Mike Luckovich cartoons from Aghanistan
AJC cartoonist Mike Luckovich joined a USO Tour last week to visit our troops in the Persian Gulf with other renowned cartoonists, including Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues and Jeff Keane of Family Circus. Check out their work and Mike’s in the links below:
Veterans Day from Aghanistan | Tomb of the Forgotten cartoon | Sketches from Aghanistan | ‘Command Coins’ | Photos from Aghanistan | Exclusive toons for those on tour
On our first evening at the base, we were eating at a family-style restaurant filled with soldiers when a siren went off. Everyone, including the cartoonists, dove for cover under the tables. A sensor had detected a rocket. After a couple of minutes, everyone got back up.
This was an enlisted man I drew one morning. At each of the bases we visited, they lined up to have their pictures drawn. Above each drawing I’d write, “Thank you for your service.” But words seemed inadequate.
On the third morning near our barracks at the Kandahar Air Base, the American flag was at half-staff. An officer told me that meant a U.S. soldier had been killed. By afternoon, the flag was raised again.