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IDW's 'Code Name: Geronimo'

September 6, 2011 1:28 a.m.

IDW releases graphic narrative today about Navy SEALS raid on Osama bin Laden.

Related Story: Entertainment News: 'Code Word: Geronimo'


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ANCHOR: Today, the San Diego-based IDW Publishing releases "Code Word: Geronimo," a moment-by-moment graphic narrative about the clandestine raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. KPBS Reporter Beth Accomando speaks with the book's editor Tom Waltz.

IDW 1 (ba) (1:12)

Tom Waltz is a former Marine who fought in Desert Storm. So when someone suggested doing a story about the Navy SEALS involved in the mission to capture Osama bin Laden, he thought it would be a perfect graphic narrative for IDW to produce. As IDW's senior staff writer and editor, he then had to decide the best time for the book to hit stores.

IDW 1A (:18)
TOM WALTZ: When is the time you need to get this out to folks and we all agreed that by September 11th. Or the week of September 11th, this being the tenth anniversary of 9/11. We wanted to have something that when it's on people's minds to look at this and then we'll have that opportunity to show this heroic story to the biggest audience.

So "Code Word Geronimo" was fast-tracked and delivered in an amazing 4 weeks. The account was written by retired Marine Corp Captain Dale Dye and his wife Dr. Julia Dye. Everyone involved made an effort to keep the story neutral and apolitical.

IDW 1B (:13)
TOM WALTZ: But what we really endeavor to do was to take it from the grunt on the ground's perspective and show that they had a mission this is how they prepared for the mission, this is how they conducted the mission, how it was successful, and how they were able to return home.

Waltz says part of the proceeds will go to charity, and he knows the book will most certainly be followed by many more media accounts of the mission.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.