Seven Lies Begin June 11th, 2009
On Thursday June 11th 2009 I will begin posting the first part of the the graphic novel Seven Lies. I am excited to have it see air since its conception seven years ago. Seven Lies is a universal story of the nature of conflict, discrimination and prejudice among peoples and persons and inside each individual own mind and heart and the seeking for freedom of that. Ultimately it asks, "what is that separates us from seeing eachother's humanity?"
It began through exploring different personal relationships and the circle grew larger and larger, through my experiences in the army, where I investigated Israeli soldiers over complaints of violence given by Palestinians, and through my recent experiences in dialog with Palestinian friends here in Brooklyn and study of eastern teachings on morality.
Stories tell of Widower Samurai Odamusa who does all he can to raise Kaimen, his mellow seven years old son, as a decent soldier to fight the enemy clan Miyamoto. When all fails to harden his stature, the father attempts to build his son's character by teaching him from bushido that “A person who will not tell you seven lies within a hundred yards is useless as a man. " When enemy prisoners of war escape, Oda uses this opportunity to demonstrate just that to his son and control the situation, but that quickly goes wrong and Oda finds himself arrested for treason and awaiting execution. With Ryoan, Kaimen's defiant seventeen years old sister set to sabotage the war effort herself and free the remaining prisoners, the boy employs these lies at the least expected situations and sets a chain reaction of consequences that reach far beyond his intention, exposing old lies that divide and even older truths that unite.
Watch the Process here