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Always Punch Down

Actually I don't like rules that begin with always but generally speaking you should be able to make fun of whoever you want, protected status not withstanding.

Okay a couple things about this week's post. The middle panel is a Celtic maze pattern. The secret is using graph paper, or putting out a bunch of evenly spaced dots before you set up the pattern. This must have mystified the early Celts who hadn't figured it out. I used it here because I wanted to symbolize that time had passed... In the original version the interior was white but I wanted to use black. However, I didn't use black at that time because I had the crazy thought that I didn't want to waste ink, not in the original and not when I would photocopy the originals to make mini comics.

Second, the panel at the bottom has a truck. Yes, a functioning combustion engine truck, about a thousand or so years after that castle was made. My friend who read this didn't like the inclusion of the truck, he thought it took readers out of the story. I had the idea from that, probably, from reading Astro Boy (or Tetsuwan Atomu) by Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka often stuck very cartoony stuff into his panels, almost non-sequitur references to other comics or just goofy characters or drawings. I believe he did this to keep the mood light, and for readers not to take the comics he did too seriously.

But yeah, the postal service truck is a visual short hand, and I can't think right now about a way to visually convey the idea of a King receiving word from somewhere else in an entirely medieval fashion. Having a postal truck conveys it, all right. So it's a combination of Homage and Laziness, you're welcome.

That's it! I turn 49 years old really soon, I can't believe it! Good bye, seeya next week!

Comic transcript

You're reading a page from a comic book based on the ancient Irish Myth the Three daughters of King Coluath O'hara. The translation and story was from Jeremiah Curtin's book Irish Myths and Fairy Tales but don't go and spoil the comic by reading it. I'll be posting a page a week, and the first page is here. Please let me know in the comments if you want to buy a copy and end the suspense, and if enough people want it then hey I'll publish it. Thanks!

Then the white dog who was a man during the night but a white dog during the day was very angry, for he knew what harm the third daughter of King Coluath O'Hara had done by dropping that one tear when a crow had stolen away her third child.

(black panel symbolizing the passage of time. Note the celtic maze. Could you get lost in there? What if you were a two dimensional dot? Then yes, you could get lost in there.)

Soon after their father (the King) invited the three sisters to visit him and be present at a great feast in their honor. They sent messages, each from her own place, that they would come.

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