No Enemy, But Peace is the true story of Marco Martinez, a former gang-banger who found his true calling as a rifleman in the Marines.
When his friend and squad leader, Corporal Timothy Tardif is injured during their first firefight, Martinez rallies his embattled squad while single-handedly taking down a bunker full of jihadists.
Written by Richard C. Meyer, who served in the same unit as Martinez and who was present during the battle, this is the first comic book produced by Iraq War veterans about the war itself.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Shortly after the battle, when my friends who had been in the thick of the fight told me of the heroics of Martinez, Tardif and the others, I was shocked, astounded and deeply proud to be in the company of these Marines. When I returned to the States after finishing my deployment to Iraq, I was equally shocked and astounded that no one had heard of the incredible bravery exhibited that day. To the rest of the world, it was as if that battle simply never happened.
But bravery matters. Loyalty matters. Tales like this should not be forgotten. So I am determined that as many people as possible know this story. To that end, we will attempt to get these book placed in schools, libraries, and museums (a copy of the original black-and-white version of NEBP is archived at the Marine Corps Museum). Additionally, we will sell them online and in bookstores.
The plan for this Kickstarter campaign is to fund a digitally-colored and expanded version of this story to publish in time for the tenth anniversary of the battle which occured on April 12, 2003.
Originally released in black-and-white in 2008, No Enemy, But Peace received rave reviews which can be seen here:
This new version of NEBP will include 6 new pages of art by original artist Martin Montiel Luna. 3 of those pages will replace the 3 pages that were drawn by me so that now the entire book will be drawn by the same artist. Below is an example of one of my pages that Martin will be re-drawing.
Here is an excerpt from the official citation for Martinez' heroics:
For extraordinary heroism while serving as 1st Fire Team Leader, 2nd Squad, 1st Platoon, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 12 April 2003. Responding to a call to reinforce his Platoon that was ambushed, Corporal Martinez effectively deployed his team under fire in supporting positions for a squad assault. After his squad leader was wounded, he took control and led the assault through a tree line where the ambush originated. As his squad advanced to secure successive enemy positions, it received sustained small arms fire from a nearby building. Enduring intense enemy fire and without regard for his own personal safety, Corporal Martinez launched a captured enemy rocket propelled grenade into the building temporarily silencing the enemy and allowing a wounded Marine to be evacuated and receive medical treatment. After receiving additional fire, he single-handedly assaulted the building and killed four enemy soldiers with a grenade and his rifle. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Corporal Martinez reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Thank you for taking the time to peruse this Kickstarter page. If you are interested in donating to this worthy project, I thank you.
The original pages have already been paid for, so we are using this Kickstarter campaign to fund an additional 6 pages of art as well as digitally coloring the entire book. The financial breakdown is as follows:
$900 for 6 pages of original art
$120 for 6 pages of lettering
$2100 for a colorist to digitally color 26 interior pages plus the cover
$280 for pre-press costs
This comes to $3400. We added another $200 to cover the fees related to using this site and processing payments.
If we receive funds in excess of our goal, they would be used in the following order:
1. Commission an artist to digitally paint a brand-new cover
2. Pay for printing
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at: Meyeraustin@aol.com
Richard C. Meyer
[The author in Iraq, a few months after the events depicted in the graphic novel.]
- (26 days)