Maximilian Uriarte was awarded the James Webb Award for fiction by the Marine Heritage Foundation for his graphic novel, The White Donkey, a recent book club selection. Winners are recognized for their outstanding portrayal of Marine Corps history, traditions and culture in a broad range of fields, including photography, documentaries, journalism, poetry, nonfiction and fiction writing.
If you have not read this amazing book, you can check it out from the Schurz Library: call number PN6727.U74 W55 2016 (5th floor).
We are so pleased! During our book discussion, we had a great Skype discussion with the author.
The next Veterans Book Club meeting is Thursday, January 26th. We will be reading the graphic novel, White Donkey: Terminal Lance.
The White Donkey was written and illustrated by infantry Marine and Iraq veteran Maximilian , creator of the hit comic strip “Terminal Lance.” Uriarte enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 at the age of 19 and served for four years. During his first deployment to Iraq in 2007 he served as an MRAP turret gunner and dismount of India Company’s “Jump” platoon in the Zaidon region southeast of Fallujah. He deployed to Iraq again in 2009 as a billeted Combat Photographer and Combat Artist, then enrolled in California College of the Arts. In 2010 Uriarte created the popular comic strip “Terminal Lance” while still on active duty. The strip is now published in The Marine Corps Times and has grown immensely in popularity, with 450,000 Facebook followers and one million unique hits per month.
This book takes Uriarte’s work in a new direction. He goes beyond his lampooning of the Marine experience to provide a raw and compelling glimpse into the modern Corps.