AotA2 Production Begins

Those of you who loved Advent of the Archetype will hopefully love what I am planning for the second book.  Obviously I would start running out of free rights classic tails so instead of going into the obscure and unrecognizable lore of the western world I have decided it is a much bigger world than that.  So the second book will transition from Western tales to something parallel and different.  I will take you to the long tradition of Japanese folklore and introduce you to the classic yokai.  For now I will be presenting images as they are created to supplement while I finish my graduate work as well as chapter 3 of Meteors n milk.  I won’t be posting the story bits and wiki postings for AotA like before until I have it hashed out entirely and give it to you one day at a time.  So for now since you are amazing fans I am giving you peeks as to what you will see illustration wise.  So I will leave you with this first promo teaser of a Kappa and I will see you on the next page…

AotA Has Arrived!!!

I am excited to say that the first batch of Advent of the Archetypes is here!! Keep posted as I will very soon be talking about digital copies that will be much more accessible than before.  I will have physical copies at Lubbock Con but if you can’t wait don’t hesitate to contact me at meteorsnmilk@gmail.com to purchase a physical copy.  I am also working on bringing you a store front shortly so be on the look out for that.  Have a great start to your weekend everyone and I will see you on the next page… 

AotA Hard Copy in Works

I have way too much on my plate right now but sometimes I need a mental break to work on something else so last night this is precisely what I did.  I began working on the print edition of Advent of the Archetypes for all you fans out there.  I am rewriting bits of it and making it an adventure to have on the shelf next to Meteors n Milk.  I am leaving in all the facts so it will always be a quick reference book to the classics.  The book will be in full color and tentatively will be available by late May in time for Lubbock-Con.  Well back to the pile of work that won’t go away.  I will see you on the next page….

You don’t have take my word for it…

Last night I was privileged to experience one of the most moving and inspiring lectures I have ever encountered.   LeVar Burton is an inspiration and amazing role model desperately needed in these times.  I, like most of the audience,  shed tears more than once.   His words resonated the importance for us all to tell our stories and how they can change the world.   For us creators this I believe is an obligation even more so than or brothers and sisters as we have an arsenal of visual language that we have no excuse but to be using.   Listen to the world around you and respond with your message,  your story,  and define your legacy.   You are never alone and never forget that.   So ask yourself what if and change the course of history.   I was fortunate to also meet him briefly after the lecture.  I expressed the influence of words like his in the past and now fuel the creation of the graphic tales I create today and how I hope they bring hope and inspiration to children.   He told me it was incredible, to never stop, and may God bless my journey.  I, like many of you,  will do my best to leave this world a better place for my children and my children’s children and not one catering to my selfish greed.  He may say we don’t have to take his word for it but yes we do and we must.  So tell your story and help define a better world and we will see you on the next page. …

TBT plus bonus DeadPool

In lieu of several excuses that most really don’t care I am posting a couple images I did digital editing for todays images but no new sketches for today.  

The first is a throw back Thursday image I did for chapter #0 of Meteors n Milk that I figured I would breathe some new life into.  

The second image is a little run in I had with Deadpool. He was a riot but also kinda smelled of Taco Bell and rotting fish.  It was…… fun… sorta…. yeah….

See you on the next page my friends….

Santa?

Advent of the Archetypes ended yesterday but in the spirit of the literary tale I thought I would bring you a classic character dressed a Santa. The spirit of Santa I believe is far more important than who wears the suit or where they come from or any backstory whatseover.  In the end it is about giving to others and spreading joy to see a smile come to the faces that honestly need them most.  SO……. here is the invisible man as your favorite jolly red suited fat man.   Hey maybe that is why he is so illusive.  It makes sense doesn’t it?

Conclusion (AotA 24)

The darkness of the Sandman’s power had taken over the drift into a uncontrollable sleep.  The sense of pulling in a deposit dark fluid pit seemed to last for ever.  Something seemed to be there though and yet faint and almost not tangible.  A vibration? A hum? ….. a nudge?…… wait everything is moving…. something is causing movement.  Something is making the hum.  It’s not a him it’s talking. The muffled voice began to become clearer.  The nudge is starting to grab attention.  “Wake up!” The world becomes to make sense again as a blurred world comes into focus.  Was it all a dream?  Was none of the adventure real at all?  Looking up in a daze a familiar face comes into view.  It is good old Jack, a true best friend.  “Come on, wake up sleepy head.  You gotta see this!”  Sitting up Jack is sitting there in the awkwardly cute way Jack always does.  There is something Jack is eager to show.  “What is it?”  Jack smiled and held an out reached hand opening to reveal a handful of glowing almost alien green beans.  “Old man Arthur across town gave me these and said find a good place to plant these and prepare for adventure…. He also rambled on about how I better not break his giant record, whatever that means…. COME ON!!!!” Hand in hand nothing is clear,  what did Arthur mean, what was real, and what adventure? …………..

