Sit down with Melbourne, Florida-based writer Jonathan Hedrick 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?
Jonathan: To be able to contribute to such an important project like this one is a true privilege. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for the children who are suffering day to day in Ukraine. I hope that my small contribution can provide some sort of relief for them.
Q: What is your contribution to Lower Your Sights? (Short Story, Pinup, Etc.)
Jonathan: I wrote the story No Time To Grieve which I took from my own experience in the military. It’s deeply personal for me. This fragment of my life is something I haven’t shared with many people but I’m glad it will be told through this anthology.
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?
Jonathan: There’s no doubt in my mind. Art, in many forms, has the ability to make us feel so many emotions. As for myself, I know when I’m feeling depressed, sick, or even anxious, that art can increase my spirit. Sometimes a good song, funny movie, or even a comic book is the right medicine.
About Jonathan Hedrick
Jonathan Hedrick is a comic book writer/creator born and raised in Brevard County, Florida. Comics has always been a passion of his which led to him self-publishing his own titles in 2019. His current work includes the zombie one-shots Freakshow Princess & Freakshow Knight (from Second Sight Publishing), an all-ages tale entitled The Space Cadet (Scoot!), a superhero story called Capable, his sci-fi horror miniseries Quicksand, and the political thriller The Recount (from Scout Comics). In addition to being a writer, Jonathan is an Army veteran and a licensed radiologic technologist. He resides in Melbourne, Florida.
Jonathan’s writing will be featured in the short story, No Time To Grieve, from our upcoming Ukrainian benefit anthology, Lower Your Sights. You check out more of Jonathan’s work here!
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.