Terminal Lance #380 “Festive”
May 15, 2015
Happy Pay Day!
Pay Day is a wonderful holiday celebrated on the 1st and 15th of every month across the Corps. Though typically, the most flagrant and colorful display of the festivities can be found in an infantry barracks.
This holiday brings with it showers of coin and ale! For a typical Lance Corporal, Pay Day can last anywhere from a few days to as little as 5 minutes depending on what he chooses to do. Legend has it that riches are placed into your bank account through means of sorcery and IPAC as a reward for appeasing the green gods. If the green gods are not pleased with you
if you fucked up over the week somehow, they can actually restrict your Pay Day celebration by withholding your biweekly gift.
Marines are often known to greet each other on this glorious day by saying, “Hey you want to get fucked up tonight?”
On an unrelated note, I just wanted to mention that I unfortunately cancelled my upcoming appearance at AwesomeCon in DC. The guys at AwesomeCon were amazingly hospitable, but unfortunately right now I’m just too deeply embroiled in The White Donkey to step away and fly across the country for even a few days.
I get asked about The White Donkey a lot, and it’s actually really stressful, because I want to answer your questions, but the status of the book simply doesn’t change that often. Currently I’m still doing the primary inking of the 220+ pages. Once that is done I will be passing it off to another (or two other) artist to help me with the watercolor toning, while I will be simultaneously adding dialog to the pages (speech bubbles). It’s a lot of work, but this book is going to be a big deal, and it needs to be done right. I appreciate your patience, as I will be the first to admit that I grossly underestimated how much work a book of this size was.
If you’re reading this and you’re wondering what the fuck I’m talking about, The White Donkey is a full-length Terminal Lance graphic novel that I’ve been working on for a while. I expect to be done within only a couple of months at the most, and by the time it is finished, it will have been 5 years in the making.
Yes, I started writing this book in 2010.
I don’t mention it a lot in my posts because I’m just trying to keep my head low and finish it, but I am honestly a little nervous about it. It’s an intensely personal book, and to my knowledge no one has ever made anything like this. As it gets closer to being done, it’s amazing to look at all the work I’ve put into it and realize that it’s finally working. It’s a real thing that I can hold and flip through and look at with my own eyes, and it feels real.
Anyway, sorry to ramble. I’m excited and believe me, when it’s done, you will all know.