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666: Devil's Staircase
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Up a steep and very narrow stairway.
It wasn't paradise. It wasn't paradise. It wasn't paradise...

Today's comic, number 666, by the way, was both fortuitous and serendipitous. Permit me to explain.l

One of the problems with having a sporadically published comic is the difficulty in planning certain comics for specific days.
A few months back, I had an idea for comic number 666, and I wrote it down so I wouldn't forget it when the time came.
Well, I've checked and checked, and I can't find where I wrote it.
So now I needed a new gag, and I had a deadline.

Had I been keeping to my regular schedule of 3 updates per week, I would have reached number 666 at least a month ago, if not sooner. As it turned out, 666 would show up on Valentines Day instead. Great! How do I combine those two themes?

A little web searching and suddenly I was reading up on the Devil's Staircase. Serendipity. Worked for me.

Toss in the romance of Dante and Beatrice, with a dash of A Chorus Line, and BAM!, I'm done.


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