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Arthur, King of Time and Space


Foundation and Recording the creative process

It's great when the characters write the gags for me. I wish they'd do that every week, like they are this week.

Till now.

Today's gag was a minor pain. As you see it is how it came to me, its first form. Then I got to thinking about it. Bit of a bummer, innit? I thought. And very like that other one, the one that got message board comments that said both, "You made me laugh," and, "You made me cry." Am I trying to recapture past glory (such as it is)? Whether I am or not, what about pacing? Is it time for another gag like that so soon?

So I rewrote the gag into a four-panel gag. Same two beginning panels. Third panel, no dialog (a "beat panel"). Fourth panel Arthur says, "Perhaps nine months from today," and Guenevere says, "You read my mind."

But I didn't like that either. Well, no, I didn't dislike it, but I wasn't sure it was right. So I was trying to decide which version of the gag to draw. Even as I started drafting this essay I was trying to decide how to decide. So I started the essay with the paragraph about the characters writing themselves, a paragraph I've been thinking about putting in this space all week anyway. And I realized that that was how I was going to make my decision - which gag did the characters write?

I hope they're still at it tomorrow. Hear me, kids? I can't use the "nine months from now" gag tomorrow any more cuz I quoted it here. You listening to me?

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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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