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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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I was going for some wedding symbolism here, since young women who died before their marriage sometimes were called “bride of Hades”, but it would have been more correct (for ancient Greece) if he had led her by the hand or taken her on his chariot.
someone_else
February 13th, 2019
@below_et_almost: Amen that! :D
agnosis
February 12th, 2019
@Llinwey: Thanks! I thought so, too. ^^
I absolutely love how he is much kinder to the dead then the living, it fits the character perfectly ^^
agnosis
February 12th, 2019
The kind of gate that Hades usually creates is drawn from a Mycenaean tholos tomb.
agnosis
February 7th, 2019
@AzrielEver: You know, I actually had the idea that Persephone's reputation would precede her among the dead in the Underworld. ^^
Llinwey
February 7th, 2019
@AzrielEver: +1 to that, this is sooo funny ^^
AzrielEver
February 7th, 2019
Can this be a thing? Where all the dead assume Persephone and Hades are together long before they actually get together
agnosis
February 5th, 2019
@Llinwey: That's right. DeviantArt has the first version of Destroyer of Light, and Smack Jeeves has the edited, finished version. Same thing with Nekyia, Hero Bones, and Daddy's Girl. The reason for that is that I started publishing my comics here much later than on DeviantArt, so some of the comics were already finished and edited by then. I usually edit a comic a bit after it's finished. Adding or deleting some scenes.
agnosis
February 5th, 2019
@below_et_almost: This made me so happy to hear. Thank you so much and welcome to my crazy project! <3 <3 <3
agnosis
February 5th, 2019
@L: Yes, in the world of the Greek gods, she can be both. :)
Llinwey
February 4th, 2019
@agnosis: Oh, Hades and Hermes are always soooo cute together! ^^

And well, I first read your comics on DeviantArt, and a few scenes aren't included there. (Like from Destroyer of Light, the tampon scene I think) It was such a great addition! After I read them here with all the "bonus" scenes I can't help but feel they are only complete with those scenes. So even if you aren't sure about including a scene now, put it in an archive, look back a year later, and rethink it. The worst that can happen is that you make a few pages something of it like the one with young Hades (which is awfully cute btw^^)
Do I get the feeling that Erigone is about to out Hades and Persephone's tryst to Hekate? Hehe. I read the entirety of the comics you have posted to smackjeeves in a single day, I was so absorbed. I love how you retell these old myths and breathe life into them, even as you keep the setting in the past. Your characters feel round, well thought-out, and I find myself intrigued even by those without much screen time, in particular Dionysus and Prometheus. Prometheus seemed very grounded, living and learning in the world of humans as a fellow person (which really highlighted how the other gods do not... really think of humans as fully people, which was a good note to hit for the comic, as well as kind. It makes his fate more emotional. I like how you used the later, GNC/genderqueer appearance of Dionysus, and how you showed his ties to the east visually. In general, the visual details of this story are excellent, both pleasing to the eye and often meaningful. For example, I loved the scene where Persephone goes to Zeus' thinking spot to ask a favor. You can feel how lifeless and severe it feels to Persephone. Back to Dionysus: the allusions as to his past after his second birth are intriguing, he's beautiful and fun, and his loving, kinky relationship with his wife caught my interest. I also love your portrayal of Zeus, how he feels so much even for some of those he hurts-- but he keeps making it all about his own hurt feelings, how he feels he has been slighted. Your Athena is amazing! I like your approach to her younger years as being a child in an adult's body; it makes sense, it makes for a compelling narrative, and I don't think I've seen it explored for her before. Persephone! OMG, your Persephone, I love her. I love how you decided to give her a darker sense of humor, to make her a bit socially awkward and loving towards her plants. I like how she feels herself to be perhaps the reincarnation of an older goddess, tying her back to even older myths of spring and winter. She is relatable-- socially awkward; the daughter of an overprotective mother; lacking a maternal instinct; struggling internally with her otherness, even as she wants to be herself. Did I mention that your artwork is beautiful? Because it is. In addition to being a rich, emotional narrative, this comic is a visual feast. Thank you for sharing it!
L (Guest)
February 3rd, 2019
Oh Hades, she can be both. She can be both. :)
agnosis
February 3rd, 2019
@Llinwey: Ten or twenty more pages wouldn't be a problem, if the scenes feel relevant for the story, and I still hope that I can include most of them.

You're right that the scenes that don't fit in not necessarily need to be scrapped. They could be included in the next comic instead. For example, there is one scene with Hades and Hermes that I'm really fond of and really want to include in this comic, but it might be better to save it for the next one. We'll see. ^^
agnosis
February 3rd, 2019
@Sidhekin: Hi! And welcome! Glad you like my comic. :)

I hope I will be able to include most of the scenes I had in mind, but some of them may be unnecessary and ruin the pace of the story. On the other hand, when I have edited my comics I have more often added pages than deleted pages...
Llinwey
February 3rd, 2019
@agnosis: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! T.T

khm... I mean, there surely is a way, you don't have to scrap those scenes (whatever they are) So what if it's 10 or 20 more pages? I'm sure I'm not the only fan who would gladly read even 40-50 more if that is what it takes to fully and completely make those scenes and finish this comic. (Other fans are free to disagree if they feel the need :P )

And I must agree with @Sidhekin about that quote. ^^

On the other hand, if you really think it would be too long for one comic, why not split, and make it two? Yes, the fans would have to wait even more to get to the parts they are hoping for, but it would be a more round story all over (I guess), and you would get to keep those scenes. And we would get to see those scenes. It's a win-win in my opinion. Just giving ideas though, it should fully be your decision.
Sidhekin
February 2nd, 2019
@agnosis: You "maybe can't"?

I just came across this, um, inspirational quote, which seems relevant: "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."

Your call, but I suspect the scenes you had in mind would be appreciated. :)

Oh, and hi there! I found this a couple pages back, and I'm hooked. Well-written, classical hooks, and beautiful art to boot; how could I turn my back on this? :)
agnosis
February 2nd, 2019
@Llinwey: Hehe, sorry. ^^
I'm still a bit unsure about the script for the rest of the comic. I've realized that I maybe can't include all the scenes I had in mind, since I'm soon on page 120 already.
Llinwey
February 2nd, 2019
Girl, you don't make it easy to wait for the next pages... :P
After this, I can't wait to see the part when Hekate gets back to Persephone and Demeter. Oh, the possibilities... ^^