review of a graphic novel in progress by Ms. Morri http://themorrigan.smackjeeves.com/ My copy of the first comic book of The Morrigan arrived in the mail two months ago. It sat proudly in my bag for two weeks before I cracked it open to read it. Not because I wasn't eager to start reading this comic, but because the rest of life just wasn't letting up yet. And then, after reading it, I had to collect my thoughts. Oh, that sounds ominous! Portentous maybe? Like a crow in the form of a sentence... Let me take a moment to note that the book itself feels like a comic book. The kind you get on Wednesday. But, still, an indy book, with the quality necessary to make it stand above mass produced work. I don't know where she got it published, but she got a lot of that part right. Now. The Morrigan, as the name suggests, is about the ancient Irish goddess of battlefields and death, and her place in the world today. Ms. Morri takes us into her world first by following the Morrigan as she does her job, using a fallen soldier's questions to help introduce us to just what she does and why. Fans of Gaiman's Death will find some comforting similarities to her duties and attitudes, but the Morrigan is even more down to Earth and focused on her business. More importantly, at least compaired to my own research, Ms. Morri gets it pretty close to right. This is a fine characterization of the pagan goddess. Not just a characterization, our hero. The story is about her. I've had the honor of speaking to Ms. Morri last year, while she was working on this book while attending the B.S. of Comics (my glorified doodle support group that meets weekly), so I had some idea what she's putting into this work and something of where it might be going. I know she's done her research. But she's clearly engaged in her character and story and taking them both to new places and difficult trials and potential disaster. For some reason, even seeing her draw angels and the Morrigan bickering in a throne room, I didn't expect the Morrigan to get entangled in the Christian Divinity! I guess, during our discussions, I was just too focused on talking about the Irish mythology! But it's fitting, it makes sense, considering the strange relationship ancient Irish mythology has had to have with the church since Christianity found Ireland. The cool part is that, after doing her homework, Ms. Morri gives it her own spin and makes it personal. And to me, when it comes to mythology, the personal, the human, is what make the gods hero material, worth siding with, worth caring about. I am proud to own this book, and I am definitely going to keep reading the comic. Like me and our peers, Ms. Morri is crafting this comic entirely by her own hands. The artwork has some of the same charm and cricks and awkwardness of the early Tick series, which is totally forgivable to me (hell, I'm one to talk -- glancing at my early "comics"). This is part of the joy of reading independent comics. You get to see the hand of the artist in the work. And Ms. Morri spends a lot of effort putting her hand in her work. The shading and coloring, the sense of space, the design and the layout all outshine any quibbles I have with anything else. And as with any other similar project, it will be a joy to watch her develop her style as she finishes it. And while T.V., novels, movies and comics have all presented various takes on living comparative mythologies, the Morrigan presents both a perspective and a story I have not encountered before. And that alone excites me. Good work! You can read the ongoing story of The Morrigan and order her books on her website.
How to talk about basic spacial relations in FenekereIn Fenekere, there are two ways to talk about spacial relationships. There are various artists of manipulating or engaging in spacial relationships, and you can learn their names and use them for verbs, adjectives and adverbs, which is the pure way of speaking Fenekere. And as those names are added to the database, you can search for them here. Or, you can do what most Ktletaccete do and use the prefixes, which are also listed on the search page for your convenience. In order to make a few of the most often used prefixes easier to memorize, I've created the following diagrams. Also included are some sample sentences, so that you can see the prefixes in use: Above, we see Benejede, the Story Telling of the Ktletaccete. You'll note that each prefix means either the position in relation to Benejede or the corresponding side of Benejede. The way that is interpreted is based on which word you attach the prefix to. If you attach the prefix to a noun, then it acts like an adjective meaning "the noun in the [position]-most location". If you attach the prefix to a verb, it means, that the subject is verbing to the [position] of the object. The most common such use is to attach the prefix to the verb for "is", like this: Fe girluubedodeha gegega - "I am ahead of you." In this diagram, we see Bededehe, the Artist of Being. It is his name that we use for the words for "is" and "are" or "being". This diagram is laid out to describe Bededehe's right and left. So his left hand is marked left. In the diagram below, I've written sentences that speak both of his perspective and our perspective, so you can see how that works and what the differences are. click to view full sized image So, to speak of Bededehe's left, you must use the adjective/possesive form of his name, "bedudohe", and mark it to modify the verb, "nirlaabedodeha". If you had put Bededehe in the object position of the sentence, as "Bededahe", it would have been ambiguous and most readers would have assumed their left, though they wouldn't object too loudly if you clarified yourself afterward. Note that we didn't use that kind of clarity for Benejede's position, because it's very clear that he is to Fenemere's back in the image. In order to be absolutely clear that you mean that Fenemere is to our right of Bededehe, you might incorporate the pronoun for "where/there": Fenemere rlinaabedodeha rrerrerra Bedudahe - "Fenmere is-to-the-right of Bededehe's position." The next lesson will be cardinal directions.
Ostrich with coffee desktop icon. It's rather fitting that this is the one I'm left to share today. This is pretty much how I've been feeling most of the day. I got over it, so I'm posting it.