These two strips go together because the first strip -- a comic about John Olson from Wolf Eyes -- inspired a Sidelines reader to e-mail me to point out my error in calling a triple flail with morning stars a mace. The second comic is his letter, word for word, but drawn as if written from by a Renaissance Faire-loving geek. Looking back on it, it probably was not so nice of me to mock the poor man, but something about the tone of his e-mail warranted a public response.
I actually had to call him and confirm that he wrote the letter and ask permission to use his words. I didn't tell him I was going to draw him into my comic, but at least he knew his words would be in print!