Terminal Lance #444 “Drill Foot”

October 18, 2016

In a line company, Platoon Sergeants and Commanders come and go. Unfortunately this means that you never really know where your next one is going to come from. Often times, you get stuck with some Staff Sergeant returning to the fleet after yelling at or lying to children for three years. (Drill Instructors and recruiters, respectively)

For what it’s worth, recruiters are usually the better option as far as your personal quality of life is concerned, they’re generally laid back and don’t give a shit about anything outside of running into one of their prior-recruitees.

As a Hawaii Marine, I was often told that Staff NCO’s that selected Hawaii as their permanent duty station were some of the worst, since it was generally seen as a relaxing holiday to be stationed there. Of course, worst is a general term, since it means the Staff NCO’s were relatively unmotivated compared to their peers. This was great for the lower enlisted, because it meant that for the few hours that they were around, they didn’t give a shit any more than we did.

When they weren’t around, they were probably surfing.

In other news, I happen to be on holiday in London at the moment. After much begging and haggling and oral sex, we were able to arrange a book signing tomorrow at Orbital Comics near Leicester Square!

If you’re around, come say what’s up. If you’re American, you’re legally required to be there. We’ll have books for sale at the event, but I’ll sign basically anything you put in front of me.




Terminal Lance #443 “Connection Problems”

October 7, 2016

There exists in the Marine Corps a supernatural force, a spiritual bond that defies all known science. Officers, NCO’s and Staff NCO’s do not possess this power, for it is gifted only to the Lance Corporals of the Corps. Some say it was passed down as far back as the Lance Corporals that built the pyramids of ancient Egypt, but no one truly knows. What we do know is that once you lose the rank, you lose the power.

Corporals are often the worst victims of the condition, as it strikes them by surprise after sometimes years of access to unfiltered and instant access. They’re left in the dark, coldly and suddenly, leaving many of them to transform into giant douchebags.

These sad NCO’s go on to reenlist and pick up rank, but never really know what’s going on. They never gain this power again. The only other rank that has the supernatural ability to cross realms is the Chief Warrant Officer, but that’s because they don’t exist in a human state.

I should really write some kind of bestiary for the Marine Corps.

On a side note, I’ll be traveling around this month, but expect me to be in Portland and Austin in early November. I also heard from the Underground that I might make an appearance at Camp Pendleton next month… Stay tuned.



Terminal Lance #442 “Bootcamp: The Care Package”

October 4, 2016

Bootcamp is a shitty 3 months.

As if you don’t have enough to worry about with sweaty, angry men yelling at you 24 hours a day, you never know what might be lurking in a box some good-intentioned family member or friend sent your way.

Comedian Sarah Silverman panicked yesterday after realizing she may have made a grave mistake for her recruit nephew.

Of course, in reality he will most likely be fine, assuming she didn’t send a box of dildos (possible, being familiar with her comedy). Sadly though, her sudden panic is actually a result of reading headlines surrounding the abuse scandals apparent to Parris Island Recruit Depot. I’ve stayed away from the subject on Terminal Lance, for the most part because I hate reading the comments. Hard-charging keyboard warriors act as if being thrown into a dryer is a regular occurrence that all recruits must suffer (it’s not).

Even without such flagrant abuse, boot camp is arduous and mostly awful. I’ve said it before, but I would much rather go back to Iraq than do another 3 months at MCRD being treated like a recruit. I feel the worst for those poor kids that spend months in medical recovery, being treated like recruits for much longer than originally intended.

On a side note, Recruit Toms might become my goto recurring character for all matters pertaining to boot camp. After I finished drawing this strip, I realized the poolee in the third panel looked a lot like my rendition of Jodie. I wonder if perhaps this is his origin story–a failed recruit–a fallen angel of sorts.

Only time will tell, but in the meantime, don’t be a dick with your care packages (literally and figuratively).

On a sidenote, I’m still looking for content and creators! Email me at with something funny. Preference goes to Active Duty, but I’m open to anyone that is good.

I’m super happy to have the new site up and running! We’re still working out some kinks with the functionality on this end, but should be straightened out soon enough. Check out the new Opinions section by using the menu at the top of the page.



Terminal Lance 3.0

October 2, 2016


After many months of concept and development, I’m ridiculously excited to finally unveil the new Terminal Lance!

You’ll notice that this site not only features a brand new design, but also a brand new section dedicated to featured Opinion pieces. This is a small, but important shift in the way Terminal Lance will be operating from here on. My goal with the new Terminal Lance is to offer, in addition to the comic strip, original features from voices all over the Marine Corps.