Thank you for following along with Advent of the Archetypes!  I hope you enjoyed the ride.  Those of you are scratching your head from the ending fear not for your answers will be revealed in AotA2: A World Apart.  To those of you celebrating today Happy Holidays and  Merry Christmas.  We will see you tomorrow with a super special bonus post.  See you on the next page!!

The Sandman (AotA 23)

As the darkness swirled around and began to consume, the velveteen rabbit seemed to almost come to life.  The rabbit appeared as though down a long tunnel and was running.  Time seemed to be both standing still and racing in some weird paradox.  It was in these moments that a presence began to be felt.  Some one was there.  As the world fell away and a deep sleep fell upon its victim a flash of instant reviewed the culprit.  It was the work of the Sandman.  There was no fighting it.  Time to sleep….

The Sandman is believed to have originated from the Greek and more specifically the Pantheonic god Morpheous.  He would emerge from the underworld and control beings with his powers in sleep manipulation.  In the 1700s Christians would alter the story to be used as a method of reinforcing a since of good versus evil.  The story would demand that good children would obey the sandman while the bad children whom did not go to bed would be tortured for life with hellish nightmares as punishment.  The positive view of Sandman didn’t really start to make the rounds until Hans Christian Anderson included the short story on Fairy Tales Told for Children, published in 1842.  Sandman, in this tale, would be given the name Ole Lukøje, meaning Old Shut Eye.  Don’t fall asleep as tomorrow is the conclusion of this advent adventure so don’t miss how it ends on the next page…

the Velveteen Rabbit (AotA 22)

Goldilocks took us in and instant it felt like home.  Relaxed and enjoying the moment of rest and lack of chaos for once things were quiet.  Left with the mind to wonder little details of the cottage began to emerge.  The smells, the grain of the wood and the dust particles that danced through beams of light from the windows gave an enchanting feel.  It was then in the corner of the room that light fell upon on a little figure.  It was a stuffed velveteen rabbit that some how seemed familiar.  Trying hard to remember revealed memory was a rather difficult thing at the moment.  Why were we in such a surah and to get where exactly.  We weren’t late were we?  Late?  The rabbit was late… the white rabbit.  The white rabbit started this journey but how do we get back… is there a way back.  The room was growing darker and things were shifting but one thing kept focus.  The velveteen rabbit…. just focus on the rabbit.

The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery  Williams was first published in 1922.  This lovable stuffed friend has been wishing to be real for so long it may have not realized all that it has experienced already.  Something tells me the fluffy friend may be more real than most people are today.  In the end we can all relate to become something we hope we will eventually be.  What would you become.  The future holds the keys and as always can potentially be on the next page so till then I will see you on the next one…

Goldilocks (AotA 21)

Hansel and Gretel took us through a greater part of the woods until another cottage came into view.  There stood before us a lady with the brightest locks of golden hair you would ever see.  Gretel stated that this girl was the key to getting us home as she has a sort of magic to her.  It was then that it became clear there were no other paths away from the cottage.  Somehow my journey was not to be continued by foot not make any sense to fly.  So what is it? 

Goldilocks originating from Goldilocks and the three  bears or even more accurately The Three Bears was first published and brought to noteriety in 1837 by Robert Southey.  The original story was vastly different being that of a ugly old woman stumbling upon the home of 3 bachelor bears.  Maybe there was magic in that porridge that made her into that cute girl and a family of bears.  Truth be told it was actually Joseph Cundell 12 years after the initial publication that would, with permission, retell the story replacing the old lady with the innocent little girl.  Thus Goldilocks was born albeit she had to go through several nane changes from Silver Hair to her now resting name.  Speaking of rest I guess we are taking one as we await the finally days of Advent of the Architypes  so till tomorrow we will see you on the next page…

Hansel and Gretel (AotA 20) 

Peter Pan carried us through the clouds as we danced with the stars.  Over tree tops it becomes clear how vast and varying the landscape is. We finally made our decent through an open clearing in the dense forest.  A small cottage could be seen with two figures coming into view. We touched down with the figures greeting us right away.  It was Hansel and Gretel.  They explained that we must travel through denser parts of the forest that can’t be flown into so once again we were traveling through the forest.  

