Terminal Lance: The White Donkey is a story that I've been writing for the last three years. It is a fictional story of a Marine, Abe, and his existential journey through the Marine Corps, Iraq, and his return home. Within the story, Abe enlists in the United States Marine Corps in the hopes of finding that missing something in his life that he can't explain.
This is a story about a Marine, written and illustrated by a Marine.
Upon enlisting, Abe finds that it's not quite what he expected, and gets more than he bargained for when his journey takes him to the middle east in war-torn Iraq.
The White Donkey explores the experience of being a Marine, as well as the challenges that veterans face upon their return home. Battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression is a very real story that many veterans deal with, but never really gets told. The White Donkey seeks to illustrate the surreal journey of these subjects in the form of a graphic novel; inspired heavily by my own experiences in Iraq and otherwise.
I've been writing the story for the last three years. Fans of the Terminal Lance webcomic will recognize Abe and Garcia, the central characters of the strip. However, these characters at the heart of this story were created because of The White Donkey, and not vice versa. I introduced the characters into the webcomic because I knew I wanted to make this book. In many ways, The White Donkey is the ultimate realization of the Terminal Lance name. It tells the story of the Marine Corps through the eyes of a Marine.
This book isn't just a graphic novel, it is a visual experience that tells a story. The White Donkey is a vision that has been a long time in the making, and I want nothing more than to make it!
What the Money is For
The money being raised here will allow me to create the pages of the book! This is a very personal project and I would like to be the only artist working on it. As such, it's going to take me about 6 months to illustrate the pages of this book, working full time 8-12 hours a day.
I can realistically work on and finish 1-2 pages per day while still maintaining the integrity and quality of my vision. The book is written, but the pages need to be drawn. I will devote my full attention to this project.
The money will also cover the cost of printing a limited edition version of the book, as well as pay for all of these awesome Kickstarter rewards and some miscellaneous Kickstarter fees.
I will seek out a publisher for my book once the images and story come together. My goal is to self-publish a special Kickstarter limited edition version, and later a national printing should the opportunity arise.
I have a ton of great stretch goals in mind if we exceed the funding amount. First and foremost, I'd like to expand this project to create a digital motion graphic comic app for iPad and Android tablets.
All of the money raised here will go into Terminal Lance projects! Other goals include paying for a professional re-design of terminallance.com as well as produce more animated shorts like POST. As the project raises more money, I'll be revealing more stretch goals!
This isn't a handout. We've got a ton of great rewards available for backers!
That's right, every single person that backs this project with at least $5 will, at the very least, receive a sticker!
This is the only place to get Terminal Lance Marine stickers!
Read "Revenge of the Dependapotamus" before anyone else!
By backing this project with at least $10, you'll receive a PDF of Revenge of the Dependapotamus, the never-before released parody 10-page mini comic!
Haven't purchased "Head Call" yet? Don't want a Kindle version? Get a downloadable PDF version here by backing with $15 or more! That's 100 strips never published online, previously only available in the Marine Corps Times newspaper!
Check out these other awesome rewards!
Some supplies are limited, take a careful look at the reward tiers to the right before making a pledge.
There's a ton of choices, from being put into a new Terminal Lance comic strip to having me fly out to you and nut-tapping me on video.
Every backer that pledges more than $10 will receive their name printed in The White Donkey as a backer of this project!
All rewards except "The White Donkey" book are expected to be shipped shortly after the campaign ends. "The White Donkey" will be shipped or distributed digitally when it is finished.
About Max and Terminal Lance
Max served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010 with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment based out of Hawaii. He went to Iraq twice in this time between 2007 and 2009 as an 0351 Infantry Assaultman. Upon exiting the Marine Corps in 2010 with an Honorable Discharge, Max moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to study animation using his GI Bill.
Max received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation from the California College of the Arts in Oakland in 2013. Max has worked on multiple productions as a storyboard artist (including an Arnold Schwarzenegger film) and is currently freelancing in the field of animation.
Max created the webcomic "Terminal Lance" in 2010 while still active duty. The comic strip is lauded as a definitive source of capturing the culture of the lower enlisted experience. Terminal Lance has seen two books published and is published weekly in the Marine Corps Times newspaper.
Max also has two animated shorts online that have become pretty popular:
POST is a comedic short about two Marines standing post on deployment. Boredom and hilarity ensue!
A Dog and His Boy is the story of a Marine that goes to war and makes the ultimate sacrifice... told through the point of view of his dog.
Risks and challenges
This is a big project, and there's a lot of work to do. However, with careful planning all of it is completely possible.
Some risks involve the rewards, which won't be purchased until after the campaign is over (the Kickstarter funds being raised help pay for it). Production and distribution of the physical rewards will be dependent on factors outside of our control.
As far as creating the book goes, there really aren't many risks. It is a challenge to devote 6 months to a single project, but it is something that is entirely possible and Max is unquestionably devoted to this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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