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Rites of Way (2007)

Project Status: Complete
Episodes: 26
Medium: Paper and pen (B&W pigment ink); PNG
Dates: 2007 (writing & initial web publication)
Collaborators: none

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: