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After today's cartoon had been up for about twelve hours, a reader suggested
that the issue to which it alludes isn't being covered in the news
extensively enough for the cartoon to be comprehensible.
There's a good article at The Washington Post, but in brief: Both houses of the U.S. Congress have passed a bill which, if signed into law by the President, will give the President the power to wiretap at his own discretion, to detain without due process at his own discretion, and to torture at his own discretion and have those who commit it pardoned. The Post article contains a quote from a Republican senator who decried the law as unconstitutional before voting for it.
I didn't have any plans to address the issue in my work because, with Merlin, I fear and believe that the growing obvious, blatant deterioration of the U.S. government is manifest of the cycle of human history; and that that won't be broken till we evolve into something else; and that there's no point to beating your head against a tidal wave. Then I read what Wil Wheaton wrote and agreed with it, which amounts to, "I want at least to go on record." Because the heroes I write would not be okay with this, none of them, on either website (nor some of the villains), and that's exactly the sort of thing I hope my readers come away with.
|Webcomics I read mornings: Kevin & Kell, For Better Or For Worse, Shortpacked, Scary Go Round, Tux & Bunny, Sluggy Freelance, Irregular Comic, Real Life, Peanuts||Webcomics I read M-W-F mornings: El Goonish Shive, Theater Hopper, Nukees, Newshounds, Girl Genius, Todd and Penguin, Pibgorn, Ctrl+Alt+Del||Webcomics I read Tu-Th-Sa mornings: AppleGeeks, Achewood, Kismetropolis, The Holy Bibble, Digger|
|Webcomics I read middays: Calvin & Hobbes, Least I Could Do, User Friendly, Anywhere But Here, Starslip Crisis, Questionable Content, Schlock Mercenary, Narbonic|
|Webcomics I read evenings: LuAnn, Count Your Sheep, Goats, Pearls Before Swine, American Elf, Sinfest, Bruno, Boxjam's Doodle||Webcomics I read M-W-F evenings: Reasoned Cognition, Two Lumps, Zortic, Order of the Stick, College Roommates from Hell!!!, Home on the Strange, Penny Arcade||Webcomics I read Tu-Th-Sa evenings: Girls With Slingshots, The Green Avenger, Dandy & Company, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Get Out of My Head, Megatokyo|
|Webcomics I read bedtimes: B.C., Something Positive, Medium Large, Station V3, Dinosaur Comics, Little Dee, PvP|
|Webcomics I read Sundays: Wapsi Square, xkcd, Mac Hall, Smithson, The Angriest Rice Cooker In The World, No Room for Magic, Something Happens, Striptease, Li'l Mell, Help Desk, The Magnificent Adventures of Hieronymus Bosch, esquire, The Whovian Observer, Gossamer Commons, Perry Bible Fellowship, Ctrl+Alt+Del||See also The Daily Grind Iron Man Challenge, Talk About Comics, The Living Comic, Online Comics Day, The Belfry Comics Index, The Webcomic List, Mister Bloo, Nth Degree, 100% Originality Theatre, Girls Read Comics (And They're Pissed), Fleen, Comixpedia and Websnark.|
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.