The wizard Merlin took Uther Pendragon's first-born to be raised in safety.

In time, as Merlin had foreseen, the child drew the sword from the stone and was proclaimed King of England.

Merlin was always a big-picture thinker. If he'd been a details guy, he might have noticed that the child was a girl.

Can Martha unite the land and usher in a golden age of chivalry, all while maintaining her secret identity?



Martha's To-Do List:

... a woman's work is never done.

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Sun, Feb 18, 2018

coldreave

New feature: Zoom

Hi! Just wanted to point out the new zoom control near the top-right of the comic image. Tap anywhere on it to zoom in on the first panel of the comic. Keep tapping to cycle through panels 2, 3, 4 and back to the full-page view.

I thought this might be handy for anyone viewing the comic on a small phone screen, but I’m not even sure how many of you read that way. What do you think? Useful? Pointless? Broken? Needs more work? Let me know in the comments, so I can tell if this feature is worth keeping and/or improving.

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Sat, Sep 17, 2016

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Welcome to the tale of King Martha. You can probably guess from the title what it's about.

CONTENT WARNING

Anyone familiar with the story of King Arthur will be aware that it goes to some dark places at times. In an age of child brides, it's a tale that includes sexual imposture, incest, rape and adultery - not to mention truckloads of violence.

It would be impossible to tell the story without touching on those themes, but since this is a comedy, these references will mostly be implicit and played for laughs. I try to be sensitive, but you should expect occasional bad taste. If that's enough to make you uncomfortable, don't worry: there's plenty of other comics out there that you'll enjoy. But you might want to skip this one.

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I'll be using Malory as my primary reference, since that's the version of the story that I'm most familiar with. Obviously I'm diverging from the text in one central detail, and will continue to do so whenever that leads to a more interesting story or a cheap laugh. But, having started to re-read it, I've been surprised at how easily much of it translates to comedy.

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Sat, Sep 17, 2016

JammyTheBirb

Oh cool! I'm quite interested in Arthurian legend, so I'll definitely be following this.

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Sun, Sep 18, 2016

coldreave

Thanks, Jammy!

It's very encouraging to know that there's interest, even before the story begins.

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