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Top Cow’s Think Tank special out next week is subtitled “Fun with PTSD,” and series co-creator Matt Hawkins makes it clear in the back matter of the issue that despite what that phrasing might suggest, he’s not making fun of post-traumatic stress disorder. After thoroughly researching the topic for the issue — which sees main character Dr. David Loren helping a SEAL team member with PTSD — he decided to donate 25 cents for each copy sold to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a variety of services to wounded military veterans — including victims of PTSD.
“With Think Tank I’ve done a lot of tongue-in-cheek stuff combined with serious subject matter and this was initially intended to be just another subject I wanted to tackle.” the writer and Top Cow president/COO told ROBOT 6. “Getting into it and seeing 250-pound buff military guys in tears is really hard to watch. The best explanation I can give is that people with PTSD feel kind of lost. They really don’t know what to do and are confused by their mind seemingly turning on them. For many, cognitive behavioral therapy and time will heal the scars on their souls but some will live out their days like that unless science can figure out a way to repair it. With the advances in brain research I think we’ll be making great strides in the very near future.”
Hawkins stressed that retailer orders on the book were locked at the point he decided to make the donation, so he wasn’t motivated by raising sales. “The Wounded Warrior Project is doing good work,” Hawkins said. “The least I can do is donate what I would have made [from] this issue.”
Think Tank: Fun with PTSD, an oversized one-shot illustrated by series co-creator Rahsan Ekedal, is out next Wednesday, May 14, with a cover price of $4.99. Hawkins and Ekedal are planning a Think Tank Season Two, with the series in color for the first time, to debut sometime in 2015.