Don’t Believe Everything you Hear — or Everything you Read

January 11, 2012

The story of The Big Lie comic book continues to unfold. Released just in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, over 8,600 copies of 10,000 first-print runs have been sold. This is great news! I am happy that people are still enjoying the comic or reading it for the first time.

Have you visited the Truth Be Told Comics website yet?

by Robert Sodaro    source:     Jan 11, 2011

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 Image Comics published a one-shot comicbook entitled The Big Lie — written and drawn by comic’s veteran, Rick Veitch, Gary Erskine (inks), with Thomas Yeates (cover), Dominic Reagan (color), and Annie Parkhouse (letters). According to the publisher, The Big Lie will be a series of one-shot/stand-alone comics that will serve as conversation pieces for many comic fans and non-comic fans alike. The intention of the comic is to explore very real and often politically-charged questions in traditional comic book format. The first issue of The Big Lie was published in honor of the attacks of September 11th, 2001.


Ultimately, time travel and intense drama aren’t the only literary hallmarks utilized in the pages of The Big Lie; Veitch and company also tap a familiar comicbook storytelling device in the form of American icon Uncle Sam, who becomes the story’s narrator, it’s “Uncle Creepy” if you will, and helps move the story forward. As the story plays out, each detail about the events leading up to 9/11 are discussed in a clear-headed fashion, and presented with the members of the risk-management team verifying all of the details.

Needless to say, some of the rhetoric espoused in the book seems to play into Truther rants that have the government capitulating with the Terrorists (even perhaps setting on their tasks, in order to set off some sinister agenda against the citizens of the United States). Still, the underlying point of this comic is to get the reader to look at the events of that day through a different lens, and to question what they have been told by government and sanctioned media sources. To that end, the story succeeds in its endeavor. Sure it is easy to accept what we’ve been told — it is also easy to accept the “facts” of this comic, still the message is clear — question everything, and then make up their own mind.

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The Big Lie: 9/11 Comic Book One Month After Release

October 6, 2011

Nor Cal Truth   Oct 6, 2011

One month ago The Big Lie comic book was released by  Truth Be Told Comics, published by Image Comics.

Looking around on the internet it is clear that the The Big Lie is still creating interest and spawning conversation in diverse circles inside and outside of the regular 9/11 groups. The video above was posted by LeakSourceArchive. Here is a look at a selection of the most recent articles and interviews regarding The Big Lie.

The Bohemian, September 7th:

Veteran comic Rick Veitch (Swamp Thing) is the author and illustrator of The Big Lie, a 32-page comic book about a woman who goes back in time to save her husband from the upper floors of the North Tower. Armed with her iPad, she has only an hour to convince her husband and his associates to evacuate the doomed building. “I don’t claim to know what went on behind the scenes,” she tells them. “I’m just telling you what is public record where I come from.”

Comic Attack, September 9th:

The writer never directly points fingers at the government or President Bush and screams “The government was behind the attacks!”, but that’s basically what he is saying, and he does offer some very interesting and thought provoking points, which is the real goal of this title.

Inside Pulse, September 26th:

As a story, this comic can be a little clunky in parts, but that’s not really a concern. I don’t want to weigh in on the whole ‘Truther’ movement, or what I personally believe, as I don’t feel very qualified to discuss it. What I will say is that this comic provides a lot of food for thought, and does it in an easily-digestible manner. Veitch is a comics god when it comes to forcing people to question some of their assumptions, and it’s nice to see him continuing to raise his voice in such a compelling way.

Derek Royal, September 27th:

I do think it’s a very strong and inventive first issue, and I look forward to reading the next installment of the series. I’m just wondering if the following issues will also concern 9/11, or if they will focus on some of the other “very real and often political questions” as noted on the Truth Be Told Comics website.

HJ Live, September 28th:

Was there more to this attack than we suspect, and if so, should some of the blame fall on our own elected officials? Writer Rick Veitch and artist Gary Erskine clearly express their First Amendment rights within the comics medium as they try to answer some of those questions in this collaboration from Image Comics.

No matter which side of the political spectrum you might find yourself on, this comic deliberately challenges the reader to ask some rather uncomfortable questions about 9/11. It is clearly making out the Bush Administration to be “The Big Bad” and presents a good heft of information at the back of the book that you can look into if you so choose.

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Rick Veitch on 9/11 and “The Big Lie”

September 7, 2011


source: 9/11 Truth News    Sep 7, 2011

Rick Veitch has been pushing the boundaries of comic book storytelling as a writer and artist for over three decades. Best known for his mind-bending work on DC’s Swamp Thing, Veitch has worked on everything from mainstream superhero comics such as Justice League of America to the graphic navigation of the outer reaches of his own dreams in the independently published Rare Bit Fiends.

Veitch’s most recent ongoing series was Army@Love, a black-humored, absurdist mash-up of romance and war genre comics, inspired in no small part by the hype and horror of the War on Terror. In 2006, Veitch released the epic book-length poem Can’t Get No, exploring one man’s soul-searching odyssey in the wake of 9/11. Publishers Weekly called it one of the “Best Books of 2006″.

