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Terminal Lance #43 “Really, No One Does”


Military wives are a great thing, however, when a wife takes her husband’s rank into her own sense of worth–it makes them not so much. I’m sorry wives, but you’re not the rank of your husband. You’re not a Marine, you have no authority over Marines or any of their wives based on your husband’s rank.

While I fully support women taking a personal investment into their husband’s professional life, I believe some dependents need to reconsider their mindsets. Many people have suggested I do a strip addressing this subject–I also considered doing one of the “wives rank structure;” and how the high ranking wives tend to hold themselves in higher regard than the lower ranking spouses. Ultimately I decided this was more cruel and to the point, however.

Outside of that, I don’t really have a whole lot to say on the subject. Really, truly though: no one cares.

In other news, the prints are almost entirely gone and will be up for another 24 hours. As of press time, one more remains of Strip #3, and 3 more remain of Strip #17. Speaking of Terminal Lance merchandise, I recently acquired the Terminal Lance hooded sweatshirt from the store. I must say, it is actually quite comfy and warm. I am enjoying it quite thoroughly, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good hoodie.

I’m very well considering doing a special edition type of thing soon. I mentioned it in the Facebook fan page earlier this week, and am scrambling through ideas. I’m not sure how I intend to implement this idea yet, or in what format and context, but I plan to do something soon when I get a chance to sit and really work. I’ve had a few ideas in mind, long before I even started making this strip. In fact, I’ve had Terminal Lance in mind years before I actually went live with this.

Initially, Terminal Lance was actually an ongoing story with recurring characters. Ultimately I scrapped this idea, and went with a dual-weekly bite of three-panel Corps jabs to satiate my need for quick wit. Really, if you look at all the strips you’ll see only one recurring character, the dark haired Marine, who is more or less modeled after yours truly. In all honesty though, Terminal Lance is often times very quick and dirty. If you look to strip 15, you’ll see a more traditional piece of art by me, what I typically will do when I have more time to devote to these things.

In any case, I would like to do something more involved in the future. Perhaps I will sketch up some character designs and put together some stories. We’ll see.

On an unrelated note, I’d like to congratulate all of the many civilians who have just graduated college this year. Of these to include my sister, Gayle Uriarte, who acquired her BFA yesterday from the University of Oregon in Eugene. It is strange being able to actually attend these events, as the last 4 years have kept me a minimum of 2,700 miles away at best. I am enjoying it though, I almost forgot what it’s like to be involved with my own family. I’d also like to give a shout out to the Marines in Afghanistan right now, to include 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. Keep up the good work and stay safe out there.

On that note, I bid you all a good workweek. Get some work done, you nasties.

Infantry Marine turned Combat Artist turned animator turned bestselling author turned dad.

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