Book 6, Part 1.2: The Advice of Helenus

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Helenus is not what I was imagining when I went to create his character, HOWEVER, I kind of love him? He was supposed to be much younger and cuter, but I’m okay with what happened.

Also, as a question, why does Priam have so many prophetic children? Is it because of Troy’s association with Apollo? It makes me wonder.

Also, I am realizing that not have Hector have a helmet is actually going to create some major issues with the scene with Andromache and his son Astyanax…. -_- I honestly am not sure how I’m going to finagle my way around him NOT having a helmet. But helmet’s are just so hard, guys. UGH. I guess we’ll find out.

ANYWAY. Thank you all for you patience. It’s been crazy over here in Naomi-Land. It might get better next month? Might get worse? Also I may have too many friends but I feel like I can’t really complain about that? Also I might need a time-turner?


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Hittite Prayers & Terror and Panic

A few Mondays ago I got a book in the mail entitled Hittite Prayers by Itamar Singer, as part of the Writings From the Ancient World Series. (Which was very exciting. I almost stopped breathing trying to explain to my mum how excited I was because, yes, I am that much of a nerd.) While reading it today (in between editing pictures, because my editing program is so ridiculously slow) I came across this line:

“You stride through the four eternal corners. The Fears run on your right, the Terrors run on your left” (No. 4c, 6.i-61).

This, of course, reminding me of The Iliad  when the Trojans and Achaeans are facing off to battle after Menelaus is wounded:

“Behind them, Ares, as behind the Greeks/ The goddess Athena with sea-grey eyes,/ And on both sides Terror and Panic” (Lombardo, 4.471-3).

 

I doubt that there’s any true connection there between the Hittite equivalent of Shamash (a sun god) striding around with Terror and Panic and two Greek gods running around with Terror and Panic, but it intrigues me, especially because I am interested in the Hittite underlining of this Greek epic.IMG_2898.jpg


*Those on the right should be recognizable as Panic, Terror, Athena, and Ares. On the left we have Shamash wearing his epic hat and holding something that I’m sure is important in his hands. Next to him are the two viziers Bunene and Misharu both of whom I want to do more research on.

Book 6, Part 1.1: No Mercy

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I was excited because Acamas showed up again and I didn’t think he would… And then Ajax happened.

What I love about the Iliad are how many stories are untold. Like Axylus. There is a whole story there we are only given a peek of.

I feel like there’s more I wanted to say, but this is my first day without having to go to work or do paperwork and I feel a little bit like death. Or maybe like Tisiphone, or whoever it is who stands over the lake of fire in the Aeneid. ANYWAY. I hope you have a good day lovelies! I’ll get you Part 1.2 and recaps at some point. I have a less crazy life for the next to weeks so *fingers crossed* I can get caught up on life.


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Book 5, Part 7.2: Oh, Ares

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First I would like to say: YES WE FINISHED BOOK 5 AHAHAHAHA…

Second, I am laughing at myself because I thought there would be only one Part 7 and instead there were two and part 7.2 was the longest section I’ve had yet.

You can’t really read it, but on the side of the Helmet of Invisibility it says “Property of Hades.” WHICH makes me ask the question: why the heck does Athena even have this? Did she ask to borrow it? Did she steal it? I mean. Hades doesn’t really show up in the Iliad so why does his helmet. So many questions. So. Many.

I find it fascinating how much everyone hates Ares. I really think that this scene with Zeus and Ares is where Homer shows through. When Zeus is talking about how much Ares’ disgusts him all I really see is Homer stepping into the role of Zeus and using him as a way to express how much he himself hates war.

Paieon is not really important, so I didn’t draw him with anything memorable. He is sort of like an avatar of Apollon/Asklepios or something anyway so… Feel free to ignore him.

But Hebe, man. Do I want to know more about Hebe. Who is this random lower ranking goddess? She helps bathe people, helps them into chariots… It’s just so random. She’s like the extra who fills in the un-cast parts or something.

