Page 11, with nothing too interesting going on except the lifting this thing onto the trailer, and some slightly interesting effects from me outlining the lettering to make it pop against the background.
Also, I’ve finally leased keithschnell.net, which now links to this site. Since my main reason for making this site shutupyeats.net in the first place was the non-availability of the better URL, you’ll see the title page and so on gradually update, though it’ll be a long, long time before the initial URL goes away, if ever, due to the pain in the ass of migrating everything instead of just forwarding it.
This one takes a lot of explaining.
One time, several years ago, I was the plans officer in a U.S. Army combat engineer battalion that was tasked to, potentially, be sent to the Western United States to fight wildfires, a mission called Wild Land Fire Fighting. My job was to write the plan for issuing firefighting equipment to 800 guys, running them through necessary training, loading them onto aircraft &c. — but it was all “on order,” and we weren’t do do anything until the firefighting command post decided that we were needed and sent a liaison officer to inform us. For some strange reason, this man was referred to, in official documentation, as “The Torpedo,” which spawned a series of running jokes amongst the staff officers: we planned to have someone come in dressed in a suit, claiming to be The Torpedo; we circulated the mnemonic rhyme “no torpedo inbound — all is safe and sound;” and so on.
Taking things too far, I added an “Annex R: BOLO* List” to the operations order, containing this illustration and a bunch of identifying features: “Hair: Gray; Eyes: Ray-Ban; Smells of Smoke and Broken Dreams.” I didn’t get in trouble because everyone was laughing too hard to breathe.
*meaning “Be On Look Out.”
This is one of the few things that I’ve drawn that I’ve actually seen, uncredited, around the web. Universally, the original point was missed and the plagiarist took it to mean something along the lines of “yee-haw, let’s nuke them towelheads!” The real concept was in reaction to the fact that, when the negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program were still going on, the Iranians were often portrayed as insane fanatics bent on destruction. I just wanted to point out that they couldn’t possibly out-do the country that INVENTED nuclear-armed, Strangelove-ian maniacs. This is the big leagues, Iran — go crazy or go home.
This is a Davey and Goliath parody, if that’s not clear. I’m not sure what the hell I was thinking when I drew it — probably about 2010. It may have been right around the time that one of those fundamentalist preachers was going to burn a bunch of Korans.
I did all of my own tattoo art. I haven’t had this one done yet, but it’s an idea.