Doonesbury Cartoonist Garry Trudeau to Launch Military Blog
Posted on September 29, 2006Garry Trudeau, the author of the Doonesbury cartoon, will be launching a military blog, called The Sandbox, on doonesbury.com on October 8th. The Kansas City InfoZine reports that in addition to Trudeau's writings the blog will also feature posts from troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trudeau was recently at the Pentagon where he met with wounded soldiers. He has been writing a book series based on his comic strip character, B.D., a National Guardsmen who lost his leg in the Iraq War during the battle of Fallujah.As part of his attempt to inform Americans about the sacrifices servicemembers are making, Trudeau is launching a military blog on his Web site: www.doonesbury.com, he said. The blog, which launches Oct. 8, will be called "The sandbox" and will feature entries from servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It's important that people understand," he said. "I think the wars are just too remote for people's minds. They see two, three minutes on the evening news, maybe, if they don't look away. And people just get on with their lives. I understand that; there's just so much stress that you want in your life. But at the same time, there's a lot of people over there fighting in our name, so I think we need to pay attention to what they're doing."
Garry Trudeau wrote the book, "The War Within: One More Step at a Time," as a follow-up to his book, "The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time," which tells the story of comic strip character "B.D.," a National Guardsman who lost his leg during the battle of Fallujah in Iraq and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The second book follows B.D.'s return to civilian and family life after leaving the hospital and his process of dealing with his post-traumatic stress disorder.