This Week in Epic Fail: Martin explains how Spelling Bees are an alternative to combat.

Creator’s Commentary: It could have been Insult Swordfighting.

I’m clearly poking fun at Gollum’s speech impediment here. See a small boy doing an impression of Gollum spelling ‘precious’ (and getting it right unlike in the comic) during a actual Spelling Bee!

Yes, that is M.C. Escher’s ‘Relativity’ recreated in panel 1. Or at least a version thereof. I hope you appreciate that it is not easy to draw. And, no, it isn’t here because I’m an obsessed Labyrinth fan – whatever gave you that idea?!

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*The characters are depicted exploring a room similar to M.C. Escher's 'Relativity'. It makes no sense. There is not up or down. It is impossible*
MARTIN (Narrator): We found ourselves in a strange place where nothing was as it seemed. And defeated many monsters in mighty bat... erm, Spelling Bees!
*A gathering of Monsters, Gollum front and centre*
(VOICE OFF PANEL): Your word is 'Precious.'
GOLLUM: Pee - Ar - Ee - Cee - Oh - Eye - You - Essess!
(VOICE OFF PANEL): Wrong!
GOLLUM: NO! We always uses to many Essesses!!