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Arthur, King of Time and Space


Recording the creative process

Here's an AKOTAS-2 first: Today's cartoon re-uses only the first two panels of a KAITAS cartoon, and only the first three figures from the second panel. I came up with the punchline, then cast about amongst the available characters for one to which to apply the punchline. Selecting a character whose imaginary screen source hasn't appeared in AKOTAS-2 yet, I decided there was no better way to introduce the character's venue than the way it had been done in KAITAS. I'd been considering rerunning the old gag as it was, but I may like the setup better than I like the old punchline - I think Achilles' and Hector's dialog here is some of the best Gelbart pastiche I ever wrote - so I'm happy things have worked out this way.

P.S. The imgage file imbedding code above calls a BMP version of today's cartoon because on my browser, at least (Firefox 5.0 on Windows Vista), the PNG version "cannot be displayed because it contains errors"; it's probably a server issue because the local file displayed fine. Can anyone download the PNG file and tell me what the problem is? I imagine it has something to do with the conversion of the file to a PNG from the KAITAS GIF?

Later Okay, now it's a GIF, which is at least better than a BMP. But I'd still like to know, if anyone can tell me, do I run the risk of this happening any time I try to convert a GIF to a PNG?

Even later I still don't know what the problem was, though I did discover that it also extended to past cartoons I edited yesterday that were not GIFs converted to PNGs; but resaving the PNG files in MSPaintXP instead of MSPaintVista solved it. So I guess I'll be working in MSPaintXP from now on. I'll miss the greater zooming capability, but it'll be nice to have the palette and the non-anti-aliased lettering back.

Webcomics I read mornings: Kevin & Kell, For Better Or For Worse, Tux & Bunny, Sluggy Freelance, Irregular Comic Webcomics I read M-W-F mornings: General Protection Fault, Nukees, Newshounds, Girl Genius, Ctrl+Alt+Del Webcomics I read Tu-Th-Sa mornings: El Goonish Shive, AppleGeeks, Achewood, Striptease, Punch an' Pie, Digger
Webcomics I read middays: Calvin & Hobbes, Least I Could Do, User Friendly, LuAnn, Pearls Before Swine, American Elf, Devil's Panties, Narbonic, Schlock Mercenary
Webcomics I read weekday evenings: Questionable Content, Starslip Crisis, Count Your Sheep, Dandy & Company, Dinosaur Comics, Girls With Slingshots, Shortpacked, Wapsi Square, Help Desk, Real Life, PvP Webcomics I read M-W-F evenings: Fans, Two Lumps, Goats, Order of the Stick, College Roommates from Hell!!!, Penny Arcade Webcomics I read Tu-Th-Sa evenings: The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Get Out of My Head, Darths & Droids, Megatokyo, Buck Godot Zap Gun For Hire
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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.
Early British Kingdoms - Arthurian Bios.
Historia Ecclesiastica.
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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