On April 25th, Shooters was awarded the PRISM "...which best exemplifies accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction or mental health issues in a Comic Book or Graphic Novel." (It was clearly for the mental health stuff, PTSD in particular.)
The actual award trophy arrived today. It's very, very nice.
Thank you, Entertainment Industries Council!
We were both surprised and pleased to learn that Shooters won a PRISM Award, for the book's portrayal of mental health issues related to PTSD.
The PRISM Awards "is a nationally-televised awards show recognizing the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in film, television, interactive, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment. Established in 1997, the PRISM Awards honor productions that are not only powerfully entertaining, but authentically portray substance abuse and addiction, as well as mental health issues."
Steve, Brandon and Eric wish to thank the Entertainment Industries Council (the group that runs the PRISM Awards) for their recognition of Shooters. We're very grateful.
I was pleased to see Shooters make Comic Book Resources' "Best of 2012" year-end list. (We landed at #69.) Thanks to CBR's Brian Cronin for the shout-out!
In other news, DC's March solicits include the softcover publication of Shooters; if you missed it in hardcover, perhaps you'll give it a try this spring.
Happy New Year, everyone.
All three creators of Shooters will be attending Rose City Comic-Con in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 8 & Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
The show is held at the Doubletree by Hilton
1000 Multnomah St.
Portland, OR 97232
For ticketing and other information, visit the show's website.
See you there!
Illustrator Steve Lieber, a graduate of the Joe Kubert school, posted a moving and heartfelt tribute to his teacher, Joe Kubert, who passed away this past weekend.
Well worth your time.
Yesterday afternoon, I learned of the passing of legendary comics illustrator Joe Kubert. Anyone familiar with the comics business is well aware of Mr. Kubert's contributions to the medium.
A tireless and continually evolving creator, an educator (the Joe Kubert School was the first accredited school teaching comics creation), known for his precise line, his incredible work ethic, and his generosity as an educator, Mr. Kubert leaves behind a vast legacy to the medium.
Perhaps best known for his work on Tarzan, Sgt. Rock, and Enemy Ace, many equate Mr. Kubert with the "war comics" genre, and while that sells his work somewhat short (his Hawkman work is equally legendary, for example), it was these war comics that had a profound impact on me.
I wish I had a good Joe Kubert story to relate, but I never had the opportunity to meet him. Instead, I can only point to the work of artists who I do know, notably Shooters' illustrator Steve Lieber, a graduate of the Kubert School.
Between Mr. Kubert's tales of war, adventure and sacrifice that flowed, seemingly unstoppable, from his virtuoso pen and the skills he honed and taught to legions of artists (who are impeccably skilled in their own right), we—as comics fans—are immeasurably enriched by his contributions.
My deepest condolences to Mr. Kubert's family, and to comics readers everywhere, at the loss of a gifted, vital storyteller of a kind that will not be seen again, and that our industry continues to need.
In a couple of weeks, it will mark 90 days since Shooters hit store shelves, and -- on this sunny July 4 -- it seemed like a good moment for me to take a look around and enjoy the view.
Shooters was the culmination of a dozen false starts, hundreds of hours of e-mails, phone calls, interviews with current and former military personnel, and countless more hours staring at a blank screen thinking, "dear GOD what have I done?"
Since the book launched on 18 April, it has received a generous outpouring of support -- from the soldiers it is about, from the comics and general news media fascinated by the subject matter.
We've spoken to NPR. We received terrific reviews and commentary from USA Today, Newsarama, Scripps-Howard News Service, and more blogs, fans, and podcasts than I can easily list. (Except here. Thank you, all of you.)
We've signed books at the military base featured in the book, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
We've signed books at conventions. We've spoken to fans at many Pacific Northwest comic stores.
We've been thanked by men and women in uniform, which is a universe turned topsy-turvy: obviously, thanks are due in the opposite direction.
We've seen the book reprinted (unusual for a hardcover original graphic novel so soon in its life cycle); clearly, the book is finding its audience.
I had the bittersweet pleasure of seeing my hometown newspaper cover the book launch (albeit in a manner riddled with errors, which just felt...right somehow, given how quickly I wanted to get the hell out of there).
There was the even more bittersweet moments of thanks and praise from my family—those who knew Dave (my late brother-in-law, upon whom much of Shooters is based) best. That means more to me than I can express here.
And for all this, on behalf of myself, Steve Lieber and Brandon Jerwa, we are grateful beyond words.
Have a safe, happy, healthy Fourth of July.
The fine folks at The Pull List review Shooters, giving it high marks, indeed, calling it "emotionally provocative," and praising Steve Lieber's expressive and nuanced artwork.
Here's a link to the podcast (right click > save as). The Shooters review begins a little past the 30 minute mark.
Thank you, Pull List!
Shooters creators Brandon Jerwa, Steve Lieber, and Eric Trautmann will be signing at I Like Comics, in Vancouver, WA, Saturday, June 23, 2012. The event runs from 1pm–5pm.
I Like Comics
2101 E. 4th Plain
Check back at I Like Comics' Facebook page for updates.
Shooters writers Brandon Jerwa and Eric Trautmann will be signing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington State, this Saturday, June 16th, 2012. (JBLM is formerly Ft. Lewis, which features prominently in the book.)
The signing will be at the base Exchange, and starts at 10am.
Copies of Shooters will be available for purchase, at a military discount.
Hope to see you there!