Art through service: Veteran taps Marine Corps experience for graphic novels

Growing up in Corvallis, Maximilian Uriarte always knew one day he’d be a professional artist.

So, naturally, he figured the quickest way to get there would be to join the Marines and serve in a war zone. Twice.

Here’s the thing: It worked.

This week, Uriarte, now 33 and living in Santa Monica, California, is celebrating the release of his second graphic novel, “Battle Born: Lapis Lazuli.”

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