Ever since I started this comic, I’ve received notes and emails wondering why I had never done a comic about “Charms.” For those of you not in the know, Charms were once considered a great evil in the MRE dessert lineup. In the early days of Iraq and Afghanistan, it was said that anyone who consumes the wretched sweets would unleash a Pandora’s Box of sour luck. One Charm could wipe out an entire platoon, so it was best to throw them away.

Of course, the reason I never did a comic about this is because Charms weren’t in MRE’s by the time I got into the Corps. To me, aside from watching it in Generation Kill (great show), it seemed kind of irrelevant to my Marine Corps experience.

However, the Marine Corps has even changed since I left it. This is nothing unexpected of course, and I like to think that Terminal Lance has done a good job of staying with the curve and being at the top of the social media game. If you don’t already, follow the Terminal Lance Facebook page for daily random submissions from across the Corps. I think most of the best content comes from you guys, and I always love seeing the random shit that bored Marines come up with. I never throw anyone under the bus, so if you message me something and want to remain anonymous, that’s totally fine with me.

In the meantime, we’re trying out some new stuff with the ads (specifically on mobile), so please bear with me. The ads can be annoying but they’re necessary to keep the site going.

I’m still working on The White Donkey, but when it’s done I plan on jumping into a lot of new things. I feel like I’ve been so caught up in this project that it’s been hard for me to focus on the fan service I used to, which really sucks. I get a ton of questions about the book all the time, which is great, but mostly it’s about how to purchase it. The book will be available to purchase online, when it’s available. Backers will get it first, but it should go up for sale shortly after.

If you’re reading this and you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, The White Donkey is a graphic novel I started writing in 2010. It stars Abe and Garcia, and is a realistic take on the Marine Corps experience and their deployment to Iraq. I don’t have a release date yet, but keep checking back here soon.

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