As for the bathing, it may seem random that Zeus is suddenly shouting at Ares to take a bath but remember, despite how clean he looks in the drawing, he is actually COVERED in GUTS. I cannot draw guts, so I apologize for the lack of them, but the point is Ares is disgusting and gross right now and decided THIS is how he should show up to the Father of the Gods. It is incredibly insulting to show up in front of a god in this state. In pretty much every religious tradition you wash yourself before you enter sacred space. This is true for Egyptians, Canaanites, Israelites, Hittites, and all of the Greeks. And yet Ares shows up covered in intestines and soaked through with blood. What are you thinking, Ares? What are you thinking. Athena and Hera might be sassy and make their opinions clear, but both of them prepared beforehand, dressed well, and spruced themselves up first, being aware of sacred space and the proper ways to behave in front of divinity.

Anyway. I could go on, but there’s that.

AND SO, eventually we’ll start up the next book and I’ll get you a recap of Book 5 and everything. I know we’re behind again, but I worked like 58 hours this past week so I’ve just accepted that this will get done when it gets done. I do start my library job training tomorrow and then I have the rest of the day to work on stuff so *fingers crossed* I can get some Book 6 drawing done.

ALSO ALSO I love these little guys and I am so grateful for all of you who have been reading along. Thank you ❤


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Book 5, Part 7.1: Athena & Diomedes

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This is the moment when I fell in love with Diomedes. Athena seems genuinely surprised that Diomedes recognizes her, and I don’t think that’s merely because she forgot that she gave him the ability to see Immortals. I think that Athena was expecting it to have worn off by now, but that Diomedes is more aware of the spiritual landscape than most people, and therefore is able to see Them better than most. This is, of course, mere speculation. It is also possible that Athena merely forgot that she had blessed Diomedes with Sight, considering everything that has happened in between. Regardless, I definitely have a book crush on this man and his sassy self.

ALSO, I love how Athena just tosses Sthenelus out of the chariot and Homer glosses over this and moves on. Um…? Is he okay? Does he know what has just happened? It is unlikely he can see Athena for who she is, so I would guess he’s pretty confused at this point. I love it.

I really enjoyed drawing this one. Athena is one of the more complex characters to draw and, yes, she does occasionally look like a one-eyed alien, but I love drawing her. It was just fun. And yes, I am a day late, but I am not going to apologize. I have had a ridiculously busy week and was running a low fever yesterday (annnnnnd I still am) and yet despite all of life nonsense I was able to get a post together for today, and I consider that a win. Wednesday’s post will probably be a day late as well, considering the fact that I’m leaving for work in half an hour and work both jobs tomorrow… BUT, that’s okay.

Thank you all for reading and for all of your support. I ❤ you guys. *throws sparkles* Have a good day, my lovelies.


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Book 5, Part 6.1: Sarpedon vs. Tlepolemos

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I do think there is a clear message here that in war there is no winner. Sarpedon doesn’t win. Tlepolemos doesn’t win. Each time two people face off it only leads to death on both sides.

I feel like the two Ajaxes are just off in the corner going, “Um? Guys? A little help over here? Maybe? …. Uh…. Anyone?”

And seriously, don’t mess with Odysseus. He will cut you. That being said, I regret how I wrote it and wish I had said: “Soon seven Lycians were slain” or even the ridiculous “Soon Lycians seven were slain.” Oh well.

Um. Yeah. So. I just realized Sarpedon doesn’t have a spear stuck in his leg in the frame where his friends are idiots (how could you miss the giant spear stuck in your friends leg? HOW?) so just imagine it is poking out away from the audience so it’s there you just can’t see it. That totally works yes.

I think Pelagon has a nose? It was supposed to be a tear but look like a nose. DON’T TELL ANYONE SHHHH. No noses allowed.

Ares is so proud.


I CAN’T BELIEVE I GOT THIS READY IN TIME. I’m going to my sister’s this weekend (last weekend for you) so I worked like crazy today to clean two rooms and prepare for two days away AND for when family comes over on Sunday. I didn’t vacuum like I wanted to… but comics are more important. Right? Right.

