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THE WHITE DONKEY added to the Commandant’s Reading List

October 22, 2020

My New York Times bestselling graphic novel, The White Donkey, has been officially added to the Commandant’s Reading List.

Those of you that have been following me since the beginning know that Terminal Lance started as an underground, risqué, and avant-garde idea. Back in 2010, while I was an active duty Lance Corporal in Hawaii, it was taboo to openly criticize or speak honestly and openly about the Marine Corps in any kind of public forum. However, I put my name on it from day one and I put it out there. It was a risk for me personally, but I knew that as long as I was honest and spoke to my own truth, that I would be okay.

Who would have ever thought that a Lance Corporal that started out drawing funny comics about the Marine Corps would end up on the Commandant’s Reading List.

Years ago, before The White Donkey came out, I had told someone at just an average gathering that I was enlisted and went to Iraq twice. I was expecting a typical reply, the kind we’ve all heard in response to these sorts of open confessions.

“How was it?”

“Was it hot?”

Instead, the reply that I got threw me for a loop. She simply asked me, “What did you learn?”

I didn’t know how to respond to that. No one had ever asked me that. There was so much to that experience. From the day I left to check into MEPS, leaving my home state of Oregon for good, to the day my unit landed in TQ to convoy to Camp Fallujah upon our arrival to Iraq in 2007. All of it was a surreal journey, not just physically, but emotionally.

The White Donkey for me was the ultimate expression of my own truth and personal journey of my enlistment. To me, this wasn’t just a book about my Marine Corps experience, but a distillation of everything I had learned. It is because of this that I chose to make the book a work of fiction. In creating a book that was fictional, I was able to concentrate the lessons learned into a narrative that had story and resolution; which is not always the case with actuality and nonfiction.

The White Donkey is a story of coming of age, of navigating romance and life in the looming shadow of being enlisted, of monotony and tedium, of trauma and depression, and ultimately, of love. It is a story that is as much mine as it is every Marine that has been through it. I created it as a cathartic means of reflection, and with the hope that others could identify with it as well.

In The White Donkey and in all of my work with Terminal Lance, I strive to show that Marines–for as bullheaded and invincible as they may see themselves–are first and foremost human. All of us are inherently flawed beings, created to journey through life and experience fleeting moments that give us meaning.

Despite this, your experience is yours, and yours alone. They can shave your head and force you to stand at attention, to scream and shout your replies to orders, to march covered and aligned with fifty others just like you… But you are still you.

It is truly an honor to have my book, the first graphic novel to ever grace this list, to be considered among such high company. It would have never happened without the support of the audience of Terminal Lance that made it happen.



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The Lance Corporal Underground

February 25, 2019

Did you see that study in the Marine Times? It said that barracks cut quality has gone way down since the Trump administration deported all of the Mexican Marines…


I heard that the government has a contract with a foreign toy manufacturer to collect haircut shavings every Sunday to fill stuffed animals…


My buddy at HQMC told me there’s a new Marine Corps Order coming next month… It says that black, white, Asian and Hispanic Marines will now be officially called Chocolate, Vanilla, Sriracha, and Taco-flavored Marines, respectively.


Rumor has it that General Neller just acquired the 6th Infinity Stone…


I heard that, starting next quarter, female Marines are going to start to have to get male regulation fade haircuts…


My buddy in the company office told me that the CO and 1stSgt are actually married. They collect BAH by living in the Company Office.


Rumor has it that next month’s Family Fun Day is officially going to be renamed The Dependa Games. It’s basically gonna be a live battle royale for Commissary and MCX coupons at one of the parks at base housing.


A group of geese is called a gaggle. A group of boots walking around Oceanside is called a ‘Boot-Boot Gagglefuck.’


I read that Jacksonville has taken the Time Magazine award for most unplanned pregnancies, STD’s and DUI’s in the US.


I heard that the creator of Terminal Lance has a new book coming out this summer and it looks legit…

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Thank You For Your Service

November 1, 2017

In 2013, David Finkel released a nonfiction book about soldiers returning home from Iraq and the struggles they faced with PTSD, depression and adjusting back to civilian life. That bestselling book is now a movie, sharing the namesake, and adapted to film by writer/director Jason Hall. Jason previously wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood film American Sniper, about the “Legend” Chris Kyle. American Sniper was lauded by critics for its portrayal of Chris Kyle’s home life and his own struggles with PTSD after his Iraq deployments. Thank You For Your Service, then, is a fitting follow-up from the same screenwriter.

