Change the world (this one is a little long)

Current population of the planet
7.4 billion

Number of Asians on the Earth
4.436 billion

process that.

Then ask yourself why has no one ever created an all-asian graphic novel before? Because I don’t have an answer.

I’ve said it a dozen times, if Asians united as one force they could literally change the face of the planet.

If I was a bit more conspiracy-minded I might think it’s in the best interests of the other cultures to sew the seeds of dissent amongst the Asian community across the globe out of fear. There’s a lot of “in-fighting” amongst the various Asian cultures that to me, as an outsider, is a real shame because the potential for them to become the most powerful force on Earth is right there.

When I first got the idea for War Dogs (back in 2013) I thought “someone has had to have done this already but fuck it, I’m gonna do my own thing). I mean everything has been done before. Every meal has been made, every song has been sung, every book has been written, so on and so on. Its really all in how you arrange the elements of a particular thing that makes it unique.

It’s the ingredient of You that makes a thing special. How YOU cook the meal, how YOU sing the song, so I figured no one is like me but me so that will have to be enough to make this graphic novel stand out from all the others.

So I just put my head down and got to writing not thinking, for a second, that I was doing something no one had tried before. Knowing how huge the Asian population is I figured something like War Dogs had to be out there somewhere, most likely in Asia, and I just hadn’t come across it yet.

But my friends of Asian descent kept telling me “no”. “We’ve never seen anything like this before. No one has done this for Asians yet.”

I refused to believe it…for months. I felt like if I did I’d be blowing smoke up my own ass, bullshitting myself into thinking what I was doing was some one-of-a-kind thing. I mean, that’s something pretentious assholes do. Hipsters, for example, thinking their song, or their special pasta sauce, is the first of its kind and it never is. I’ve always been afraid of being perceived as some artistic douche with his head up his own ass. I’m very practical. I was raised that way.

Even though I’m an artist who loves comics and video games and all the fun geek stuff, I’ve never been one to walk around deluded about the world. I grew up in the ghetto in Brooklyn. From the projects of Brownsville Brooklyn to the co-ops of Starrit City. My evolution has been slow but forever forward and upward. You can have dreams in the hood but you have to keep them to yourself because people will shit on you just as a knee-jerk reaction. The ghetto doesn’t promote dreaming as a thing, it just doesn’t. Its angry and hard and the only thing that matters to anyone is money.

So I would keep my dreams and ideas to myself and just work on them on my own like I am now with War Dogs.

I relate to Asians because Latinos have had the same shit thrown at them by society since arriving in the country. It’s how gangs are made. White America, for the most part, attacks anything new and different for a long time before they wear themselves out and slowly accept the culture in question and Asians are still moving up the social ladder slowly but steadily.

Just like Latinos, they kept their head down and their mouths shut in the early days of arriving in the country and were picked on by the “natives”. This type of racism inspired a “wall” against the average white American because the Asians just expected the hate, much like Latinos did, back in the day. And who can blame them? You’re accent is mocked, your food is insulted, your appearance is ridiculed, for decades, until some white mainstream group takes a shine to your food, or music, or just finds fucking your culture sexy and exotic all of a sudden.

And yeah, I know not all white people are guilty of the aforementioned behavior but you have to own your shit and face up to it. Asians and Latinos weren’t oppressing themselves. They were denying themselves cab rides, or well-paying jobs, or forcing themselves to sit in the back of a restaurant.

Growing up, there was an in-joke my cousins and I would share every time we went out to a restaurant in the city (Manhattan). And that was, they’re gonna sit the Latinos in the back, either near the bathrooms or near the kitchen and serve us last.

And it happened every time no matter what. We weren’t loud, or dressed poorly, or doing anything that would suggest we couldn’t act properly in public yet it happened every time. We would be served WAY after several tables full of white people got served and not until someone at our table got up and raised a bit of a fuss about it.

Which brings me to my next thought; if you don’t stand up and make some noise no one will pay attention. Some will call it minority bitching or what have you, but fuck them. Make noise and make change. Progress is horribly slow but it does happen if you take that first step.

I just read that Disney is going to make a live-action Mulan movie with an all-asian cast because they want to avoid the Hollywood White Washing controversy that has finally been brought into the light by Asians and those that support them. Took a while but it’s happening.

So maybe after War Dogs there will be an army of comics geared towards the largest demographic on Earth. It’s all gonna be based on money unfortunately, at least as far as mainstream America is concerned.

But I’m not worried about the money. If I was I would not have ever started the project. Never spent a year writing, re-writing, and networking amongst Asians getting them to send their photo reference so I could draw them properly. Never would have pout myself through all the stress that comes with a venture of this kind. What if this fails? Who’s asking for this? Who’s gonna even care? Why would anyone give a shit about a Latino writing an Asian action drama in comic form?”

I had to get all Risky Business about it. “Sometimes you just gotta say What The Fuck? Take your chance, make your move.”

My focus in on Europe and the Asian audience across the planet. Anyone else who digs what they see and wants to get down with it, great, if they don’t, fuck em., I’m not even interested in reviews from comic sites because I’ve seen how biased and cunty they can be to others just for the sake of being that way. With a large enough Asian audience behind me, critical approval is unnecessary and irrelevant.

And frankly, anyone can be a critic but it takes balls to actually put something out into the world. Sittin back and judging is for punks.

Put up or shut up.

I need an army to help get this thing out there and I feel I’ve bonded with the right people. Asians have shown me more love than my own Latino people for this project. They really appreciate the effort and are super excited to see it out there and I couldn’t be more grateful.

What started out as a whim, a flight of fancy – if you will, has become somewhat of a movement. War Dogs is known in several countries around the world already and isn’t even out yet. I mean from the UK to Germany, Norway to LA, and Washington to Brooklyn, the word continues to spread almost every day.

All I ask is that you help me spread it.

 

Love ya

Pete H Feb 2017

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