- Posted by Johanna on December 30, 2006 at 8:15 am
- Category: Comic News
We’ve seen interest groups and companies form to promote non-white comic characters and creators, gays in comics, better roles for women… but I never would have guessed the need for this one.
A group of veterans has formed Charlie Foxtrot Entertainment to make “motion pictures, comic books, and other entertainment about soldiers and the military”. From their press release:
Gerry Kissell of Charlie Foxtrot Entertainment states, “All of us at Charlie Foxtrot feel that in a time when war is at the center of mass consciousness of this great nation, somehow Hollywood, and others in the entertainment industry, manage to produce less than 1% of their overall productions about the military. There has been a gaping hole in entertainment, whether it is in film, television, or in publication, regarding our soldiers serving in harm’s way. We see it as our job to fill that void, and to expand the coverage, making certain audiences and readers have the chance to experience what and who our soldiers really are, and to let our military know that they are not forgotten and are appreciated, and to insure that they are not dehumanized and relegated to being just some anecdote on the evening news. They are not just cannon and news fodder. Our men and women in uniform are amazing people, doing amazing things, and it’s time everyone knows it. We have made our creed simple and to the point, ‘By soldiers, about soldiers and for soldiers’.”
First project on their list is the epic war comic series CITY of FIRE, due out in early 2007.
Seems to me that I’ve seen Clint Eastwood’s two military films widely cited on “best of the year” lists, so I hadn’t noticed a particular lack of coverage of this area, but if they want to create more works that speak to them and people like them, go for it. I am a little leery of launching a comic with the term “epic” — it makes me think that they plan for a long, long run, which rarely happens with new publishers and products. I also hope they’ve got distribution into PXs worked out, since that’s a natural audience.
I’d welcome seeing more stories about what it’s really like being a soldier, but too often, politics gets in the way. Talk too much about how hellish it is, and you’re accused of being disloyal to the current regime in power; ignore that, and you’re accused of glorifying war and machismo.