Sit down with writer Shane Roeschlein 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?
Shane: The story of Merci is family lore. An heirloom story of survival and matriarchal courage I’ve carried with pride since childhood and have since shared with my own daughter. To witness it come alive in graphic form by talented collaborators Francine Delgado, Ellie Wright, and Justin Birch is humbling and remarkable. I am grateful to the brave humans at Mad Cave who took the initiative to use their power, position, and network to make a difference for the most vulnerable and overlooked victims of war: women and children.
Q: What is your contribution to Lower Your Sights? (Short Story, Pinup, Etc.)
Shane: I am the author/writer of the short, Merci, a story based on true events that take place in Southeastern France at the end of WWII.
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?
Shane: Art permits us to imagine. Art grants us the ability to create in a space where travel is unrestricted, borders are nonexistent, and walls are breached. Art has the power to heal and the power to influence. Chilean arpilleras, street (graffiti) art, Debuffet’s art Brut and even art therapy as a treatment for PTSD have been proven in clinical settings to help conflict survivors confront trauma and heal.
About Shane Roeschlein
Shane Roeschlein is a writer, American mutant, Arte Suave enthusiast, and bass player in the band Cabròn. Tweets from @andaluciabomber and works of fiction can be found at shaneroeschlein.com. OGN The In-Between is available now!
Shane’s writing will be featured in the short story, Merci, 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.