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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/164935645/60th-anniversarykorean-war-commemorative-graphic-n

6 Days left and $1500 short on the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War graphic novel.  I’m asking my readers and followers to consider giving what you feel you can, even if its just SHARING THE LINK on your social media, blogs, and other pages!  Please help Clayton out with this project!

Clayton worked hard with a number of great creators to publish this to commemorate the sacrifices of a “forgotten” generation of America’s Veterans who served from 1950 to 1953 in the killing fields of Korea securing Liberty south of the 38th Parallel.    Lets NOT forget the Korean War, as its still going on to this day ion one of the longest ceasefires in history!

So, check it out folks!  Clayton has been a big help and mentor for me just being himself, doing his jobs, and juggling with a few graphic novel/fundraising projects as well!  This man’s work deserves our attention!  I also know Clayton is driven by the same passion for this project (more so than myself actually), and that is the impact Korean War Veterans have had on our lives.  They are a quieter and smaller group of Veterans, but in no way any less influential than all the Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq Veterans.  Lets honor these men and women before their generation is gone forever from the living.

Recently YouServed at http://www.vamortgagecenter.com/blog/ started running a few of my Simple Analysis cartoons (don’t worry, I’ll like them to here shortly…). One day, while I was visiting Doug TenNapel’s blog and forum (of which I’ve been a member for some time now) I saw his pin-up of Earthworm Jim that he is getting ready to auction off at the Dallas Comic-Con in May. Not only is this piece of art awesome because EJ is dressed to kill as a soldier (http://tennapel.tumblr.com/post/20033708711/detail-of-the-earthworm-jim-piece-to-be-auctioned), but Doug is donating the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project! So, with YouServed running some of my cartoons on the blog, I figured I’d use my new-found influence with the Redshirt and Producer Marcus, and mentioned the awesome artwork to him to see if he wanted to set up an interview with Doug. Marcus then turned around and said, ‘that’s a great idea, how about you arrange the interview’.

So here I am, I got on Facebook (since I’m following Doug there as well), and I just sent the message with my fingers crossed… Within minutes I got a chat right back from Doug, and worked out a good date and time for the interview. Well folks, its time!

On the YouServed Blogtalk Radio page, at 9PM EST (6PM PST, and 4PM AK) Doug will be interviewed! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/youserved/2012/04/18/you-served-radio

Be sure to listen in!

Once again, GWOT Veterans are in the cross hairs of the very government they served to protect YOUR liberties…  When you sit and read the articles, keep in mind how easy it would be to construe a wounded Veteran from recent operations in Iraq who loves to be prepared and live outdoors showing up at a surplus store.  Having been wounded, and losing limbs, they can easily be ‘profiled’ according to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force handout as a domestic terrorist.  This after MIAC, and the DHS Report in 2008.  BOHICA!

David Codrea’s Gun Rights Examiner article:  http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/fbi-adds-preppers-to-potential-terrorists-list?CID=examiner_alerts_article

PDF of the FBI handout to Colorado Surplus stores…  ColoradoFBISurplusStore

Osama is dead, I don’t smoke, but in this case I might make an exception and smoke a cigar with some of my buddies who have also served throughout GWOT.

Really, if any agency deserves budget cuts more than the TSA let me know… Wait, never mind, I can think of a few myself… However, maybe we should do away with the multiple redundant bureaucracy that is the Dept. of Homeland Security and send ‘Big Sis’ Napolitano back to New Mexico. Its obvious that these ‘enhanced’ screening techniques often times end up being used on children who aren’t involved in terrorism; along with grandmothers, grandfathers, and I’m sure handicapped folks. Being a father of toddlers, this disgusts me; being a GWOT veteran who went forth to kill terrorists in their own nation, this angers me further to see these amateurs ignore techniques that are far less intrusive and far more effective (yes it involves profiling behavior, not race; though since most of the crazy suicide bombers stem from one part of the world… however that behavior profiling might also yield some other results in other arenas such as battling drug smuggling…). So here it is folks the articles for your perusal from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze: Little Miss Drexel’s folks, and the Jihad Jammer. So, which Americans should we screen more closely?

OUT NOW!