Films like this are tricky for veterans, as many will decry the portrayal of PTSD and the “damaged veteran” as a tired and dangerous trope, while simultaneously reminding you that 22 veterans  day commit suicide and to be more mindful of mental health issues surrounding the military experience. Thank You For Your Service does a great job of navigating this dichotomy by reminding us that this is the true story of its subjects. Adam Schumann, Tausolo Aeiti and Michael Emory were even involved personally with the production of the film and even attended the premiere.

“I reached out to all of them while writing the script and got varying levels of engagement from each. Adam was the most connected and Solo was the most challenging to communicate with. Upon principle I brought Adam down to be part of the Boot Camp.  He joined the SEALs who were training the guys and showed them the Army way. He also collaborated with all the department heads and made sure costumes, scenic design, and sets were all correct and looked in order.”

At the premiere’s Q&A segment, Tausolo Aeiti and Adam Schumann expressed greatly that the actors portraying them (Beulah Kaole and Miles Teller, respectively) in the film were closely involved with them during production in order to portray them authentically. This authenticity permeates every facet of the film, from set design to the smallest of things, like the markings on their sea bags when they return home from deployment. Every piece of this film feels real, refusing to indulge in the usual theatrics of war films and immersing you in its smallest moments.

“I did extensive amounts of research about these guys and what they were going through to get the emotional authenticity correct. That is the place where all of this builds from, the character and their emotional truth. You can have all the details right, but if you miss that— there is no story. But once I felt I understood that I moved on to finding an authentic visual way to present the story— this is a real account of these guys lives so I wanted to present a visual template that felt personal; an intimacy that made you forget you’re watching a movie. By the way we shot this film we are made to feel that we are living with these characters in their homes and in their heads and to capture the truth of that, I used pictures of their homes to duplicate what was on the walls and how things were laid out. And often times I was able to get the very same objects for set decoration. We used Adam’s uniform, his headboard, and other authentic pieces of set decor to bring a level of truth to what we were doing. We went as far as we could to make it all authentic on every set we could. For Iraq, set pieces we used photos Adam had, photos David Finkel had, and the resources of Magnum photographers Peter Van Agtmael and Moises Saman who captured hundreds of thousands of photos in Iraq. We duplicated the color of trash, graffiti and street signage and vignettes from photos (the graffiti on the wall at the beginning is actual graffiti from a wall of a urinal photographed by Peter van Agtmael and used with his express permission). Another good example of this is the pictures of real fallen heroes on the wall of the VA. It was noted early on that we wouldn’t be able to see the faces of these men in the shot so ‘why go to all the trouble of getting clearance to use real photos of the fallen’— but I pushed ahead and demanded it. On the day of shooting we filled that room with 200 veterans as extras, playing veterans waiting to get seen at the VA; and it turned out that several of them recognized faces of their fallen brothers on the wall.  The memories of those men resonated through them as our camera captured their faces. It brought an additional level of emotion and authenticity to the scene, and added depth of that moment in the film. That’s why you chase down the truth— it adds dimension and weight to the work.”

One of the most effective scenes that illustrate the veteran experience is when the two soldiers find themselves at the VA, applying for service connected disability. They are miserable, embarrassed, and forced to wait in a typical waiting room filled with disabled veterans. Real veterans.

“We used real soldiers to sit there and they know what it’s like. And their faces tell the stories. We had them sitting there all day. The only difference between us and the VA is that we paid everyone and fed them! The unintended benefit from that day was that the guys all became friends and exchanged numbers, and now they go fishing.”

It is Jason Hall’s insistence and refusal to glamorize the war experience that makes Thank You For Your Service such an effective film, not concerning itself so much with what happened in Iraq as much as how it affected the lives of those involved. The spouses and families of these soldiers are as much a part of this story as they are to service members in real life, giving us a more intimate and subtle glimpse into the effects of war on the homefront.

“I hope this movie brings greater understanding to the challenges some veterans face returning home from active duty and creates a dialogue that allows us to find a better way to welcome you all home.”

