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


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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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The Success and the Surrender

posted 24th May 2020

The Success and the Surrender


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Sun, May 24, 2020


In most of the early stories, Gawayne is the very epitome of knighthood - but as Launcelot’s prestige grew, so too did Gawayne’s diminish. By Malory’s time, he’s not far off being an out-and-out villain - though traces of his former status remain in places.
Some critics may decry his fall from grace, but personally I think a morally questionable Gawayne is far more interesting than the anodyne superman of the earlier stories. Not to mention the poetic justice of his becoming a kind of screwup-in-chief: a role previously reserved for Sir Kay, in order to make Gawayne look good by comparison.
The early Gawayne, on the other hand, is always the bravest, strongest, cleverest, handsomest and most courteous - a total Mary-Sue. In some stories he’s also an infallible healer, able to cure any wound short of death just by laying on hands. Plus he’s unbeatable in combat and empowered by the rays of our yellow sun, so he’s quite literally Superman. Me, I always preferred the Batmanesque characters, whether it’s Peredur building his equipment from scratch, or Palomides wrestling the darkness within. YMMV - but if overpowered characters with paper-thin personalities are your thing, just wait until we get to Galahad.

At the end of this adventure, Gawayne is somewhat redeemed by taking on an ongoing quest to never repeat these mistakes, to always be a champion of ladies and never oppose a lady’s cause (unless he’s acting as champion for a different lady.) He also swears to always give mercy on request - which, frankly, is a bare minimum requirement for a knight of the round table.
That said, neither undertaking seems to come up much in his later adventures, or have much effect on his subsequent behaviour which is much more ladies’ man than ladies’ champion.

Next week: Tor.

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Mon, May 25, 2020


Whatever shall/will you do with/to Gwalchavad Summerhawk?

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Mon, Jun 1, 2020


Well, he's still quite a ways off yet. But I do have in mind an unusual angle on his story that should keep things interesting...

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