Thin Blue Line is a forthcoming graphic novel about two police officers facing a tough fight against huge odds. Its creators raised money for the project through crowdfunding. The effort smashed its goal by such a great margin that they donated thousands to programs that support police. And while the comic is scheduled for release next month, right now they’re focused on National Police Week and how people can help.
The graphic novel tells the story of two police officers assigned to guard the mayor amid riots that begin over a police shooting. Author Mike Baron provided more details about it.
“It’s not polemic, and definitely isn’t a cop recruitment book,” he said. “It’s just a thrilling action drama, similar in many ways to elements my fans may recall from the five years I wrote The Punisher, which were grittier and more realistic than most mainstream superhero comics.”
Joseph Arnold, an active-duty police officer, pencilled the book. “I was eager to show another side of policing,” he said. “The story emphasizes family, interpersonal dynamics, and shows police officers from many different backgrounds. I’ve put my heart into every page, and hope it has a positive impact on policing.”
In fact, they beat their goal by so much that they were able to donate thousands of dollars to three police related programs which are important to them and relevant to the story. They were Adopt a Cop, The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and the National Fallen Officer Foundation.
Now they hope to bring attention to National Police Week, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and takes place this week. Visit ThinBlueLineComics.com to learn more.
If you want a copy of the graphic novel but didn’t have the chance to back the crowdfunding campaigns, you won’t be able to find the book in comic shops. Every publisher the team submitted the comic book to responded that making street cops the heroes did not align with their business model. So the only way to secure a copy is by going directly to the creators’ website. But you have to hurry.
“We’re at the printer now and expect to ship in mid-June,” Braly said. “Latecomers still have a chance to own a first printing of Thin Blue Line by visiting thinbluelinecomics.com and grabbing a copy of what’s destined to be a VERY rare comic.”