use of this image as a climax to the narrative.

Great feedback Decimus! I

Great feedback Decimus!

I really appreciate that: Constructive criticism is a vital tool of growth.

No going back now, but I'll say: by the time this team came together we really had to pull some cards out of our sleeves to hit the deadline of Sep 11th.

The future is open to a much different concept.

Bonnie Faulkner will be

Bonnie Faulkner will be presenting The Big Lie on her Guns and Butter program today as a pledge gift.

Her show will be on from 1-3:30 pm PST 10/19/11

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