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Ah Dutch Life

I’ve been here for almost a year now and my favorite thing about living in Maastricht is still the waffles.  These particular waffles are from a PNKY, a candy store on the corner of the main shopping drag in Maastricht.  These are suiker(sugar) waffles that have been filled with chocolate.  They come hot from the iron and then three chocolate sticks are placed in the middle of the waffle.  The chocolate then melts.  A warm and gooey slice of heaven right there that as far as I’ve seen is purely a Limbergian delight.

Now I know you’re saying, “But those are Begluim waffles!”

“Nuh uh!” I’ll tell you back and perhaps stick out my tongue at you.  Belgium waffles are good too, never let it be said that the Belgium  waffles are not the definition of tasty, but they put all their strawberry and chocolate goodness on the outside of the waffle.  While this good, its not especially convenient, it is served in a plastic trough and generally requires a fork to eat with any grace at all!   The PNKY waffle requires no such apparatus as it is served on a single piece of wax paper and can be immediately picked up and chomped into with worry of stains, as seen in figure 1.  (Although brushing all the powdered sugar off your front after the waffle has been devoured is highly recommended.)

They are an all season snack, although on the occasional warm summer day a cold soda is a very good pairing.  I’ve heard rumor they are water resistant too but I have been unable/unwilling to risk spoiling such a precious thing by exposing to the frequent rain here.  Instead I protect it from the rain, hunching over like the troll that lives under the bridge in the center of town.  I occasionally see him eating a waffle but I never see him in line.

I know he shall not have mine.

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AAaaand we’re live!

Welcome to the start of Walking the Lethe!  Its been a long road to this point, about a year and a half from when WtL was first brainstormed to now.  Why so long?  Because I’ve done the hobby webcomic thing once before and it is really hard to change something from a hobby into a professional product.  I want to do this the right way.

Walking the Lethe is a professional product, or as close as I can get it.  I’m doing everything in my power to avoid things such as hiatuses, skipped comics or even filler comics.  Walking the Lethe will be updating here at least twice a week until its completion.  To guard against the whims of fate, we’re starting out with a three month buffer, which I am working to expand even further.

I’ve written the comic like a traditional black and white comic book with 24 pages per issue for ease of organization and to give me a solid format to work around.  I may experiment with this format at a later date.  The art for issue 1 and issue 2 (Now showing in the supporter section) has been done by my friend Sam Ireland, a concept artist living in Australia.  He’s rendered the world of Walking the Lethe with a dark, almost smokey texture, reminding me of some of my favorite Scotches.  I hope you enjoy the story to the very last drop.


Daniel Potter

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