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If you have followed Broadside, you know that each year the top cartoonists in the country come to Boise, Idaho to support the nonprofit Wyakin Foundation. What you may NOT know is that each year, one of the cartoonists creates a commemorative poster that highlights the theme and/or the cartoonists who are coming to the event. This year, the alumni of the program are being celebrated, and Dave Mowder, a Disney/Looney Tunes/multi-talented cartoonist created this incredible work of art: The mountain symbolizes the challenges and obstacles veterans face in their quest to reach their own individual goals. Success in life…

Do you believe that angels walk among us? I can’t speak with authority on this, since cartoonists are not often consulted on deep subjects, but if they do, Betty Mohlenbrock might be one of them. Betty is the founder of the insanely successful nonprofit called United Through Reading. It provides the equipment and method for deployed troops to read children’s books to their kids. Their children can watch their deployed parents as they read to them, allowing them to bridge the physical separation while they are gone. It has been a wonderful program for years and has helped millions of…

What would you say if you could write a letter to America? How would you sum up your feelings toward this country, this home of ours? I contemplated that as we traveled across the west, and – almost certainly influenced by the fantastic video, “Dear Basketball” – I found it more difficult than you would think. Dear America, I’m sorry it has taken so long to write. I would want to tell it how impressive it is. How beautiful its countrysides are. How impressive its mountains and its coastlines are. What a thrill it is to sail its waters and…

There is an old adage that says, “Take care of your troops and they will take care of you.” There is another old adage that says, “Timing is everything.” And one more: “If you make fun of your hosts, they will seek revenge.” I am lying. I made up the last adage, but it should be one. For example, you don’t make fun of aviators and expect a smooth ride when you step into the cockpit. You don’t make fun of the Supply Corps at a Supply Corps Ball and expect good (or spit-free) food. And you don’t make fun…

You know how it feels to drive off the lot in a brand new car? I don’t remember since my car is now seventeen years old, but that is beside the point. If you DO know how it feels, that’s probably pretty close to how it feels when you get your new website up and running. And…here it is! It is still located at www.broadside.net (you can click on the image too).

This is the Oscar winning animation by Kobe Bryant, with animation by Glen Keane. Glen is the brother of Jeff Keane, who draws The Family Circus. Glen and Jeff are sons of Bil Keane, one of the icons in cartooning. Bil and Jeff have traveled to war zones with the USO to support the troops. What an amazing family. Click on the image to see the beautiful animation.

By now you have heard the news that Mort Walker, the cartoonist who drew Beetle Bailey for over six decades, passed away this weekend at the age of 94. At the time of his death, over 200 million people read his cartoons every day in some 1,800 newspapers around the world. Of all the people who have attempted to draw military-themed cartoons over the years, only two – Mort Walker and Bill Mauldin – have become synonymous with the term military cartoonist; the only difference being that while Mauldin drew Willie and Joe for about six years, Mort drew Beetle…

FINALLY! The new book is ready for pre-order (thanks for your patience)! All pre-orders are signed by the author, and you have an option to add a hand-written personalized message for just five dollars. Buy two or more and shipping is free too! I don’t think I need to say it, but these make great (and at $14.95 pretty reasonable) presents for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays and any other event where you give away presents. Full color, 124pp, foreword by ADM Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Comments on back from former MCPON Terry Scott, Idaho State Senator…

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