Can you believe it’s been 5 years already? In case you’ve been living under a rock in the mojave desert (which is totally possible with Marines), yesterday marked the 5th year anniversary of Terminal Lance! I know, it’s kind of insane. As such, Terminal Lance has been officially awarded a hash mark to commemorate the occasion.
Looking back, it’s both impressive and staggering what Terminal Lance has been able to accomplish over the last 5 years. The comic strip has always been so intertwined with myself that it only recently hit me that I’ve created something a little bit bigger than myself. Don’t get me wrong, I started small like anyone else. It seems like yesterday I was walking around the decks of Mackie Hall, placing freshly made Terminal Lance business cards into the card readers on the door; I put up fliers in the laundry rooms and common areas of various barracks around Kaneohe Bay, accidentally leaving them at the Semper Fit gym. I remember my first milestone of reaching 1,000 page views in a single day.
There’s a lot to say about about what we’ve been able to accomplish here, in this little corner of the internet. I say “we” because Terminal Lance doesn’t exist in a void. It exists only because of the people that read it, and without you all, there wouldn’t be a point to any of this. Aside from just being about having a good laugh, Terminal Lance was among the first outlets in this wide world of social media and internet that was able to openly criticize (for the better) and express the views of the lower enlisted on a large scale in the military environment. I’m proud of this accomplishment, because I never would have thought that I could create quite a stir in the military industrial complex simply through my art and anecdotal writing.
I get asked, more recently, what is next for me as an artist? The answer to that is complex, but the short version is simply:
A lot of things.
However, in the meantime, Terminal Lance is here to stay.
2015 is a new year, and with it there have been noticeable changes in the military environment as well as the social media scene. This year will be an interesting year to say the least. This year will see the release of my first full-length graphic novel, The White Donkey, as well as a brand new project I have not formally announced, but equally as big (if not much, much bigger).
So here is to you, fans of Terminal Lance and casual readers.
This is going to be a good year.