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?

King Mark is the greatest king who ever lived. Everybody loves him and wants to be just like him.

There is no knight in all of Cornwall who is stronger or more popular than King Mark.

Not any more, anyway.

All hail King Mark!



(Seriously, if you want to stay out of the dungeon, cheer louder.)

Martha's To-Do List:

  • Get Born.
  • Pull the sword from the stone.
  • Become King.
  • Fight wars.
  • Forge alliances.
  • Unite Britain.
  • Slay giants.
  • Conquer an empire.
  • Battle evil sorcery.
  • Assemble the world's greatest knights.
  • Set an example for the Round Table.
  • Become legend.

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

Mark's To-Do List:

  • Become King.
  • Kill anyone who threatens me.
  • Kill anyone who's stronger than me.
  • Kill anyone who annoys me.
  • Utilise evil sorcery.
  • Destroy the world's greatest knights.
  • Undermine and betray the Round Table.

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


Sun, Feb 18, 2018


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


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


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.


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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Sun, Sep 18, 2016


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

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Thanks, Jammy!

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

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