Valerie Finnigan is creating comics supporting our veterans.
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I have the dubious privilege of being one of some very few women who create military comics. It's a privilege because I'm in some pretty distinguished company with women like Carol Tyler, Stacy Hayashi, Diana Greenhalgh, and Monami Kun (a disabled Army veteran who happens to be illustrating The Real Women of the US Military). It's a dubious privilege, however, because to the best of my knowledge, that's all of us. But it is a privilege in so many other ways.

I tried to join the Army, like many others, in response to 9-11. An unwaivable medical disqualification left me searching for other ways to serve. The opportunity arose while I was working on Hero by Force and getting the odd sci-fi or horror story published. Clayton Murwin put the call out for writers and artists to produce what turned out to be the biggest benefit comicbook for veterans' charities ever. I was one of over sixty creators from all over the industry who worked with the troops to faithfully depict their stories in comicbook form.

Somehow, people got the idea that I did a good enough job with military non-fiction, they asked me to write more of it. That's how I ended up writing Korean War vol. 2 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of our involvement in Korea. That was a dream project, as in my day job providing home health and hospice care for a number of veterans, I worried that all knowledge of the Korean War would pass with them, leaving us with MASH reruns at best.

The requests kept coming, as shortly after the Korean War books came out, the family of the late Air Force Major General and former Flying Tigers wing commander David Sawyer requested I write a comicbook based on his Desert Storm war journal. That became the miniseries Tiger on the Storm.

My day job again inspired me to start another book series. I wondered why nobody had made a comicbook about the women who've served. Certainly, the WAC's, WAVES, Marine Corps Women's Reservists, and the Army Nurse Corps had some stories worth sharing, as do women today breaking ground in military occupational specialties previously open only to men. And the Women Airforce Service Pilots probably got the worst deal of all, any record of their very existence having been sealed for over thirty years. I figured I'd better rectify that situation.

Reflecting again on why I do what I do, I remember when we were trying to arrange distribution for Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan how many distributors demanded cuts of up to seventy five percent. None of us actually working on the book were getting paid for it, and I felt a bit outraged that a bunch of people who didn't create the book dared demand so much money we'd rather send to the troops. That made a big impression on me, and I'd committed from then on out to turn whatever proceeds I make off my military books over to veterans' charities. 
Tiers
Access
$1 or more per month
Supporters will get access to Tiger on the Storm, the upcoming series The Real Women of the US Mi, and everything else I see fit to publish digitally, plus the satisfaction of helping support my habit of assisting veterans through charity and creating employment opportunities
Recognition
$3 or more per month
You'll get access to the comics, plus - unless you wish to remain anonymous - an online shout-out and acknowledgement in the printed release of The Real Women of the US Military. Fellow creators, I will post links to your pages.
Trading Cards
$10 or more per month
You'll get access to the comics, recognition, and a military trading card per month. It might be an autographed card honoring the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or a card from my personal military memorabilia collection. 
Tiger on the Storm and more!
$25 or more per month
You'll get recognition, a military trading card per month, access to the digital comics, and autographed hard copies of the three issue mini-series Tiger on the Storm
Raid My Longboxes!
$30 or more per month
In addition to all the aforementioned perks, I will send one randomly selected comic from my personal collection. Just let me know if you want one for your kid, so I don't send something age inappropriate.
Korean War and More
$50 or more per month
In addition to access to the digital comics, monthly trading cards, a book from my collection, and autographed copies of Tiger on the Storm, I will send an autographed copy of Korean War, vol. 2.
I Don't Just Write Military Comics
$75 or more per month
In addition to all the other perks, you'll receive an autographed copy of Hero by Force (limited to supplies on hand) and copies of crazy, genre-crossing anthology magazine, Why Not? Presents....
My Literary Future May Literally Be in Your Hands
$100 or more per month
In addition to all the other perks, you'll receive an autographed hard copy of nearly everything I've written and everything I ever will write and print, including, but certainly not limited to, the entire The Real Women of the US Military series.
Everything Plus the Book that Started It All
$150 or more per month only 7 left
My first foray into writing military nonfiction ended up included in the biggest benefit comicbook for veterans' charities ever, with over 60 professionals from all over the industry volunteering. Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan is rare and out of print, but I still have a few copies left. You will get the whole rest of the perks package plus this book (with an autograph or possibly more on it), and the satisfaction of knowing that of your pledge will go to the USO, Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House, and Soldier's Angels.
I have the dubious privilege of being one of some very few women who create military comics. It's a privilege because I'm in some pretty distinguished company with women like Carol Tyler, Stacy Hayashi, Diana Greenhalgh, and Monami Kun (a disabled Army veteran who happens to be illustrating The Real Women of the US Military). It's a dubious privilege, however, because to the best of my knowledge, that's all of us. But it is a privilege in so many other ways.

