Page 45 & 46 (not 47).


7 Nissan Page 45


7 Nissan Page 46 or 47 Web-Sized

These are pages 45 and 46 of my ongoing graphic novel project.  Careful readers will note that Page 46 was previously published on this site as Page 47, which I drew out of order because those big cityscapes are a pain in the ass and I wanted to get them out of the way, and also because I wanted the all three of them (Pages 1, 46 and 96 at this point) to look similar.   In the intervening year or so, I made slight changes to the script as I went along, which means that the book is currently running one page shorter than originally scripted (104 pages, for those of you who are keeping track at home).

Writing the text for Page 45 was a slight challenge.  Normally, when leaving on a mission, you have a brief conversation with the RTO on duty about what is happening in the area and so forth.  I didn’t want to write that into the script, though, because OPSEC and also because it’s pretty boring and doesn’t advance the plot.  On the other hand, I want to maximize realism here, so I’m always hesitant to change stuff without any explanation.  Hopefully this is the right balance.

In the same way, all of the call signs in this are the generic sample ones out of FM 71-3, which was always unclassified.  I think anyone familiar enough with this to notice the discrepancy would also have recognized the source.

Lastly, to whoever it was out there that stumbled onto my website while searching for, and I quote, “pasties and thongs at spring break,” I hope that somewhere on the internet, you find what you’re looking for.

2 Responses to “Page 45 & 46 (not 47).”

  • Alex Rock

    I like page 46 a lot, headlights and the searchlight are well done in particular.

    45 I can’t help but think “man, that’s a tight freaking corner”. Then I have to remind myself it’s just a drawing (maybe)

    I get the general sense of the text, though I don’t really have a clue what it means, even leaning heavily on wikipedia Military slang and List of U.S. government and military acronyms pages.

    Though I did look up FM 71-3, it was long and I don’t want to read all that.

    I think what might be nice, when this is published, is rather than a glossary, a quick summary of how this type of operation is usually planned and conducted. Basically explain the procedural part for those of us not in the military.

    I think book so far illustrates the general sense pretty well, but some of the specifics of call signs and slang can be a little confusing. Although, when it’s assembled, maybe it won’t really matter at all.

    It’s the problem I always have with webcomics, reading as they are drawn is so much different than when you read them all at once (in book or through the archive). Sometimes you get lost in the specifics, since you don’t have the whole picture yet.

  • Admin

    You are correct in that the tightness of the corners is slightly exaggerated, but not by all that much.

    As far as the slang, it’s mainly going to have to come out in the notes page in the back. It’ll be a little bit more than just a glossary. SP literally stands for “start point,”for instance, but like most English words it’s been turned into a verb. I’m hesitant to write it all out of the book entirely, for fear of losing authenticity — “hey, Frank, we’re leaving now — is the helicopter gassed up in case someone gets shot?” just doesn’t sound the same somehow.

    I don’t know that anyone has ever read FM 71-3.

    I don’t plan to do a textual rundown per se, but in two of the pages that I haven’t published (somewhere in the 30s) there’s a briefing where all the Soldiers get the mission explained to them. It’ll be in the final book once the DoD clears it.

    Anyway, thanks for the ongoing feedback. Much appreciated.