Terminal Lance, since its inception in 2010, has always stood as a voice of the junior enlisted Marine. The three panel strips I put out twice a week here on this site have stood the test of time to become one of the most iconic, trendsetting brands in the military community.

Since I have no intention of contacting a prior-enlistment recruiter any time soon, I wanted to continue the tradition of being an insider glimpse of the Active Duty Marine Corps lifestyle. Terminal Lance is essentially expanding, to include views, opinions and insight from Marines and Sailors across the globe. This new site allows that to be possible.

Before any of that begins though, I wanted to give you guys a brief history of the design of Terminal Lance since its creation in 2010.

Terminal Lance 1.0


Launched in January 2010

Terminal Lance 1.0 was an exercise in internet learning for me. Back in December of 2010, I was still active duty aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. I had never built a website before, and with my Lance Corporal paycheck, there’s no way I could have hired someone to do it for me.

Even so, I knew I wanted to build a webcomic about the Marine Corps and I knew that no one was going to help me do it. I stayed up late and Googled my way through WordPress enough to piece this original site together. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but it worked well enough for Marines to enjoy it and that’s all that really mattered anyway. This was based on an old theme called Comic Press, which was sort of ready-built for webcomics and you see it often around the internet if you know it.

Terminal Lance 1.1



Terminal Lance 1.1

Terminal Lance 1.1 was really just a refinement on the original, with some fancy LCPL chevrons added to the top menubar to give it some graphic variety. My stepfather, a programmer, helped me get those in there. This look stayed all the way up until 2013…

Terminal Lance 2.0


Terminal Lance 2.0

Terminal Lance 2.0 was a brand new redesign done professionally by the folks over at Usability Dynamics. I designed it myself and was able to use funds from the vastly successful Kickstarter campaign for The White Donkey to get it done. It was a huge upgrade at the time simply because it was responsive and adapted to the size of smartphones dynamically. Of course, this is obvious in 2016, but back then it was still a pretty new concept. It also had a pretty neat custom Twitter feed featuring one of the “POST” characters.

This theme was still based on the more or less outdated “Comic Press” theme I was using since day 1.

Terminal Lance 2.1


Previous Design

This is the most recent design, which was simply a refinement to the 2013 design. It got rid of the textured background and added some room for ads. This design was what was on Terminal Lance for the last two years. It served its purpose well enough, but problems mostly arose from it being based on a very old WordPress build and the old Comic Press theme. It simply wasn’t designed for many of the modern (standard) features of WordPress at this point, and it was extremely inflexible to add new features to it without extensive programming involved.

Terminal Lance 3.0

Terminal Lance 3.0

Terminal Lance 3.0

You’re looking at it.

This new Terminal Lance is built from the ground up around a completely new core (pun intended), and is faster, more flexible, and allows for featured articles in a way that the previous theme could never do.

Huge thank you to Alexander Orr, a Marine and Afghanistan veteran, for developing this new site.

For the most part, the design is more or less a combination of Terminal Lance 1 and 2, but with new framework and modern design elements. However, the biggest addition is the Opinion section, which will feature new pieces such as this throughout the week.

I’m thrilled to finally arrive here!

As a Marine with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines… 3 tends to be my lucky number.

Stay tuned.



Terminal Lance “Post POTUS”

September 30, 2016

I mean what else is he going to do?

The post 9/11 generation of veterans is a truly interesting one, different than any others in American history. More than ever, veterans are returning to the civilian world to do absolutely anything they can to avoid truly integrating back into the culture they left behind. Instead, they start their own veteran-centric brands and sell copious amounts of tee shirts with distressed lettering and moto designs while reveling in the expansive veteran social media community. I don’t necessarily exclude myself from this generalization, as I write my comic strip about the military I left years ago.

Still, I think about this a lot. I wasn’t alive for the wars of the past, but I think about the lifestyles of the veterans of old. The guys that fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, didn’t have the echo chamber of social media to get lost in. I like to think that veterans before us had an easier time, but then I look at the tribulations of returning Vietnam veterans and their shameful mistreatment by American society upon their return home.

My stepfather was one of them, who died of a heroin overdose when I was 13 years old. I suppose at the time I didn’t fully understand the concept of his veteran status in relation to his drug addiction. As I got older and obviously involved in the military space, it gave me a chance to reflect on this, which honestly just brought me more sorrow than anything. This is the man that taught me how to tie my shoes and ride a bike, and was sadly left behind in the end to succumb to his own demons.

