Archive for June, 2010

Greek Myths #2: “If Pan Is Dead, Then Why Am I?”

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

I did a small series on Greek myths that I thought no one would ever see. When I started this blog, I began to think maybe it’s time to unleash them upon an unsuspecting world. The piece titled “Odysseus” (which I posted earlier on this blog) is actually the first piece in this particular series, but when I posted it, I didn’t think I’d be posting the rest of them. But things change, as the wise old sage once said. As such, you are now viewing #2 in the series. I will be posting the rest as time allows.

Before summarizing this piece, I apologize for the figure’s left hand. It’s obvious I was having a bad “I can’t draw hands” day at the time. (Alas, the poor creature may have been born that way or hit by a speeding object. I don’t know which, but I’m sorry for creating him with a gimp).

Now, Plutarch once wrote that in the reign of Tiberius a sailor, Thamus by name, was commanded by a voice shouting over the waves that, “When you reach Palodes, take care to proclaim that the great god Pan is dead.” That ancient anecdote is the inspiration for this drawing. Indulging one’s fancy that such beings once were, one then wonders what became of the minor mythological creatures, this satyr for example, when their siring and sustaining myth, Pan, perished. Or, in the real world, when love dies, when the frontier is all blacktopped over, when an ideal is snuffed out, when the presumed very purpose for their existence ceases to be, then what becomes of the devoted, the pioneer and the dreamer?

Sunday Afternoon Serial #1: “The Copy-Cat Killers” – Part 9

Monday, June 14th, 2010

I forgot to post this yesterday, so without further ado, the end of “The Copy-Cat Killers”!

Sunday Afternoon Serial #1: “The Copy-Cat Killers” – Part 8

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

You’re reading the penultimate chapter of “The Copy-Cat Killers.” And you should count yourself lucky – no Dumb Donald to be found for at least a nautical mile. Just the Phantom Lady and 100% action, all-the-time! Enjoy!

Be sure to join us next week for the thrilling conclusion!


Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The attached doodle is titled “Profiles,” just a fun piece.

It seems to me the profile portrait fell pretty much to the wayside after the Renaissance, which is too bad: Only seeing features in profile forces the viewer to make broader assumptions about the represented one’s character than if it had been rendered in full face or three-quarter view. Since there is no interaction between viewer and character (like “eye contact”) and since there are fewer visible clues as to soul, personality and mood, everything about a profile is inherently suffused with the enigmatic and the uncertain.

As a bad pun (and puns are supposed to be bad), a profile, by its very nature withholding a wealth of detailed information, compels the viewer to “profile” the character with broad, tenuous and forever unverifiable deductions.