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  1. Ariel says

    Did you change something on the technical end, or is it my feed aggregator? It used to be that when a new comic came up, I could read it in NetNewsWire. Now, NetNewsWire shows me the comic blown up really big–admittedly, I’m on my laptop, but I can see less than one panel at a time.

    It’s not a big deal–it looks fine in Safari, and I have to come here anyway if I want to read the Class Participation, which I do–but I thought you should be informed.

    • No idea. I don’t mess with the RSS.

      But every now and then WordPress messes with something on their end and we get image problems. First they came through fuzzy, then sized wrong, then too slow, now whatever this is, probably. Pain in the wazoo is what it is.

  2. Robert says

    If they were so smart, why didn’t they meet someplace underground, where it would have been cooler?

    • Pre-existing caves weren’t big enough for all the seats, nor adequately lit and ventilated, and digging a new hole (without the benefit of modern earthmoving equipment) would have taken a lot of time and labor, and thus money.

  3. Quantum Mechanic says

    Re: the top right panel – “Nobody else was in the room where it happened…” :)

  4. UsaSatsui says

    Why did Rhode Island decline to participate? I know they were the last to ratify the Constution, and I also remember reading they seriously considered not doing so before they realized how screwed they would be and how likely it was they would join anyways.

    • Rhode Island was always doing its own thing. I’ve read that other states jokingly called it “Rogue Island.” With respect to the 1787 convention, it boycotted the whole thing because it really really did not want a stronger central government, which was the whole point of the convention. Rhode Island had, for example, printed up barnloads of paper money, and one thing everyone expected was an amendment saying only the Congress could do that any more, which would have sucked big time for Rhode Island.

      Amendments to the Articles of Confederation had to be ratified by all of its member states before they could take effect. They didn’t need Rhode Island’s participation to merely propose amendments at the convention, but the fact that it didn’t participate in the proposal was perhaps thought to influence how extensive those amendments might be.

      But then, of course, what actually happened was… but no, no spoilers. Wait for the next page.

  5. Randy Crum says

    Great work, Nathan! I’d only differ in this respect: Despite Congress’ later call, some of the states sent their delegates with instructions to amend the Articles or render a constitution “capable to the exigencies of the Union.” I’m no historian, but I’ve read a number of constitutional scholars who claim that while not all were empowered by their states to start from scratch, some were.

    Erm… that’s all. Keep up the good work!

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