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Terminal Lance #60 “Optimism”


As I recall, I believe most of my time in the Marine Corps was spent looking forward to what lay ahead. Often times, these visions and optimistic ideas of what the future held proved themselves to be untrue. It seemed like no matter where I was in my 4 year enlistment, I was always looking forward to the next thing, because the current thing always sucked. Eventually, I realized this is just how the Marine Corps is. The current thing always sucks, but you stick around because you have the idea that it will get better. It usually doesn’t, but it’s good to have dreams.

After doing some Facebook recon, I’ve decided I will sell prints of Terminal Lance #30, the Lance Corporal Food Pyramid. Look forward to this strip going on sale this week! As well, I will try to add some new things to the Terminal Lance Store this week, shirts of sorts.

Things are about to start getting busier for me, and I’m very happy about it. This summer has dragged on long enough, I would like to start my classes already and be done with it. Once again though, things are always better when you’re looking forward to them. I’m sure, much like the Marine Corps, I’ll be looking forward to the term to end once I’m actually in the swing of things. However, I prefer to remain optimistic regarding this. I feel like my art has gotten rusty, and I’m looking forward to a good refresher.

On the note of art, I have a few projects up my sleeve. For one, I have an idea for a series of oil paintings. I don’t know what I’ll do with them, or what they’ll be for, but I’m going to do them regardless. Marine Corps oil paintings… I’ll be sure to put them up on the site when they’re finished–possibly even put them up for sale if I deem it worth it. In any case, look forward to some more updates soon.

At this point I’m just kind of rambling to myself, but all is well in Terminal Lancedom. My wife and I are settled in our new apartment, to include Charlie the Dog. On a lighter note, we found a live turtle in the parking lot today. Being the softy I am, I took it in and ended up releasing it to a habitat of ponds and lakes shortly after. There was a man fishing next to me when I did, eying whatever mysterious activities I was doing. I told him, “I found it in the parking lot.”

He said, “Well, I guess that’s your good deed for the day then!” with a smile.

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

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