I’ve been taking a break from posting here while cranking out the last installments of my guide to criminal law. The last one went up today (it touches on terrorism, but the fact that it was posted on 9/11 was the purest coincidence).

And just in time, too. Because the book can now be pre-ordered from the publisher.

You read that right. YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK! Yeeha!

Awesome book cover

Well, what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and go make my publisher happy.

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17 Responses

  1. shg says:

    Congratulations. I can’t wait to see the final product, and for the great impact it will have on people’s understanding of the criminal justice system.

  2. Ryan says:

    Just ordered a copy for myself….because you’re the best.

  3. REvers says:


    I loved the crucifixion symbolism, too.

  4. daniel says:

    Congrats. can’t wait till i get my hands on it.

  5. Justice says:

    I browsed your notes on ‘entrapment’ – you are an amoral psychopath – that’s a requirement to become a lawyer, I guess

    • Nathan says:

      Judging from your IP address, Justice, you are writing from Argentina, so I’ll cut you some slack. The Entrapment piece is not in any way my own personal opinion, but a mere restatement of the law as it works in the United States. What you mean to say is that the law is an amoral psychopath.

      Thank you for expressing your opinion.

  6. Justice says:

    I just finished reading sections 16a/b of your illustrated guide.

    I must say the graphical side of it is rather good. Your drawings are better than those of ‘professional’ comic artists.

    However, the content is lacking, judged from the point of view of political theory.

    On one hand, you are presenting the legal system ‘as it is’ (completely fucked up, that is). On the other hand you are saying or at least assuming that the state is legitimate. And, you don’t seem to be relying on any moral principle to base your criticism of things you seem to disapprove of, like “strict liability” or “overcriminalization”, etc.

    So, what’s your objection here? You object to the *real* crimes commited by the state when they punish people who commit victimless ‘crimes’? On what grounds? According to you “the first step towards civilization is when the state gains a monopoly on violence and punishment” – So, that is ‘civilization’? Well, now you have to play by their ‘rules’. Your monopoly gets to decide what is ‘legal’ and what is ‘fair’, or ‘just’ or whatever. They get to define ‘justice’ and they can even choose to not even speak of ‘justice’ at all.

    You are free to give up (individual) morality, but you can’t complain if the outcome isn’t very nice.

  7. Joseph says:

    I find the idea of a comic book interesting. I’ll have to give it a read.

  8. Ryan says:

    Any idea when this will actually ship? I ordered mine back when you originally posted this, Nathan.

  9. Nathan says:

    Yeah, it’s frustrating. First it was supposed to be out by mid-October, and now it’s a month later and they’re saying early December. The delay is in the formatting of my long vertical scrolling pix into pages, with a different typeface. Apparently, for the traditional publishing industry, this is going way faster than usual. Hang in there, it’s coming!

  10. Ryan says:

    Ah, ok. Thanks for the update!

  11. Ryan says:

    Received my copy today. Great job with all the drawings — it must have taken forever. Very informative for anyone interested in criminal law. Great work, Nathan.

  12. I’ve always wanted to know more about criminal attorneys and what their role is. At first it made zero sense to me to have a lawyer to defend someone who is being convicted of a crime. Now that I’ve read this though, I see that they help keep the justice system balanced and help support the right that people have to a fair trial.

  13. Ken says:

    I’d love to get my hands on a copy. Blending criminal defense law and comics… What an interesting concept. Does it touch on DUI law?

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