BBC News has uncovered an interesting story in which the US Government, through its Federal Business Opportunity Web site, is inviting applications for a company or individual to develop a comic book aimed at reaching the youth in the Middle East.
The ad says, “In order to achieve long-term peace and stability in the Middle East, the youth need to be reached. One effective means of influencing youth is through the use of comic books. A series of comic books provides the opportunity for youth to learn lessons, develop role models and improve their education.”
According to the BBC, the comic is to be a collaborative effort with the US Army and it’s US Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home to the Army’s 4th Psychological Operations Group, known as “psy-op warriors.” The team is schooled in marketing and advertising AKA propaganda techniques.
The BBC also points out that the US Army may be facing competition from Egyptian comics start-up AK Comics, which has created what it calls are the first Arab super heroes.