*raises invisible glass* Here’s to hopefully not getting behind ever again. Cheers!


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Book 5, Part 4.2: Dione and a “Silly Little Girl”

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Aphrodite is shown as being this “silly little girl,” but she’s the only one who takes Diomedes as the threat that he is.

Dione, Aphrodite’s mother, has a murky backstory. She is connected with Diana, with Aphrodite herself, and with Canaanite/Hittite goddesses (which makes sense, since Troy is a Hittite town).

BUT what is most important about this scene with Dione and Aphrodite is how it parallels, so closely, the scene between Achilles and his mother Thetis. Both Thetis and Dione initially respond with: “Oh no, my poor baby” but as the scenes unfold they begin to read more and more sarcastic. I am not, currently, entirely sure about the relevance of this, but when I figure it out I’ll let you know.

ALSO, yes, I know, this is terribly late. No promises, but if I’m able to get stuff done tomorrow I’ll put up 5.1 on Wednesday and 5.2 on Friday to try and get back on track. More hours is good money-wise, but frustrating creative-wise. Anyways! I hope you have a good day, my lovlies!


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Book 5, Part 3.2: Diomedes vs. Aeneas

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Ah, their obsession with horses. Although looking at Sthenelus’ bat-like-horse-ish-monstrosities, it makes more sense.

Also, Diomedes is holding a giant rock, NOT a giant potato. I just wanted to make that clear.

I don’t have much else to say with this one. Another short post. I have written the script for the next few posts so hopefully next week I won’t be as rushed, drawing comics THE DAY THEY Are DUE, but I doubt it, since I have EVEN MORE hours next week. UGH. But also YAY because monies.

You may be wondering Will We Ever Finish Chapter Five? The answer is absolutely not. Haha, just kidding. I have scripted out up to part 6.1 and I think I can finish it by 7.2 *fingers crossed* It will be the longest chapter so far, taking two months instead of one UGH. And I don’t think Chapter Six is going to be too much shorter. I was hoping to be finishing up Chapter 12 in August/September, but I don’t think that’s likely. Not unless further chapters are much shorter. But *shrugs* Who knows. ANYWAY. I shall stop rambling now and post this bad boy. Have a good day my lovelies! *throws eco-friendly glitter and poofs away*


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Book 5, Part 3.1: The Death of Pandarus

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I love Diomedes response to Sthenelus, ahahaha… And man, still obsessed with horses.

I have never done close up shots of people’s faces before, so it was kind of odd that I had two this time, but Pandarus’ has become strangely important to me. He is the one that really ends any hope of peace and he tries so hard, but the gods are against him, and his wife is going to hear the news of his death, and it’s just sad times. I do think that there is some symbolism in his death. He has his tongue sheared off and the javelin/spear enters close to his eye. He has great eyesight and used that as part of his bow and arrow skillz and because of this he boasted that he killed Diomedes – not once – but twice. It makes one wonder that if he hadn’t been as boastful would his fate have been different? It’s easy to blame Diomedes or Athena, but the Iliad includes this idea of cause and effect. There is Fate, yes, but your attitudes affect how your Fate plays out. It’s a mixture of Fate and Freewill (unlike, I would say, The Aeneid, but that’s for another day far into the future).

Anyway. Today was short, and Wednesday will be too. It will take some time to get through books 5 and 6, so just be prepared for that. ANYWAYS. Have a good day my lovelies!


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Book 5, Part 2.2: This Here Bow

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My translation uses the phrase “Full Speed Ahead” and it was too perfect I had to steal it. Thank you Stanley Lombardo.

I love Pandarus. He ended up having this random dialect. I honestly thought the introduction to Aeneas would be more momentous since he ends up having a whole epic written about him, but he sort of just appears, pushing his way through the crowd (because, remember, the Trojan soldiers have been retreating and they are really close together against the city wall). And then Pandarus steals the show. But that’s okay. I could have condensed this scene, but I really wanted my little Panda Man to have his moment to shine. We will give him this. Because he will not be given much more. *sniff sniff*


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