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Recording the creative process

When I saw History of the World, Part I two Saturdays ago, I thought, "Huh, that'd make a good AKOTAS crossover." Once I'd written in my head the gag which ultimately ran last Friday I thought, in no particular order, "With all the timejumping in the middle it'd be a better Sunday gag, but I've just drawn tomorrow's. Next Sunday, then," and, "It'd also make a fantastic lead-in for the two gags I drew years ago with Lancelot and the Wandering Jew, which I've always meant to re-draw for AKOTAS." Then I thought, "Next week is Easter. Having three gags, I'd be better to run them Friday-Saturday-Sunday for the holiday weekend."

Later, when I'd already run the Mel Brooks gag Friday and while I was redrawing the first Wandering Jew gag for Saturday, two more gags came to me. I decided I had to run them, even if it meant running over the holiday weekend, because the last one - today's - has a punchline I've been meaning to work in for weeks but I couldn't come up with the right setup.

As for TheFishyMan's question, "Or is he in fact Mel Brooks?" ... well, the two gags revived from years ago were in fact written as a tribute to Reiner and Brooks' 2000-year-old man. The "Oh, boy" in his first panel is a dead giveaway to those who know the routines. Is it my intent that Mel Brooks jumps time like Arthur? Or is the Wandering Jew? I would say, that depends on future story needs if any.

The original verions of first two Wandering Jew gags are now on the extras page.

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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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