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Free “Art of War” ebook for iPad and iPhone

The Art of WarHey guys. I wanted to share something that I think is kind of cool. One of our non-DBS projects is a military ebook platform called Mentor Reader. We are just getting started, but it’s beginning to get some traction.

We only have a few books for sale right now, but we are giving away a copy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to everyone who creates a (free) account.

Right now we are only supporting iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) but our Android app is only a week or so out. We now support iOS and Android!

If you have one of those devices and you feel like boning up on your ancient Chinese strategy or if you just feel like giving us a hand by checking out the system and letting us know what you think, we’d really love to see you over there. If not, ignore this brief interruption in humor and swing by in a couple of days for our latest toon.

If you’re wondering why we have made an ebook platform specifically for military ebooks, check out my write-up on the About page. In short, one important reason is that we believe there will be value in our selectivity. In other words, you won’t have to sift through millions of books to find titles relevant to you. It will also give help us “take a chance” on new and unknown authors without the upfront costs of going to press.

Mentor Reader -- ebooks for military professionals 


My Top 5 WW1 Military Movies of All Time

The following is a guest post by Charles Holmes, an Army MAJ-turned-civilian and creator of Part-Time-Commander.com

I’m a big military movie buff. I love watching movies from many different time periods. While the WW2 Movies are normally my favorite type of war movies, I’m also a big fan of WW1 Movies. In the paragraphs below, I want to share my top 5 WW1 Military Movies of all time.

# 5 Sergeant York

Sergeant YorkThis great movie covers the story of Sergeant Alvin C. York, one of the most decorated Soldiers during WW1. Sergeant York received the Congressional Medal of Honor for almost single-handedly capturing 32 machine guns, killing 28 German Soldiers, and taking 132 German prisoners. The movie was first released in 1941 and stars Gary Hooper, who won an Oscar® for his role.

# 4 The Last Voices of WW1: A Generation Lost

The Last voices of WW1This movie is a six part documentary featuring interviews and stories from more than 100 WW1 veterans. It also provides some amazing footage from the war. This series won several awards and was released sometime around 2008. While it isn’t as “exciting” as some of the other Hollywood titles on this list, the interviews and footage are absolutely amazing. If you are a history buff, or really want to learn what WW1 was like, this is the movie for you.

# 3 War Horse

War HorseThis Steven Spielberg movie War Horse was released in 2012 and stars Jeremy Irvine and Peter Mullan. It highlights a story of a horse brought into battle during WW1. The movie is emotional and captivating. I watched it in the movie theater and thoroughly enjoyed it.

# 2 The Red Baron

Red-baron_movie-posterIf you like airplanes and fight scenes, you will love The Red Baron. Released in 2008, this great WW1 Aviation Movie highlights German fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen’s battles in the sky. While the acting and dialogue aren’t the best, the fight scenes are what make this movie my # 2 pick.

# 1 The Lost Battalion

The Lost BattalionThis masterpiece covers the men of the 308th Infantry Battalion of the 77th Infantry Division. Surrounded by troop in the Argonne Forest, the battalion must fight or die! Fighting for five days with no food, water, communication or re-supply the battalion holds off the Germans. I’ve watched this movie several times now and enjoy it immensely.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for checking out my top 5 WW1 Military Movies of all time. If you have a favorite WW1 Movie that isn’t on this list, please leave a comment and tell me about it.

Charles Holmes Charles Holmes is a former Army Major. He is the author of 12 books and creator of the popular website Part-Time-Commander.com. His website provides helpful leadership tips and training advice for Soldiers in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. Charles spent 15 years in the Army as an enlisted man and officer. He served on Active Duty, in the Army National Guard and in the Army Reserves. Some of his previous duty assignments include Platoon Leader, Company XO, Battalion S4, Shop Officer, G4 Plans Officer, Fuels Officer, Company Commander, Brigade S4 and Brigade S3. He is currently the owner of Holmes Internet Marketing, a company that specializes in internet marketing and affiliate marketing.

Christmas Hiatus

Quick update: We’re are cutting back our pace here for Christmas/New Years. I’ll be out of town visiting my folks up North and Matt is buried with things that are much less fun and interesting than drawing a comic strip.

We are skipping our Thursday toons tomorrow and next week. We have a strip for the morning of Christmas Eve and that one will stay up through the first week of the year.

After that, hot and fresh DBS toons will be pumped out according to our usual schedule starting on 7 Jan, 2013.

2013? That was weird to type. Merry Christmas! Be safe and enjoy.


Naked chicks and free beer

You perverts... I published a poll on Facebook last month. We received about 100 votes, which isn’t too bad. I wanted to share the results here on the site because I know a good portion of you don’t partake in that particular social media/personal information collection service. Here’s a snapshot of the results, one month later.

As I’ve said again and again since I came on board at DBS, we truly want to hear what you have to say.

OCT ’12 Reader Feedback

A Facebook poll screenshot showing reader feedback

There are two things I’d like to clarify right away. 1) Readers were able to add their own custom options to this poll. 2) “Ways we can support the folks in Harm’s Way” was one of those custom responses. It was added rather late in the polling process, so most people probably did not see it as an option, hence the low ranking.

 

More military demotivational posters

I have a suspicion that our #1 result here is a little skewed due to the fact that many of our Facebook followers learned about DBS from our posters. The poll was also administered during a time period where we had been slacking off a bit and not sharing as many posters as usual.

That being said, we have picked up the pace and started to create more posters. We’ve also added a special area of the website to host these posters. There are still some technical issues to work out with that page… and it doesn’t currently have all of the most recent posters on it. But it’s a start.

I Applaud your Honesty

Leave Soldiers an opening and they will take it. “Naked chicks and free beer” was a user-submitted response that really took off about halfway through the polling process. If we had the ability to provide thousands of service members with companionship and booze, we would. Unfortunately we just don’t have that kind of power.

Mobile Apps

I personally found it interesting that requests for a DBS mobile app outnumbered Merchandise and More New Characters. We’ve been developing apps for iOS and Android at DBS HQ for almost a year now, so this is definately something that we could do.

The importance of this hadn’t really hit me until yesterday when I was out of the office and checking out the site on my iPhone. There are some things we could do with an app that would make that experience much better than it currently is.

Good Works

We have been dreaming up ways we could work with a military charity or other similar organization for months now and we have a few good ideas.

My favorite so far is the idea of teaming up with a charity and selling some limited edition DBS prints (potentially with their logo on it).

We are still in the brainstorming stage, so if anybody has any good ideas of how DBS could do more to support service members, sound off!


Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, folks.

Even if we do not know each other in real life, we are all part of the same little corner of the web. The comic itself is only a piece of what makes DBS special. Thank you for reading, commenting, and telling your friends and family about our miltoon.

Your energy and ideas are creative fuel and without you this would not be possible.

Thank you.

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