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‘Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds’ to benefit Ukrainian refugees

‘Comics for Ukraine’ features creators like Stan Sakai, Kurt Busiek, Dave Gibbons, Louise Simonson, Matt Wagner, and more.

Press Release

Comics creators and editor Scott Dunbier are joining forces to help benefit Ukraine refugees through all-new comic anthology Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds. Every dollar of the funds raised will benefit the relief efforts in Ukraine in partnership with Operation USA (with the exception of costs like printing, credit-card fees, marketing, etc.). The anthology will feature stories within the Astro City, Usagi Yojimbo, Grendel, Groo, and Chew universes, among others.

The 96-page anthology will feature comics greats like Stan Sakai, Kurt Busiek, Howard Chaykin, Brent Anderson, Dave Gibbons, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Rob Guillory, Sergio Aragones, June Brigman, Joshua Dysart, Mark Evanier, Emil Ferris, John Layman, Gabriel Rodriguez, Chris Sprouse, Jill Thompson, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid and more.

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“Like everyone, I have been sickened by the atrocities perpetrated on the Ukrainian people for nearly two months,” said Scott Dunbier, editor of the anthology, “and I had to do something, anything, to try and help. The comic-book community is full of good and caring people who have stepped up to say, ‘I stand with Ukraine,’ and to contribute to this book.”

'Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds' to benefit refugees in Ukraine

The anthology will feature a main cover by Alex Ross, and softcover versions by Arthur Adams, Dave Johnson, and Bill Sienkiewicz.

“We at OpUSA are so grateful for the support of Mr. Dunbier and all artists and writers involved with this project” says Mary Dolan, Director of Communications. “Operation USA is entirely privately funded, so projects such as Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds  play a vital role in building our capacity to provide critical relief where needed most. Proceeds from this project will have a direct impact on the lives of those deeply affected by the ongoing war—improving conditions for Ukrainian refugees in Poland and other nearby countries via the provision of emergency grants and in-kind material aid. We thank all those involved in this meaningful project.”

Here’s a full rundown on creators contributing to the project:

Astro City

Kurt Busiek — writer

Brent Anderson — penciler

Wade Von Grawbadger — inker

Colorist TBD

Comicraft — letterer

Hardrada

Dave Gibbons — writer

Chris Sprouse — penciler

Kevin Nowlan — inker

Laura Martin — Colorist

Letterer — TBD

Scary Godmother

Jill Thompson

Star Slammers

Walter Simonson — writer/artist

Laura Martin — Colorist

John Workman — Letterer

Usagi Yojimbo

Stan Sakai — writer/artist/letterer

Colorist — TBD

American Flagg

Howard Chaykin — Everything

Groo

Mark Evanier — writer

Sergio Aragones — Artist

Colorist TBD

Stan Sakai — Letterer

Chew

John Layman —writer/letterer

Rob Gilroy — artist

Colorist TBD

Grendel: Hunter Rose

Matt Wagner Writer/artist

Brennan Wagner —colorist

Letterer TBD

 

Louise Simonson — writer

June Brigman — artist

Colorist TBD

Letterer TBD

 

Mark Waid-Gabriel Rodriguez

Colorist—Dave Stewart

Letterer–Todd Klein

Peter Kuper—Portfolio

Pia Guerra—Political Cartoon

Mike Allread—Madman pinup

Josh Dysart—Editorial on Ukrainian cartoonists

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

SAN DIEGO, CA–Today, more than three dozen comic-book writers, artists, colorists, letterers, designers, and editors announced a collection of all-new comic-book stories to raise money to aid refugees in Ukraine. Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds is a benefit anthology edited by Scott Dunbier, with all proceeds going to Operation USA. The book will be full-color, 96 pages, 8 x 12 inches, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions

“Like everyone, I have been sickened by the atrocities perpetrated on the Ukrainian people for nearly two months,” said Scott Dunbier, editor of the anthology, “and I had to do something, anything, to try and help. The comic-book community is full of good and caring people who have stepped up to say, ‘I stand with Ukraine,’ and to contribute to this book.”

Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds features an incredible roster of comics talent united under the mission of providing relief to the war-torn Ukraine, which has suffered attacks from neighboring Russia since late February. There will be multiple versions available, a hardcover with a painted cover by Alex Ross, and softcover versions by Arthur Adams, Dave Johnson, and Bill Sienkiewicz. At press time, stories will be created by a virtual who’s who of writers and artists, including Brent Anderson, Sergio Aragones, June Brigman, Kurt Busiek, Howard Chaykin, Joshua Dysart, Mark Evanier, Emil Ferris, Dave Gibbons, Rob Guillory, John Layman, Gabriel Rodriguez, Stan Sakai, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Chris Sprouse, Jill Thompson, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid, and more. For a full list of creators, including colorists, letterers, and designers, please visit the campaign page.

With the exception of hard costs (printing, credit-card fees, marketing, etc.) all of the funds raised by Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds will benefit the relief efforts in Ukraine in partnership with Operation USA: https://www.opusa.org/developing-supporting-ukrainians/

“We at OpUSA are so grateful for the support of Mr. Dunbier and all artists and writers involved with this project” says Mary Dolan, Director of Communications. “Operation USA is entirely privately funded, so projects such as Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds  play a vital role in building our capacity to provide critical relief where needed most. Proceeds from this project will have a direct impact on the lives of those deeply affected by the ongoing war—improving conditions for Ukrainian refugees in Poland and other nearby countries via the provision of emergency grants and in-kind material aid. We thank all those involved in this meaningful project.”

Operation USA supports health and education programs to help children and families at home and abroad recover and thrive in the wake of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty.  Every day, we strive to meet the needs of under-served and overlooked populations so that future generations may have the tools they need to create meaningful change in their own communities and lives. Working with partners around the world, we empower communities to recover, build resiliency and thrive in the face of pervasive obstacles during a time of unprecedented global need. Since 1979, OpUSA has delivered $450 million in aid to 101 countries. Learn more at opusa.org.

“We are proud to be partnering with Scott Dunbier again for another important project.  It is our way to do our part to support the people of The Ukraine.  The comics community comes together in times of need, and we’re imploring them to come together again for this worthy cause,” said ZOOP CEO and Co-founder Jordan Plosky.

To contribute to these efforts and preorder your copy of Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds, please visit https://zoop.gg/c/comicsforukraine today! For more information on the work of Operation USA, visit give.opusa.org.

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