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by Ted Rall

Category: Arts and Literature
Subcategory: Memoris and Biographies
Author: Ted Rall
ISBN: 1561632155
ISBN13: 978-1561632152
Language: English
Publisher: NBM Publishing; First Edition edition (August 1, 1998)
Pages: 60
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My War With Brian book. Outrageous Ted recounts his junior-high years in the hands of a merciless bully who just wouldn't let up.

My War With Brian book. Ted, now a strapping fella over 6 feet happily lost in the Big Apple, was at the time a wimp egghead lost in the middle of Nowheresville, Heartland, USA, and hated it with a passion.

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Rall is back recounting his junior-high years at the hadns of a merciless bully who just wouldn't let up. Ted, now a strapping fella over 6 feet happily lost in the Big Apple, was a wimpy egghead trapped in the middle of Nowheresville, Heartland USA back then, and hated it with a passion.

Outrageous Ted recounts his junior-high years in the hands of a merciless bully who just wouldn't let up. This no-holds-barred recollection begs the question: was his attitude such that maybe he deserved it? show more.

Ted Rall was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963, raised in Kettering, Ohio and graduated from high school in 1981. Rall’s second graphic novel, the l My War With Brian (NBM) was published in 1998. His first cartoons were published in the Kettering-Oakwood (OH) Times. He majored in physics at Columbia University’s School of Engineering from 1981 until 1984, where he drew cartoons for the Columbia Daily Spectator. In the same year Ted also wrote a Gen X manifesto about generational angst, Revenge of the Latchkey Kids (Workman Publishing, 1998).

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Rall's work includes the book The Anti-American Manifesto (Seven Stories Press), published in September 2010. My War With Brian (NBM, 1998), ISBN 1-56163-215-5.

Rall's work includes the book The Anti-American Manifesto (Seven Stories Press), published in September 2010 Other media. 2024: A Graphic Novel (NBM, 2001)

SPECIAL SALE! Normally $8.95. Outrageous Ted recounts his junior-high years in the hands of a merciless bully who just wouldn't let up. Ted, now a strapping fella over 6 feet happily lost in the Big Apple, was at the time a wimp egghead lost in the middle of Nowheresville, Heartland, USA, and hated it with a passion. This no-holds-barred recollection begs the question: was his attitude such that maybe he deserved it?
Comments to eBook My War With Brian
Fordregelv
I've been aware of Ted Rall's cartoons through the LA Times. Some hit the mark, others are over the top. And his graphic style is crude and eccentric.

This book, supposedly true, is about a boy who is horribly bullied, and responds with horrible actions. To the extent it is true, the actions captured in the book are, indeed, horrible. If adults actually looked away and let all this happen it is not only shocking, it makes me wonder about our society.

Certainly outrageous, but without more insight into the truth of the story it is hard to know what to be most outraged about. It's disconcerting and violent, but it's not entirely clear on where to focus your anger.
Tetaian
Ted Rall is nothing if not a masterful teller of his own story. If you've suffered from bullying, pick it up - worth the green.
Anyshoun
I moved to the States from Alaska at about the same time as Ted Rall was in HS, to finish high school. This comic is the only thing I can think of that ever captured that era - [impolite word] "Dazed and Confused" for example.
I should add that the high school I went to (in Wisconsin) was a (Lutheran) theocracy to rival anything in Iran. While I was constantly getting beat on by a gang of openly white supremacist kids at the school, which was quite backward by Alaskan standards, I usually got the flack from school officials who were chummy with them. Other than the extremes of the ultraviolence, I think people should think twice before thinking this is some kind of exaggeration for effect by Rall. Ted Rall's visual style is great, too, and I was happy to see that people who bought My War with Brian also read Ruben Bollings, another superb comic genius. I think Rall is a good representative of us 30-somethings born in the 60s, too - a more or less Lost Generation between the baby-boomers and their echo generation, but which includes the whole Brat Pack and cartoonists like Tom Tomorrow, Rall, and, I believe, Bollings.
The Rollers of Vildar
Ted Rall is so outrageous that I would consider him the political writer whose comic supernatural powers allow him to do things that I can only talk about. Until we get to philosophy, of course, where the intellectual death wish sweepstakes rears its ugly head in ways that are as intense as the feelings described in the 66 pages of MY WAR WITH BRIAN, an episode in junior high school that reflects American politics so well, you can forget the adults. They haven't got a clue about anything.

The theme is MY WAR WITH BRIAN is bullies, but Ted Rall seems outraged that Americans live in a society in which others rarely have the opportunity to do anything to help victims. Close to the end of the book, Rall summarizes the situation with, "Actually, most conflicts are stupid and pointless, but they're impossible to avoid. Given that hard reality, I figure that pacifism is impossible." And on the next page, "I guess I still believe in God." It establishes his opposition to hyper-masculinity so effectively, that his young age hardly subtracts from the wisdom of a supreme being allowing the right people to get revenge on the haughty, which might be the highest ideal our society will ever achieve.

One of the characters who was under the most pressure is only in the introduction, shortly before Rall admits "reading the newspaper at age 5, Sartre at 8":

"He had troubles with bullies, but his biggest problem in life was his father. Dad was a Protestant minister, and he insisted that Bill follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, Bill thought . . ."

You really don't want to know that part, and the most exciting part of the intellectual death wish sweepstakes was the awareness on the side of young people who have questions that no one can answer of all the things Bill and Ted Rall would be willing to put down on paper and publish, especially after Bill ends up in the one dead buddy category, which certainly seemed queer to people who thought that killing other people made more sense than self-destruction. My dad was also a Protestant minister, but American society had made that such a simpleton's role that being "doomed to a life in the clergy" seemed a bit lame for anyone who was capable of accomplishing anything. Like most intellectual death wish sweepstakes observations, this attempt to clarify the nature of American society is unlikely to be considered a major accomplishment, but it magnifies my admiration for Ted Rall. He has paid his dues at the hemlock for Socrates altar, and all you have to do, to see how he did it, is to buy this book.
Gandree
Just when you think Ted Rall's, "My War with Brian," is going to be another run-of-the-mill victim story about bullying, this autobiographic tale takes a surprising shift when the misfit geek decides to fight back in shockingly savage fashion. And thus begins a full fledged war spanning the eternal length of time during Junior High and High School where Ted Rall learns to be a man, standing up for himself and exacting due punishment to those who strike at him, consequences be damned. At times, laugh out loud funny, this book will also shock in reminding you how brutal kids/teens can be to one another - the physical cruelty that Ted and Brian exact on one another is frightening in its murderous intent but just past that initial layer of shock comes a somewhat disturbing reminder of the cruelties adolescents face as they transition to adulthood.
Darksinger
What if a school bully COULDN'T be avoided, and COULDN'T be stopped with adult intervention, although he was regularly severely beating you?
This happened to young Ted Rall, who took the logical next step and tried to murder his tormenter. Follow the bizarre but true story in this captivating book.
While this book is valuable for the story itself, it would be especially helpful for parents wishing to understand the world of adolescents, and for adolescents to understand the world of bullying -- perhaps a springboard for discussion with parents. There are definitely mature themes in this book, so don't just hand it to a young child.
To follow up on Ted Rall today, check out his opinion columns in Yahoo News Op/Ed, and his fascinating books such as _To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue_.
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