I tried to join the Army, like many others, in response to 9-11. An unwaivable medical disqualification left me searching for other ways to serve. The opportunity arose while I was working on Hero by Force and getting the odd sci-fi or horror story published. Clayton Murwin put the call out for writers and artists to produce what turned out to be the biggest benefit comicbook for veterans' charities ever. I was one of over sixty creators from all over the industry who worked with the troops to faithfully depict their stories in comicbook form.

Somehow, people got the idea that I did a good enough job with military non-fiction, they asked me to write more of it. That's how I ended up writing Korean War vol. 2 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of our involvement in Korea. That was a dream project, as in my day job providing home health and hospice care for a number of veterans, I worried that all knowledge of the Korean War would pass with them, leaving us with MASH reruns at best.

The requests kept coming, as shortly after the Korean War books came out, the family of the late Air Force Major General and former Flying Tigers wing commander David Sawyer requested I write a comicbook based on his Desert Storm war journal. That became the miniseries Tiger on the Storm.

My day job again inspired me to start another book series. I wondered why nobody had made a comicbook about the women who've served. Certainly, the WAC's, WAVES, Marine Corps Women's Reservists, and the Army Nurse Corps had some stories worth sharing, as do women today breaking ground in military occupational specialties previously open only to men. And the Women Airforce Service Pilots probably got the worst deal of all, any record of their very existence having been sealed for over thirty years. I figured I'd better rectify that situation.

Reflecting again on why I do what I do, I remember when we were trying to arrange distribution for Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan how many distributors demanded cuts of up to seventy five percent. None of us actually working on the book were getting paid for it, and I felt a bit outraged that a bunch of people who didn't create the book dared demand so much money we'd rather send to the troops. That made a big impression on me, and I'd committed from then on out to turn whatever proceeds I make off my military books over to veterans' charities. 

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Tiers
Access
$1 or more per month
Supporters will get access to Tiger on the Storm, the upcoming series The Real Women of the US Mi, and everything else I see fit to publish digitally, plus the satisfaction of helping support my habit of assisting veterans through charity and creating employment opportunities
Recognition
$3 or more per month
You'll get access to the comics, plus - unless you wish to remain anonymous - an online shout-out and acknowledgement in the printed release of The Real Women of the US Military. Fellow creators, I will post links to your pages.
Trading Cards
$10 or more per month
You'll get access to the comics, recognition, and a military trading card per month. It might be an autographed card honoring the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or a card from my personal military memorabilia collection. 
Tiger on the Storm and more!
$25 or more per month
You'll get recognition, a military trading card per month, access to the digital comics, and autographed hard copies of the three issue mini-series Tiger on the Storm
Raid My Longboxes!
$30 or more per month
In addition to all the aforementioned perks, I will send one randomly selected comic from my personal collection. Just let me know if you want one for your kid, so I don't send something age inappropriate.
Korean War and More
$50 or more per month
In addition to access to the digital comics, monthly trading cards, a book from my collection, and autographed copies of Tiger on the Storm, I will send an autographed copy of Korean War, vol. 2.
I Don't Just Write Military Comics
$75 or more per month
In addition to all the other perks, you'll receive an autographed copy of Hero by Force (limited to supplies on hand) and copies of crazy, genre-crossing anthology magazine, Why Not? Presents....
My Literary Future May Literally Be in Your Hands
$100 or more per month
In addition to all the other perks, you'll receive an autographed hard copy of nearly everything I've written and everything I ever will write and print, including, but certainly not limited to, the entire The Real Women of the US Military series.
Everything Plus the Book that Started It All
$150 or more per month only 7 left
My first foray into writing military nonfiction ended up included in the biggest benefit comicbook for veterans' charities ever, with over 60 professionals from all over the industry volunteering. Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan is rare and out of print, but I still have a few copies left. You will get the whole rest of the perks package plus this book (with an autograph or possibly more on it), and the satisfaction of knowing that of your pledge will go to the USO, Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House, and Soldier's Angels.