I often wonder how healthy all of these “veteranisms” are. To be prescribed to a set of definitions based on your veteran status is a reality of today, and it is not perpetuated by the civilian world as much as reinforced by its own members. To be a veteran is to be understood as I have illustrated it in this caricature. One look at my third panel “President Obama” and you immediately recognize him. This is a fun punchline, but underscores what I believe to be potentially a serious problem in the veteran community.

On a lighter note, I love this joke, it’s unfortunate that the comments on Facebook for this post are going to be a bunch of idiotic rants about him being a Muslim or something. Unfortunately when it comes to political figures, people are largely incapable of being impartial. Terminal Lance is apolitical, and this comic is no different. Simply making a joke about or mentioning the literal President of the United States does not constitute political favoritism or entering the ring of political commentary.

I also want to remind you all that I’m still looking for writers! Email me at if you’re an active duty Marine that wants to tell some funny shit. Stay tuned…



Terminal Lance #441 “Relativity”

September 27, 2016

A lot of things in the Marine Corps are relative. For instance, “Quality of Life” is extremely relative, as most daily lives of Lance Corporals have very little quality.

“Nothing unusual to report at this time” is a common phrase used to report to the Officer of the Day or the Staff Duty regarding the state of affairs relative to your post. Generally speaking, unless someone has literally died, there’s not much that constitutes an unusual night in the barracks. When everything is fucked up, it’s hard to distinguish between the extraordinary and the benign.

Einstein predicted that as objects approach the speed of light, time would pass relatively slowly to the outside observer. A journey that would take a few years at the speed of light would be observed to have taken many more by those back on the ground. This theory applies to Marines standing duty, as time on duty seems to dilate exponentially. Minutes pass normally to the outside observer while those stuck in the black hole of duty see minutes pass as hours.

On a side note, if you follow Terminal Lance on Instagram you probably saw that we have a brand new website in the works. Look forward to that launching relatively soon.

To that note, I want to add that I am (for real) looking for some new writers in the Active Duty side to be featured in the new site. I’m looking for funny and insightful material from active duty Marines to be featured on Terminal Lance. If you think you’re interested, email me at and send me something funny. I know I’ve said this a few times before, but this is actually happening this time! I’m excited to see Terminal Lance go through some changes in the near future, and I think it’ll be something really different.

Stay tuned.

In other news, how about that debate last night?


OTP I ship them so much




Terminal Lance “Dog House”

September 23, 2016

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Well, more specifically, Marines are why we can’t have nice things. They let devil dogs in the barracks, why not dog dogs? hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

This is actually a problem I’ve run into a lot in the civilian world as well, as I’ve bounced around over the years since I left Hawaii. I have a dog, a real dog, and it’s always a hassle to find a place that allows pets his size. Ironically, there’s usually no restriction on children and babies, which are going to destroy a place worse than even the drunkest of Marines on a Friday night. But alas, it is the burden I carry for living with my furry friend.

Anyway, I don’t have anything too important to add here. Today has just been one of those days and some things that were planned for TL fell through and left me saying fuck.

This strip was previously published in the Marine Corps Times newspaper, don’t forget you can catch new Terminal Lance comics in every issue! As well, keep up with TL on Facebook and Instagram for funny shit from around the Corps daily.



Terminal Lance “The New Guy”

September 20, 2016

New Lieutenants are great. They’re basically exactly like the boots you get straight from SOI, except you have to respect them. I’m pretty sure that, going in, each one of them thinks they’re going to be the one that changes the Corps and brings high and tights and EGA tattoos on every chest back. They’re bright-eyed and come full of brand new moto cadences that they picked up at TBS, and they’re extremely eager to pass on what little knowledge they have onto you.

Of course, like all boots, they love it because they haven’t been around long enough to hate it. Eventually it wears on them, and by the time they reach 1st Lieutenant, they’ll certainly know better.

Still, Lieutenants are great once they get broken in. When they first show up they’re annoying as hell, but give him a few months and a deployment and he could end up being a real friend in the future once he’s calmed down a bit. Until then, just try not to be too hard on him, please.

Late post today, just flew in from NYC last night and am still just overall messed up from the travel.

