JOIN THE ARMY
(Don't) Join the Army - Darren Cullen (2013)
An absurd and potentially offensive satire on military recruitment and the false promises that come with life (and death) in the army. This is my first self-published comic, a 20 page diatribe against war and the organisations we created to fight it. It is printed on a single sheet of paper, folded like a concertina leaflet, the outside featuring a 1.48 metre Bayeux tapestry style recreation of the Iraq war. Inside contains various diagrams, short comic strips and illustrations, all of it entirely hilarious obviously.
I'm also offering a 'deluxe edition' which contains several additional pull out pieces of work, including a 16-page mini-comic, army related adverts, A3 "Battlefield Casualties Action Man" poster, Wheel of Misfortune, postcards and stickers.
"Sickening anti-military propaganda." - Daily Mail
"Brilliant and important. A booklet every young man should read before deciding to join the army." - Pat Mills (creator of 2000AD & Charley's War)
"A brutal piece of satire from an artist whose work is subtle as a brick, but undeniably effective."
4/5 - The Skinny
"Join the Army serves as both a clever piece of graphic design and a defiantly antagonistic refutation of the glorification of combat, and is, without a doubt, one of the most intriguing uses of the medium to come across my ‘Small Pressganged’ desk in 2013."
- Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
"When I first saw ‘Join The Army’ I was impressed by how it managed to capture the dark humour of the soldier, the irrational nature of military life and the futility of war. I thought the artist must be a veteran."
- Ben Griffin, ex-SAS & Paratrooper. Coordinator Veterans for Peace UK.
"Brutal but true."
- Joe Glenton, author of 'Soldier Box', first UK soldier imprisoned for refusing to return to Afghanistan.
"Disgusting booklet." - The Sun
"It's outrageous!" - Conservative MP Johnny Mercer.