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Tue May 1, 2018, 11:16 AM

The irreverent comic strip artist who's also a Marine

Since 2010, Mr. Uriarte has illustrated more than 800 comic strips under the “Terminal Lance” brand, along with a self-published graphic novel, “The White Donkey,” which hit the best-seller list after it was acquired by Little Brown in 2016. On Tuesday, Little Bown released a collection, “Terminal Lance: Ultimate Omnibus,” spanning nearly a decade of Mr. Uriarte’s work.

The Marine Corps likes to present itself with dutiful seriousness. “Terminal Lance” is a counterpoint to that. It is a tribute to the service’s permanent underclass, the young grunts who are too weary to feign enthusiasm anymore. (The strip’s title is derived from slang for the holder of a junior rank — lance corporal — who will never be promoted and thus will depart the corps as a terminal lance.)


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