On a side note, I want to thank the Brooklyn Book Festival for inviting me out! I got to see New York for the first time and it was really a lot of fun. I also want to thank all the supporters that came out to see my dumb ass speak on a panel and let me sign their books. We’re currently working on some more events, the next one potentially in London! I’ll keep you posted as they come up and hopefully I’ll get to meet a lot more of you.

On that note, you should totally buy my book. It’s a New York Times best seller and I heard it’s pretty good.

Got some new newness coming up pretty soon being worked on this week, so stay tuned!



Terminal Lance #440 “Period of Instruction”

September 16, 2016

Okay this is a joke, this class isn’t actually taught in TAPS/SEPS, but it should be.

The transition from active duty to civilian is tough. It really is. I’ve lived it, and I know how it can be.

Probably the hardest part that no one tells you though?

Letting go.

I’m not ready to draw a conclusive correlation between veteran suicide rates and acceptance of your new civilian life (if that were even possible), but I would anecdotally argue that the veterans that tend to do the best on the outside are the ones that really leave their former active duty life behind completely. This means not wearing moto hats and veteran-branded T-shirts from any one of over 9000 veteran apparel companies; this means not lamenting civilians from your bearded mouth and your Facebook statuses; this means avoiding toxic mentalities and memes that permeate much of online veteran culture.

It means truely integrating back into the culture you left years ago.

Of course, I’m not saying you shouldn’t get together with veterans you served with and enjoy some good stories and memories over a few drinks. These are normal, healthy activities that I think anyone would encourage.

What I’m referring to with this comic is the insistent need to identify as a veteran before your individuality as a person. Veterans have a unique skill set, experience and a capacity to the be the best leaders in American history. Unfortunately, many are bogged down in the poisonous subcultures that so easily infect the recently separated.

Odd I’m sure, coming from a guy that draws comics about the Marine Corps. Illustration and art is my profession, and I keep a healthy mental distance. I’ve mentioned before that I consider Terminal Lance to be an “Active Duty” brand, and I stand by that despite my distance from my own service. Perhaps maintaining this mentality has been why Terminal Lance is not often bogged down by many of the pitfalls of other “military” brands and pages.

My allegiance is, and has always been, to the Lance Corporal. I feel this way because I remember distinctly just how much it fucking sucks to be in the suck. I like to think that Terminal Lance offers some respite to the monotony of the barracks life in the form of an illustrated 3-panel comic that understands.

Of course, I love veterans as well, being one myself. I just find the “veteran” isolationist subculture to be more frustrating than the average Lance Coolie wishing he was somewhere else.

It doesn’t take a scholar to notice that every single time there’s some outrage over a “military” issue in the news media, it is never the active duty guys that actually care. The most vocal outbursts of anger and malice come solely from the Angry Facebook Veteran. One could argue that overarching censorship of active duty individuals keeps them from being more vocal, but I would disagree. I think most Lance Corporals just have too much to worry about to care, and are good at rolling with the punches anyway.

On a side note, if you noticed this comic looks a little different, it’s because I did the entire thing from start-to-finish (including this blog post) on my iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. This is different than how I normally do it using my desktop and a Cintiq, but I wanted to see if I could make this work. It has actually been a success! A convoluted success, but a success nonetheless. I want to do a more indepth review of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil (a year late) from the perspective of a professional artist and how it can actually work in a realistic workflow.

Turns out it’s more difficult than you’d think.

Lastly, I just want to mention again that I will be in Brooklyn this weekend at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday! Come by and hear the panel, say hi, and get something signed.



Terminal Lance “Founded in a Tavern”

September 13, 2016

You drink, I drink, we all drink!

Lest we forget, the Corps was founded in a tavern back in 1775, the day my Marine Corps came alive.

Marines love to drink, ranks low and high, but for as many different reasons as there are snowflakes in a blizzard. Okay, there aren’t actually that many reasons, most of them just come down to getting turnt. From PFC’s (illegally) to First Sergeant drinking his miseries away in the darkness of his kitchen counter at 11pm, you’ll find alcohol and Marines nearly synonymous with each other. You could say the barracks is a lot like a frat house, except with men.

Okay I don’t have a lot to add to this strip, which was previously featured in the Marine Corps Times. Terminal Lance and the Marine Times have been great allies for nearly 6 years now, and you can find new comic strips every other week in the print edition of the Marine Corps Times.

Also, don’t forget that I’ll be in New York City this weekend at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday. I’ll be on a panel called “The Art of War” at 5pm with some other awesome writers and artists drawing from wartime experience in graphic novels. It should be a good time!