This is a very different type of graphic novel project from writer Jim Berry and veteran illustrator, Val Mayerik. The story depicts the very thrilling tale from Battle of the Little Big Horn (or as it is sometimes called, the fight of Greasy Grass). The graphic novel Of Dust and Blood: A Story from Custer’s Fight at The Greasy Grass, is an original graphic novel Berry and Mayerik. The story details the day of The Battle at Little Big Horn through the eyes of Greenhaw, a 7th Cavalry scout on one side of the battlefield, and Slowhawk, a young Lakota warrior on the other side of the conflict.
Berry and Mayerik’s goal is to produce a book that focuses on a compelling drama while also being as historically accurate as possible via quotes and documented actions on every page. There will be featured appearances by the famous protagonists of the day, including George .A. Custer, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. Still they have chosen to focus on a pair of fictional characters, and use them as lenses to show what it just might have been like on that hot afternoon in 1876 for two ordinary men who were pressed into battle.
Of Dust and Blood will be a limited run, 90-page, hardcover book with a landscape format sized 10.5″ x 7″. Every book will be numbered and signed. Also, everyone who contributes will be thanked in the book. The money that Berry and Mayerik raise is slated to go completely into the production of the art, the letters (by another comicbook legend, Tom Orzechowski), the publication, and the distribution of all rewards to you. If they make their stretch goal of $3,3000, Mayerik will hand-color the book.
Following a great collaboration on a short movie project, that was successfully funded on Kickstarter, they began working on this book nearly two years ago. As the idea began to take on a life of its own, they realized we needed to invest themselves fully and create a story that would honor this piece of history from both sides of the conflict. There are literally hundreds of books that detail the events of the time but there are no long form graphic novels on the subject and certainly no narrative pieces that attempt to present opposing angles of perspective on the day of the battle.
As Berry and Mayerik see it, there are essentially no real risks, as they will have the book printed overseas so shipping may be challenging (They’ve never done it but we have a very experienced printer). Distribution of all the rewards is also a challenge but we’re both organized pros and they are very dedicated to the complete satisfaction of their backers. Much research has gone into the production of this book and they are both fully committed to fulfilling everyone’s rewards. Their hope is that they will be able to predict and overcome any challenge that comes their way.
This project will be funded on Wed, Jun 25 2014 at 11:34 PM EDT.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.