I’ve been carrying this piece around in my notebook for a long time without any decent ideas coming to mind, but my first-ever visit to a Renaissance Faire a couple weekends ago finally gave me a direction. It took far longer than it should have to fit this story in three panels – I had to cut a lot of very bad Olde English, a lot of very sarcastic responses to said English, and a lot of back story explaining the origins of the woman’s intolerance for poorly-formed Elizabethan phrases. But I’m pretty happy with how this one came out.

Originally the woman had the final “dat booty be groovy” lines, with the man remaining clueless, but I ultimately decided to let him save himself (this particular turn is likely inspired by the fact that I recently re-read a certain old strip of Balder’s that I always found rather brilliant.)

MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP: *Double snort-laugh* Yeah.  I like it.

Thanks to Rob for some late-night words of advice on this one.

In other news, I recently narrated another episode of Escape Pod, Philip Brewer’s “Like a Hawk in its Gyre.” Feel free to check it out, but be forewarned that I mispronounce “gyre” six words into my reading.