Friday, November 12, 2004

Comic tells tale of royal stray

South Africa's Independent Online reports that a comic book about a stray dog adopted by Thailand's beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej hit that country's bookstores this week, with an initial print run of 100,000. A second run of 100,000 copies is still on the printing press.

Bhumibol, who ascended the throne in 1946, is the world's longest-reigning monarch.

The comic is based on a best-selling book written by the king himself in 2002. However, the monarch felt the original version overlooked the dog's respect for its mother. Yes, that's right:

"The king expressed his concern that the story of Tongdaeng lacked ... her gratitude toward her mother unlike people who become famous and forgot their own humble patronages."