Thank You For Your Service is in theaters everywhere right now. You can listen to an extended interview with Jason Hall as a guest on After Action, talking with Terminal Lance creator Maximilian Uriarte and Duffelblog creator Paul Szoldra here.

Maximilian

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DAN V DAKOTA

October 8, 2017

Dan Bilzerian and Medal of Honor recipient USMC Sgt. Dakota Meyer are at each other’s throats over the last few days, due to some inflammatory language on both sides regarding Bilzerian’s actions during the Las Vegas shooting on Tuesday. Yesterday, Meyer challenged Bilzerian to a literal fist fight via his Instagram, accusing him of releasing his wife’s phone number to an onslaught of prank calls and threats.

Here is a brief recap on how we got to this point:

On Sunday, October 1st, there was a horrific shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead at a country music concert across from the Mandalay Bay casino and resort.

Dan Bilzerian–Instagram playboy millionaire, poker player, medically discharged Sailor, banger of many beautiful women (or something), etc–posted a selfie video of himself running from the scene to his Instagram. He later claimed he was going to go “grab a gun” and presumably hunt down the shooter himself.

Dakota Meyer–USMC Medal of Honor recipient–criticized him publicly on his own Instagram:

This is why children shouldn't classify heroes by their followers or their photos. @danbilzerian this is what kills me about people like you. Always playing "operator dress up" and so so tough when the cameras are on. A woman just got shot in the head and you are running away filming that's not what operators do. Please stop trying to be someone your not. People are dying, you're running away not helping them and pretending it's worthy of a video is disgusting.

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Dan Bilzerian then responded with a passive aggressive Instagram story (and very petty) video where he calls Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer “some blogger” and a “retard” while he defends his actions.

After this it’s not really clear what happened, but from what’s understood by Dakota Meyer’s video, Dan Bilzerian somehow got ahold of Bristol Palin’s phone number (Meyer’s wife) and put it out publicly in some fashion. This resulted in her receiving prank phone calls and, understandably, upsetting Dakota Meyer personally. Meyer responded with an Instagram post challenging Dan Bilzerian to a fight on Saturday October 7th.

Here @danbilzerian I'm done with your petty games. Don't ever drag my family into anything. I'm waiting

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As well, video of Dan Bilzerian from the night of the shooting was revealed, showing him begging a police officer for a weapon. The police officer responds the way you would expect an officer under fire to respond to a random stranger demanding a weapon, “No, get the fuck away from me right now, I don’t know who the fuck you are!”

Dakota Meyer cue @danbilzerian running towards the hotel and shooter. Asking a cop for his pistol and being rejected which is understandable. That was funny af. Ask yourself does this look like the actions of a coward or a man trying to help? Calling him a coward was maybe premature and harsh. Dans methods won’t be in police training manuals either. Certainly creating conversation. Wouldn’t it be better served to bash the shooter? #f1firearms

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As of today, Dan Bilzerian has yet to respond to the challenge.

It’s safe to say that this has gotten out of hand at this point.

There’s an important context to which all of this exists, and that is the fact that Dan Bilzerian was a sailor (never deployed) who was medically discharged following two failed attempts to become a Navy SEAL. This is important to understand, since Bilzerian essentially sees himself as an operator of sorts; hence the burly beard and the frequent photos posted to his Instagram of his extensive firearm collection.

This was a violent and terrifying evening for everybody involved, Dan Bilzerian included. One certainly can’t fault anyone for running from the situation, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the point that Dakota Meyer was trying to make. Had Bilzerian simply ran from the venue and not made a public spectacle of it, I don’t think anyone would have thought twice about it. Imagine a scenario where Bilzerian, along with everyone else there, ran for safety. An interviewer catches up with him and asks him what it was like. He simply responds with, “It was crazy, we all just ran and did what we could.”

Nobody would fault him for that whatsoever and this would be a total nonissue.

The issue I think for Dakota Meyer is the narcissistic nature of the video itself, feeling the need to record himself for his audience and then post it to his social media while people are literally dying. Bilzerian invites this criticism because of his celebrity status, but also because of his overarching military operator persona. There were other veterans at this event, many of them performed heroic acts that were not recorded on video, because they didn’t think to.

