388 – Stephen Russell – Troublemakers

This week features returning guest, Stephen Russell, creator of the “Tales of Nihilism” comic series. Stephen’s artistic path highlights the immense potential within our community. “Tales of Nihilism” has since amassed over 7,000 page reads, proving its appeal beyond conventional superhero tales.

Stephen’s involvement in Plastic City Comic-Con was pivotal, turning his passion project into a serious business endeavor. The convention scene, while showcasing creative work, also presents opportunities for direct audience engagement.

Our discussion also touched on Stephen’s forthcoming memoir, “Troublemakers: The Greatest Dog and Pony Show in Iraq,” which promises an unfiltered look at his deployment experiences, offering insights often overlooked in mainstream war narratives. This memoir addresses the broader cultural and societal impacts of the Iraq War, shedding light on the chaos and consequences of the conflict.

Reflecting on personal and broader veterans’ transitions from military to civilian life, it’s clear that support in career shifts is vital. From veterans turning into truck drivers to programs aiding skill development, these initiatives are essential for harnessing veterans’ skills post-service.

Inspired by Stephen’s dedication to storytelling and the veteran experience, I look forward to his future appearances at comic conventions and the release of his memoir. His journey from soldier to artist and writer is a testament to the varied paths veterans can pursue, blending entertainment, education, and thought-provoking narratives that bridge the military and civilian worlds. Keep an eye out for Stephen’s impactful work, which enriches our national narrative.

You can check out Stephen’s book on Blue Ear Books. Use this link (https://blueearbooks.com/books/troubl…) to order.

Thank you, Stephen, for sharing with us!

Cover to Stephen's latest book.

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