I’d started working on ideas for this cartoon some time ago; well before the Harvey Weinstein revelations became generally known. In fact, the original idea for this came from a report that female Vikings had fought as front-line warriors on a fairly regular basis; also, during a visit to a Medieval castle while traveling in the United Kingdom a year and a half ago there was some conjecture that some of the female corpses found in the castle during excavations showed signs of fighting. And these were “signs of fighting” such as old wounds that had healed well before death, so the women had apparently fought before.
Some of these revelations have forced historians to re-evaluate the presence of women in ancient battlefields. Female fighters were apparently a thing, and not the “one-in-a-million” fighting in disguise. Considering the uniforms shown in the movie “300”, which the “Little Leonidas” pizza chain is inspired by, any women fighting there would have had little by way of “cover”, so to speak. Clueless Larry, so wrapped up in having accurate uniforms, reveals his lack of foresight. As Larry’s creator I can assure the readers that he doesn’t intend to give female workers demeaning uniforms; he’s just clueless.
As for the art, I’m rendering more parts of Boise into mostly accurate backgrounds. I’ve learned to leave the trees “blank”, so to speak, so I can add green spring & summer leaves, or early autumn colors as needed. Some of the backgrounds will be anachronistic, since I didn’t get the idea to take pictures and use them until a couple years ago, and some of the businesses have changed, and even old buildings demolished and new buildings put up– so the image won’t be exact to what was there 10 years ago… but I felt it was a small price to pay.