Z2 Comics has launched a Kickstarter campaign for True War Stories, an anthology edited by Alex de Campi and Khai Krumbhaar that tells real war tales from members of the US military, partnered with artists like Peter Krause, Ryan Howe, Skylar Partridge, Eoin Marron, Tish Doolin, Dave Acosta, A. D’Amico, Drew Moss, Josh Hood, PJ Holden, Chris Peterson, Sam Hart, Jeff McComsey, and Paul Williams. Colors are handled by Dee Cunniffe, Matt Soffe, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Tarsis Cruz, and Aladdin Collar. All of the lettering is done by de Campi.
Alex de Campi says:
Working on this book has been one of my personal high points in comics. 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.
True War Stories features a variety of tales like Vietcong sappers attacking a fuel point only to be foiled by an unusual alert guard dog, an MP guard’s convoy of mystery bombs in the Thai jungle in 1968, a young Airman coping with post-9/11 paranoia in Okinawa, a Marine sniper facing the repercussions of the shot he never took, and more. There are fifteen stories altogether.
Khai Krumbhaar added:
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.
All profits from the book’s retail release will be donated to military-related charities chosen by the contributors including Objective Zero Foundation, Air Force Assistance Fund, the USO, Armed Services Arts Partnership, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation. It will be published in time for Veterans Day in November.
Z2 Publisher Josh Frankel says:
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. 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.
The Kickstarter campaign runs through September 17th, 2020. At the time of this writing, it’s past the half way point of its funding goal.