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Fables for Our Time

© Tom Tomorrow

Sometimes fairy tales do come true. I can’t think of any reason why this one shouldn’t.



  1. Ok, that was amusing for a completely unrelated reason. Panel 1, medieval nobility clothing. Panel three, medieval wealthy merchant clothing, of a bit later if I’m recalling correctly. Panel 5, Renaissance (very early on the man) clothing, renaissance middle-rung merchant clothing. Basically.

    The King’s cape is the design for the middle ages (around 1400), but the asymmetry is all Henry VIII.

    I know, completely irrelevant, and I’m generalizing pretty broadly. But I found it amusing that the “man on the street” images were working down the classes and crossing about 200-300 years. Basicallly. (Panel 5, her hat… what? That’s a man’s hat…)

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’m totally cracking up here. I know I often have grammar nazi tendencies, but historical clothing nazi tendencies?

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink
  3. Hey, I did that PhD work on Medieval and Renaissance Women’s rhetoric. Gimme me a break, ‘k πŸ˜‰

    (Medievalists were always the most fun to hang out with, among my colleague, but to get a job teaching Medieval Lit and/or Rhetoric and/or History, I would have needed background that just wasn’t available for me to get. So, yeah, Medieval History Nazi here, I guess.)

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink
  4. starluna wrote:

    I wish I could like the comment thread. πŸ˜€

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
  5. (Oh, and don’t get me started on the mullions holding the panes of glass behind the king, or the woman’s pearl necklace in panel three, neither of which would have been likely until yet another hundred or so years after the clothing…Ok, I’ll stop now… πŸ˜‰ )

    Starluna, glad you liked it!

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
  6. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Thought Dancer, did you notice what looks like a mounted light to the left of the womens head (left of her mouth and right of hte window) in frame 5? Although i’m not a huge archetectural student it seems like the gothic in frame 5 does not fit with the other frames either. πŸ™‚

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
  7. RK wrote:

    There’s an awfully large tree in the ramparts of frame 1. And can you say anything to the woman’s hairstyle? And in frame 3, the background became monochromatic! Ok, so it just doesn’t have a tree… πŸ™‚

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink
  8. PatriotSGT: You’re right! At best that’s a gaslight. lol And yes, the background of stone there is weird, given the merchant class clothes… why are they in the old town? Most of the newer shops were half-timber outside of old town.

    RK Oh, I didn’t notice the tree at all. O…M…G lol That’s the best of the lot. I didn’t see much of a problem with the women’s hair, other than being far cleaner / brushed than would have been likely. The *men’s* hair is all very modern (the King’s cut is especially out of place).

    ok, okay, y’all have had your fun with me. Anyone have a comment to the purpose of the comic? πŸ˜‰

    Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink
  9. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’m thinking of renaming the blog to “Medieval Irony”.

    Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
  10. Iron Knee, you owe me a keyboard.

    Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

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