Multi-Eisner Award Nominee Contributes Original Rocketeer Story To IDW’s “Comics For Ukraine: An Anthology Book Against War
Comics For Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds is a benefit anthology featuring an All-Star Lineup of comic book creators, with all proceeds being donated to Ukrainian refugees.
In times of terrible need, comic creators have assembled for a greater good, be it for famine in Africa with Marvel’s 1980s Heroes for Hope comic or the graphic novels made after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. More recently, Love Is Love sought to help the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. Now, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than three dozen creators, among them numerous Eisner winners and veteran comic icons, have come together for a charity book to raise money to aid Ukrainian refugees displaced by the war.
Alex Ross, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walter Simonson, Stan Sakai and Billy Tucci among the writers and artists involved in the fundraising effort created by IDW Publishing’s Senior Editor and Director, Special Projects, Scott Dunbier.
The 128-page full-color graphic novel is available in numerous editions through Zoop, which is accepting new orders for the next 40 hours (ending August 3, 2022). The campaign has so far raised over $160,000.00 with Dunbier presenting a check for $100,000.00 to Operation USA’s (www.opusa.org) Richard Walden at this year’s Comic-Con International.
“I had contacted Scott to contribute anything to the project.” Stated Tucci. “I was left speechless when he and Jenny Stevens Bawcum (sister of Rocketeer-creator Dave Stevens) offered the chance of a lifetime and write and draw my favorite character for a cause that will help save lives.”
Tucci’s six-page story, The Rocketeer: Pavlichenkofeatures Cliff Secord encountering legendary Ukrainian sniper, Lyudmila Pavlichenko in the Crimean Mountains. “Lyudmila is not just the most recognized female sniper of World War II but perhaps the greatest sniper in history.” Tucci stated. “It is an honor to remind today’s readers of this true-life Wonder Woman and her gallant heroism in the face of invasion.”
Joining Tucci on The Rocketeer: Pavlichenko is colorist Brian Miller and designer/letterer Mindy Lopkin.
Astro City’s Kurt Busiek suggested a title based on the viral video of an elderly Ukrainian woman offering an invading Russian soldier sunflower seeds to put in his pocket so they grow when they bury him (watch here).
Comics For Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds is available for the next 40 hours at Zoop.gg/c/comicsforukraine. Operation USA has been providing humanitarian relief all over the world since 1979. Donations to Operation USA can be made here.