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Terminal Lance #179 “A Good Rock”


You can never go wrong with a good rock. The Marine Corps is definitely the only time in my life I have ever looked at a rock with an intention of longing. To put it in perspective, it’s the only time I’ve been in such a shitty situation that I’ve looked at a rock and went, “Oh man, that looks like a comfy rock.”

If there’s one thing I miss about the military, it’s the somewhat mystic ability to fall asleep anywhere. As a civilian now, I have to fight for some shuteye when I’m tired as hell. While on active duty, I was generally worn out enough every day that simply leaning up against a wall was not only a suitable place to sleep, but a damn good one. One could easily call it narcolepsy by any medical standard. Whatever happens when we step on those yellow footprints, you can be sure that as long as you have cammies on you will never have trouble falling asleep. There were Marines that would even fall asleep standing up without a single fuck given in the slightest.

One could spend an entire day talking about the various ways and techniques for sleeping they’ve acquired over the years of fieldwork and deployments. Every Marine packs their own special combination of bivvy-sacks and sleeping bags; every Marine has some ritual for their slumber in field. Some prefer not to bring any sleeping bags, others can’t leave the barracks without the black one. Some need a pillow, others just need to find a good rock.

For the strip, I’ve become more and more attracted to ideas without dialog. I suppose I’ve also been thinking more in terms of panel design lately since I’ve been in a graphic novel study class, where we literally read and make comics every time. Don’t worry, this kind of strip won’t happen every time, but I do enjoy them more.

In other news, I apologize for my absence last week. I took the week to myself… well… really my illness took my week from me. What started as a high fever and a cough quickly turned into a pretty bad case of pneumonia. I’ve since gotten treatment, and after a 103 degree fever that lasted 5 days straight I’m happy to say that I’m feeling much better. It would have been impossible to actually produce a strip, I could barely stop shaking from the chills, and when I took meds to lower my fever I would sweat uncontrollably. Overall, it was a horrible week.

Lastly, it’s possible I’ll be at ImageCon this weekend in Oakland, CA. I’ll keep the FB and Twitter updated with whether or not that’s happening, it will depend greatly on how much work I have to do (which has stacked up, since I missed all of last week). If I do go, it will most likely be for just one day.

Anyway, with that said, I hope you all have a great week and don’t forget to get your flu shot, nasty.

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

Terminal Lance “Not Everything leaving the Body is Weakness” (Marine Corps Times)

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