I apologize if I seem a little self-indulgent here, but today marks the 400th comic in the official Terminal Lance canon of strips!
Of course, on every 100th strip, I always get somewhat self-referential, and today is no different. It’s been a long journey, and it is worth looking back on and celebrating. Coincidentally, this strip is coming shortly after reaching over 400,000 fans on the official Facebook fan page.
For whatever Terminal Lance has or hasn’t accomplished over the years, I am always grateful for all of the fans that eagerly await my biweekly ramblings and doodles. What started off as a small, underground inside joke has organically grown to one of the single most-read military blogs in the world. I like to think that Terminal Lance has affected the culture in a positive way, giving a space for Marines to gather and laugh in common ground. At the end of the day, for whatever lasting messages I try to imbue my work with, Terminal Lance is and always has been about making people laugh. Even if you don’t agree with an overarching message, the joke itself should at least give you a giggle.
I’d like to just say thank you to everyone that has made this possible, from the Marines to the Marine Corps itself, as well as all of the civilian readers out there laughing along.
People always ask me, “how do you keep the strip going? Don’t you run out of jokes?”
The honest answer is that I have no fucking idea.
Realistically though, I’m not going to do Terminal Lance forever. However, right now? I’m not going anywhere. With this massive undertaking of a graphic novel wrapping up, I’ll finally be able to devote more of my time and attention to the webcomic itself. I’m actually looking forward to it, because I have a lot of things I still want to do.
Looking back, there’s a lot to be proud of. While this may be strip “400,” if you combine the unnumbered strips with the strips I do every week in the Marine Corps Times newspaper, there’s well over 700 total.
That’s a lot of drawing.
Anyway, keep reading, and I’ll keep making jokes. Keep sending me funny stuff via email or the Facebook fan page. You can also follow me and hit me up on Twitter! I read everything I get, even if I don’t respond.