In the course of learning about contemporary cattle raiding in Sudan, we found ourselves sifting through a recent edition of the annual Small Arms Survey. It’s an informative publication, no doubt, but also mind-numbingly dense; our eyes glazed over midway through Chapter Three, during the extended exploration of “security enhancement projects.”
Thankfully, the survey’s authors must have realized the dryness of the material. And so they decided to break up the monotony with this eight-page comic booklet (PDF), entitled “Adventures of a Would-Be Arms Dealer.” Highly recommended if you’d like the quick-and-dirty version on how millions of assault rifles make their way across the globe. We especially liked the back-of-the-envelope calculation regarding the profit to be made from selling rifle bullets in Somalia, for 75 cents a piece.