“Fort Knox” is Now in Stars & Stripes!

We just received word  from “Fort Knox” comic strip creator and military brat, Paul Jon, that as of August 1st, Stars and Stripes newspaper is carrying his funny, family friendly, a personal favorite of ours. Be sure to check it out!

You can contact Paul Jon on his Facebook fanpage and you can also download his USO-inspired coloring sheets by clicking on the image below.  They print out on standard-size paper and are perfect for tucking into a letter or care package!

If your kids are having fun coloring these, let us know!  Snap a pic of your kiddo with his/her crayons and send it to us in an email.  We’ll feature some of our favorites in a future blog…

Fort Knox Cartoonist Commemorates Memorial Day and D-Day

by Paul Boscacci, the cartoonist behind Fort Knox:

I was told over and over again that working on a daily comic strip would be challenging. So when I launched “Fort Knox” nationwide in October 2009, I was ready for anything, including the never-ending deadlines and the grueling workload. Or so I thought. I quickly learned that – as a creator of a military family comic strip – there were other things I needed to consider.

In December, I received a letter from a military veteran who asked me why I didn’t acknowledge Veterans Day or Pearl Harbor Day in the strip. Having just launched “Fort Knox”, I had a few weeks of strips that introduced the main characters and – unfortunately – they were pretty much set in stone. The letter weighed on me nonetheless, and I did some research online and found a handful of complaints against another military-focused strip that failed to acknowledge these important holidays.

So I decided to recognize as many military holidays as humanly possible. Yes, I’m a bit obsessive.

That said, I planned on doing something special for Memorial Day and D-Day. For the Memorial Day Sunday comic, I wanted to get away from my usual “cartoony” style and work with someone who could help me produce beautiful, realistic art… and I knew just the person. His name is Norman Felchle and he has worked on Superman, Batman and Spiderman comic books and also created the character designs for the celebrated “American McGee’s Alice” and “James Bond” video games for Electronic Arts. If you’re not familiar with his work, I recommend you visit his website at http://www.normanfelchle.com. After considering a few different directions, we decided to portray a scene from the Omaha Beach landing. The special comic will run in newspapers nationwide on Sunday, May 30th. Just for you, though, we’ve included a “sneak peek” within this blog.

As for commemorating D-Day, I decided to have Wesley Knox, the military brat who closely resembles me at seven years-old, learn about the importance of D-Day. In the story, he must write a report about that momentous day and he ends up interviewing General Wickum who lost his uncle on D-Day. These special comic strips will run from Monday, May 31st to Saturday, June 6th and will conclude with a special Sunday comic on D-day, June 6th. You can view all of the strips (past, present and future) at www.gocomics.com/fortknox and please join the rest of our military family fans on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fortknoxcomic

I am excited to help celebrate the bravery of our soldiers and look forward to many more years of providing any support I can. If you have any suggestions for future storylines, please feel free to write me at pboscacci@yahoo.com Take care!

Cartoonist Paul Boscacci is the son of an Army colonel whose tours of duty included Fort Leavenworth, Fort Jackson and Fort Knox, and who, every morning, liked to say to his fellow soldiers, “It’s a great day to be in the Army.” Boscacci was also the creative mind behind the USO’s Holiday Coloring Sheets and The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of Paul Boscacci and do not necessarily reflect those of the USO.

Even Toddlers Support the USO

We know that hundreds of you have visited our coloring pages and downloaded the images of “Fort Knox” cartoonist Paul Jon.  And the images coming in are fantastic!  Artist Jill Ho and her son Odin are fans on Fort Knox’s Facebook page, and decided the coloring contest would be a great winter activity.  Check out the young artist’s work:

Has your own kiddo created a masterpiece with our coloring sheets?  It’s not to late to email us a scanned image or picture of your little one.  And while some of the sheets are holiday specific, others are perfect for any time of year, whether you’re a military family or just looking for a fun family project.  Email our blog team with your creations today!

Hey Kids – Holiday Coloring Sheets are Here!

We here at the USO wish you a happy holiday season from our family to yours, and this holiday season we have an extra special treat for the children.

Click on any link underneath the pictures below to download a pdf coloring sheet…just for military kids! Cartoonist Paul Boscacci, the creater of the “Fort Knox” comic strip, has created exclusive pictures for “military brats” – like him! Print one out and color it for a loved one who’s in the military. Share them with friends and family. Send one to a service member overseas…or right next door. But most importantly, have fun!

Coloring Contest! We almost forgot to mention: we want to see YOUR colorful creations.  After you’ve finished one of these pictures, share it with us by having Mom or Dad help you scan it or take a picture.  Then send an email with your picture to our blog team with the subject heading “Holiday Coloring Contest.”  Our top entries will be featured on this blog all throughout the week of December 27th!

“Sending a Care Package to Dad”

“USO Balloons…Away!”

“A Visit with Santa”

“Playtime at the USO Center!”

“Enjoying a USO Show with my Family”