|Mega update. This has everything from history to recipes.
Bryan | Mon Jul 23 1:33:06 | 
|Greetings my friends,
I have neglected to post on the blog as much as I would like. I apologize. I will be wrapping up the first chapter of Neo Earth on page 20. I am hoping that this will give me enough time to print some copies for dragon con. http://www.dragoncon.org/
My readers can find a good recipe for the musubi that the orcs are eating on page 14 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_musubi Follow the external link. A good friend of mine, Miho, makes musubi and it is to die for.
Tolkien created Orcs from the old English definition meaning demon. The work ork or orc, supposedly has nothing to do with killer whales, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orc#Old_English_influence It is still good fodder for my twist on the Orc ,hence my killer wale like monster. Another possible influence may have been from the Norse orcus meaning giant or ogre. Something a little different was needed for Neo Earth. I read about an island that was named Orcus. It was filled with wild pigs. I liked the idea of islander orcs, so we came to the legend of Kamapua'a, the pig god who had a son named Opelu-nui-kauhaalilo He is the supposed ancestor of many chiefs. http://www.coffeetimes.com/kamapuaa.htm Now if this isnít a good start to an orc tribe, I donít know what is. The weapons I drew are from the Hawaiian fighting style Lua http://www.mythichawaii.com/weapons.htm I donít know about you but I would hate to be hit by any of those weapons.
The water troll was a tricky creature. I try to make my monsters fit into real mythology. The fact of the matter is that the entire troll regeneration thing isnít prevalent in actual myths. Now dropping the regeneration causes problems because you need them to be tough so I borrowed some mythology from my favorite epic poem. The mother of Grendel from Beowulf put a spell on Beowulf, so he could not be cut. The description of her always made me think of a sea troll. Working from this concept I made the sea trolls in Neo Earth all resistant to cuts. I know I donít go into it in detail at this point, but it will be important in later comic updates. The history of Grendel is very cool as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grendel You see his description changes through time. When the Christians wrote the story, they changed Grendel to a son of Cain. This would have meant that he had the mark of Cain described at one time or another as being black, as in pitch black skin, or red hair! I didnít feel like going into the black skin and red hair for the sea trolls but I am sure it will get used eventually. If you get a chance to look at my gallery, the warrior fighting the dragon is Bewulf and it is the most historically accurate drawing of him I could come up with. This including his boar shaped helmet. It is 1:03 in the am and I am getting tired. I think I covered all the things I wanted to touch on. Please enjoy the links. I had a lot of fun researching this stuff.
Later my friends
Bryan | Tue Jul 10 21:35:36 | 
|Hey gang, I apologies for not posting more. Monica and I got back from vacation and shortly after feel into illness. Monica is good and I am getting better by the minute. A lot of cool research went into the next few pages and I will be posting some cool links as soon as I am 100% again.
Later my friends,
|Back for a day or two.
Bryan | Sat Jun 23 0:40:21 | 
|I survived the trip to Mexico with only vertigo as an illness. I had a wonderfully time. The next few pages of the book will actually reflect a little of my journey. The characters that will be introduced soon have a strong history behind them that I will be going into in great detail but for now I have to repack. I am off to Atlanta to hang out with my Buddy Steve Scott. He is working on some cool books and I can't wait to kick his ass at Doom3. If I remember right Steve's work on Magic just came out and his animation was on Smallville. Check out his work and his pic can be seen here http://www.atlantacomicsexpo.org/images/guest-photos/img_00047_1.jpg For a guy that used to play Duke Nukem until 6 in the morning he looks way to serious in this pic. Im of to catch a few Z.
Later my friends.
|Wedding Bells and Revelations
Bryan | Fri Jun 8 0:02:46 | 
| Greetings and salutations. I am getting married in two days and everyone keeps asking if I am nervous. The odd thing is that the planning made me nervous but actually getting Married hasnít made me nervous at all. Monica and I are a great team and I have no doubt it will last forever.
The guards in my comic during the Trial where based on a tale I had heard about the Pope having body guards that where cardinals. I havenít been able to find any info on them but it made for good Fiction. The armored knights and the duelist type guards where two answers for what they may have looked like. Interestingly enough when I did look up info on the Popes body guards I did find that it had a great 500 year history that includes the greatest fighters of the time and the artist Michelangelo and Raphael. More info may be found here http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/septemberweb-only/139-52.0.html
Times are good and the next few pages are going to be a lot of fun. I have been doing research into Hawaiian mythology and martial art for some of our newest characters. I would assume this sounds absurd but trust me it will fit right into the story. Later my friends.
|I still function.
Bryan | Sun May 27 22:30:24 | 
|This is going to be another short one. Mobicon was awesome. My Bachelor party was awsome. Its a week later and I feel much better now. I meet a lot of great people and had a wonderful time so I will do a proper review very soon. More to come soon. |