See You.
High Flyers.


  • May 22, 2022 at 2:18 am

    Cool memorial. Anyone slings a sword to have fun is my kind of people…

  • May 22, 2022 at 3:48 am

    Making a horn work through all that fur is a real trick.

    • May 22, 2022 at 6:02 am

      And doing it while helmed isn’t? [VERY wry grin&wink!]

      Still, honor & respect.

    • May 22, 2022 at 9:04 am
      Aunti Venom

      With a beard and an embouchure, he must have been quite a kisser.

  • May 22, 2022 at 4:34 am
    Too Tall

    Wielding Damascus Steel from the Middle Ages and a saxhorn from the 19th century? A polymath and true Renaissance Dude gone far too soon.

  • May 22, 2022 at 7:38 am

    And if Sam likes it, you can’t ask for much more. 🙂

  • May 22, 2022 at 7:55 am

    Heh. He looked like Dave Letterman’s (recent image, guys) twin.

  • May 22, 2022 at 8:24 am
    Son Of A Valkyrie

    Props. ( And I still got my armor. )

  • May 22, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Isn’t that ‘The Society FOR Creative Anachronism’?

  • May 22, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Wait! Hold The Press! I saw that movie: “THE DUDE ABIDES!”

  • May 22, 2022 at 10:43 am
    President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

    Born after me, and I’m still alive and kicking (albeit not very high). So sad, a good man gone in his prime. I hope he was able to headbutt the Reaper.

    • May 22, 2022 at 3:30 pm

      Butthead the Reaper sounds like an MCU character.

  • May 22, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    I used to play in the Middle Ages, back when I was a lot more durable. SCA combat is/was brutal, perhaps especially so in Atlantia. Still got my armor, but it doesn’t fit so well as it did.

    • May 23, 2022 at 2:43 pm
      Sir Max

      62 and still swinging a stick in minimal armor. I used to play the baritone also.

  • May 22, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    Last night at the top I wondered if the episode feting Mr. Larsen’s hero Merek involved a Portago-level contribution to the cause (if so, on behalf of all of us, thank you!), but it’s gone, not sure if I screwed up and didn’t hit the post button as I often do, or if Mr. Muir took some sort of unintended offense? If the former, just my typical ineptitude, if the latter, my sincere apology, either way a great change of pace ‘toon.

    • May 22, 2022 at 3:20 pm

      At first I was pretty sure the depiction of Merek was Marx…could not be further from the truth, but that comparison would’a had me letting that bushy beard abide somewhere other my face. 🙁

    • May 22, 2022 at 5:06 pm

      I didn’t remove any comment never saw it. And it is a Portago Patron request.


      • May 22, 2022 at 7:01 pm

        Ah, ineptitude it is then, again.

        So, The Portago Prize…a custom Sunday ‘toon; a true art bargain at that price, and the other 364 days of entertainment and -dare I use the term in its actual sense- enlightenment…

        Wish I could afford it; not anymore, but what a great bonus offering for them that can, probably book up the whole year at fundraiser time, worth consideration in your promos Chris!

      • May 23, 2022 at 4:01 pm

        I don’t know if you see replies after the fact, but seeing this post just now reminded me that I had forgotten that I had posted a simple reply of “The flexed hands” on the previous strip (for the 21st — referring to its first panel) and just now went to that strip to see if there were any replies to it and couldn’t find the post. I remember that I didn’t see it right away after I posted it and thought maybe it didn’t “take,” or that I maybe forgot to hit post, and tried posting it again, but got a “Looks like you posted the same thing twice” message. Is there something I don’t know about, or could the JTC comment above be referring to a similar something-or-other going on? Just wondering…

      • May 23, 2022 at 4:02 pm

        (and see, just now, I AM seeing the reply above immediately after posting it, so something was/is different. Curious…)

  • May 22, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    The armor comment triggered a memory. At some point, I was getting a new suit at an old establishment. I mentioned that the old one had shrunk. The tailor/rep was concerned about his product quality. After he looked at my wife, then me, he joined in the laughter.

  • May 22, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Cool. Love the beard and his attitude to life.
    he could have survived in the society they are trying to take us.
    Many of them will not.
    Rest In Peace.

  • May 22, 2022 at 5:43 pm
    Polly Cy

    I should have known you were an SCA fan! Out of the thousands of students I’ve tried to interest over the years, fewer than a dozen ever became followers.

    But the were the BEST dozen.

    • May 22, 2022 at 7:42 pm

      I fenced saber for 35 years, too old for it now

      • May 22, 2022 at 10:59 pm
        President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

        NEVER too old!
        Maybe against a young practicing-daily sword master….
        But I’m sure you could prevail against the average thug-on-the-street trying to rob you.
        En garde!

  • May 22, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Call me country as a Cornbread wedding cake, but I have not a clue as to who or what y’all are talking about.

    • May 22, 2022 at 9:55 pm

      Mmm, cornbread. Hold the icing. And the wedding.

    • May 22, 2022 at 10:56 pm
      President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

      There is this “thing”, called The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). People get together, become friends, “dress up” (or down), and become characters from the past, usually in the Medieval or Renaissance periods; Europe, Russian, Japan (Bushido, anyone?). A real hodgepodge. But fun. IIRC, the groups are divided into “kingdoms”. They use padded “weapons”, and have “jousts” and “tourneys”.
      Look it up. You may become hooked.

      • May 23, 2022 at 12:54 am

        SCA was LARPing before LARPing was a thing.
        Sort of like Civil War re-enactments, only further back.

      • May 23, 2022 at 3:17 am

        Thank You. Think 78 is a little old for such hobbies.

  • May 28, 2022 at 9:21 am

    Used to play SCA for years. This is the first year I didn’t renew my member ship. I still have my armor, but the likelihood of me returning to the game is pretty low. Shoulder and arm injuries prevent me from being able to swing a sword or hold a shield, but there is more than fighting to the SCA. My ex is deeply involved, so another reason to step away; you split up more than cars and household goods in a divorce.



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