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Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack!
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THE MIDDLE AGE by STEVE CONLEY:
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April 30, 2020

Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack!

This is episode 219 of The Middle Age. You can read the story from the beginning here.


Yes, I spent three days making a comic page where a duck is punching and kicking a dragon. And the sound effect is Quack every time. It still makes me laugh. 🙂

This episode has the distinction – I’m fairly sure, correct me if I’m wrong – of being the first page which doesn’t have Sir Quimp in it.

When I started this serialized story, I felt it was a bit like Garfield, or Calvin and Hobbes, and it was important to have the main characters appear in every installment. It would reward returning readers and better introduce new readers to the story. And so, for 218 episodes, Sir Quimp has been on every page.

But if anybody is going to break the rules, it’s Waddlebottom.

I have to once again thank my supporters on Patreon again for their amazing support! As I was drawing this page, It struck me that most publishers would totally try to talk me out of a silly page like this one. They provide me the freedom to follow this silly story where it takes us.

And if you’re not able to support the story on Patreon, thank you for your kind comments and shares! It helps so much!

— Steve @theSteveConley

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11 Comments

  • Steve Conley (Author)
    April 30, 2020 at 9:03 pm — Reply

    Some readers points out that they had to click back a few pages to see the latest pages of the story (thank you for letting me know!) . I think that was a caching issue. I made a point of clearing the site’s cache after posting this episode and hope that does the trick.

  • Joe Fonebone
    May 3, 2020 at 9:47 am — Reply

    Still not able to get the next page. The word ‘next’ doesn’t even appear. Had to go all the way back to the very first episode to advance the series.

    • Steve Conley (Author)
      May 3, 2020 at 11:03 am — Reply

      Joe, Thanks for letting me know. Can you tell me what browser/device you’re using? That might help me figure this out.

    • Jude
      May 5, 2020 at 3:10 am — Reply

      For a small creature, Waddlebottom can pack a real punch (and kick) against a creature so large and fierce as Praesida. Waddlebottom is no ordinary duck though since even Praesida’s fire had no effect on him.

    • N0083rP00F
      May 5, 2020 at 12:09 pm — Reply

      Firefox 76.0(64-bit)
      Also see the same problem with no unless I start on page 1.
      If I go to latest page and step back one it is like the Norwegian Blue, it ceases to be.
      Hope this helps determine the code issue.

      • Steve Conley (Author)
        May 5, 2020 at 12:35 pm — Reply

        Thanks, Joe! It seems my new web host was – for speed’s sake – encouraging browser caching (at the htaccess level) which I think was getting in the way. I’ve now disabled that. I hope it fixes the problem. Though individual browser caches may need to be cleared. Fingers crossed!

  • Brother Parvus
    May 7, 2020 at 2:56 pm — Reply

    Waddlebottom seems to have mastered the ancient art of Kwak-Fu.

  • Jonathan
    May 8, 2020 at 10:18 am — Reply

    I just read through from the beginning, and when I got to this page didn’t realize that I had caught up.
    I clicked to go forward at least three times before realizing that you didn’t have three consecutive pages of Waddlebottom slapping (quacking?) the dragon across the face. I thought it was impressive dedication to the joke.

    • Steve Conley (Author)
      May 8, 2020 at 10:38 am — Reply

      LOL. Thanks, Jonathan. 🙂 That’s a glitch I need to fix. The last image shouldn’t be clickable or – maybe – should take readers to a “you’ve reached the latest page – sign up for updates, Patreon, etc.” More coding to do!

  • Volodymyr
    May 8, 2020 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    Well, here’s another issue with a website: menu now crawled in second line of a “header” and is unclosable if opened. Clicking “back” goes to the previous page.

    Samsung Galaxy A6, Android 10, Chrome (81.0.4044.138).

    First comment here and about the website issue… waiting for another comic page…

    • Steve Conley (Author)
      May 8, 2020 at 4:43 pm — Reply

      Thanks for letting me know! I hope to have a new site design rolled out this month!

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