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Z2 Announces True War Stories is Getting a Local Comic Shop Day Release

Z2 Comics has announced that True War Stories, the ambitious project pairing members of the US military with the biggest names in comics to share real war stories told by those who lived them, will be available for Local Comic Shop Day. This unique project, assembled by the multiple-Eisner nominated writer/editor, Alex de Campi and co-edited by Iraq War veteran Khai Kumbaar is an entertaining and moving work of graphic nonfiction previously only available through Kickstarter.

Vietcong sappers attack a fuel point, only to be foiled by an unusual alert guard dog. An MP guards convoys of mystery bombs in the Thai jungle in 1968. A young Airman copes with post-9/11 paranoia in Okinawa. A Marine sniper in Haiti faces the repercussions of the shot he never took. A team of SEALs helps rescue a kidnapped girl in the Philippines. Army interpreters in Iraq battle their toughest foe: the rats of Saddam’s palace. A soldier on a late-night run surprises a motorpool saboteur. A young cavalry lieutenant, fresh off the Battle of Kamdesh, meets the Marine half-brother he’s never known. A Navy ship reacts to an unexpected man overboard. And if you’ve ever wondered what Christmas was like in a war zone, you’re about to find out.

Artists include Peter Krause, Ryan Howe, Skylar Patridge (drawing her own father’s Vietnam story), Eoin Marron, Tish Doolin (a former Army medic), Dave Acosta, A. D’Amico, Drew Moss, Josh Hood, PJ Holden, Chris Peterson, Sam Hart, Jeff McComsey, and Paul Williams. Colors are by Dee Cunniffe, Matt Soffe, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Tarsis Cruz, and Aladdin Collar. All lettering is done by de Campi herself.

True War Stories is a 260-page full-color graphic novel anthology containing fifteen true tales of American service members overseas. Nearly every branch of the military is represented in this collection of stories that are heartwarming, heroic, harrowing, and even at times, hilarious, spanning the globe.

True War Stories will be published by Z2 Comics in conjunction with Local Comic Shop Day, with all profits from this $19.99 retail release donated to military-related charities chosen by our contributors as personally meaningful to them: Objective Zero Foundation, Air Force Assistance Fund, the USO, Armed Services Arts Partnership, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

True War Stories

Preview: Elvira: Mistress of The Dark #12

Elvira: Mistress of The Dark #12

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Tom Mandrake (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo Cover (D)
Craig Cermak (RI-Virgin), John Royle (RI-B/W), Tom Mandrake (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

The Witch Cult Saga concludes, and a surprise villain returns from Elvira’s past! (At least… it’s a surprise if you don’t look at John Royle’s variant cover…) The Mistress of the Dark can deliver you a climax like no other, and here it comes, in the twelfth and final issue of Elvira’s ribald romp, brought to you with joy, laughter and terrible puns.

Elvira: Mistress of The Dark #12

Preview: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #11

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #11

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Tim Seeley (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo Cover (D), Craig Cermak (RI-Virgin), John Royle (RI-B/W), Tim Seeley (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira has had it up to here (well, you can guess where) with this coven cult nonsense, and she’s bringing the fight to their home base. She’ll show them what’s what, and which is witch, in the wickedest way possible. Writer David Avallone (Bettie Page) and artist Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing) bring you the chills, the thrills and the terrible puns, in the eleventh issue of ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK!

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #11

Preview: Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #4

Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #4

writer: David Avallone
artist: Pasquale Qualano
covers: Francesco Francavilla (A), J. Bone (B), Dave Acosta (C), Photo (D)
Francesco Francavilla (RI-Virgin), J. Bone (RI-Virgin), Dave Acosta (RI-B/W), Photo Cover (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Maybe all film directors are megalomaniacs…but what do you do when you find out your movie was literally a cover for a plot to conquer the world? Elvira and Gill team up to escape the clutches of the creepy conspiracy that threw them together, in the final insane issue of THE SHAPE OF ELVIRA!

Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #4

Preview: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #10

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #10

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Tim Seeley (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo (D)
Craig Cermak (RI-Virgin), John Royle (RI-B/W), Tim Seeley (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Comedy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira’s eldritch adventures continue, as her wild ride winds up at a horror-haunted hospital. A crazy cult is playing doctor (and not in a good way)… but Elvira is ready to operate as only she can, in her latest absurd escapade!

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #10

Preview: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #9

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #9

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Kevin Eastman (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo (D)
Craig Cermak (RI-Virgin), John Royle (RI-B/W), Kevin Eastman (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira’s traveled through time and been to Hell and back…but does she get to take a breath and recover from her travels? Not in this comic book, friends. Back from Hell, Elvira falls in with a coven of modern-day witches and takes a hot rod broom out for a spin in the sky! Sit down for a spell, and for more thrills, chills and bad puns, as David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing) bring you the Horror Hostess with the Mostest in the next thrilling issue of ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK!

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #9

Preview: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Vol. 1 TP

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Vol. 1 TP

Writer: David Avallone
Artist: Dave Acosta
Cover: Joseph Michael Linsner
104 pages | $17.99 | Teen+

The Mistress of the Dark has become unstuck in time! Elvira crashes Mary Shelley’s monster weekend, beginning an epic journey through horror history, stalked by the most terrifying nightmare to ever walk the Earth. (No spoilers!) Writer David Avallone (Bettie Page, Doc Savage, Twilight Zone) and Dave Acosta (Doc Savage) bring you the thrills, chills and double-entendres in the first chapter of this four-issue miniseries!

Played by actress-writer Cassandra Peterson, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark has carved out a niche in popular American culture that is sure to endure for decades to come. Elvira’s reign as ‘Queen of Halloween’ has now spanned thirty-five years and includes two nationally syndicated television series, two feature films (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills), an IMAX movie and two motion control rides. She has appeared in National ad campaigns for Pepsi and Coors, recorded five music CDs, written four books and licensed over Four Hundred products including pinball machines, action figures, guitars, three comic book series, a beer, wine, soda pop, perfume, slot machines and the best-selling female costume of all time.

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Vol. 1 TP

Preview: Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #8

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #8

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Joe Jusko (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo (D-Sub)
Craig Cermak (RI-Virg), John Royle (RI-B/W), Joe Jusko (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira’s comes face to face with Satan himself, as her odyssey through the underworld reaches its thrilling and ridiculous conclusion. Will she escape the ninth circle of Hell, or end up the Horror Hostess of the Damned for all Eternity? David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing) bring you the hottest lady in Hades, in the next thrilling issue of ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK.

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #8

Preview: Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #7

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #7

(W) David Avallone
(A) Dave Acosta
(CA) Lucio Parillo
$3.99

The Hellish hijinks continue, as Elvira and Faust go deeper and deeper into the Underworld. Will they escape judgment, or does the Lord of the Flies have something special waiting for them? It’s Dante’s Inferno with sex appeal and dirty jokes, in the next exciting issue of ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK, brought to you by David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing), the team who brought you Doc Savage: Ring of Fire and Twilight Zone: The Shadow, which maybe you would have read if Elvira had been in them.

Preview: Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #6

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #6

Writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
Covers: Joseph Michael Linsner (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royale (C)
32 Pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira is riding that Escalator of the Damned all the way down…and she’s going to have some words with the Manager. He just wants her to Mephistopholeave him alone. Thrills, chills and more high class puns like that one, as Bettie and Faust go shopping in the Mall of Souls. This month’s exciting episode of I Love Luci-fer is brought to you by David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing), the team who brought you Doc Savage: Ring of Fire and Twilight Zone: The Shadow, which were totally great but clearly needed more cleavage on the covers.

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #6
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