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I give in. You'll notice that there's now a link underneath the main page cartoon for the cartoon's permanent page.

Good ol' Eric Burns of Websnark has a list of webcomics "best practices" which includes - among other things that I have done since the beginning of Arthur, King of Time and Space - a link on the current cartoon page to the cartoon's permanent page. Such a link facilitates the convenient linking to said cartoon by, for instance, the writer of a popular webcomic blog who doesn't wish to have to wait till after the next update to link directly and permanently to what is presently the current cartoon.

For instance, when I was Websnarked March 30, Eric thumbnailed the current cartoon of the day - but if you click on that thumbnail you'll always arrive at the latest AKOTAS cartoon instead of the one Eric thumbnailed and was actually talking about. Unless he reads this and is so flattered by my capitulation to his reasoning that he edits the code in his old entry.

Up till now I've resisted this because, as regular readers of this space may be tired of reading, I handcode this site. I'm therefore inclined to keep the daily routine as simple as possible, and am reluctant to add new procedures to the routine because that's one more opportunity for the statistical likelihood of human error to burn me.

For instance: Just now when I was creating the permanent page for today's cartoon, I had to think twice or three times to realize that this essay goes on that page rather than yesterday's essay. Tomorrow, the first time I'll invoke what will from now on be the routine creation of an additional page every day, will no doubt be great balls of fun.

Now Eric has a point. When Joe Surfer finds a bit of web content he wants to share with everyone who ever emailed him a top ten list, he wants to be able to link directly to a page that'll still have the same content if his parents don't open their email for a month. And, credit where credit's due, when Eric started his own webcomic he implemented all the practices he preaches. (Well, Wednesday White his webmaster* implemented them.) But I'm doing this at least as much because I think now it's more likely Eric will be inclined to snark me, feeding my ego and my readership numbers; and I fear my false modesty is cracking.

* Master of unintentional alliteration!

Webcomics I read mornings: The Daily Grind Iron Man Challenge,
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, Daily Dinosaur Comics, Dandy and Company, Queen of Wands, Narbonic
Webcomics I read evenings: B.C., Pearls Before Swine, Count Your Sheep, Loserz, Schlock Mercenary, Sinfest, Irregular Comic, Little Dee
Webcomics I read bedtimes: Something Positive, Midnight Macabre, Bruno,
Rolling With the Punches, Wapsi Square, Medium Large, Alice!, Sluggy Freelance, PvP
Webcomics I read M-W-F mornings: El Goonish Shive, Checkerboard Nightmare, Gossamer Commons
Webcomics I read M-W-F evenings: Reasoned Cognition, Theater Hopper, Girl Genius, Megatokyo
Webcomics I read Tu-Th-Sa mornings: Digger, AppleGeeks, Skirting Danger, Striptease, Penny Arcade
Webcomics I read Tu-Th-Sa evenings: Her: Girl vs Pig, Get Out of My Head, Order of the Stick
Webcomics I read Mondays: The Whovian Observer, Butternut Squash, Stuff Sucks, Pibgorn, Fish Institution, Boxjam's Doodle
See also Talk About Comics, The Belfry Comics Index, The Webcomic List,
Nth Degree, 100% Originality Theatre, Comixpedia, The Living Comic 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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