This is an overdue post. But even in the journalism world- late news is still news, it’s just news no one cares about anymore…In this case if you don’t care about Terminal Lance; the terrorists win and you’re a communist.
Terminal Lance is the brain-child of infantryman and fapped-to-base and incidental combat illustrator, Max Uriarte. I first heard of him in the pages of the dirt rag: Marine Corps Times, who for using the Marine Corps name should be more pro-Corps.
After reading the interview and peeping the comic, immediately went to the site and read all of the comics and most of Max’s blog in one sitting. I was in stiches the whole time and found myself trying to convey the hilarity of a comic-strip to my co-workers, who weren’t able to see the strip- Andy Kaufman style.
Max also set up a forum where people can come together and talk about anything…it started as more of a Marines-only type environment but as word spread about all the fun we were having cutting-up and networking soon the flood-gates opened and the membership is rapidly approaching 3,000.
According to the ABOUT section of Terminal Lance:
My name is Max, I was an 0351 Assaultman stationed in Hawaii. I’ve been to Iraq twice, first as a turret gunner of an MRAP in 2007-2008 in the Zaidon region. My second deployment in 2009, my artistic talents brought me to the world of Combat Art and Combat Photography. I worked with our ComCam shop for the entire deployment and got to travel all over Iraq shooting photos and sketching Marines at work. Aside from that, in my 4 years in the Corps I’ve been a SMAW Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader, .50Cal Gunner, Combat Photographer, and a Combat Artist.
I have since moved on, I EAS’d in May of 2010 and am currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and am an Illustration and Animation major at the California College of the Arts. Life after the Marines is possible gents, don’t let the lifers tell you otherwise.
Max and his wife are some of the coolest people I’ve never met, officially. My advice to you: head over to Terminal Lance. If you can get most of the comics with little or no explanation; join the forum becuase you’ll find a merry bunch of kindered spirits even if they are a bit disgruntled. A famous Maxism: You can’t spell Disgruntled without GRUNT. (Naysayers: I know Max didn’t invent the term…but I’m going to attribute it to him for the sake of this post…)
Thanks for reading,