For me, the video of Bilzerian demanding a weapon from a police officer makes it even worse, despite the fact that it was released in defense of him. For starters, the mere fact that it’s being recorded in the first place further adds to the narcissism involved. Bilzerian wanted the world to see him as a hero this night, so he had a friend record him making a charge for the hotel rather than just helping get people to safety.

Prior to this event, I wasn’t aware of Bilzerian’s past exploits in the Navy. Learning this, however, has cast somewhat of a depressing cloud over the actions seen over the last week. Despite calling Dakota Meyer “some Marine,” I refuse to believe that Bilzerian doesn’t already know who Meyer is and what he is. Bilzerian exists in absolute reverence of the military community and is personally friends with other Medal of Honor recipients.

There are only 77 people alive with a CMH, take a minute to thank the most recent recipient @florent.groberg for his service. He did tackle and get blown up by a suicide bomber…

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Bilzerian wanted to be a Navy SEAL, for better or for worse, but failed twice in his efforts to do so. It’s hard to look at his eccentric 22 million follower Instagram feed and not feel like it’s an act of compensation for something he wanted but couldn’t have. No matter how much money, women and cool ass photos he can take, ultimately he never attained the title he so desperately wanted. At the end of the day, the military is one of the only places where your social status doesn’t matter whatsoever–you either make it or you don’t. I think on some level Bilzerian was legitimately hurt, emotionally, for being called out by an actual Medal of Honor recipient.

There’s a valid criticism to be made for Dakota Meyer’s harsh words in light of such a desperate and horrific circumstance. However, regardless of how you feel about Dakota Meyer (and people have feelings), he is one of few people on earth qualified to make that critique. Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor for literally saving lives in one of Afghanistan’s bloodiest battles of OEF. And again, Dakota Meyer isn’t really criticizing Bilzerian for running as much as he is for filming it in the way that he did.

The incident in Las Vegas was a terrifying ordeal, and it’s important to not forget that we have this childish feud in the midst of 58 deaths in the desert oasis. At this point, throwing fists isn’t really helping anyone, and both parties would probably be better off just dropping this.

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The Lance Corporal Underground

August 9, 2017

I saw Johnson’s wife on Tinder… I swiped right.

 


I heard one of the Marines from 2nd Platoon is offering $100 to anyone that can swallow a bottle of dip spit without gagging.

 


I heard Thompson got a FAP order… Then immediately NJP’d for indecent exposure when he started masturbating in front of First Sergeant.

 


There’s a new strain of antibiotic resistant gonorrhea going around in Jacksonville. I’m letting you know because I was instructed to inform anyone I might have had sexual contact with. Sorry bro.

 


Don’t tell anyone, but Jackson has been UA for six days now. Staff Sergeant still hasn’t noticed.

 


Palmer EAS’d three months ago, but he’s still living in the barracks.

 


There’s a lot of talk about war with North Korea… People are really worried that the President has access to the codes to unleash General Mattis. 

 


Dude, we’re getting a wook in our platoon! I heard he’s a veteran of the Clone Wars.

 


2nd Lieutenant Paulson is really worried about the transgender ban, because everyone knows he’s a giant pussy pretending to be a dick.

 

 


Somebody told me that Terminal Lance is putting out a huge compilation book featuring over 800 comic strips and exclusive bonus material…

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Dunkirk Review

July 22, 2017

Dunkirk is the story of the British military’s evacuation of 400,000 troops from France during the beginning of World War II. You might expect a story of this nature to be wrought with lengthy expositions and political discourse, but Christopher Nolan has crafted this film from start to finish with very minimal dialog, instead relying on a tense momentum of action and sound to carry the film for nearly the entire length of its 1 hour and 47 minute runtime. Making a brilliant return from his Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar lull, Nolan’s Dunkirk is a profoundly skilled and tense visionary masterpiece from start to finish.

The tale begins following a young British soldier named Tommy on the streets of France, before his whole squad is wiped out and he makes a run for the beach. The narrative from there finds us bouncing non-linearly between three different perspectives of the same event: Tommy, one of the British soldiers being evacuated, Farrier, the Spitfire fighter pilot assisting in the evacuations, and one of the civilian fishing boats that bravely crossed the English channel to help save the stranded troops. The drama reaches a peak early on with an intensity that persists long into the film, rarely giving you a chance to look away between the tense dogfights in the air and the waterlogged action in the sea.

