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    "In the Philippines, U.S. Army psychological operations officers have distributed 600,000 copies of Barbargsa — Blood of the Honorable. It's a comic book starring "Ameer," a "practitioner of kuntao, which is a local form of martial arts. Like Zorro or Batman, he dons a mask and vows to protect the downtrodden and innocent victims of terrorists," National Defense magazine reports.

    U.S. special operations forces have used comic books in information campaigns. But the characters were based on well-known American superheroes. Two years ago, two Army officers decided to create one from scratch to tell the children of the [Philippines'] Sulu islands the story of what was happening in their homeland...

    The Philippines military are also portrayed in a positive and heroic light while the villains are the terrorists or “bandits.” The creators were careful to accurately illustrate the Sulu region, and use character names, clothing and mannerisms that reflect the culture of the Tausug ethnic group. There are versions in English and in the local dialect."

    I'd be interested to see if the book is any good...
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2008
     (852.2)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I would love a copy as well. It is not really a new idea though. All the comics from the WW2 era were total propaganda. The fact that a lot of the authors were Jews who had a very personal stake in the fight against Nazism had a lot to do with it.

    Comics were also used by the military in Vietnam to teach grunts to care for their new M16 rifles which were very intolerant of dirt unlike every military rifle that came before.
    The M16 comic had a girl with huge boobs explaining gun maintenance and proved very popular with the troops and undoubtedly saved lives. Now that some of those grunts are officers
    it is not hard to convince them comics are a good idea. It is also great for when language is a problem.
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    Plus of course the CIA guides to guerilla warfare from the 1960s. Thing is, those older milspec comics were simply teaching tools, rather than raising the possibility of having a cool here and maybe even some story.