The Air Force is a weird branch of the military.

Semantically, if you were to define “military” by things that are generally “military,” like fitness, shooting guns, hiking, being a hard ass, etc., I’m not sure if the Air Force would fit into that. This isn’t to say the Air Force isn’t important in our national defense–of course they are–but more that it is the military lite. A Diet Military, if you would.

Marines and Airmen are nearly opposites in every conceivable way, as Abe describes in this strip. If it weren’t for their largely symbiotic relationship, you could probably say the same things about the Navy and the Corps as well. However, Marines and Navy are like peanut butter and jelly–they stick together and go great on a sandwich (or something).

Ignoring the Coast Guard for a second (lol we usually do), the Air Force is generally the outlier of the military. They’re small and mostly keep to themselves, with their culture rarely permeating the popular consciousness. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just their style. They don’t tend to make as much noise as Marines or Army in the news, but we love them all the same.

The title of this strip is even an homage to an Air Force comic. Did you know that Air Force Blues is back up? Check it out!

Late strip today. The world is on fire and I’m just trying to keep up. I thought about tackling some current events, but honestly I just wanted to get back to some classic Terminal Lance material. You know, back in the days when I just made jokes about life in the military and didn’t have a responsibility to comment on every current event.

Anyway, if you’d like to see me in person, I’ll be in Oregon next week! Here’s where you can find me:

  • Corvallis, OR — Monday July 18th
    • Grass Roots Book & Music at 7pm
  • Portland, OR — Tuesday July 19th
    • Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing (Beaverton) at 7pm
  • San Diego Comic Con — Thursday July 21st
    • Panel, Graphic Novels as a Medium, Room 29AB
    • I’ll be signing books after the panel as well!

Come out and say what’s up! Oregon is my home, born and raised, I’m excited to go back.