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POST PICKS UP ‘FORT KNOX’: Military strip will replace ‘Doonesbury Flashbacks’ for the summer

“DOONESBURY,” of course, often features storylines involving wounded warriors. But while “Doonesbury” is on hiatus and in “Flashbacks” mode this summer, The Post will run another strip in its place — one that focuses entirely on the armed forces.

On Monday, The Post will begin carrying “Fort Knox,” a character-driven comic that centers on the lives within a military family (whose name, naturally, is the Knoxes). The strip will run on The Post’s print comics pages — in the “Doonesbury” slot — until Sept. 1, when Garry Trudeau’s Pulitzer-winning comic returns from summer sabbatical. (Trudeau is currently working on his newly picked-up live-action Amazon comedy, “Alpha House.”)

“We were looking at a summer of reruns, basically, so when WPWG offered us a trial of ‘Fort Knox’ for the duration of Garry Trudeau’s hiatus, it seemed like a deal too good to pass up,” Donna Peremes, The Post’s comics production editor, tells Comic Riffs.

Inspired by the cartoonist’s own life. (FORT KNOX by Paul Jon / WPWG/.)

“Fort Knox,” which is syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group, is created by “former military brat” Paul Boscacci (nom de toon: “Paul Jon”). So Boscacci knows from what he’s writing about when dad Joe Knox is on assignment, or the family has to relocate.

“The premise is promising — military families abound in the D.C. area, so there is no doubt a built-in readership there,” Peremes says.

“It is an honor to share my adventures — and misadventures — as a military brat with the readers of The Washington Post,” Boscacci — a Bay Area resident who studied journalism and communications at the University of South Carolina — tells Comic Riffs.

“With ‘Fort Knox,’ they’ll get a bird’s-eye view into my base-hopping childhood and the whimsical characters that surrounded me.”


Major Knox’s son Donald is (not so) ready for inspection. (FORT KNOX by Paul Jon / WPWG/.)

As always, if you have feedback on The Post’s comics, you’re invited to call the paper’s comics hotline: 202-334-4775, send an e-mail:; or write to: Comics Feedback, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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