Recon: Comic Relief

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During the latest edition of Recon, Marine Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter delves into the world of military cartoonist and how they can affect the troops.

People have been writing cartoons since before the Revolutionary War to depict historic events. Now, cartoons such as “Gunston Street” and “Semper Toons” are written to tell the stories of soldiers, but provide humor while doing so.

“It’s a break from everything else that you read,” said Terry Leonard, editorial director of Stars and Stripes said. “People need a little bit of humor in places where there’s not a lot of humor.”

Gunnery Sgt. Charles Wolf (Ret.), artist for “Gunston Street” added, “Laughter is a universal language and Semper Toons is a window into that universe.”

Julie Negron, creator of “Jenny, the Military Spouse”, created her cartoon as a way of dealing with the trials and tribulations of the military spouse.

“The stuff that has happened to [Jenny] and her friends has either happened to me, or someone I know, or someone in my family,” Negron said.

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