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|Medium:||Paper and pen (B&W pigment ink); PNG|
|Dates:||2007 (writing & initial web publication)|
Also known as "A Comic-Strip Alphabet for L-Plate Drivers", Rites of Way was my way of surviving the learning-to-drive process. I decided that there was only one thing for it: I'd have to parody the whole escapade in comic-strip format.
Just for the record: Rites was a deliberate word choice, not a spelling mistake - I intended the strip's title to be a play on the two phrases "Rites of Passage" and "Right of Way".
Rites was my first, and at the time of writing, only, alphabetic comic strip. I don't know what gave me the idea of fitting one L-plate joke to each letter of the alphabet, but that's what I ended up doing. A is for Accelerator, B is for Brakes, etc... I have no intention of doing an alphabetic comic again, as it's a complete pain trying to find a joke for letters like Q, X or Z!
The comic was drawn in the first half of 2007, and posted online on Friday mornings, from the 23rd of February, to the 14th of September. I missed a few weeks for various reasons. And although it was completely unplanned, it turned out that I passed my test on a Thursday afternoon, and Episode Z went on the net the very next morning - along with the big news, of course.
Each episode was accompanied on release by a short piece of text which appeared underneath it on the web page, and I have reproduced these (or at least most of them) in this archive.
Rites of Way is now completely finished, and I have no intention of ever drawing a second series (finding one joke for X was bad enough!), producing any spin-offs, or otherwise adding to it. My time as an L-plater has come to an end, and so has the comic strip inspired by it. I have other fish to fry...
The Complete Series:
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