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Terminal Lance “Welcome Back Starter Pack”


It’s never a surprise to be greeted by a mandatory urinalysis upon returning home from your holiday leave block, despite what your command thinks. You can almost guarantee that you will find yourself standing in a line wrapped around the company office, holding an empty cup with your name on it, waiting for your turn to empty your bladder in front of an unlucky (or lucky, depending on what floats your boat) NCO.

Yet, somehow, at least one guy in your company will pop on the drug test, citing uncontrolled holiday leave parties back home and mingling with the wrong crowd he left behind when he enlisted.

At the very least, the mandatory urinalysis is a small price to pay for the temporary freedom of being on leave. Welcome back, Marines.

Terminal Lance mega-fans may know that I’ve done a couple of strips very similar to this one in the past, but they were many years ago. Think of this as the HD remaster. I’m in a weird position right now where, obviously, I love all of the work I’ve created, but I’ve grown so much as an artist over the last 10 years that some of the older work really bugs me (visually and otherwise). I like revisiting some of these ideas in a modern light.

On a side note, I wanted to tell you all that I released a brand new animated short film that I’m super excited about called POST “Frag Out,” which you can watch below. Frag Out took up a good chunk of my 2020 year. Myself and another Marine veteran started an animation studio and this is our first short. We want to make plenty more, so subscribe to the channel and stay tuned.

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

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