Sam Spina is one of the recipients of this year's Xeric Awards, financial support for comic publishing projects set up by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle creator Peter Laird, awarded twice annually.
Spina writes of his comic Fight;
That means whenever I finish this gosh darned comic, the Xeric foundation is going to pay for printing! The final book is going to be 80 pages long and have a spine! It will be 4.5" x 5.75" (weird size!). I'm so pumped for this, it's a dream come true!
Four years ago, Seamus Heffernan posted;
For the past few years now I've been preparing for a massive undertaking: the rewriting of the American Revolution… or as it was known in its own time by its proponents, "The Glorious Cause of America."
I've felt for a long time that most Americans have lost a sense of history. That is, where we came from, how we came to be where we are, and why. I would argue that the ignorance of our nation's history has helped lead us to the deplorable state of American Governance today. And that's just the history that gets printed in high school textbooks, nevermind the uncountable volumes of tragedies and crimes left out of their pages.
I hope to contribute, however insignificantly (it will be a graphic novel, after all), to the re-discovery of this period in American History. The goal is to re-tell the story in a way that sheds an unforgiving light on the policies and practices of today's America, as well as being a blast to read.
And on his blog, over the last few years he posted many images, pages and sketches towards the project. And now he's also a Xeric Award winner, paying the printing bill. Seamus expects to have the finished graphic novel available for purchase by SPX in Washington in December. Here's a few of those pages and illustrations;