I’m just going to be honest, I only did this strip because I really wanted to do a Mad Max: Fury Road joke.
Still though, there’s nothing worse than having your Battalion Commander on the range. It’s hot, reveille was at 4am for some reason, you’ve only eaten some shit tray-rats and now you’ve got a LtCol watching you. You have to put on a show or else you’re going to be forever known as the shitbag squad, and your Platoon Commander is going to be even more pissed at you if you mess it up because it makes him look bad. He’s a Lieutenant so he really cares about is looking good in front of higher up officers at this point in his career.
You have two choices, you either sandbag it on purpose completely so no one expects you to do anything great ever again (maximizing your future skating potential), or you do your best and hope you don’t fuck it up.
Either way, someone is going to think you’re mediocre.
In other news, I’m sure most of you saw my cover piece for the Marine Corps Times next week. If you haven’t, it details my trials and tribulations through creating The White Donkey. If you can, snag a copy of the print edition on Monday for exclusive, brand-spankin’ new cover artwork from yours truly. As well, there’s 6 pages from the book in there for you to read. I have to thank the awesome folks over at Marine Times for letting me take over the paper for a week. It is truly an honor, and it was a lot of fun working with them this week to make next week’s paper really special.
As for the book, it is not available for purchase yet. I just got my early copies the other day, the bulk of the shipment will be coming in hopefully before the end of December, but there’s no way for me to know right now.
I am very happy to say that the book came out great though, and I’m pretty happy with the quality. It’s also just physically very big! I like to think that when you pick it up and actually read it, you’ll be able to say to yourself, “Huh… no wonder this took so long.”
Lastly, I just want to throw this out there (because you never know who might read it)… I’m moving down to LA in a couple of months and I want to make an animated series/studio. If you think you can help me with this and want to be involved somehow, hit me up by emailing me.