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Dead Reckoning Announces Once Upon a Time in France and Smedley

Dead Reckoning is the graphic novel imprint of Naval Institute Press. Focused on the military genre, the publisher has announced two new graphic novels to be released this fall.

Once Upon a Time in France

Based on a true story, Once Upon a Time in France, written by Fabien Nury and drawn by Sylvain Valleé, follows the life of Joseph Joanovici. Joanovici was a Romanian Jew who immigrated to France in the 1920s and became one of the richest men in Europe as a scrap-metal magnate. During the German occupation of France, Joanovici worked for the Nazis and financed the resistance—all while lining his own pockets. Playing both sides, for some, he was a villain. For others, a hero.

The French graphic novel is an international bestseller winning numerous awards and selling over 1 million copies


Jeff McComsey takes a look at the life of Smedley Butler in Smedley. Smedly, is one of the most decorated Marines of all time. Through conflicts like the Philippine-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Banana Wars, and the War to End All Wars, he helped define what the Marine Corps is today.

The graphic novel begins in 1932 with Butler retured from the Marines and having lost his bid for Senator of Pennsylvania. The graphic novel has him recount his stories to a group of World War I veterans before he’s to speak before the Bonus Army encampment in Washington DC.

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