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Theia Mania

Theia Mania

by agnosis
My own take on Greek mythology. Join Hermes, Hades, Persephone, Athena and the others as they try to deal with themselves, their complicated family and those strange humans.

NEKYIA: Inspired by “Menippus, A Necromantic Experiment” by Lucian. It introduces Hades, Hermes and the Underworld.

DADDY'S GIRL: The story about Athena’s “childhood” and her struggle to understand herself, her family and the world around her.

HERO BONES: A short story about Hermes, inspired by what the ancient Greeks thought about fossils and big bones found in the earth.

DESTROYER OF LIGHT: A story about abortion and motherhood from Persephone’s point of view, inspired by some myths from the Orphic tradition.

Some of the comics have some mature content, but nothing too explicit.

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Theia Mania

My own take on Greek mythology. Join Hermes, Hades, Persephone, Athena and the others as they try to deal with themselves, their complicated family and those strange humans.

NEKYIA: Inspired by “Menippus, A Necromantic Experiment” by Lucian. It introduces Hades, Hermes and the Underworld.

DADDY'S GIRL: The story about Athena’s “childhood” and her struggle to understand herself, her family and the world around her.

HERO BONES: A short story about Hermes, inspired by what the ancient Greeks thought about fossils and big bones found in the earth.

DESTROYER OF LIGHT: A story about abortion and motherhood from Persephone’s point of view, inspired by some myths from the Orphic tradition.

Some of the comics have some mature content, but nothing too explicit.

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All hail!
AzrielEver
January 15th, 2018
All hail the Queen of the Underworld!
agnosis
January 15th, 2018
And this is where Persephone’s career as Dread Persephone began.

For your information, I probably won't be able to draw the next page until after January 25. A friend will visit me on Wednesday and stay for a week, and during that time I'm supposed to work on the comics that we draw together. But I'm really glad that I managed to finish this page before that. I'd hate to let you wait that long for this. ^^
agnosis
January 9th, 2018
@titanic1999: He has. ^^
He does have a heart
RazorD9
January 7th, 2018
@AzrielEver: Yes, *sniff* so much sand.
agnosis
January 7th, 2018
@AzrielEver: Exactly. XD
AzrielEver
January 7th, 2018
“Damn this sand in my eye.”
-Persephone
agnosis
January 3rd, 2018
There are two variations of Erigone’s myth. One version makes her the daughter of Icarius, an early king of Athens who introduced wine to Attica. When the peasants tasted the wine and became drunk for the first time, they thought that Icarius had poisoned them and therefore murdered him. Discovering his body, Erigone hanged herself in grief from the tree under which it lay.

The other version makes her the daughter of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus, who pursues Orestes to Athens seeking vengeance for their murders. When Orestes is acquitted by the Aeropagus, Erigone hangs herself in grief and anger. In this story Orestes has also killed her brother, Aletes.

"Underneath the accretions of each version lies the simple tale of a maiden whose life was cut off before she could marry. The fact that in both versions her tragedy is precipitated by the death of her father - the man who would have arranged her marriage - and in one version by the subsequent death of her brother as well - the man who would have arranged her marriage in her father’s absence - makes this point even clearer: she is alone, without anyone to guarantee her proper passage from maiden to wife".

Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece by Sarah Iles Johnston.
agnosis
December 19th, 2017
@AzrielEver: In the original script Hades actually wasn't supposed to wear the flower crown for this long, but as soon as I drew him in it I realized that he should wear it through the whole comic (or at least as long as possible). ^^
AzrielEver
December 17th, 2017
Yeeeessss!
I’ve waited so long for this page!
Also kudos for acknowledging the flower crown.
agnosis
December 17th, 2017
so far Persephone is mostly just known as Kore or The Corn-Maiden, so it’s not strange that the name Persephone is unfamiliar to Erigone.
RazorD9
December 13th, 2017
Shit, she called him the "N" word.
AzrielEver
December 13th, 2017
Oh snap!
agnosis
December 2nd, 2017
@RazorD9: Too bad they didn't have chocolate. Who wouldn't be appeased by chocolate. ;)
RazorD9
December 2nd, 2017
Maybe she should have brought chocolates, despite probably not having or know what chocolate is... huh, going to do a quick goggle search... yeah, doubt Erigone would want until the 20th century for a box of chocolates.
agnosis
December 1st, 2017
The incantation that Persephone is chanting really goes like this:

Go away strix, you night-wandering one;
go away from the people,
you bird whose name is not to be mentioned.
Go away upon swift ships.

It was recorded by the first-century BCE author Verrius Flaccus. I took away the word strix (a female ghost who attacks women and children) since I don’t want to confuse the reader with too many ancient Greek words (though I must admit I love throwing them around).
agnosis
November 27th, 2017
“The myth goes on to say, as she was hanging herself, Erigone cursed the Athenians, condemning all their daughters to "swing” just as she was swinging from the tree. Athenian virgins then began to kill themselves in droves. To stop the suicides, and at the advice of Delphi, the Athenians then instituted the rite of the Aiora (“Swinging”), in which girls fulfilled the letter if not the spirit of Erigone’s curse by swinging on chairs suspended from trees by ropes in much the same manner as children now swing. Indeed, in vase paintings of the scene, the activity looks rather playful. The Aiora was celebrated on the third and final day of the Anthesteria.“ (Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece by Sarah Iles Johnston)

In my version this happened several hundred years ago. Of course Hades noticed that there was something very strange about this sudden wave of suicides, but he assumed that it was one of the gods who had cursed the Athenians, not a restless dead. And the dead girls were too confused to tell what really had happened. So when Erigone’s latest victim somehow managed to remember her name (because she still manages to infect young women a little now and then, even if her curse is broken), Hades thought that Erigone had appeared quite recently and didn’t connect her with that suicide wave some centuries ago. I really hope this isn’t too confusing. ^^

… Hades likes to complain about his family. They actually aren’t quite as horrible as he says (not all the time, anyway).
RazorD9
November 24th, 2017
"So, lovely weather we are having... "

I am sure she is looking for someone to hang with, kill some time, and other double meaning things that can sound morbid.
agnosis
November 22nd, 2017
@AzrielEver: Yep.