Now Rick Veitch returns to 9/11 – this time exploring some of the many inconsistencies and contradictions of the official account – in a new book from Image Comics called

The Big Lie.  9/11 Truth News spoke to Rick Veitch to find out more about the inspiration behind his new work.

9/11 Truth News: Even 10 years down the road, it takes a lot of courage to speak up about 9/11, that much more so to release a major work calling it into question. You’re putting out a book called The Big Lie on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, so I imagine you must have very strong feelings about it. Why is 9/11 important to you?

Rick Veitch: It’s important to all of us. We all lost something on that morning when that attack happened. It took me a couple years to begin to really wonder about what actually happened in contrast to what we were told happened. Tom Yeates, who is the editor of this book and the guy who did the cover – he and I are old buddies, we went to the Kubert school together and shared a hippie art crash pad together decades ago. He and I would get on the phone and we’d start talking about this stuff and agreed the whole thing just stunk to high heaven. Tom turned me on to some good 9/11 research.  And I was a big fan of Adam Curtis’ BBC documentaries, especially THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES.  I can’t say that I’m what some folks refer to as a “truther”, but I try to stay informed about events and I’m naturally skeptical of “official” stories.  This one never quite convinced me. There are just too many holes in it.

911TN: Where were you on 9/11?

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More Insight into Rick Veitch And ‘The Big Lie’ Comic Book

August 3, 2011

source: Truth Be Told Comics     Aug 3, 2011

Writer Alex Zalben recently interviewed Rick Veitch about the up and coming comic book The Big Lie. The interview was posted on Mtv Geek and opens like so:

With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 fast approaching, there will be a lot of looks back, some fond, some heartbreaking… And then there will be “The Big Lie,” a comic book by Rick Veitch and Gary Erskine that finds a scientist traveling back in time to the day itself in order to stop the disaster. And while there, she finds out that maybe the truth isn’t as clear cut as she thought.

The article quickly moves to the interview with artist and writer of The Big Lie, Rick Veitch:

MTV Geek: Rick, let’s talk about The Big Lie… Right off the bat, the cover seems to be courting controversy. What’s your thought process on this?

Rick Veitch: The very best thought process there is, Alex! I sat back and let Thomas Yeates handle the cover. I think he’s done a splendid job of catching people’s attention with it, too.

Geek: The content certainly isn’t going to calm down those flames too much… Can you give us a summary of what the book is about?

RV: It’s a time travel drama about a scientist from 2011 returning to the morning of 9/11 to save her husband. She has to convince some skeptical people that the attack is imminent.

Geek: You actually tackled 9/11 before in “Can’t Get No,” which dealt with the tragedy more personally. How does that contrast with “The Big Lie?’

RV: In the “Can’t Get No” graphic novel I focused on one man’s experience of 9/11, looking at it through a poetic lens. “The Big Lie” is much more straightforward storytelling with a broader meta-view.

Geek: And has your opinion on 9/11 changed at all since writing that book?

RV: My opinion started to change when the Bush administration pushed for the invasion of Iraq. I was really angry how that went down, what it meant for America and what it meant for all the civilians caught in the crossfire. I started paying attention to the questions that had been raised about 9/11 then. When Thomas Yeates asked Gary Erskine and I to do the book, I researched the subject more in-depth. There’s a lot of disinformation to cut through, but I’m convinced a real investigation is needed.

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Preview: ‘The Big Lie’ By Rick Veitch And Gary Erskine

July 29, 2011

Visit Truth Be Told Comics to see the first 6 pages and more!

Bleeding Cool, a comic book website, has run the first 6 pages of the upcoming ‘The Big Lie’ by Rick Veitch and Gary Erskine. Others are involved with this project include a multitude of accomplished artists including Thomas Yeates(TimeSpirits), Dominic Reagen and Annie Parkhouse (V for Vendetta). The pages seen here and at Bleeding Cool were published pre-finalized corrections. -Brian @ Nor Cal Truth

source: Bleeding Cool   July 28, 2010

When the USA Today article about the upcoming Image comic The Big Lie by Rick Veitch and Gary Erskine hit, I’m not sure that they were expecting the reaction that followed, with the Huffington Post and a variety of Truther websites jumping on board, extending the story for days.

This is what Rick said at the time. “If one scratches the surface of the (9/11) 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.”

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Image Comics’ ‘The Big Lie’ Asks Some Big Questions

June 14, 2011

I have been trying to think of a way to introduce the project I have been very busy with, to the many of you out there.  Well…Brian Truitt at USA Today put together a fine article on that very project. I would like to now let this project introduce itself to you.

Please visit to learn more about ‘The Big Lie’ , or to donate and help us achieve our goal.

Also visit the USA Today exclusive on ‘The Big Lie’ to see even more images from this comic to be released on 9/7/11! - Brian R @ Nor Cal Truth / Truth Be Told Comics

source: USA Today     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.”


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