Kickstarter Comic Inspired by Personal Tragedy to Benefit Mental Health Care for Veterans

Top Quote The Kickstarter campaign has been launched for 'Godhand', a graphic novel centered around an anti-hero by the same name. Project set to raise awareness for mental health in our veteran community. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 29, 2016 - This graphic novel written by first-time author Conrad Iwanicki and illustrated by established American Manga artist Ronald Nelson, known for his work on (H)afrocentric, was created to make readers laugh at inappropriate moments, think, and above all else be entertained.

    . While the ultimate objective is to self-publish and create a franchise with staying power, the story behind "Godhand" is both somber and inspiring. Iwanicki found the inspiration to create "Godhand" upon the recent suicide of his mother, Carrie Iwanicki [1962-2014]. A veteran of the United States military, she found herself in a compromising position, one familiar to countless veterans of our armed forces: lacking proper mental health care, disheartened, disconnected, suicidal.

    "My mom had a heart the size of the ocean, she truly lived to help others. Her suicide was senseless and fairly ironic considering a person that would help anyone couldn't get the help she needed. With the success of 'Godhand', not only can I continue her legacy of selflessness, but hopefully I can do my part to stem the tide of 22 veteran suicides a day, so no other son or daughter has to experience the needless loss and sorrow I have.", said Iwanicki.

    Iwanicki will be donating a portion of proceeds from "Godhand" to the non-profit organization Give an Hour, "a national network of mental health care providers who give an hour of their time each week to help members of the military and their families cope with the "unseen wounds" associated with military service." A sample of dialogue and concept art can be obtained and viewed, respectively, at the website,

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