Scott Snyder, Kelly Thompson, Alex de Campi, and more are creating stories for an upcoming comics anthology to raise money to combat gun violence. Shots Fired from Comicker Press is scheduled to be released later this year after a Kickstarter funding campaign, with proceeds from the book's sale going to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Community Justice Reform Coalition.
"We simply couldn’t just watch anymore as our fellow human beings are senselessly killed on a daily basis," said Shots Fired editor Brendan Wright. "96 people per day. That would make every single day the worst mass shooting in the United States in modern times - by 38 people.
"To put that into another perspective, as of today the Washington Post has counted 1165 people killed in mass shootings in the U.S. since 1966. So between suicides, accidents, crime, law enforcement, and other causes, there are more people killed with guns in two weeks in the US than in all the mass shootings over the last fifty years combined."
The current line-up of creators for Shots Fired are: Scott Snyder, Kelly Thompson, David Lafuente, Phil Hester, Ariela Kristantina, Jamal Igle, Devin Grayson, Joe Keatinge, Doselle Young, Marguerite Sauvage, Ron Marz, Stuart Moore, Shannon Wheeler, Steven Grant, Roger Langridge, Matt Miner, Ray Fawkes, CW Cooke, Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, Kelly Williams, Jensen Saam, Neil Kleid, Huseyin Ozkan, Emma Beeby, and Micah Myers.
Comicker Press previously attempted a raise funds for Shots Fired on Kickstarter but were unsuccessful, leading company co-founder Sean E. Williams to regroup and learn from the experience while still publishing the book.
"Since Kickstarter campaigns are all-or-nothing, when it became apparent that our last one wasn’t going to reach its goal, we decided to regroup and try again as quickly as possible," said Williams. "This issue is too important to not do this book, and the stories the creators are telling are truly unparalleled and need to be read."
Shipping for Shots Fired will be limited to the United States for Kicksarter backers, but Comicker Press hopes for a wider release at a later date.
"With these factors combined, we feel this version of this anthology is much more achievable," Williams said. "We’ve also got some surprises and stretch goals in mind, once we reach our target."
The new Shots Fired Kickstarter is scheduled ro run from June 18 to July 16.