Copyrights on those ran out millenia ago. – Chapter 1, Strip 33

Get the full series of ancient bestsellers by joining the dark side of Rutentuten’s book club.

So here’s proof that as early as in Ancient Egypt, successful writers did not know when to leave well enough alone. (It’s in a web comic, that’s proof enough.)

The idea to have a ‘book of the living’ to counterpoint the ‘book of the dead’ is from Stephen Sommer’s ‘Mummy’ adaption, in Ancient Egypt there was just and only a ‘book of the dead’. Probably the living really loved the dead to much in those days.

Speaking of ideas I have stolen, ‘Hotsytotsy’ as name of an Egyptian queen is lifted from an old ‘Three Stooges’ short, ‘I want my Mummy’, and the same holds true for ‘Rutentuten’ as a pharaonic name. Here are my favorite lines from that movie:
(The stooges are supposed to lift a crate)
Moe: ‘I’m taking this end!’
Larry: ‘Then I’m taking that end!’
Curly: ‘Then I’m taking the end in the middle!’
For further viewing the short is available as free .rar- file at: threestoges.net, webhome of all lot of stoogey things.

Note the background in panels 2 and 3, by the way. One of the major advantages of setting a story in Egypt is that you get to use pyramids as backdrop. Ah, pyramids- difficult to build, indeed, but just SO easy to draw.

Well, that’s all for today, don’t forget to vote for me, and don’t miss Thursday’s update- for the first (and perhaps only?) time, Biff will do something actually useful.

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