After this month’s Local Comic Shop Day debut of True War Stories, Z2 Comics has announced the bookstore release of the non-fiction anthology will follow in March 2021. Helmed by writer / editor Alex de Campi and co-edited by Khai Kumbaar, True War Stories pairs members of the US military with comic creators to share their real stories as told by those who lived them.
Alex de Campi says “I’m thrilled at the response to the book so far, it’s way beyond what we ever expected. From an overfunded Kickstarter to high order numbers for Local Comic Shop Day, and now an actual release to bookstores and (hopefully) PX’s in March, this is the book that could. I can’t wait for readers to get this book in their hands. The stories are so varied, and so wonderful; until the end of my career this will be one of the books I’m proudest of helping create.”
Co-editor and Iraq War veteran Khai Kumbaar added “I should say something super Hooah about how excited I am for this book to hit comic shops and book stores, especially coming on top of our wild Kickstarter. Unfortunately, our contributors used up all the Hooah in their stories and there is none remaining for me (And if you’ve never been in the military I swear that’s hilarious)!”
A 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 features artwork from Peter Krause, Ryan Howe, Skylar Patridge, 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 from Dee Cunniffe, Matt Soffe, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Tarsis Cruz, and Aladdin Collar. All lettering is handled by de Campi.
There are fifteen tales collected in this anthology, clocking in at 260 pages. All profits from the retail release of the book will be donated to military-related charities chosen by the contributors as personally meaningful to them.