About this project
We are fast approaching November 22, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
At this critical moment, we are prepared to create the definitive graphic adaptation about JFK, his legacy, and the reasons behind his assassination. It is a powerful and transforming story.
In his book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, author James W. Douglass tells the story of how John F. Kennedy gradually turned from being a Cold Warrior toward trying to make peace with “the enemy”. With the JFK Records Act triggering the declassification of hundreds of thousands of documents, we now have overwhelming evidence that Kennedy’s policies so upset the military industrial complex that he was branded a traitor and marked for assassination.
Douglass’ book has been cited by many as possibly the most definitive book on the assassination ever written.
“A remarkable story that changed the way I view the world.”—JAMES BRADLEY, author of Flags of Our Fathers
“Arguably the most important book yet written about a U.S. president … Should be required reading for all high school and college students, and anyone who is a registered voter!”—JOHN PERKINS, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman
“The best account I have read of this tragedy and its significance … But don’t take my word for it. Read this extraordinary book and reach your own conclusions.” —OLIVER STONE, director
"Jim Douglass has unraveled the story of President Kennedy’s astonishing and little-known turn toward peace, and the reasons why members of his own government felt he must be eliminated. This disturbing, enlightening, and ultimately inspiring book should be read by all Americans. It has the power to change our lives and to set us free."—MARTIN SHEEN
JFK and the Unspeakable has sold more than 70,000 copies since it was published in 2008. But, judging from recent polls, increasing numbers of Americans are ignorant of the hidden truths behind the assassination. As we move further away from the event, a kind of amnesia seems to be settling into the collective memory of the nation.
We believe a graphic novel will remind those who have forgotten and inform those who never knew-- dramatizing what Thomas Merton called “the Unspeakable” – the truth that JFK was murdered for becoming a peacemaker.
Using a graphic story-telling approach, we will present many elements of the JFK assassination in a straightforward style that will be easily understood by readers. Our goal is to get the story of JFK’s assassination as a peacemaker to a newer, younger and perhaps more visually inclined audience. Every important conflict President Kennedy had with his own war-making state will be covered here.
The story will dramatize the bold and often secretive diplomatic efforts of JFK to forge peace with world figures, such as Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev. We’ll watch as Kennedy, in his moving search for peace, traverses a minefield of obstacles and possible acts of sabotage generated from within the State Department, the Pentagon and the CIA. We’ll look with a clear eye at the case against Lee Harvey Oswald, and the evidence that there was cover-up of epic proportions to find him guilty of acting alone. JFK was struggling for the lives of us all and these efforts ultimately cost him his life.
Important story-lines that we will cover:
- JFK being setup by Allen Dulles during the Bay of Pigs debacle and the fallout
- LeMay and others pushing JFK towards attacking Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis
- JFK’s efforts and strategies to make peace with the Soviets, including 21 secret correspondences with Khrushchev
- Kennedy’s secret efforts to establish normal relations with Cuba and the fury that this [it] caused within the CIA and amongst Cuban exiles
- JFK’s determined efforts to get U.S. troops out of Vietnam and the forces within his administration that resisted and ultimately prevented this effort
- Kennedy standing up to U.S. steel interests and the bitterness that this lead to among U.S. business leaders, including Henry Luce, publisher of Fortune
- The overwhelming evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald was on the CIA payroll and had an assortment of handlers
- The CIA plot that painted Oswald as a communist sympathizer and lunatic with ties to the Soviet Union and Cuba
- How power brokers convinced the official investigators (Warren Report) to pin the assassination on Oswald
- The underreported plot to kill JFK in Chicago, stopped and bungled by the Secret Service one month before Kennedy was killed in November of ’63.
- The latest forensic evidence that shows beyond any reasonable doubt that the published autopsy x-rays are composite fakes.
- The stories of many witnesses who saw things differently than the official story, who were sometimes killed, died of mysterious causes, or had their stories changed or their lives threatened.
Through the Joe Kubert School, we found Mr. Oliver Hine, a young and gifted illustrator. As you can see in these examples, every panel surges with remarkable and unique energy. Oliver’s work has the gravitas and deftness of touch necessary to tell this story.
With Oliver Hine helping us to adapt JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, we hope that a new generation of people hungry for the truth will have the opportunity to confront this chilling but ultimately liberating story.
We need your help so that Oliver and I can devote this upcoming year to making this project a reality. It is a huge effort for us to compress Douglass’s 500-page book, complete with some 1,000 footnotes, into a 156-page graphic adaptation, even with James Douglass’ help every step of the way.
Our first goal is release a 156-page EBook in a serialized format with the first chapter ready for download by November 22, 2013. Then we will release 11 additional chapters over the next year, culminating with the final chapter release on November 22, 2014.
Our first stretch goal (should we be so fortunate!) is to cover the cost of printing a high quality soft cover that would reproduce Oliver's subtle black, white and nuanced grays in all their glory. This will enable us to reach many more readers, libraries, book clubs and even schools.
As Jim tells us in the video,
“John Kennedy was not naïve. He knew the forces he was up against. How could a man of such power have turned toward peace, knowing he would be marked for assassination? That’s the question our story explores. When we see why JFK was willing to die, his story becomes an inspiration. It can give hope to a new generation seeking peace. And in a time when a military-industrial empire is spying on and ready to take out the whole world, this story of peacemaking at the cost of one's life has never been more relevant.”
We are asking for your assistance so that we can shape this remarkable yet little-known key to unlocking our history into a completely new medium for the 50th anniversary.
Risks and challenges
If we are funded, challenges could arise.
-Though we are absolutely committed to this project and its mission, completing 12 chapters (156 pages) from November 22nd 2013 through November 22nd 2014 seems like a daunting task. Oliver and I are working diligently to create a smooth rhythm of communication between the two of us. Fortunately, we both have strong, wise mentors to lean on for advice. So, I fully believe we will handle this challenge with grace and overcome it.
-We continue to be ever-inspired by James W. Douglass and his tireless efforts to compile the book that began this project. Implementing his feedback and notes in a timely manner being geographically separated may be difficult at times. Fortunately, in putting together the outline and initial pages, Mr. Douglass has been very quick to respond to questions and to offer guidance to us.
-We would like to affirm again our complete vow to this work but also ask our backers for margin to produce the book as near as possible to the approximated deadline of November 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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