Graphic Novel First for Freight Focuses on Veterans' Plight

A Glasgow creative design and marketing agency has produced its first graphic novel, using the occasion to help raise funds for war veteran charities.

Dougie’s War is being published by Freight, with novelist and biographer, Rodge Glass, providing the words and artist, Dave Turbitt, the illustrations. It tells the story of Dougie Campbell, a Scottish soldier returning from Afghanistan to his home in the south side of Glasgow.

Out next week, Dougie's War documents the effects of Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome on returning veterans and their families.

The graphic novel was influenced by the highly popular 80s comic strip, Charley’s War, and was part-funded by The Scottish Government, through the Scottish Veteran’s Fund and Creative Scotland. The aim of the publication is to highlight the difficulties faced by many when they leave the armed forces.

Although the project, which has been in the making for the last 18 months, is a commercial venture, publisher and contributor, Adrian Searle – a director at Freight – told allmediascotland: “This is a self-commissioned project and although it is a commercial venture we will be donating a significant proportion of the profits to war veterans' charities.”

He added: “We self-commission projects, allowing our designers to collaborate with other talented people.”

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