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Arthur, King of Time and Space


A reader writes

You used too many gag comics early on. It seems you have a story to tell, and the gags are fine for breaking up the pace later on. But you first have to establish a pace.

But Arthur, King of Time and Space is meant to be a daily gag cartoon.

I have a story to tell, yes, but more a history - being retold in realtime - than a novel. I'm working less from a plot outline than from a calendar of landmark events. Gags relate back and forth frequently right now because a legend acquires a fair amount of introductory exposition in fifteen hundred years. But if I'm giving the impression that this is meant to be a continuity cartoon, then I'm throwing the exposition at the readers too fast. I was afraid of that and I'll stop now. The third week presently wrapping up is a better measure of things to come in this regard than are the weeks before it.

(Some days I think I ought've just started the strip in medias res, in the sort of chronostasis which superheroes and James Bond live in: the realm stable, the Round Table order established, the love affair between Guenevere and Lancelot old news and cheerfully overlooked by everyone but the villains... I could still do it, too. I know how I could make the conversion without breaking continuity.)

On the other hand, I did start this strip expecting it to evolve in some ways I hadn't necessarily planned or would not have preferred if asked in advance. Stay tuned.

Webcomics I read daily: Irregular Comic, Penny Arcade, Loserz, User Friendly,
Boxjam's Doodle, Real Life, Sinfest, Kevin & Kell, PvP
Webcomics I read monthly: Megatokyo, AppleGeeks, Wapsi Square,
College Roommates from Hell!!!, Sluggy Freelance
See also The Belfry Comics Index and Comixpedia.

Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthuriana - the Journal of Arthurian Studies; the website of the quarterly journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.
Camelot In Four Colors: A Survey of the Arthurian Legend in Comics
Mystical-WWW - The Arthurian A2Z knowledge Bank which has encyclopedically-arranged entries on the characters of the Arthurian legends.
Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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