In this extended version of our interview with Oregon artist Maximilian Uriarte, we talk more about his graphic novel The White Donkey, which has been hailed for its frank depictions of post-traumatic stress disorder in young veterans. Max hopes to adapt the graphic novel into a feature film. In the meantime, he has returned to the middle east as a combat artist and combat photographer, and pursued a career in animation.
At the age of nineteen, Max signed up with the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a gunner in the Iraq War. His early comic strip Terminal Lance offered a sardonic view of military life in an occupied land, but his new graphic novel The White Donkey takes a darker turn, echoing the old combat adage "War is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror."
The original broadcast version of this episode can be found at this link.