The Geekiary is proud to share that our very own writer and editor Khai Krumbhaar (an Iraq War veteran) is the co-editor of the upcoming True War Stories: Tales of Deployment from Vietnam to Today. Go support the Kickstarter campaign if you want to read real war stories!
True War Stories will be published by Z2 Comics. Members of the US military have been recruited to be part of this ambitious project. The upcoming release is all about sharing real war stories told by those who lived them. True War Stories is a work of graphic nonfiction that has been launched exclusively for presale through Kickstarter.
As of writing this, the campaign has collected more than $9,500 of its required $20,000.
To offer their stories a platform, the veterans were paired with well-known talent from the comic book industry with multiple-Eisner nominated writer/editor Alex de Campi and (the book’s co-editor and story contributor) Khai Krumbhaar at the helm.
“Working on this book has been one of my personal high points in comics,” Alex de Campi shared in a press release. “Every story is fantastic, every collaborator has been a delight to work with, and I can’t wait for everyone to see the finished book. I don’t think you’ll find a more entertaining, thrilling, human anthology this year, or any other.”
The description reads:
Vietcong sappers attack a fuel point, only to be foiled by an unusual alert guard dog. An MP guards convoys of mystery bombs in the Thai jungle in 1968. A young Airman copes with post-9/11 paranoia in Okinawa. A Marine sniper in Haiti faces the repercussions of the shot he never took. A team of SEALs help rescue a kidnapped girl in the Philippines. Army interpreters in Iraq battle their toughest foe: the rats of Saddam’s palace. A soldier on a late-night run surprises a motorpool saboteur. A young cavalry lieutenant, fresh off the Battle of Kamdesh, meets the Marine half-brother he’s never known. A Navy ship reacts to an unexpected man overboard. And if you’ve ever wondered what Christmas was like in a war zone, you’re about to find out.
True War Stories is a 260-page full color graphic novel anthology containing fifteen true tales of American service members overseas. Nearly every branch of the military is represented in this collection of stories that are heartwarming, heroic, harrowing, and even at times, hilarious, spanning the globe.
Krumbhaar said, “I think everyone but veterans will be surprised by the stories in this book. These are the stories we tell each other, and I’m excited for everyone to get the chance to hear them the way we do.”
The upcoming title will be published by Z2 Comics in November (in time for Veterans Day). Take note; all profits from the retail release will be donated to military-related charities that have been chosen by the book’s contributors. The charities include Objective Zero Foundation, Air Force Assistance Fund, the USO, Armed Services Arts Partnership, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
“After the tremendous success of our MADI campaign, and the joy of working with Alex, we were happy to partner with her on another project,” said Z2 publisher Josh Frankel. “This ambitious project may seem a bit of a departure from so much of what Z2 publishes, however it lines up perfectly with our vision of teaming great storylines with top tier talent to publish books that expand the audience for comics and graphic novels through something new and unexpected.”
As for the artistic talent involved, there’s Peter Krause, Ryan Howe, Skylar Patridge (drawing her own father’s Vietnam story), Eoin Marron, Tish Doolin (a former Army medic), Dave Acosta, A. D’Amico, Drew Moss, Josh Hood, PJ Holden, Chris Peterson, Sam Hart, Jeff McComsey, and Paul Williams.
Colors are by Dee Cunniffe, Matt Soffe, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Tarsis Cruz, and Aladdin Collar. All lettering has been done by de Campi.
Make sure you visit the Kickstarter Campaign and get your hands on the perks being offered!
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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