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Arthur, King of Time and Space

10/5/13

I want to take a moment to reassure the AKOTAS readership that there is no expectation at this time to halt production before the story conclusion, currently scheduled for May of 2017.

It's true that Iíve taken to going through occasional, even frequent, public fits in which I complain that I wish I'd never started the AKOTAS project and that I ought to give it up and go back to my first best destiny, fanfiction, in its current form of The Hero of Three Faces. It's true that I worry I'm not doing the project justice anymore and that I'm certain I'm not doing it justice many cartoons out of any given week. (Though, granted, that has as much or more to do with outside factors than with any waning of interest on my part; which waning itself is at least partly, and may be wholly, attributable to pressure from those outside factors. Those outside factors are generally summarized in realtime at Creative Process.)

(Another factor is that we're winding down to the end of the story, which is sad. (Well, in the baseline arc it's sad. (I can't say any more.)))

(Also, I hadnít reckoned on Arthur becoming president at a time when the government makes me so angry. Iím not accustomed to being angry.)

One of the things that keeps me going (not the only one; e.g., there's also that the non-baseline arcs' endings will never play out if I quit) is reader feedback. Audience consensus seems to be that I'm still doing the project justice, on average if not necessarily with every cartoon. However, that doesnít mean itís a case of my continuing the project for others instead of myself - which would be a recipe for disaster - so much as it's a case of realizing that things must not be as bad as I often feel they are.

I appreciate it whenever I go on a rant like this about it and there is reader response indicating that AKOTAS remains something of value. This time, though, itís my turn to respond to a reader comment that more or less came of out the blue, encouraging me to keep calm and carry on. If thereís one of you thinking it, there are probably others.

While the bonds with fanfiction are strong, if or when I would leave AKOTAS it would be only because the bond with AKOTAS was broken, and the work being done on the project showing it. Things are not that bad. For the next three years plus there will probably continue to be, as there has been recently, moments of doubt; a lot of reused art supporting one-liners that are either topical comments or puns; on bad days, sketches and fillers; and, on stretches of bad days, "hiatus" formats. But, on really good days, real gags with new art. Somewhere in the rough there will also be the rest of the stories I started out to tell.

Thanks for reading.

Webcomics I read mornings: Kevin & Kell, For Better Or For Worse, C'est la Vie, Bring Back Roomies, Dumbing of Age Webcomics I read M-W-F mornings: General Protection Fault, Nukees, Newshounds, Spacetrawler, Girl Genius Webcomics I read Tu-Th-Sa mornings: The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, All New Issues, Ctrl+Alt+Del
Webcomics I read middays: Calvin & Hobbes, Least I Could Do, User Friendly, LuAnn, Pearls Before Swine, Schlock Mercenary
Webcomics I read weekday evenings: Something Positive, Girls With Slingshots, Questionable Content, El Goonish Shive, Striptease, Dinosaur Comics, Medium Large, Shortpacked, Hijinks Ensue, Wapsi Square, Scenes from a Multiverse, Sheldon, Sluggy Freelance, Devil's Panties, Help Desk, Real Life, PvP, LitBrick, Mary Elizabeth's Sock Webcomics I read M-W-F evenings: Two Lumps, Bruno, Little Dee, xkcd Webcomics I read Tu-Th-Sa evenings: Darths & Droids, The Gutters, Bruno, Little Dee, NIMONA
Webcomics I read bedtimes: B.C., Station V3, Sinfest, Skin Horse, Peanuts
Webcomics I read Sundays: Order of the Stick, College Roommates from Hell!!!, Get Out of My Head, Blue Milk Special, Three Panel Soul, Zortic, The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, Megatokyo, Punch an' Pie, Gronk, Head Trip, Irregular Comic, Sporkman Webcomics I hope will start updating again: Boxjam's Doodle, The Angriest Rice Cooker In The World, My Name is Might Have Been, Dandy & Company, AppleGeeks, No Room for Magic, Li'l Mell, Breakfast of the Gods, Something Happens, Butternut Squash, Sketchies, 13 Seconds, Anywhere But Here, Crap I Drew On My Lunch Break, Count Your Sheep, Kismetropolis, The Magnificent Adventures of Hieronymus Bosch, esquire, The Green Avenger, I Draw Comics, Reasoned Cognition, Tux & Bunny, Perry Bible Fellowship, Let's Be Friends Again, The Whovian Observer, Gossamer Commons 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, Brian Roney's Webcomic Reviews, Girls Read Comics (And They're Pissed), Fleen, Mr. Myth, Comixtalk 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.
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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