Comic 13 - 1.1.13

7th Jan 2018, 2:33 PM in Book 1: End Zone, Canto 1
1.1.13
Average Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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Author Notes:

Cliff Hansen 7th Jan 2018, 2:33 PM edit delete
Deeper into the rabbit hole...

By the way, this is as close to breaking the fourth wall as we're going to ever get. If you're not familiar with African mythology, Anansi is a very interesting character and I encourage you to learn more about him.

Comments:

Thomas C (not that one!) 8th Jan 2018, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
I like Anansi, and lots of other trickster gods/culture-heroes. I like Sky Coyote, and Raven, and Chernobog, and Br'er Rabbit, too! So-- Why is Jozef/Anansi smoking a hookan like the caterpillar in Alice's Adventure in Wonderland?
Cliff Hansen 8th Jan 2018, 4:10 PM edit delete reply
Trickster gods are the best, I think they give us the most to think about and are also entertaining.

As for why the hookah, this is the second page of a dream sequence (it's a graphic novel, so if you're coming in at this page, I suggest you start at the beginning so things make more sense). But in a nutshell: in the previous pages the protagonist Thomas has been terrified about going on depression meds, and after a stressful night staying awake and putting it off, he finally took the med for the first time and then passed out. The pill had been resting on a copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland he had apparently been reading and so when he fell asleep, he manifested some of his concerns about the medication with the book he'd been reading.

We'll learn more about who Jozef is in the next page, but this dream version of Anansi/Jozef has taken the role of the Caterpillar to give Thomas some advice.
Miguel 8th Jan 2018, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
Nice weaving-in of Anansi into the story! I loved his story on tv growing up and as an adult I have found many cool video story telling sessions on youtube. Marvel comics even included him in a storyline once with Spider-Man. Anyway, I love the fusion of the Wonderland caterpillar with Anansi and look forward to hearing about who Joe is! Keep up the great work. This is a very rich, meaningful, and fun comic!
Cliff Hansen 8th Jan 2018, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
I had no idea Spiderman and Anansi were ever actually on a page before, that's hilarious. While he bares little resemblance to Thomas' dream's take on Anansi, I loved Orlando Jones' take on the character in American Gods.