Hansel and Gretel out smarted their first cannibalistic witch in 1812 as recorded by the Brothers Grimm. This German folk tale original had the children’s biological mother be the wife of the woodcutter.  The story is much more involved than the short version we know today.  The origins seems to point to the Great Famine dating 1315-1321.  This is crucial to understanding the story as this was a period of extreme desperation that led to many families abandoning their children.  If you want to truly fill your afternoon with an evolving tale that brings so much history and depth to character representation and development dive in and begin to pick apart all the amazing layers this story has to offer.  Peeling back the layers of a new page we shall see you on the next one.  

Peter Pan (AotA 19)

Kneeling before King Arthur the favor had been requested.  It was time to return home.  Arthur called upon one of the greatest travelers he knew that knows virtually every land there is including the never kind.  With a gleam of light Peter Pan appeared before us. “Time to get you heading on the path home my friend.”

Peter Pan, contrary to popular knowledge, did not first appear in his own book but actually in a different story titled The Little White Bird.  This was an adult novel published in 1902 where only a few chapters contained Peter Pan initially as a baby.  The novel became popular and in 1906 the chapters containing Peter Pan were extracted and republished as a separate story titled Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, which is very different that what we know of the flying boy.  1904 is truly when J.M. Barrie’s character really began to fly though because it was in this year he wrote the play that would become the story we recognize today.  It would be published in novel form in 1911 as Peter and Wendy and became the story we hold dear to our hearts.  One of my favorite series is actually an adaptation of Peter Pan written by Dave Berry titled Peter and the Starcatchers. Well we shall see where Peter Pan takes as we will see you on the next page…

King Arthur ( AotA 18 )

Once the 3 Musketeers apprehended the monster known as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde we were brought forth to the king.  The king wanted to express gratitude for our assistance in tracking down the terror of the streets.  As the light poured down upon the king in his thrown and the adorning tapestry it was then it could be recognized who this king was.  It was the pure and noble King Arthur!  He offered to grant a request for deeds done and in heart the answer was starting to become clear.  The adventure is great but home is seemingly becoming further out of reach. Can he helps find our way home?

King Arthur (Pendragon) is one of the most debated characters in history as it is unclear whether or not he truly existed.  Historians of the subject point to evidence for both arguments although it seems more point to the idea that he existed but lore got seriously out of hand.  If he did exist he notably led the charge against the invading Saxons in late 5th and early 6th century protecting England.  The story was passed through generations and embellishment before starting to appear in recorded form in early 12th century.  It is understandable how a 500 year game of telephone can skew details and embellishments a bit. Regardless he has stood as a model of chivalry and humility for several hundred years.  Truly inspiring but can his character get us home?  We will see where the adventure takes us next as we see you on the next page….

3 Musketeers (AotA 17)

The monstrous duo of a man was an adversary we dare not take on alone.  For this it would be wise for us to call on help for.  Little did we know, the citadel’s protectors were already on our way.  Not a moment later in our standing of fear did a glint of 3 swords rest our hearts at ease.  It was the 3 musketeers here to aprehend the foe! 

The 3 Musketeers ( Les Trois Mousquetaires) was originally a serialization that was first pushed during the months of March through July of 1844 in Fance.  It is important to recognize the work was actually a strong political piece that was harshly criticizing the old regime of France in favor of new order.  During the time of this debate there was heavy fere foghting over the new direction and whether it should be a monarchy or a republic.  The violent argument grew to the revolution of 1848 resulting in the Second Republic. The author, Alexandre Dumas ,had strong personally feelings towards this outcome as his father was a well known general in the French Republican Army.  It makes a thrilling read for sure to see the passionate writing and the good fight against social injustices and atrocities. Keep fighting for good yourselves adventurers and we shall see you on the next page….

Good Vs. Evil (AotA 16)

Sherlock deduced there was more to the appearances and sudden disappearances of the monster that witnesses were missing.  Various accounts started to pick up on something piculuar and consistent. The more he chaises down the trail the more we could tell he knew exactly what or even who the monster was.  Down an ordinary cobblestone road we walked as people passed by. Without warning Sherlock forcefully grasp the upper arm of a gentleman in a top hat.  “Your terrorizing is over old chap.” Confused our party rushes to ask why and what was going on but before a word could be said the top hatred man begins to twist and shake bouncing between the seemingly innocent man and a monstrous creature with fire in its eye.  Sherlock turns towards our humble grouping and exclaims, “Let me formally introduce you to Dr. Jeckyll and…. errr. Not so formally to one Mr. Hyde.”