Check it out: http://heroesfallenstudiosinc.webs.com/

All proceeds are going to go to:

Soldiers Angels

Wounded Warrior Project

The USO

and

Fischer House

On top of where everything is going to support, this project thus far is rather unique in that Clayton Murwin, the man who worked to put this together, worked very hard to find the comic book industry talent to work pro bono while also getting them in touch with OEF/OIF Veterans willing to tell their stories. I became involved through a chance encounter with one of the Vets involved, Victor Castro, through the IAVA Community of Veterans social network. Since then, I’ve worked with Valerie Finnigan who did the script, and finally the illustrators. Clayton was even kind enough to take a look at a few of my cartoons that I’d drawn on a my last deployment on the back of inventory sheets that were part of our units unofficial ‘morale file’ and asked if he could use some! Obviously, the coffee stains, smears, and dust weren’t acceptable for the final product; so I re penciled most of them and sent them to Clayton who in turn sent them to some real professionals in the comic book industry who know what they are doing with inks!

So, there you go folks! Finally, some real war comics based on real stories from real soldiers. Not the usual war comic that comes out these days, at least not anything like I’ve seen at my local comic shop!

Its been 10 years (01AUG00 or 02AUG00 depending on if you count leaving MEPS or entering the base for Basic Training as the start of a career) since I joined initially, and just about four since I got out (01JUL07…). Lets just say, I couldn’t help but laugh when I went to apply for my first job out of the military in 2008 and I actually had to answer this question (and did so truthfully, laughing). Perhaps I should really have lied, as the context obviously was more geared toward “Do you have an issue with Safety violations?”.  So, needless to say, the big box stores with their fancy online applications never called me back.  However, my present local employer (whom I filled out paper application did, and hired me on the spot after a 15 minute interview, my manager is a Vietnam Veteran…) did, so I ‘m glad I did answer truthfully.  While I didn’t operate out of up armored humvees (my outside the wire time was either Stryker or dismounted from Stryker), most GWOT vets have, so that is why I illustrated them here.  So here you are, a little tale of Veterans adjustment to civilian life, and the humor that accompanies it sometimes.

So this begins a series critiquing the United Nations stance and activities on various issues.  Yes, the UN has done a great load of good when they have stood aside and just taken statistical data and compiled it.  However, they have done more harm than good since October 1945…  Starting with the Korean War (which is still being fought, just one long ceasefire signed in 1953 thus far!) until now.  So far, what we see in Hati is mostly a unilateral response from the US and our military.  If we waited for the UN to react…  Instead, like in Indonesia after the tsunami, and in Iraq, we have taken action.  In fact, in Iraq, we waited for the UN, waited until they failed to assist and delayed the invasion while doing so until it became apparent that support wouldn’t be there PRIOR to acting in a ‘unilateral’ manner (I seem to recall the U.K. being on board…).

…especially mud!

No matter the battlefield, there always seems to be too much mud.  This time of year in Iraq (and I’m sure in Afghanistan also) there its the rainy season there is copious amounts of mud!  All that sand and dust, yup, it makes a mess when mixed with a little moisture…

My new format (3.0!) moving away from the 800×600 pixel rectangle. Tackling a tough issue that I’ve run across before at work. There are some old guys out there who come up to the gun counter at work and make assumptions about myself and some of my co-workers based what they think of the youth (18-30 year olds anyway…). They express that opinion, clearly ignorant of my background, and that of a couple of my co-workers who are Reservists. Its really frustrating when you run across folks that treat you like your an ignorant fool only interested in the latest iPhone and have no clue about life just because you are under 30. Sometimes, it takes EVERY ounce of self control NOT to reach over the gun counter and rip their throats out. Sorry, I’ve known enough people under 25 who have died or left bits and pieces of themselves in the sands of Iraq or rocks of Afghanistan to not get angry. Most of these guys should know better, they had buddies of theirs that did the same in Vietnam or Korea…

Every name here has a specific purpose:
Cpl. Jason Karella, a Fairbanks Alaska resident KIA in Afghanistan
SSgt. Christopher Frost, a photographer with some fantastic work on Deviant Art who died with less than a month left in Iraq, his work can be seen at http://www.handbananna001.deviantart.com where its still there.
SSgt. Frazier and A1C Losano, are two USAF TACP ROMADs (AFSC 1C4X1) who are the first to have been killed by enemy fire since the Vietnam War.

Every name, is under 25. Obviously, the idea that MY generation doesn’t know sacrifice is total male bovine feces.