A few years ago, Damon Shackleford handed DBS over to us because he no longer had the time to give the comic the dedication it needed and deserved. Regretfully, we’re finding ourselves in the same predicament as Damon.
As a company that specializes in products for Soldiers, we took on the project largely as a way of giving back to the military community. Unfortunately due to changes in the business, and a growing number of projects we’re pursuing, we’re unable to continue on with the strip.
Currently, we plan to start putting the comics into rotation, starting at the beginning and going forward.
We may decide to hand the comic over to another artist that shows an interest doing so. If any DBS readers, or friends of DBS fans, have an interest in taking ownership of the project, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you can also submit individual comics (drawn by you), if they’re a good fit we’ll post them and give you due credit.
Again, we greatly appreciate your support, and hope to find a solution to get DBS back up and running in the future.
Lately, we’ve been under some pretty big time and budget constraints. To help cope with this we’re going to be injecting some of our old favorite strips in between new cartoons to help ease the burden. We hope this will only be a temporary transition until we’re on better footing. We enjoy being able to provide some laughs to the Army community, and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Here are some different options we’re considering to help ease our burden, and possibly offset the cost of hiring a part-time cartoonist.
- We could release a DBS ebook that you could buy from us at a very reasonable price.
- We are also considering making coffee mugs, t-shirts, or other DBS merchandise available for purchase.
- Community-led DBS: If you the fans would give us ideas for the cartoon we will draw them. Keep in mind the story needs to fit in 3 small cartoon cells (I’ll tell you from experience, cramming down a story into 3 sentence is the hardest part of making the comic). If you provide us with a cartoon idea that we eventually use we will send you a full color print of the cartoon on cardstock signed by the author.
Please understand we aren’t trying to turn DBS into shopping mall. We’re just looking for a way to keep DBS alive and well, while providing something that you (the fans) will be interested in.
Last but not least, DBS exists because of fans like you. We’re interested in what you have to say. Do any of these ideas sound good to you? If you have any other ideas to help us out, please let us know. Please leave your feedback in the comments section.
It’s official. You guys are nuts. We all knew it before, but nobody wanted to admit it openly.
DBS just won Red Bull Rising‘s 2013 Military Humor Awards in the Best Military-themed Comic Strip or Cartoon category. My very first reaction? “Holy cow, we are in good company.” The other two winners were the fine folks at Ranger UP (for their music video spoof of Katy Perry’s “Part of Me”) and the mysterious creator of Doctrine Man. That’s pretty awesome stuff.
The best part about it is Red Bull Rising has donated prize money to charity on our behalf! We chose to sponsor the Heroes Project. If you haven’t heard about these guys, I urge you to check them out. They provide in-home equipment and training for disabled vets. There are countless organizations who deserve our support and this is one of them.
To steal a quote from Doctrine Man, “It’s not every day your work is recognized, and thanks to the efforts of Red Bull Rising we’re feelin’ the love.” I can’t put it better myself.
So you may be wondering where the Easter toon ran off to. Sorry about that. We kind of dropped the ball there. Happy Easter from the DBS crew! We have a new story arc forming. We aren’t abandoning the troops in Afghanistan, but we are going Stateside for a while.
How are you feeling about the Fort Hill storyline so far? I think the bunnies are painfully cute.
Here’s a demotivational poster to tide you guys over until the new toon gets posted tomorrow. This is the kind of stuff you are missing if you aren’t following us on Facebook.
I really want to find a good way to share these on the site on a more regular basis, but our first attempt to do so hasn’t been very successful.