CF Grant is creating the BOHICA Blues webcomic
5

patrons

$24
per month
War and Humor
In 2003, I received deployment orders to Iraq, courtesy of the US Army. After "desert" training in freezing Fort McCoy, Wisconsin from November to March, I was posted to Camp Victory North, near the Baghdad International Airport, or BIAP, with the 1st Cavalry Division. While there, I drew and posted a daily pen-and-paper series called "BOHICA Blues" to help alleviate some of the tension and share a laugh with my fellow deployed soldiers. When I came home, I thought about doing "a webcomic or something" but the project languished.

In 2013, during the ten-year anniversary cycle of the war, most of the coverage I saw focused on the typical grim and dark "haunted veteran." I wanted to share stories about the Iraq experience that approached the subject with some humor. Not because war is funny, but because 90% of one's time during war is sitting around waiting for the other 10% to be over with. The combination of boredom and tension leads to absurdity, and expressing that absurdity through humor invites candor. Using the classic TV show "M*A*S*H" as a guide, I resurrected "BOHICA Blues" for the web on Veteran's Day, 2013.

BOHICA Anyone?
BOHICA Blues is a humorous, slice-of-military-life webcomic about an Army Reserve unit from Boise, Idaho, that is sent to Iraq in 2004. After two years in Iraq, the unit returns home to deal with the results of their deployment. While the unit, the fictional "213th Combat Engineer Battalion", is based in Boise, Idaho, it is filled with Reservists from across the United States; representing the broad spectrum of people who served their country in this conflict.

While the comic is inspired by some of my personal experiences, it is not autobiographical. Instead, it is a reflection of the stories of the thousands of Reserve and National Guard soldiers who faced hardships during their deployment, both physical and emotional.

Be a PATRON!
Become a "Patron of the Arts" and help make BOHICA Blues a voice for Reserve and Guard veterans! What's in it for you? Lots of cool stuff! Get sneak peeks at episodes in progress; take a look at the scores of doodles and sketches I do almost daily; see background biographical information on characters (stuff that just doesn't make it into the comic); and see historical comics such as the original "BOHICA Blues downrange" version from 2004-2005. Higher ranks of Patronage will have access to historical old comics that formed the early stages of my comic-making career as well as future or concurrent projects that have nothing to do with BOHICA Blues.

For the casual visitor who isn't sure about what they would be getting with Patronage, I will (around once a month or so) release some of this exclusive content to public viewing as a sort of "appetizer." Almost every Patron-only post contains at least two images, and frequently more than that (four images per post is fairly typical).

Your financial support helps to put BOHICA Blues on firmer ground. Thank you!
Tiers
Private
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Pledge $1.00 and you will get access to a lot of exclusive, Patrons-only content. Typical content will include profiles of characters in BOHICA Blues, some "sneak peeks" of upcoming BOHICA Blues episodes in production, and an assortment of my development sketches and doodles I do when forced to attend meetings or classes in my military or civilian jobs.
Specialist
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Pledge $3.00 and have access to Patron-only content such as profiles of characters in BOHICA Blues, some "sneak peeks" of upcoming BOHICA Blues episodes in production, and an assortment of my development sketches and doodles. Your name will be listed as an official sponsor of the site and, and in December of 2017, Patrons of Specialist rank and up will be able to see the original downrange version of BOHICA Blues that was hung on the walls of the chow hall in Camp Victory. Posted once a week, these more crudely drawn and "raw" comics were the ones that started it all.
Sergeant
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Pledge $5.00 and you get access to the same above Patrons-only content such as character profiles, "sneak peeks", doodles, so on, but also your name (or a name you request) will be mentioned by a character in the story whenever relevant to story needs (ie, as part of a roll call, or on a KP list, or something else in story context). Put your name, or the name of a friend, family member, loved one, or one of your own made-up characters in the story. Also, obviously "fantasy" or "science-fiction" names, or names of pets, etc, can be mentioned as names given to vehicles, small bases, or used for field operations ("Operation Fido"). 


On top of all that, Patrons at the Sergeant level will also get access to unique old comics from my early years, many of which have never been seen before outside of a small circle of friends and family.

