Sometimes I really love my job, and today is one of those days. Today I get to write about a great cartoon strip written by a couple of great guys who happen to be incredibly loyal and supportive of our troops.
Drawn by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott (Rick does the lion’s share of the drawing; Jerry does most of the writing), the cartoon follows the life of a young couple with a growing family of infants and toddlers – and in the process describes the life of just about every family who has raised kids. Starting its run in 1990, it has become one of the most popular cartoons in America.
Rick Kirkman has also been a huge supporter of the troops, traveling to just about every major U.S. military hospital in the world to draw for military patients, and heading out to the front lines to put a smile on the faces of the Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coastguardsmen stationed in combat zones.
Here he is in Iraq.
Here he is on board USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) during combat operations in the Indian Ocean.
He has been to Afghanistan too.
Rick and Jerry have a book out called BBXX, and if you are trying to decide on a good Christmas present for a family with kids, this is your gift. (Click here to read a review of the book in Comics Bulletin.)
Bonus link: While doing a little research, I stumbled upon a video that compresses two hours of Rick drawing a daily panel into into two minutes. (Click here to see the cool video.)