Archive for January, 2013

Ra, Ra, Sis-Boom-Bah.

January 22, 2013

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Briefly, here’s what’s going on with me:
My knee is healing just fine, there’s still a lot of pain and rehab is a bitch but it’s all good. This knee is healing much better and faster than the left one did a year ago. So that helps my spirit when facing those excruciating exercises and rehab treatments. I’m still working from home but hope to be back up to my office at the Peanuts Studio in Santa Rosa this coming Monday.

So in the earlier saga, Robin Hood, Karma, Sir Dudley, and Boody travel to ancient Egypt to gather new bees (because the bee population here, all but dwindled). They heard that they were referred to in that time as ‘the tears of Ra’. With the help of the beautiful Queen Nefertiti, the wife of Ra, they tricked Ra into shedding ‘tears’ and they herded the bees through the time portal they created with the ‘Go-Yo’. Ra, angry at being tricked, plots revenge on the heroes who took his tears.

Here’s a little bit of background on how I made the choices I made with this mini-saga.
I love Egyptian mythology I’ve always loved it. It’s probably my favorite pantheon to read about and study. In fact when I was in high school, I studied it so much that I was all set on going to college for archaeology. But I grew up in Arizona and I soon saw that studying archaeology in Arizona meant that over the next several years I would pretty much be digging up and studying Native American pots. Looking back at that now, I think it would be fascinating but back then I wanted no part of that. Now, here in my MythTickle world, I can play with this pantheon and do whatever I want. In a HUGE saga I wrote about four years ago, Boody actually dies and winds up going into the Egyptian afterlife and meets Anubis, Horus, and Ma’at. I had the most fun I’ve ever had doing this strip while creating that story and I hope to rerun it for you soon.
Here’s the poop on the gods represented in this storyline.

Ra is the God of the Sun, and really the big palooka.
He’s the lord of all the Egyptian gods and is usually shown in human form with a falcon head, crowned with the sun disc encircled by a sacred cobra. After a bunch of sketches I thought the sun disc was a more suitable image for his head than a falcon, plus a gigantic head sorts well with his ego. His leather pants and boots are pure Jim Morrison. Why? I don’t know, I just thought it would be funny if Ra sort of idolized ‘Mr. Mojo Risin’ and copped his look.

Ra sailed across the heavens in a boat called Mesektet. Hang in there with this saga and you will see him in this boat a little later. Or, just look at the drawing above, I guess.

Toth is the god of wisdom and knowledge, shown with an Egyptian ibis head. So he’s a professor, a brain guy, a scribe, the kind of dude Ra would go to for answers. Toth is usually shown wearing a crown consisting of a crescent moon topped by a moon disk. Meh, not funny. I drew him wearing a graduation cap, it’s much more scholarly looking. There’s a reference to Sekhmet in part 5, and she being at camp. Sekhmet is the daughter of Ra and a fierce and scary warrior princess. She is depicted with a lioness head and her breath actually created the desert. More from heat than odor, I’m sure.

Toth here thinks about unleashing Sekhmet’s wrath and terror upon the world again but alas, she’s at camp and unavailable. Why is she at camp? Kids go to camp sometimes, why not? My son is at a three day camping outing with his school right now as a matter of fact.

I hope this answers some questions,

Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll try to keep coming up with things to write here.

Justin

Oh, PS!
I want to mention an astounding movie that I recently watched. It moved me so much, its message is so profound, that I really want you all to see it. I’m actually BEGGING you all to see it. It’s the most important film I’ve ever seen. Rent this, please:

‘I Am’, by Tom Shadyac. Yes, the ‘Ace Ventura’ Tom Shadyac.

Here’s what it looks like, please watch this. It’s what I’m all about.

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