As we near the 80th Anniversary of WW2's D-Day we remember the men who fought that war as heroes. We often forget that they were also humans. This Graphic Novel Comic Book shows their humanity. PTSD followed home soldiers before we knew the name for it, and we didn't talk about the honorable soldiers who were gay men.
This is the work of decades... I just never had the right medium to tell this story.
Then I rediscovered Comic Books.
Here are your Trigger Warnings: This is a story about PTSD, survivor's guilt, the gay men in service to their country in WW2 and the friends who tried to protect them.
~ M.M. Dumas
~ SGT. NICHOLAS CRUM, COMBAT ENGINEER UNITED STATES ARMY
The origin story of this comic begins more than 40 years ago when my father started (finally) telling me stories of his War Years. By 2005 I had a screenplay based on these stories. But it languished in the back of a filing cabinette for nearly a decade.
The training and battles depicted in this story are as close to what happened as historical reports allow. The personnel depicted are made whole by creative writing and interviews with veterans, and no one engages in life the same way.
In the midst of World War II, a squad of combat engineers find themselves serving alongside comrades who happens to be gay. Despite the prevailing prejudices of the time, the soldiers form a deep bond with their gay comrades, transcending societal norms and expectations. Amidst the chaos of training and battle, they all find the true nature of friendship in war: compassionate, resilient, and courageous individuals who shares the same dedication to their mission, whether straight or gay.
We will be letting you know here and at our Facebook Page how the journey to WW2 comic book, and on to graphic novel, is going.
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