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Terminal Lance #56 “Myths and Legends II: The Dependapotamus”


This creature of lore is actually quite common within the Marine Corps. Mostly found in the darkest corners of base housing, Dependapotamus may look like a predator of some kind, but it is actually defined as a parasite. Much like a tick or leach, the creature will engorge itself into gluttony through the benefits and steady paychecks offered by the unsuspecting Marine.

While this may be a gross exaggeration of the problem, I think the Dependapotamus is mostly a product of contract marriages brought about by the broken marriage system within the military. Many unwitting Marines will bag and tag just about anything to get out of the barracks and get that fattened BAH check. Unfortunately the end result is usually this beastly creature with a few children to boot, leading to the inevitable re-enlistments to support it and its offspring, with the smell of crushed dreams and lost hope lingering in the air at the end of the night.

This strip was actually inspired by one of the threads created in the Terminal Lance Forum. We have around 1400 members now, and quite a substantial list of talking points. Come by and check it out if you’re looking for a fun group of Marines (and a few un-Marines) to chat with.

Outside of the morbidly obese, I mentioned that I was looking to add some new features to the site. Eventually in the near future I’d like to get a new section added, something along the lines of Marine Corps and military specific film and game reviews with a legitimate lower-enlisted point of view. Obviously the comic will remain the focus of the site, but these new features will just give you something else to check out while you’re avoiding doing real work.

As well, expect delays in a couple of weeks when I’m actually moving from Portland to the bay area. I don’t know what my schedule will be like, but I guarantee I will not be capable of posting new comics while I’m driving a moving truck down I-5 for a day or two.

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

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