Comics Non-profit Seeks COVID-19 Stories from Veterans, First Responders

The Stories of Service Foundation, an Idaho-based comics-creating non-profit dedicated to telling stories of service and sacrifice, has issued a call for military and civilian-centered stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The book-sized anthology comic "CODE RED: An Anthology for Coronavirus Relief" is intended to raise funds for various pandemic relief effort. Story pitches are due Jan. 18, 2021.

Contact page for organization is here.

According to press materials: "This graphic-novel anthology will stream together experiences from the perspectives of the first responder or health care worker, military, pandemic front lines workers, as well as from patients and members of hard-hit communities."

Says says director Valerie Finnigan: "Our heroes on the front lines and our survivors have stories that more people need to see. The proceeds [of "CODE RED"] will pay for [Personal Protective Equipment], testing supplies, medical care, food relief, and mental health services for our hardest-hit communities."

The comics non-profit also welcomes queries from writers, artists, colorists, and letterers regarding the project. However, the call for submissions does not provide information regarding copyrights-arrangements or compensation.

Stories of Service was originally inspired by the work of Clayton Murwin, founder of Heroes Fallen Studios, who in 2011 had produced the anthology comic "Untold Stories from Iraq & Afghanistan."

Finnigan has continued with storytelling projects similar to Murwin's, with titles such as 3-issue Desert Storm mini-series "Tiger on the Storm" and the one-shot "Real Women of the U.S. Military: The WASP." 

The missions of the non-profit Stories of Service are:

  • To help veterans and first responders process their experiences through the comic book arts.
  • To raise funds for organizations with similar objectives or which are otherwise devoted to supporting veterans and first responders physically and mentally.
  • To educate the general public about the experiences of veterans and first responders and build greater understanding between our civilian and military populations.
  • To help veterans and first responders connect with resources for direct assistance with their physical and emotional needs.
  • To provide opportunities for veterans and first responders who would like to write or draw comics.

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