LOS ANGELES 09/15/2022 — Top Cow gives veterans a voice through sequential storytelling in the upcoming, Soldier Stories. This anthology is set to release the week of Veterans Day, in honor of veterans, and will include the contributions of creators, Brian Anthony (USA), Jalysa Conway (UAF), Megan Ferrell Burke (USMC), and Rev. William J. Bellamy (ARNG).“When Ken Pisani first approached us with this idea of putting out an anthology of stories written by returning veterans, we jumped at the opportunity to do it,” said Matt Hawkins (Tithe, Postal), President at Top Cow Productions.
Ken Pisani (AMP’D), who is a Los Angeles Times bestselling author integral in organizing and making this anthology possible, added: “As a longtime member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) West, it’s always been important to me to help newer and under-represented voices tell their stories. Working with military veterans provided me with yet another opportunity to do so, and I was lucky to find these talented veterans with stories to tell—turning their experiences into entertaining genre tales that both entertain and enlighten. We’re all grateful to have found an immediate, willing partner in Top Cow.”
These stories will allow readers to step briefly into the boots of men and women who bravely served, to witness heightened versions of the sacrifices that they made during their time in the military.
“We salute their bravery and thank them for their service. Support veterans and pick up this book and share their stories,” added Hawkins.
Soldier Stories features four compelling tales of military conflict, all written by veterans who served from the Vietnam era to Afghanistan. These first-person accounts of real-life warfare have been reimagined across a variety of genres from sci-fi to horror to personal memoir. What’s it like to wait out a chemical attack? How does it feel to abandon your allies? In a world of push-button warfare, has killing gotten too easy? How do you go on when the war is over but the struggle is not? These are personal stories, compelling stories, stories that will haunt and surprise you. Because every soldier has a story.
- “Terps” by Brian Anthony & John Bivens
- “Game Over” by Jalysa Conway, Annapaola Martello, & K. Michael Russell
- “All Clear” by Megan Ferrell Burke, Arturo Lauria, & Kelly Fitzpatrick
- “The Great Man” by Rev. William J. Bellamy, Cecilia Lo Valvo, & Ryan Cody
Soldier Stories (one-shot) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 9:
- Cover A by Billy Tucci – Diamond Code SEP220076
- Cover B by Marc Silvestri – Diamond Code SEP220077
Soldier Stories will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, and GlobalComix.