I can’t draw.
I can’t podcast (even though I’d love to).
I can’t make fancy websites.
I can’t Cosplay.
But I can write.
My writing is my contribution to the GI Joe community as a whole, and in the spirit of my hero FDR’s NRA of the 1930s… I do my part.
Tonight I do my part to stand up and add my voice to the #SAVEGIJOE campaign. If you’re a Joe collector from anywhere in the world you should have heard about the Change.org petition started by cosplayer Joe Colten and the What’s On Joe Mind crew. The petition was created to let the fans of Joe come together, in solidarity, and rally to petition Hasbro to save the GI Joe brand. Much of the brand’s future seems to be uncertain as I discussed in my last posting. Not much has changed since that time, and nothing official has been released from Hasbro as to the future state of Joe.
Here’s just one man’s opinion.
I love GI Joe. Joe has been a part of my life ever since I was a little kid. From the cartoons to the hand-me-down toys from my brother Chris, my entire life has had Joe in it in one form or another. GI Joe was the first thing I ever started seriously collecting in my entire life, and I started collecting because of all the happy memories that I had tied to these toys. I remember the times of playing out in the backyard and getting Firefly’s gun, Duke’s binocs, and Roadblock’s machine gun lost in the grass in a matter of 7.8 seconds. I remember floating the APC in the bathtub and rescuing guys from drowning. I remember my brother taking my broken Joes down to the basement and coming back up with “bionic legs” and “arm transplants” with Lifeline and his medpack providing the anesthesia for the procedures. I remember leaving Zartan and Zandar outside in the sun all day, and waiting for what seemed like hours for them to come back to normal. I remember my dad running dress blues Gung Ho over with the car, and the grand funeral procession that took place that day. These are my childhood memories of Joe and what Joe meant to me as a kid.
As an adult, GI Joe has enabled me to meet new people and make new friends. Enhance my knowledge and learn and appreciate so much more of the line than I ever could have. Going to the con in Dallas in 2014 was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It was such an incredible feeling to walk into a place that is celebrating something that you love so much and to be able to see it in grand spectacle everywhere you look. Where else in your life can you go and walk into a room filled with hundreds of people, look at every single one of them, and automatically know that you have something in common with them. When I showed my Scarlett tattoo to BJ Ward and she loved it so much she made Michel Bell take a picture of it with her standing with it on his cell phone and text it to her… Getting to meet Page and Greg Wagner, Carson Mataxis, and Joe Colten in person; the Codename Iowa crew, ROMA, Larry Hama, Kirk Bozigian, and no doubt countless others knowingly and unknowingly. Getting to know Flag Points Dave and being a guest on the Flag Points podcast, Rock Mastrangelo, YT, getting introduced to Wordburglar and listening to the amazing Welcome to Cobra Island album. These are my adult memories of Joe and what Joe means to me now.
On the recent Nerdrahtio podcast on the campaign, Gary said it best regarding these memories of Joe and of the Joecon in general: “I don’t want those memories to go anywhere. I don’t want those memories just to be lasting, I want to continue with new ones…”
I too want to continue to make new memories with GI Joe.
GI Joe’s are so much more than toys to me, they are the physical and emotional connection of the kid I was to the adult I’ve become.
… and for that, I do my part to #SAVEGIJOE.
Sign the petition
#SAVEGIJOE on Twitter and Facebook
Listen to the Nerdrahtio podcasts
Listen to the WOJM podcasts
Support all of those that support GI Joe.
Do your part.
– End Transmission