Platoon Sergeant
$10 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Pledge $10.00 or more, and not only do you get access to the above perks of previous ranks (doodles, character profiles, original BOHICA comics, and early original comics) but a character will be drawn up for you. It can be a representative of yourself, or an image you prefer. Your character will be included in a background scene or as part of a crowd, whenever necessitated by the story. As long as the pledge continues to come in, the character will be inserted whenever it is feasible within the story. There are a lot of crowd & group scenes in BOHICA Blues...


Patrons of Platoon Sergeant level will also have access to development sketches and character profiles to other projects I am working on, unrelated to BOHICA Blues. Science-fiction, epic fantasy, and alternate history projects are percolating in the background. Best of all, "Platoon Sergeant" level of support also means that you get a free BOHICA Blues collection book when they are published!

1st Sergeant
$20 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Pledge $20.00 or more, and you get the perks of previous ranks (exclusive contents, doodles, character profiles, historical comics, future projects, etc) but also a character will be drawn up for you. It can be a representative of yourself, or an image you prefer; even a friend or family member. Your character will be included when story content allow; and will interact with, and be mentioned by name, among regular characters. 


Your character will not become the hero or star, but will simply be there as a regular background crewman, soldier, civilian, reporter, or whatever. As long as the pledge continues to come in, the character will be inserted whenever it is feasible within the story.


First Sergeants also get a signed copy of the BOHICA Blues collections books for free when the books are released.


Sergeant-Major
$50 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
The ultimate tier, the Sergeant-Major will have access to the previously-mentioned perks (exclusive content, doodles, historical comics, future comic projects, and so on) but also their likeness, or the likeness of a friend, family member, or someone they want memorialized made up and become a regular recurring cast member. They will not become the hero or star of the comic, but will basically become a person that the characters interact with as part of normal duties or daily life. A character can be made that is either civilian or military, and can be low or (somewhat) high ranking. 


Once BOHICA Blues starts making "swag" on a regular basis (i.e, books, coins, t-shirts, and so on) the Sergeant-Major will get one of the first ones made at no cost.  BOHICA Blues collections books will include a signature and a note of thanks from me, the author, and a custom black & white inked sketch of your choice.

Goals
$24 of $40 per month
$40.00 a month covers the costs of art supplies and will completely cover all web-related expenses regarding hosting. 
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War and Humor
In 2003, I received deployment orders to Iraq, courtesy of the US Army. After "desert" training in freezing Fort McCoy, Wisconsin from November to March, I was posted to Camp Victory North, near the Baghdad International Airport, or BIAP, with the 1st Cavalry Division. While there, I drew and posted a daily pen-and-paper series called "BOHICA Blues" to help alleviate some of the tension and share a laugh with my fellow deployed soldiers. When I came home, I thought about doing "a webcomic or something" but the project languished.

In 2013, during the ten-year anniversary cycle of the war, most of the coverage I saw focused on the typical grim and dark "haunted veteran." I wanted to share stories about the Iraq experience that approached the subject with some humor. Not because war is funny, but because 90% of one's time during war is sitting around waiting for the other 10% to be over with. The combination of boredom and tension leads to absurdity, and expressing that absurdity through humor invites candor. Using the classic TV show "M*A*S*H" as a guide, I resurrected "BOHICA Blues" for the web on Veteran's Day, 2013.

BOHICA Anyone?
BOHICA Blues is a humorous, slice-of-military-life webcomic about an Army Reserve unit from Boise, Idaho, that is sent to Iraq in 2004. After two years in Iraq, the unit returns home to deal with the results of their deployment. While the unit, the fictional "213th Combat Engineer Battalion", is based in Boise, Idaho, it is filled with Reservists from across the United States; representing the broad spectrum of people who served their country in this conflict.

While the comic is inspired by some of my personal experiences, it is not autobiographical. Instead, it is a reflection of the stories of the thousands of Reserve and National Guard soldiers who faced hardships during their deployment, both physical and emotional.

Be a PATRON!
Become a "Patron of the Arts" and help make BOHICA Blues a voice for Reserve and Guard veterans! What's in it for you? Lots of cool stuff! Get sneak peeks at episodes in progress; take a look at the scores of doodles and sketches I do almost daily; see background biographical information on characters (stuff that just doesn't make it into the comic); and see historical comics such as the original "BOHICA Blues downrange" version from 2004-2005. Higher ranks of Patronage will have access to historical old comics that formed the early stages of my comic-making career as well as future or concurrent projects that have nothing to do with BOHICA Blues.

