Soldiers Uknown: A World War One graphic novel by Chag Lowry and Rahsan Ekedal

Pictured: Soldiers Unknown book cover. Written by Chag Lowry. Illustrations by Rahsan Ekedal and Design by Dave Lanphear.(Image: Great Oak Press)

Based on true narratives, the portrayal of the traumas of war, the return home, and the ability to heal oneself through ceremony are the strengths of Soldiers Unknown

News Release

Great Oak Press

The Klamath River, 1918. The native Yurok people of Northern California have been untouched by the savage world war raging in Europe — until now. Three cousins are called to serve a nation that has given little but cruelty to their people. Thrust into battle on the Western Front, these young men struggle to preserve their humanity while facing the unspeakable horrors of the greatest military conflict ever known.

Soldiers  Unknown is a story over 100 years in the making. According to author Chag Lowry, “The fears, sacrifices, and histories of soldiers are at once complicated and captivating—being thrust into battle so far from home is difficult, but sometimes the return home can be even more challenging.” Based on true narratives, Lowry’s portrayal of the traumas of war, the return home, and the ability to heal oneself through ceremony are the strengths of Soldiers Unknown. 

Pictured: Panels from Soldiers Unknown. Illustrations by Rahsan Ekedal.
Panels from Soldiers Unknown. Illustrations by Rahsan Ekedal.(Image: Great Oak Press)

Artist Rahsan Ekedal depicts the grittiness of war alongside the vibrancy of culture and ceremony, bringing realism and pathos to each page. 

Soldiers Unknown is endorsed by the United States World War One  Centennial Commission and the American Indian Veterans Association of Southern California. 

“The story brings to life not only the individual sacrifice but also the sacrifice of the community; the sacrifices that Native communities still make today.”

- Dr. Lee Francis IV, Publisher and Writer of Sixkiller 

Pictured: Panels from Soldiers Unknown. Illustrations by Rahsan Ekedal.
Panels from Soldiers Unknown. Illustrations by Rahsan Ekedal.(Image: Great Oak Press)
Pictured: Panels from Soldiers Unknown. Illustrations by Rahsan Ekedal.
Panels from Soldiers Unknown. Illustrations by Rahsan Ekedal.(Image: Great Oak Press)

Chag Lowry is of Yurok, Maidu, and Achumawi Native American ancestry. His previous written work includes The Original Patriots: Northern California Indian Veterans of World War Two, and he has both produced and directed numerous PBS programs on Native American veterans. 

Rahsan Ekedal has created art for various comic books and graphic novels, including The Tithe and Think Tank, as well as the Harvey Award nominated graphic novel Echoes. Ekedal also devotes his time to developing storyboards  and concept designs for TV shows, including character designs for Disney XD’s Mighty Med series.

Soldiers Unknown is available August 20, 2019 from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine book retailers and comic shops. Pre-orders available now through Pathway Book Service at www.pathwaybook.com.

In collaboration with Red Planet Books and Comics.

ISBN: 978-1-942279-28-0, Price: $29.95

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