Christopher Nolan is known for his attention to detail and realism in his films, and Dunkirk is no different. Instead of the computer-assisted visual splendors you see in most modern action movies, Dunkirk has a tasteful restraint in everything it does, with sound and visuals that feel very authentic and real to the period. The film does a remarkable job of making you feel the looming presence of the encroaching Nazi’s, despite never actually showing a single German soldier.

American audiences might be turned off by the, well, lack of Americans–but this is a historical piece faithful to the reality that took place a year before the US entered World War II.

Overall, Dunkirk is an amazing spectacle that is absolutely worth the ticket price.

Maximilian

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TERMINAL LANCE COMIC STRIP CONTEST OF MANLINESS

July 12, 2017

COMIC STRIP CONTEST!

You have 36 hours. The rules are simple:

-Make a Terminal Lance comic strip utilizing the theme and title of “Manliness”

-Comics must be submitted via message or email to social@terminallance.com with the subject “MANLINESS”

-DEADLINE is FRIDAY, JULY 14th, 9AM PST

-1 winner will have their strip published on Friday, July 14th–as well as receive a copy of The White Donkey: Terminal Lance and The Illustrated Art of Manliness

-4 runners up will ALSO receive copies of The White Donkey and The Illustrated Art of Manliness!

Here is a template to get you started, but is not required. Good luck!

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The Bromance of General Dunford and Secretary of Defense Mattis

June 6, 2017

When ur BFF comes to work at your job 😍

 

Just havin’ a drink with my best bros 💕

 

Joe’s always got the best jokes! 😂

 

Fuckin’ Joe u crazy lmao 🤣

 

Jim u can look at my answers if you want lol

 

Best friends til the end 🤜🤛

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Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush Review

March 6, 2017

I was skeptical at first when I heard of former President George W. Bush’s newfound love of the arts. Immediately, my inner-cynic took over and I derided his attempt at fine art through the whimsical paintings of his pets and his own nude body. When his new book, Portraits of Courage, was announced, I was intrigued not only as a professional artist, but as a veteran of the Iraq war who had served under the polarizing 43rd President of the United States. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but what I found was a collection of work both genuinely touching in sentiment and yet somehow delightfully unaware of itself.

Art is an interesting field in that it is measured almost exclusively by concept. To grade someone’s art purely on a technical level is ignoring what is actually the most important aspect of the work. Meaning and intent define art. Brush strokes can be improved, color can be used better, and framing is rarely perfect, but it is the context that ultimately determines whether a piece is objectively good or bad; or even as far as the monetary value of the work.

A great example of this is someone like Rothko, one of my favorite artists, who paints little more than massive swatches of color on large canvases. To explain a Rothko piece is a futile exercise, for it is only in person that the value of the concept is appreciated. Rothko paintings elicit an emotional impact almost immediately as you stand before them, some relaxing and some more intense. To see a Rothko piece in person is to feel it to your very core.

On a technical level, Mr. Bush’s paintings are perfectly adequate. In fact, I rather admire some of his bold color choices and intentional use of impasto. On a purely aesthetic level, his work reminds me a lot of Matisse and other expressionists. The tightly cropped portraits, I believe, are an attempt to illustrate an emotional honesty of the subjects—which are 98 wounded warriors of the Post 9/11 conflicts. Accompanying each piece is a story and a biography, designed to draw attention to and illustrate the trials and tribulations of Post Traumatic Stress and physical turmoil of each man and woman.

Paintings by George W. Bush

It is here, however, that the concept breaks down.

There is a glaring and maddeningly obvious sense of irony surrounding this body of work, as illustrated by the very man that sent these subjects into the pain he is trying to illuminate through his paintings. I would almost call it even a subconscious, passive admission of guilt on the part of the 43rd President to feel an intense need to help these veterans get their stories out, whether he realizes it or not.

It is this looming reality of narrative that makes appreciating this book difficult. The concept survives at face value, but dig past the surface and it becomes challenging to ignore the context in which this book exists.

I do not believe there is any ill-intent on the part of the former President. Far from it. I believe, to this day and to my core, that George W. Bush is a genuine man of good intention. A cynic would admonish this book as an attempt at redemption for sins past, but I actually don’t think this is the case. I think he firmly believes in the cause of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and  I think Mr. Bush genuinely just wants to help veterans because he loves them. It is simply unfortunate that this book is devoid of much of any self-awareness that would make what otherwise is a nice tribute into something more uniquely transcendent.

