I find a lot of things frustrating, but one of the most annoying things I come across while managing this monstrosity of a comic strip and social media page are the “old Corps” guys who just can’t stand all of the shenanigans coming from these “New Corps” Marines. Back in their Corps, they were too busy getting into fist fights with body-building hookers, hiking over 700 miles each week, and just generally being real Marines
(during peacetime no less) to engage in such degrading behavior to their beloved Corps.
Unfortunately for them, it’s not their Corps anymore.
Culture changes, even the Marine Corps. With that said, I would argue the culture actually hasn’t changed much at all. The only thing that has changed is the advent of portable cameras connected to a near limitless social media environment. The silliness of the every day military life is no longer relegated to the dark corners of the smoke pit or the back of the squad bay. It is on full display, instantly accessible to the public and the world.
Though, to be honest, what I find even more annoying are the people (generally the same people) that send me photos of Marines being normal fucking people and expecting me to “put them on blast” in front of hundreds of thousands. Who gives a shit if some 19 year old kid takes a selfie in his uniform in front of a mirror? I know I don’t, and there’s literally zero precedence to suggest that kid should be shamed in front of the entire Marine Corps.
If anything, we should be encouraging stupid behavior amongst Marines.
War is awful. These silly, fleeting moments are the only thing that keep us going most of the time. They’re the only thing that keep us human.
On a lighter note, I want to send a huge thank you to everyone that came out to see me on Saturday over at Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica over the weekend! It was so great to meet so many of you, and even some familiar faces I recognized from the internet over the years. Your support means so much to me and it was extremely humbling to talk to the over 300 people that came out. I also want to send a huge thank you to Moris over at Hi De Ho Comics for all the hospitality and making it such a great night for everyone!
We’re currently trying to put together some more signings all over the place, so if you run a store and would like to host us please let me know.
The White Donkey is officially a New York Times best seller. If you haven’t gotten it yet, you probably should…
Lastly, you can listen to a pretty rad podcast from We Are The Mighty starring yours truly, talking about all kinds of cool stuff here.