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Succession and recession

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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/pomh/?comic=179

Strip by: Ian Boreham

title: Heritage and Heredity

{A family tree of a fictitious European royal family. King Karlus Stanislaus III is married to his second cousin, Esmaragdala. Their eldest son, Reinhard Karlus is married to his own first cousin, Marisella, and they have a son, Karlus Aloysius. Both Karluses and Reinhard have rather weak chins. The king's second child, Elsabete, is married to Gustavus von Kinn, (not a blood relation), who has an enormous masculine jaw. Their son, Geoffroy Zbignius, has a normal chin. The king's third child, Erick Theophrasz, sadly also has the family weak chin.}

{Descendants in the male line are indicated in red. A caption indicates all these male line descendants.}
caption: Agnatic (male line) descendants.

{Another caption indicates the same set of descendants.}
caption: Agnathic (chinless) descendants (usually the same people)

The author writes:

Because inbreeding is funny, right??

It was hard coming up with fake European royal names, because whenever I googled my made-up names, there seemed to have been actual royals with that name at some point. It's like Europe was overrun by them or something.

Technically, "agnathic" means "jawless", but I wasn't about to let that stop me making a single-pun comic with disproportionate amounts of drawing required.

Drawn in Krita and Inkscape.