Fort Knox cartoonist Paul Jon Boscacci is, of course, a military brat himself. "The downside was that every time we moved, I gained a new bully. Eventually, I had to give them numbers to keep track," he jokes. "In many ways, they were like terrifying personal trainers: Thanks to all the running away I did, I was able to overcome my childhood asthma."
"In 2005, Paul Jon created Fort Knox to help him tap the well of his childhood experiences — the frustrations and embarrassments and angst — the way Charles M. Schulz tapped his own childhood for 50 years," says Washington Post Writers Group Comics Editor Amy Lago. "Cartooning no doubt has been cheaper for Paul Jon than a team of round-the-clock therapists. The Writers Group is pleased that the cartooning, at least, has paid off."
"Paul Jon is the son of an Army colonel whose tours of duty included Fort Leavenworth, Fort Jackson and Fort Knox, and who, every morning, liked to say to his fellow soldiers, "It's a great day to be in the Army." Paul Jon understands his dad's attitude, and feels that being a military brat "made me understand the sacrifices that military families make for our country, and also made me a better person for having to deal with new people all the time." Luckily for Paul Jon, he had an eccentric red-haired brother and his trusty inhaler to keep him company through each change in location.
"In addition to his daily and Sunday Fort Knox duties, Paul Jon leads brand strategy for a variety of software companies, and his artwork has appeared in newspapers, magazines and online publications across the country. He earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina. He is married to his long-suffering wife and has a newborn named Leo, who is now making him suffer through insomnia and never-ending diaper changes.