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A Trinket's Tale





Drawn in April, 1998, A Trinket's Tale was intended as a parody of and response to a comic I read in the fantasy comics magazine Mythography in the late 1990s. That comic, which shall remain nameless but has since been republished online, was a mess of poorly thought out and hackneyed ideas, only redeemed somewhat by the slick execution. It was rubbish, the sort of work that gives fantasy a bad name.

I considered sending A Trinket's Tale to Mythography but I thought it wasn't too great itself - the parody didn't cut to the heart of the matter and, more damningly for the kind of magazine that Mythography was, the art was rough. It's amateurish in the sense that it wasn't properly finished. 8 years on, though, the story is worth telling as a corrective to the sort of nonsense that is still perpetrated in fantasy comics and fantasy literature. I namechecked two of my colleagues at the time in the last-but one panel.