Monday, March 03, 2008

Wheezy Original Artwork

Well, it's late and I'm not going to be able to finish the comic tonight without sacrificing any sleep that I'll be getting before the first day of March's class, so I'm going to once again offer you a one sided compromise that you have no choice but to accept. I guess you could just stop reading my blog, but why would you do that when you know there's a comic coming tomorrow?

Anyway, one of my classes last month was "History of Archetypes and Mythologies." We studied a variety of mythologies from around the world, relating them to the gaming and movie industry where applicable. Turns out this stuff is applicable for just about everything. Every heard of a book called "The Hero with a Thousand Faces"? Turns out that's Star Wars before Lucas thought of it. And Lord of the Rings. And Harry Potter. And so on, and so on...

But I won't delve too deeply into that, I'll leave that to you. One of the things we did for this class was digital artwork depicting figures we studied. So hopefully you'll enjoy some Wheezy originals, even if they don't have a punch line at the end.

Odin from Norse Mythology

Sacrificing himself to himself on the Yggdrasil
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Throwing his eye into Mimir's Spring to gain the Wisdom of Ages
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Balor of the Evil Eye from Celtic Mythology
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Kappa from Japanese Mythology

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My particular take on Kappas from Japanese Mythology.
It was said that Kappa's power came from the water stored in a basin-like depression in their head. They had an overwhelming sense of honor that could be used to trick them into emptying the basin by simply bowing to them.

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Well, that's it for now. Check back on Tuesday for a new comic as well as an upcoming web-comic related project that I'm pretty excited about.


enliv comics said...

nice works man. i like the effect of the tree on the first one. i wonder if the shadows are placed correctly though, something i need to work on too. and is the TMNT really scared of water?

Lance said...

Here's a tie-in b/w mythology and gaming, The Yddrasil (sp) tree popped up in this game I was playing on PS1. It would give you back magic points or something. It was good to see it again, very nostalgic...

D Wheezy said...

The TMNT isn't scared of water, but the water is the source of the Kappa's power. So by bowing to them, and thus forcing them to bow back, they empty the water from their head - losing all their power, and in some legends, dying from the loss. Hence the scared Raphael.

Yup - this stuff pops up all over the place if you're looking for it. In the original Norse mythologies the Yggdrasil was the "Tree of Life". Maybe it gave you back hit points.

emily marie said...

these look really good but turtle bird scares me dan.