For the casual visitor who isn't sure about what they would be getting with Patronage, I will (around once a month or so) release some of this exclusive content to public viewing as a sort of "appetizer." Almost every Patron-only post contains at least two images, and frequently more than that (four images per post is fairly typical).

Your financial support helps to put BOHICA Blues on firmer ground. Thank you!

Recent posts by CF Grant

Tiers
Private
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Pledge $1.00 and you will get access to a lot of exclusive, Patrons-only content. Typical content will include profiles of characters in BOHICA Blues, some "sneak peeks" of upcoming BOHICA Blues episodes in production, and an assortment of my development sketches and doodles I do when forced to attend meetings or classes in my military or civilian jobs.
Specialist
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Pledge $3.00 and have access to Patron-only content such as profiles of characters in BOHICA Blues, some "sneak peeks" of upcoming BOHICA Blues episodes in production, and an assortment of my development sketches and doodles. Your name will be listed as an official sponsor of the site and, and in December of 2017, Patrons of Specialist rank and up will be able to see the original downrange version of BOHICA Blues that was hung on the walls of the chow hall in Camp Victory. Posted once a week, these more crudely drawn and "raw" comics were the ones that started it all.
Sergeant
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Pledge $5.00 and you get access to the same above Patrons-only content such as character profiles, "sneak peeks", doodles, so on, but also your name (or a name you request) will be mentioned by a character in the story whenever relevant to story needs (ie, as part of a roll call, or on a KP list, or something else in story context). Put your name, or the name of a friend, family member, loved one, or one of your own made-up characters in the story. Also, obviously "fantasy" or "science-fiction" names, or names of pets, etc, can be mentioned as names given to vehicles, small bases, or used for field operations ("Operation Fido"). 


On top of all that, Patrons at the Sergeant level will also get access to unique old comics from my early years, many of which have never been seen before outside of a small circle of friends and family.

Platoon Sergeant
$10 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Pledge $10.00 or more, and not only do you get access to the above perks of previous ranks (doodles, character profiles, original BOHICA comics, and early original comics) but a character will be drawn up for you. It can be a representative of yourself, or an image you prefer. Your character will be included in a background scene or as part of a crowd, whenever necessitated by the story. As long as the pledge continues to come in, the character will be inserted whenever it is feasible within the story. There are a lot of crowd & group scenes in BOHICA Blues...


Patrons of Platoon Sergeant level will also have access to development sketches and character profiles to other projects I am working on, unrelated to BOHICA Blues. Science-fiction, epic fantasy, and alternate history projects are percolating in the background. Best of all, "Platoon Sergeant" level of support also means that you get a free BOHICA Blues collection book when they are published!

1st Sergeant
$20 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Pledge $20.00 or more, and you get the perks of previous ranks (exclusive contents, doodles, character profiles, historical comics, future projects, etc) but also a character will be drawn up for you. It can be a representative of yourself, or an image you prefer; even a friend or family member. Your character will be included when story content allow; and will interact with, and be mentioned by name, among regular characters. 


Your character will not become the hero or star, but will simply be there as a regular background crewman, soldier, civilian, reporter, or whatever. As long as the pledge continues to come in, the character will be inserted whenever it is feasible within the story.


First Sergeants also get a signed copy of the BOHICA Blues collections books for free when the books are released.


Sergeant-Major
$50 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
The ultimate tier, the Sergeant-Major will have access to the previously-mentioned perks (exclusive content, doodles, historical comics, future comic projects, and so on) but also their likeness, or the likeness of a friend, family member, or someone they want memorialized made up and become a regular recurring cast member. They will not become the hero or star of the comic, but will basically become a person that the characters interact with as part of normal duties or daily life. A character can be made that is either civilian or military, and can be low or (somewhat) high ranking. 


Once BOHICA Blues starts making "swag" on a regular basis (i.e, books, coins, t-shirts, and so on) the Sergeant-Major will get one of the first ones made at no cost.  BOHICA Blues collections books will include a signature and a note of thanks from me, the author, and a custom black & white inked sketch of your choice.