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was originally published as a novella in 1886 by the famous Robert Louis Stevenson. Interesting fact about this story is that the concept for the story being someone whom would change personalities based on the situation was an ideal Stevenson had been working on for a few years but it wasn’t till one fateful night while dreaming that the story came to life.  His wife was quoted as stating, “In the small hours of one morning,[…]I was awakened by cries of horror from Louis. Thinking he had a nightmare, I awakened him. He said angrily: “Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale.” I had awakened him at the first transformation scene.” So in the end the horror was a true nightmare and the fabrication of a fantastic work of fiction was based in a subjective reality of experience even though it didn’t happen. At what point is the dream more of a effective reality than what we perceive as reality?  Till the ink reveals itself on the next page stay dreaming my friends…

AotA Day 15

Thumbelina explained about the monster she had come into contact with.  We had no idea how  to track down the monster, where it might show up next or much of anything to go off of.  We needed clues….. better yet we needed him… A few hours later he appeared on the streets.  The one and only detective Sherlock Holmes!  He will help us solve the mystery.  

Sherlock Holmes arrived in the world in 1887.  The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story first appeared in A Study in Scarlet but became so popular it expanded to include 4 novels and an astonishing 56 short stories.  So instead of binge watching a show you don’t really care for maybe try binge reading some Sherlock short stories.  Till then my inquisitive friends we will see you on the next page….

AotA Day 14

Standing before the hunchback we hear a scream of a tiny female voice.  It is clear she is in distress and heading this way!  The rain letting up some we begin to see something scurrying frantically on the cobblestones beneath our feet some twenty feet away.  The rodent runs straight from us and the screaming seems to be coming from it…. no…. wait…not from it… rather on it!! It is clear it is the adventurous Thumbelina! 

Thumbelina was first published on December 16 in 1835 written by the now infamous Hans Christian Andersen.  This original story is actually rather bizarre as while it is intended for children Thumbelina spends the majority of the time having all sorts of creatures throwing themselves at her to convince e her to marry them but in the end she denies them all and quickly falls in love with the fairy prince whom looks like a man and is her size.  I am sure there is some positive spin to a moral somewhere in it but in this day in age of multinational multicultural mixing pot and marriage for love instead of status it is no wonder that the story has changed so dramatically to take from other stories like Ariety to make there be more credibility and depth to the tale.  So what was she screaming about anyway? See you on the next page to find out!

AotA Day 13 

Along side Dr. Van Helsing  we hunted the monster and has the hours passed the rains rolled in. It began raining harder and harder as the search was seemingly becoming futile.  The doctor would not give up and suggested this was a blessing in disguise.  He pulled us into an alley and made it clear to be silent. That’s when it could be heard.  There was an almost inaudible off beat thump and splash of something walking closer.  It grew near as heart rates increased. It was almost on top of us when Helsing lunged forward. “I got you now you……Q!?!???! … don’t tell me you are the so called monster?” Stepping forward it could now be seen clearly that the proposed monster was our old friend Quasimodo.  

Splish Splash! Quasimodo was created by Victor Hugo for the 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Recently in 2010 it was discovered that there was actually a hunchbacked stone carver working at the Cathedral and it is quite clear Hugo knew him. It makes you start to question how much of the story is real.  Speaking of which the Disney version is virtually a different story all together so even if it is only an abridge version I highly suggest reading Hugo’s original story as you will not regret it and the entire dynamic will be seen in a while new way.

AotA Day 12

By the time the citadel was near night fall had snuck up on us.  Puss in Boots was in the middle of discussing whom to trust and the insurance and outs of the citadel when we were interruoted.  “PUSS!!! You ferocious feline… get you furry but over here and come help a doctor in need. I promise this time it isn’t blood suckers I am aftet.”  The silluette of heavily armed man grew closer and the light began to light his face.  Dr. Van Helsing! “Reports of a monster roaming the city at night has called my attention and I could use the extra help. We better hurry as it is about to rain.”

Dr. Abraham Van Helsing originally came to the public eye as the main protagonist in the 1897 Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.  While the Dracula lore is older and based in the stories surrounding a real person the character of Van Helsing is an utter mystery.  There are countless researches that have uncovered clues that point to someone whom might actually existed while others say it is Stoker’s idealized self.  What we do know is the evidence points to there being many other adventures the Doctor had that made Dracula simply just one of the many.  So who were the other monsters?… see you on the next page….