Ancient Civilizations and Languages Week: History and Pop Culture Day
I thought it would be neat to make a masterpost of comic recs that make use of religion and mythology in interesting ways. This is in no particular order! I sort of added these as I remembered them. Check some of these out, if you haven’t!
Last Update: 7/24/2014
Osamu Tezuka’s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha’s life and times.
(Nekyia) A God Apart From Gods:
A philosopher gets his niece, a priestess at the Nekromanteion, to help bring him to the underworld.
Daddy’s Girl (part 1):
Athena is miraculously born from her father’s head. This is a story that goes back to her “childhood” and how she manages to find her own path.
A short story about Hermes, taking place after the events in AGAFG. Relatively short.
Destroyer of Light:
Persephone is the darling child of the harvest goddess Demeter. In many ways she seems to be the perfect daughter; kind, obedient, and with a strong passion for botany. Just a bit shy and withdrawn at times. But this story will show that she is a girl with many secrets.
The Epic of Gilgamesh
All 3 Books of Kinoko’s retelling of The Epic of Gilgamesh completes the ancient Epic in entirety.
This story follows the adventures of King Gilgamesh, Enkidu and the creatures of their fantastic world along with dramas released by the Ancient Gods of Mesopotamia.
Happle Tea is a comic written and drawn by one Scott Maynard and is the only comic that excoriates religion, pop culture, and politics while, at the same time, lauding the world of cryptozoology.
Pantheon is a faithful adaptation of the most important Egyptian myth - the battle between Horus and Set for the throne of Egypt!
This is a 200-page black and white graphic novel which was funded by Kickstarter.
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic—and human—mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.
Saint Young Men
A manga by Hikaru Nakamura featuring the lives of Jesus and Buddha living together in an apartment at present Tokyo.
Fresh from his triumphs in the Trojan War, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, wants nothing more than to return home to his family. Instead, he offends the sea god, Poseidon, who dooms him to years of shipwreck and wandering.
Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection
In Trickster more than twenty Native American tales are cleverly adapted into comic form. Each story is written by a different Native American storyteller who worked closely with a selected illustrator, a combination that gives each tale a unique and powerful voice and look.
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Marvel Comics is making Thor a woman. From Time Magazine:
TIME: How do you think this will impact fans who have been with the male version of Thor for such a long time?
Jason Aaron, writer of the Thor series: If you’re a long-time Thor fan you know there’s kind of a tradition from time to time of somebody else picking up that hammer. Beta Ray Bill was a horse-faced alien guy who picked up the hammer. At one point Thor was a frog. So I think if we can accept Thor as a frog and a horse-faced alien, we should be able to accept a woman being able to pick up that hammer and wield it for a while, which surprisingly we’ve never really seen before.
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For those regarded as warriors, when engaged in combat the vanquishing of thine enemy can be the warrior’s only concern. Suppress all human emotion and compassion. Kill whoever stands in thy way, even if that be Lord God, or Buddha himself. This truth lies at the heart of the art of combat.
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Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.
This is the thing. Women have been doing awesome shit since there was awesome shit to do, we’ve BEEN THERE, if anyone bothered to look.
Oh, they looked. And then maliciously and willfully erased us from the books to keep anyone else from “getting ideas.”
Hell, the first named author in history? Enheduanna, a Sumerian high priestess, poet and lyricist. She’s known as the Shakespeare of Sumerian literature.
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