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Dysart shares details on his trip to Africa for Unknown Soldier research

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Dysart shares details on his trip to Africa for <i>Unknown Soldier</i> research

Joshua Dysart, writer of Vertigo’s excellent Unknown Soldier series, shares five things he learned when he went to Africa in 2007. He went to do research for the book, which is set in Uganda’s Acholiland circa 2002 amidst the war between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army. It’s pretty interesting stuff:

2. GUNS, GUNS, GUNS – From my first destination (a wildlife preserve I spent the night in that was guarded by an AK-47 toting 17 year-old girl) to the moment I left, I saw guns everywhere. Every business seemed to have an armed guard at its doorstep. I saw people riding bicycles to work with shotguns strapped to them and a back barroom in Gulu that housed a wholesale armory. Soldiers and security are so used to their guns that they carry them with the lackadaisical indifference of a woman lugging a purse.

You can read more about his trip and what he used from it in the book at the Unknown Soldier production blog. If you haven’t been reading the series, the first trade came out last week, and was Kevin’s pick of the week in Can’t Wait for Wednesday. It’s definitely worth checking out.

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