Some Stories for Veteran's Day

I know why we call this holiday Veteran's Day, but the truth is that I've always preferred "Remembrance Day." I wanted to remember a few books and people that others might find interesting.

The late Nick Cardy was a superstar in comics in the 1960s, but before he was a cartoonist he was an aspiring artist who fought in WWII. He was the kind of guy who brought a couple sketchbooks, pencils and a watercolor package in his pack when he shipped off to Europe. A few years ago a collection of his sketchbooks from the war was published. I had the great privilege of talking to him about his work, which was later published as the introduction to the book.

The late Joe Kubert is an icon for people in comics. He's the man behind Sgt Rock and a lot of other comics. I spoke with him about his many projects and his work before he died. I can only hope that if I end up in my 80s, I'm as creative and active and skilled as he was right up until the time he died.

Sam Glanzman is fortunately still with us and his book the U.S.S. Stevens, which collects his series of short comics about life aboard ship during WWII, some of which were autobiographical and some of which were fictionalized, but the result is something really amazing. I talked to him a couple years back on the release of another of his book about life in the navy.

One reason why I like the term Remembrance Day is that I think how we remember events and what we take away from them is ultimately as important (if not more so) than the actual events in our lives. Carol Tyler has been making some amazing comics in recent years looking at her father, his time in WWII and the live of their family and the way that events and trauma can effect us and influence people across generations. I spoke with her twice about the project in recent years.

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