Essays: Of Masques and Triumphs
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Essays: Of Masques and Triumphs

Publication Date: June 27, 2011

Chapter: English Literature in the Early Seventeenth Century

I love that the word "ditty" existed and meant the same thing in 1625.

Anyway, I've had a weird month. Many, many new people read the comic over the past few days, and this - in and of itself - is pretty great. I love new readers. It's been a long year, but it feels like the comic is finally starting to catch on in fits and spurts. This does, however, make me inordinately self-conscious sometimes. Once your brain begins to process the fact that more than a thousand people read your comic every day, the jitters set in. It's almost like a webcomic version of stage fright - you start to worry if the comic is "good enough" now that more people are reading it. I mean, I get over the jitters pretty quickly most days, logically assuming that if the comic was good enough for people to read it in the first place, it'll probably continue to be good enough in the future.

Of course, it's at that moment of relief that I wake up on Sunday morning and discover that Diane Duane, author the "Young Wizards" series has found the strip in which I mock the Young Wizards series... and that she actually likes it. Suddenly the jitters are back again.

Author: Sir Francis Bacon • Year: 1625 • Info: Wikipedia

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