I still don’t know where this story will go.
When I left the military in 2009 I already had several people suggest or recommend I write a book. I remember something from Paul Theroux, he wrote in “Dark Star Safari”, what more can be said or written that hasn’t already been said. Helpfully he wrote that it hasn’t been said by himself.
With that said I decided to commit some of the stories and tales I wrote into a narrative that I hope can be accessible by many. To that effect I also commissioned artwork specifically for this little enterprise. I’d be interested in feedback from others if any.
The overall plot/premise of the story is a young latino from San Antonio, Texas who follows his fathers and uncles journey into the military to find himself in the first engagements in Afghanistan in 2001 leading all the way up to the ebola crisis of 2014 in W. Africa.
I always felt that the mass of stories told share themes of despair, a world turning in violent and often xenophobic directions. This is another chip against intolerances and somehow narrate that we are all cut from the same bolt of cloth. The richness of differences and somewhere hidden within perhaps a little bit of allegory.
I hope interpreting some of these events in story and illustration help enflame the imagination. I don’t just want the story to have something to include the reader… for them to know this story includes them too and their place in it. Your place in it.