Comic Book Master

Nitz collaborates with uncle on comic that asks ‘what if?’

Hayley Nitz, junior, working on her comic, Chasing Hitler.

Reagan Devinney, Reporter

The year is 1945, Berlin has fallen to the allied forces, and people everywhere await the confirmation of Hitler’s death.

In Hayley Nitz’s, comic book, “Chasing Hitler” there is never a definitive answer as to whether he died.

Nitz, junior, came up with the idea to write about the end of World War II and how Hitler’s body was never 100 percent identified.

“I thought it was fascinating how one of the world’s largest villians could not have died,” she said.

Nitz started considering the idea to write the comic two years ago when she was in history class. World War II was always her favorite history topic, and she found it interesting.

Throughout the two years, she worked with trying to come up with a complete storyline and has been putting different ideas together to have the outcome she has today.

She had her dad help and started to bounce ideas off of him for the comic.

They came up with the idea to write about two servicemen and their journey to search for Hitler in Germany, and when he can’t be found, “the chase begins.”

There are many aspects to the comic book and many people have been involved with the whole process.

“I like creative writing and I am co-writing it with my uncle,” Nitz said.

Besides her dad and uncle assisting her, she is also being helped by Jethro Morales, the inside artist, Chris Crank, the letterer, Marie Enger, the colorist and Greg Smallwood, the cover artist.

The cover artist is a comic book artist by profession and has done comic art with major companies such as Marvel.

As a group, they released a kick-starter for their comic and the comic is now in print.

They are currently going to start sending letters to editors for press releases and trying to contact various publishing companies.

“I’m hoping that Robert Kirkman’s publishing company picks it up,” she said. “It’s the company that published ‘The Walking Dead.’”

Like many other comic books, it has 20 pages. “If this goes well and I get picked up by a publishing company, I hope that I can turn it into a graphic novel which has 100 pages in all,” Nitz said.

Currently, there is a five-issue arch planned out for the comic.

“Throughout this whole thing my ultimate goal for it is to get a monthly issue going and then in the future, it turning into a television show,” Nitz said.