Archive for August, 2015

No, I’m not on any new medication. Rather, I want to share how we’ll thank those who help Tiger on the Storm go to print. Everyone who gives, no matter how little or how much, will be acknowledged in the book, because every little bit helps. Those who give $5 – $25 will find digital artwork in their inboxes, and $25 donors will also get a digital copy of Tiger on the Storm.

It’s at the $50 level where I decided to start making things really interesting. That’s where I start slipping cards from my Desert Storm Pro Set Collection in with the signed copies of Tiger on the Storm and art prints.

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At $100 or higher, you might find a limited edition trading card signed by amazing adventure actress Sybil Danning with your signed copy of Tiger on the Storm and Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan.

$500 donors will get signed copies of Tiger on the Storm, Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, and Korean War vol. 2, plus original sketches.

$1000 donors will get all that plus a cameo appearance in Tiger on the Storm and a print of the page on which they appear.

For the top donors, there is even more, from awesome Air Force lapel pins to two of my most cherished autographs. Check it all out here.

Tiger on the Storm

Posted: August 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Tiger on the Storm.

Yes, the blog’s been very quiet lately. Life’s been anything but, and one of the things keeping me busiest over the past several months has been work on another graphic novel.

It was at last year’s Salt Lake Comic Con when Pam Sawyer, the daughter of the late Air Force Maj. Gen. David Sawyer, had seen the copies of Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan and Korean War on my table, and requested that I give similar treatment to her father’s journal from his service in Operation: Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I was impressed to hear that her father had commanded the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing- The Flying Tigers- and jumped at the chance to write this book.

Then I got to work. Being a person on the ground and a civilian, I had to do what I did when writing the account of Boots Blesse for Korean War. I had to admit I didn’t know a thing, research very heavily, and rely on the vast pool of talent and knowledge that is my brain trust to help where even the most thorough research could fail me. Making matters more complicated was the fact that the late Maj. Gen. Sawyer was… well… unable to take my questions. I believe I did his stories due justice, though.

The aircraft themselves also proved a bit of a challenge. Appearance counts for a lot in a visual medium like comics, which is probably why A-10 Warthogs such as those flown by the 23rd TFW don’t appear often in comics. The civilian public wouldn’t line up by the hundreds or thousands to see them in an air show like they would for much prettier F-18 Hornets. While Warthogs are maneuverable enough to do their jobs, they look ugly and sound downright obnoxious.

Get to know them though, and you just may fall in love as much as anyone can with aircraft. In talking with veterans who served on the ground as well as in the air, I learned why the Warthogs are so feared by enemy forces and strongly beloved by our troops. This is why I’m glad to have Korean War penciller Dan Monroe¬†on board doing pencils and inks. His ten years in the Army helped him learn a healthy appreciation of good close air support such as the Warthogs provide.

Also working with us are a couple more Korean War teammates, Eric White on colors and Tom Orzechowski doing the lettering. With the talent on board as well as everyone helping me properly research, the challenges of making sure this book will be awesome seem quite manageable.

There’s just one more big challenge in store- covering the production, printing, and distribution expenses, and this is where everyone can help!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tiger-on-the-storm-an-illustrated-war-journal–2/x/6957287#/story