True story. The gear was gross. Two showers and i still felt dirty. I just curled up in fetal position in the shower rocking back and forth saying, “durty, durty, durty”. It was no bueno.
Originating from the Boston area in the early days of the fire service, a firefighter would use a key that was in the shape of a “J” to open fire alarm boxes allowing them to tap out a signal to the fire alarm office. This complicated telegraph-style system was the only means of communication from the fire ground in those days. The honorable position of a firefighter receiving this assignment and the shape of the key he carried earned him the title of “Jake”. Over the years the position has evolved but the nickname stuck. Today it’s commonly used across the United States whenever speaking about a firefighter.
To celebrate EMS Week I’m running a sale in the Online Shop! All posters and postcard sets are $4 off. Holy guacamole is that a sweet deal. Go tell your friends, tell your family, share the links and send some internet traffic my way. These were all hand drawn by me and then colored digitally. I’ll even sign yours at no extra charge… In fact, I should actually reduce the price if I sign it. I’ll think about it for a little bit.
Here’s the link: shop.jakescomic.com
EMS Week is May 17-23, that’s this Sunday so maybe a little history lesson so we know what it’s all about and why it matters.
In 1973, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS, its practitioners and the important work they do in responding to medical emergencies. Back then, EMS was a fledgling profession and EMS practitioners were only beginning to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.
A lot has changed over the last four decades. EMS is now firmly established as a key component of the medical care continuum, and the important role of EMS practitioners in saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest and trauma; in getting people to the hospitals best equipped to treat heart attacks and strokes; and in showing caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.
Whether it’s the team at Grady EMS in Atlanta who had the expertise to transport the nation’s first Ebola patient, the volunteer firefighters and flight medics called to search for and rescue survivors in the Everett, Wash. mudslide or the thousands of EMS responses that happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and don’t make the news, EMS is there for their communities at their greatest time of need.
Visit www.emsstrong.org for loads of info that might help your organization get the word out.
I’m gonna sneak in a few older comics when I can on Wednesdays. Trying to redraw some since the characters are all different but a couple already fit the format. I’ll still post a brandy-new comic on Mondays though so don’t think I’m cheating. Just think of the Wednesday stuff as a bonus.
My first attempt at a “show” drawing people, setting up a table, promoting my stuff and all that. Here are a couple pics of the table. I didn’t really have any expectations, maybe some questions and a few confused people. Overall I think people were curious. Honestly there isn’t much happening on the site, I’m only a few comics into the run and the archives all came down because things have changed so much. I’ll probably sneak in those strips redrawn with the current characters and then reposted just to keep consistency but at least I’ve started. Now the question is whether or not to get a table at Comic Cons. Not sure if my comic really speaks to the general population but my lovely wife says I might be surprised. So we’ll see. The good news for y’all… More poop jokes!
I had the pleasure this past weekend of selling some stuff at the Central NH EMS Conference to raise money for the NH EMS LODD Memorial that is being planned. Some of the folks associated with the NH Fire Academy had me draw them and here is what I came up with.