Sit down with Long Island-based editor and writer Joe Corallo as we discuss what the Lower Your Sights project means to him, his contribution to the anthology, and his thoughts on the unifying power of art.
Q: What does this project mean to you?
Joe: I’ve had the honor of being involved in multiple benefit anthologies over the years. Two of my earliest published comics work included a short for a Pulse benefit zine and editing the Mine! anthology to benefit Planned Parenthood. The ongoing situation in Ukraine should be of great importance to everyone across the world who values freedom and human life and I’m humbled to be able to provide any kind of contribution I can.
Q: What is your contribution to Lower Your Sights? (Short Story, Pinup, Etc.)
Joe: I wrote a 3 page story about the Ukrainian revolutionary Liudmyla Starytska-Cherniakhivska
Q: In addition to supplying food and essential supplies, Voices of Children also provides art therapy to help kids cope and overcome the stress, anxiety, and trauma of living in war conditions. Do you believe art has the power to heal?
Joe: Absolutely! It would be all but impossible to find someone that had access to art as a kid, whether it be in the form of comics or not, that didn’t benefit from powerful stories and images. Most people will tell you they had something like that get them through a hard time when they were young which is a reflection of art’s power to heal.
About Joe Corallo
Joe Corallo is a comics editor whose work includes the Eisner nominated (Best Short Story) and Ringo Award-winning Mine! anthology, the GLAAD-nominated Kim & Kim, the Ringo-nominated Dead Beats anthology. He’s also a comics writer whose work includes She Said Destroy which he co-created with illustrator Liana Kangas at Vault Comics, Becstar at Mad Cave Studios, as well as co-writing TKO Shorts #1: Seeds of Eden with Liana Kangas and The Never-Ending Party with Rachel Pollack at ComiXology Originals.
Twitter: @joecorallo | Instagram: @corallojoe
Joe’s writing will be featured in the short story, The Arrests and Exiles of Liudmyla Starytska-Cherniakhivska, from our upcoming Ukrainian benefit anthology, Lower Your Sights.
Mad Cave Studios and Voices Of Children are teaming up to publish Lower Your Sights, a graphic novel anthology, to raise awareness and proceeds for children impacted by war. Earnings from the book’s sales are going directly to the Voices of Children foundation.
Lower Your Sights is available for preorder (FOC on August 29th 2022), and officially in stores on September 14th, 2022. You can pre-order your very own copy of this benefit anthology here.