The Cynical King was a comic I put out there
for about four months in 2002. I say "put out there"
loosely because I am quite sure nobody actually saw it. Unlike
Nobody Scores! it was not freeform - every single panel was a
uniform square. Also unlike Nobody Scores! it was meant to have
some kind of continuity.
The comic is about the king of a tiny, tiny island nation, and
his misadventures in small-time governance in a big world. Heh.
That's funny. If I had been able to sum the comic up in a sentence
when I was still doing it, I might have kept doing it longer.
It seemed so cumbersomely high-concept at the time.
It is going to be super disorienting for Nobody Scores! readers
to look at this cartoon because it features a couple of the main
characters in very different roles.
The Cynical King, the ruler of Tengo Island and the main character,
is Raoul. Raoul is cynical and misanthropic here, but maybe not
so much as he is in Nobody Scores! Admittedly he is up against
slightly less. But Raoul is a perfectionist and would like to
rule a perfect society, so he's got some Man vs. Self action going
He has an underling named Maurice. Maurice is the island's big
government. Really, he'd rather be relaxing in the sun, watching
girls, and playing what video games manage to make it to Tengo
Island's secluded shores. He's kinda got a point.
Now for the tricky part.
The girl who appears a few comics in, the one who looks like
Jane Doe? Her name, here, is Sara. That's right. The Cynical King's
"Sara" does not have Jane Doe's massive competency issues.
In fact, she's a trained ninja commando hwaaa person, and also
an environmentalist, wilderness wrangler and animal lover. Possibly
a bit too much of an animal lover. You'll see.
I'll let the other several bit characters speak for themselves.
There are some comics missing here. This is because of quality
control. You aren't missing anything in the storyline, and lord
knows you aren't missing good comics. Have fun!