However, the veterans here have stories that should be heard. If you have a chance, it is worth checking out if only for the recognition to these brave men and women that have endured the worst days of their lives.

Maximilian

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7th Anniversary

January 5, 2017

I have some good news…

Not only did we all make out of 2016 alive, but we made it to see the 7th birthday of Terminal Lance! January 5th marks the official birthday of Terminal Lance, when I posted the first comic strip. Who would have ever guessed, 7 years ago, that a fun comic about the Marine Corps would go as far as it has, with a massive social media fanbase, New York Times best selling graphic novel, and millions of visitors every month.

I wanted to take a moment to go through the last 7 years and pick my favorite comic strips from each one. I know you all have your personal favorites, but here are mine…

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Terminal Lance #50 “I’m Putting You Up for One” is still my favorite comic of the original 2010 “Golden Age” TL comics. Back then, I was just starting college on my Post 9/11 GI Bill, Abe and Garcia didn’t even exist yet, and comics about Iraq were still relevant to most of my readers. I love this strip because it does two things particularly well: it has a solid joke (giving NAM’s to anyone like candy) and points out an important issue (giving NAM’s to anyone like candy except grunts).

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Terminal Lance #110 “Bootcamp: The Swarm” in 2011 was really an ode to the great Normal Rockwell. I’m partial to this comic mostly because it does a great job of illustrating a solid joke, recognizable immediately to any Marine that’s been to boot camp, without any dialog whatsoever. It’s also a good experimentation of panels and layout, something that I always want to do more of. (For anyone looking for a great book that really breaks down comics, check out this book by Scott McCloud, it will change your life if you’re a comic artist).

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Terminal Lance #175 “Back Home” came in right at the beginning of 2012, but it’s one of my top strips of all time. This strip really encapsulates a lot of what The White Donkey was about, but in a much shorter form. It addresses the disconnect between Marines and their extraordinary lives with the people you leave behind at home, and how it can be difficult to adjust. As a two-time Iraq veteran, this is something I dealt with myself.

2013-05-28-strip_memorial_day_2013_web

This strip from Memorial Day 2013 really encapsulated (with the help of Chesty Puller’s timeless phantom) the ongoing struggle of much of the veteran community that persists in this heated political environment. As Chesty mentions, both sides are right. While it’s important to honor and remember those that came before us and the struggles and sacrifices they endured, freedom is what they fought for. It’s possible to do both, and I don’t think our fallen brethren would ask any more of us than that.

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He fucking died, man. Terminal Lance #316 “Dress Blue Alpha Male” from 2014 shows the interesting dichotomy of Terminal Lance–in where I’m making a joke about the Marine Corps but it’s also kind of a humble-brag about how great we all look in dress blues. This is an ongoing struggle with TL, where I have to find the correct balance of shared misery with the pride of being a Marine. The struggle is real. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have done this comic for 7 years if I didn’t, on some level, love my experience in the Corps. On the other hand, I sure as fuck didn’t reenlist. You get the idea.

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He’s not wrong. I love Terminal Lance #378 “Half Truths” because I simply think it’s a perfect joke with a great set up. Obviously it plays into the larger implication that recruiters are full of shit, but I have to reconcile this with the reality that my own recruiter never lied to me at all. He’s right though, you’ll get fucked a lot.

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I don’t personally believe in nor perpetuate the myth of “Old Corps” and “New Corps.” As they say, Old Corps is whenever you were in and New Corps starts the day you got out for most veterans. However, I think Terminal Lance “New Corps” from 2016 does a good job of depicting the new and sometimes confusing modern society that we live in today. Ultimately, the military is reflective of the times we live in though, and I genuinely think the military has done a better job than most institutions of adapting to the times.

It’s interesting to see how Terminal Lance has changed over the years, and how my own experiences have shifted and molded the comic into what it is today. I make Terminal Lance specifically with the active duty Lance Corporals in mind, and I’ve done it for 7 years now because when I was a Lance Corporal, I wish someone would have done it for me. Before Terminal Lance, nothing like Terminal Lance existed.

Terminal Lance isn’t going anywhere any time soon. In fact… Things are about to get a lot bigger.

Stay tuned, gents.