Chapter 15, page between 11 and 12 - October 14, 2016

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Animeraider sez:  We are taking a one week break to mourn the passing of King Rama IX, also known in my country as King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died yesterday after ruling as King of Thailand for 70 years and 127 days. kercheng, who draws the strip, is from Thailand - when he wrote me this morning to talk about the need to take a break he called him "My King". For the Thai people, this is a very big deal and although as an American I have no similar concept as I have no King to my friend and partner in this comic the loss is something deeply felt, and I respect that.

For our American readers, allow me to provide a bit of context. King Rama IX's rule began in June of 1946. In other words, he served his country longer than Queen Elizabeth II of England has served hers. He was born in Cambridge Mass., making him the only soveregn in history to be born in the United States. He is the great-great-great-grandson of Rama IV, who was portrayed by Yul Brunner in "The King and I" and by Chow-Yun Fat in the more recent "Anna and the King"

The King was an accomplished musician specializing in jazz, working with many of the same musicians my own grandfather did. He sailed 60 miles once in a dinghy that he built himself. He wrote books. He painted. He operated a radio station. He oversaw the transition of his government through several forms, including fledgling democracy. He was served by 30 different Prime Ministers during his reign and was immensly popular.

Whatever your preconcieved perceptions of what Thailand is (I'm talking to you, my fellow Americans), Thailand is a country of incredible depth. Some of it might seem quite strange to us, but for my friend kercheng, this is a deep loss. He drew the picture above of his own charicature crying and sent it to me, asking me to run it for a week. I cannot feel his sadness - I have nothing to compare it to, but I can and will honor his request.

Rest in peace, Phra Bat Somdet Phra Paraminthra Maha Bhumibol Adulyadej Mahitalathibet Ramathibodi Chakkrinaruebodin Sayamminthrathirat Borommanatthabophit  You've earned it.

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