Because without them We would not have the freedoms we have today. So one night I was talking to a friend of mine from Canada and I said to Roger, Do you think anyone would be interested in hearing the real stories from our troops that have served in Iraq & Afghanistan? Roger asked me what did I mean. I told him I had been thinking about gathering together stories from our troops and illustrating them in a comic or graphic novel. Letting their stories be told from their own mouths. Roger said it sounded like a good idea .So We talked about the best way to go about it.
I decided that I wanted to not only undertake this myself but wanted to see if I could bring together the comic industry to help with it as well. So I started putting the word out what I was undertaking. The hardest part was gaining the trust of our troops and having them feel comfortable enough to share their stories with me. This took me nearly a year in itself to establish the trust with the members of our military.
Then as the stories started to come in I had the job of finding artist,writers,inker's, colorist & letterers that would be willing to do this project gratis no payment that was one of the stipulations I made that NO One involved with this project would make money of the backs of our troops . This is where I had the most difficulty as I would have members of the industry both main stream like Marvel & DC come on board then due to things beyond their control they would be gone. The same with a lot of the independent and small press guys.
So one minute I would have a story fully covered the next not so much! LOL but I didn't give up. I just kept refocusing and regrouping.I will admit their were many times I though I just wanted to give up because of the many setbacks I kept having. When your dealing with this many people on a project this big it is one heck of an undertaking. But finally it has come to pass!
The Graphic Novel is complete and is being printed, and it should be out by the end of January! It is being published by our Not-For-Profit organization Heroes Fallen Studios Inc. Printed by Automated Graphics Systems, And Production was done by Darren Sanchez from After Hours Press. The Proceeds from the sale of this graphic novel will be split between four non-profit organizations.
1) Soldiers Angels
2) Wounded Warrior Project
4) Fisher House
Heroes Fallen Studios Inc. will retain a % from sales which goes back into the cost of printing the graphic novels . And for other print runs and other similar novels supporting our military.Visit us here http://www.heroesfallenstudiosinc.org