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Here's the deal on non-green pages.

When Arthur, King of Time and Space pages are red instead of green, that means the day's cartoon is set sometime in the future of the cartoons' regular, current time. For instance, right now on green pages it's nearing the end of the first year of Arthur's reign. Cartoons set near the end of Arthur's reign, or in the middle of Arthur's reign, may appear here on red pages.

When Arthur, King of Time and Space pages are blue instead of green, that means the day's cartoon is set sometime in the past of the cartoons' regular, current time. For instance, when now is near the beginning of Arthur's reign, cartoons set before Arthur's reign may appear here on blue pages. Like, say, today.

This is in keeping with Einsteinian concepts of time travel. If you go backwards or forwards in time, it'll artificially lengthen or shorten the lightwaves you're looking at, giving them an artificial red or blue tint. Notice the same thing happens to the holographic orrery of the universe which Merlin's time machine's console projects above itself: when the time machine's under weigh backwards in time the orrery turns blue and when it's under weigh forwards in time the orrery turns red.

(Actually I'm not certain I don't have this reversed. But I'm pretty sure, and I'm committed now... If I find out I'm wrong - no doubt several of you will post on the forum - I'll admit it here but I won't change it in the cartoons.)

Note that this displacement in time hasn't anything to do with the timeshifting between story arcs. It's relative to Arthur's time-hopping history, not absolute to time itself. There could be a red-paged fairy tale arc cartoon that's set during the Renaissance or a blue-paged contemporary arc cartoon that's set in 1976.

Hopefully, to the casual doesn't-read-the-text-section reader this will be wholly transparent and/or perfectly obvious.

This is all consequent of what I wrote about once before: not being accustomed to writing characters in linear time when I know their whole history already. My mind, or my muse, just couldn't leave things linear and niggled away till I came up with a way to accomodate nonlinearity. This doesn't mean I'll be abandoning linearity entirely; it just means I can abandon it when the characters drive me to. Like, say, this week. Or if, say, one day they get paranoid about me living all the way to 2029 which is when the ending of AKOTAS is currently scheduled.


In I Laughed Out Loud At this week: Checkerboard Nightmare, Todd & Penguin, PvP, B.C., Calvin & Hobbes, Little Dee, Sluggy Freelance.

Webcomics I read mornings: Peanuts, General Protection Fault, Todd and Penguin, College Roommates from Hell!!!, Kevin & Kell, Real Life
Webcomics I read middays: Calvin & Hobbes, Least I Could Do, User Friendly, Questionable Content, Dandy and Company, Queen of Wands
Webcomics I read evenings: B.C., Pearls Before Swine, Fish Institution, Sinfest, Little Dee, Irregular Comic
Webcomics I read bedtimes: Something Positive, Bruno, Count Your Sheep, Wapsi Square, Sluggy Freelance, PvP
Webcomics I read M-W-F mornings: El Goonish Shive, Checkerboard Nightmare, Penny Arcade
Webcomics I read M-W-F evenings: Reasoned Cognition, Theater Hopper, Megatokyo
Webcomics I read Tu-Th-Sa: Digger, AppleGeeks, Striptease, Her: Girl vs Pig, As If!
Webcomics I read Mondays: The Whovian Observer, Skirting Danger, Framed!!!, Vigilante, Ho!, Butternut Squash, Boxjam's Doodle
Webcomics whose archives I'm in the middle of: Schlock Mercenary
See also Talk About Comics, The Belfry Comics Index, The Webcomic List, Nth Degree, The Daily Grind Iron Man Challenge,
100% Originality Theatre, Comixpedia and Websnark.

Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthurian Legend
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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