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Last week, I asked you to help with a mystery (Cartoon and Navy history buffs we need your help) and boy, did you ever help. If you recall, cartoonist T. Brian Kelly asked for help in identifying the cartoonist who drew the artwork for this stationery in the 1950s. Here is what you came up with: The stationery was sold to Sailors in boxed sets and all of the artwork was copyrighted by Carmelle, Inc. [credit to Keith, G. Mark, Chris], and a couple of us remember buying something similar in the Navy Exchanges, although the artwork was different [credit…

I got this note from acclaimed cartoonist T. Brian Kelly: “I was wondering if you know anything about the cartoonist who drew the USN cartoon character on the envelope attached here [circa 1952]. It was sent to me from an old friend in the SF Bay Area. It’s the envelope that contained a letter from his dad home to his mother when they were young and engaged to be married. He’s looking for info on the cartoonist. His dad was on the USS Henderson in San Francisco, CA. “ Here is the image: Brian found another cartoon by the same…

 A chapter closes on a 37 year Navy career and in the process, the Navy loses one of its best. Vice Admiral John Christenson is retiring today after giving the best years of his life to the Navy he loves. The son of a Navy pilot and a Navy nurse, he never wavered in his dream of following in their footsteps. And boy, did he ever. He accomplished so much – he was President of the Naval War College, commanded ships and a strike group, and served in increasingly challenging and important positions at sea, on shore and overseas.…

Today is Charity Tuesday (sometimes called Giving Tuesday), the day nonprofit organizations target for end-of-year donations. I believe in supporting those who work to benefit others, so please give generously (my recommended nonprofit is the Wyakin Foundation that serves wounded and injured vets). But another way to make a big difference is to click on this image and vote for Betty Mohlenbrock. I’ll tell you why in a minute. Once you get to the webpage, all you do is check the block next to her picture and you are done. If she gets the highest number of votes, her charity…

Dave Sutherland is an Army Colonel who retired about six years ago. He commanded the U.S. combat brigade in Diyala Province during the surge, then became an advocate for the troops and their families as a direct report to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is an excellent, upbeat article and quick read, and it gives you an idea of what those who served believe after the dust has settled and the uniform has been packed away. Click on the image.

Do you remember this cartoon? It was first published in 1990, so it’s a little dated. (Nicaragua had its first peaceful transition of government in over 50 years in 1990. The Berlin Wall came down the same year.) Nevertheless, it is what came to mind when I saw the following video. It is the inside look at the filming of “Hunter Killer” and you can watch it by clicking on the image below.

If you are in the Boise area on October 5th, be sure to head to the Village shopping center between 5pm and 7:30 to meet some of the country’s top cartoonists. They’ll be drawing in support of the Wyakin Foundation, and you can get something from every one of them. For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/296751007722291/. Who will be there: Todd Clark (Lola) Steve Moore (In the Bleachers) Michael Ramirez (2-time Pullitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist) Jeff Myers (Rick and Morty) Mason Mastroianni (B.C.) Bill Hinds (Tank McNamara, Cleats, S.I. Kids) Kasey Fagerquist (Hotel Transylvania, Smurfs) Dave Mowder (Disney, Looney…

This image was drawn the week after the 9/11 attacks on the request of a dear friend of mine who was stationed at the Pentagon. He told me that I had to do a good one, and although many could do better, I was satisfied with the results. There is resolve on the Sailor’s face because that is what the employees of the Pentagon showed by returning to work on 9/12 as the building was still burning. The day is seared in our brains. So much has happened since that terrible day. Young people are joining the military now who…

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…

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