Before I talk about the strip, I’d like to take a moment to talk to you about our Toys for Tots donation drive.

This video was created with the sole purpose of raising funds for Toys for Tots. If you do not trust me with your money, I fully encourage you to donate to Toys for Tots directly at their website here: http://www.toysfortots.org/

Note: I’m working on a way to get the current fundraiser amount visible to all of you.

You can donate on the right side of the page, you will see donation options in different denominations. I’m only accepting PayPal donations so that I can easily transfer the money to Toys for Tots come December 20th.

As I explained in the video, I sent an email out to a representative of Toys for Tots about coordinating a fundraiser. He told me that while he holds no qualms about the comic, he didn’t want Toys for Tots affiliated with us due to its crass nature. I understand, however, Terminal Lance gets thousands of readers every day, almost all of them from the military. Now, I’m closing the donations on December 20th because I’m not 100% sure how they’ll want to put the money to use–but I wanted to give them some time to buy toys if that’s what they plan to do with it.

The beginning of the video is kind of brash, but it’s meant to be funny and to encourage you to want to donate–even if for some reason you hate children, you should want to prove a point.

There was a lot more to this video, and it was trimmed down considerably to remain on point. If we raise a formidable amount of money for Toys for Tots come Dec. 20th, I will upload the outtakes/bloopers reel for all of you to see as a treat.

So bottom line, don’t take the video as anything other than what it is: my effort to encourage you all to donate in support of Toys for Tots. Remember, 100% of all the donations made will go directly to Toys for Tots on December 20th, 2010. In addition to the donation drive, I will see what can be done this week to raise more money for them. Perhaps an exclusive strip to encourage you to donate? I may possibly sell some prints this week as well, with the proceeds going to Toys for Tots. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you all updated.

As for the strip, well, I always thought the chow hall guys’ golden rank was slightly absurd. I always wondered what it would be like to wear them, like some kind of Legend of Zelda abode. I’m sure you all remember the gold cartridges of yore, blowing in them to get them to play in your old, dirty NES.

Oh and for those of you living under a rock, Terminal Lance has officially joined up with the Marine Corps Times starting next week. Look forward to exclusive content each week in the Marine Corps Times!

Check out their official blog post here!

And lastly, but certainly not least, I’d like to give a special thanks to Adan Pulido, an 0311 OIF/OEF veteran-turned-film-major at SF State for helping me with this video, in just about every aspect.