The logic is irrefutable.
Way to win me over in the second strip with attention to detail! Most artists wouldn’t have drawn an actual-size chess board with a consistent position from panel to panel. You went the extra mile and used weird-looking culture-specific alternate shapes for the pieces. And you made it so the obviously smarter character was winning grossly. And just to seal the deal with extra bonus points, you made it a subtly illegal position. Yeah, that light-squared bishop was never getting behind those pawns. Either the rules are different here or these guys set up the board wrong. So yeah… you earned me reading this comic for another fifty strips or so. ;-)
I have minimal recollection of drawing the board! The pencil layout was from 2001ish. When I redrew it, I could not determine what specific square and what specific pieces each was (especially since I was working from this version which had already been traced over my initial pencil version, likely in a hurry) and thought it was not very interesting for unearthly weirdos to be playing boring old chess anyway so tried to pay less attention to it, since it became a rather tedious task! But I appreciate that you paid attention to my fussing!
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