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I'm a Swedish comics creator who have drawn comics and written stories since I was a child. My main interest besides comics is greek mythology, which inspires many of my own comics. I've also done historical as well as realistic and autobiographical comics. I publish my own fanzine, Agnosis. Some of my inspiration comes from Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze), Tinet Elmgren (Driftwood) and Sussie Bech (Nofret).

Other interests are religion/mythology, history, literature, philosophy and drinking tea. I listen mostly to synth and chiptunes and am very fond of old 8-bit video games.
  • Real Name
    Li Österberg
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The bull horns are not just a wink to the Minoan civilization. Dionysos was in fact sometimes associated with the bull. In Euripides’ play the Bacchae, he is called "the god with ox’s horns" (translated by Ian Johnston), and when king Pentheus sees him in his true form (I assume) he says:

"And you look like a bull leading me out here,
with those horns growing from your head.
Were you once upon a time a beast?
It’s certain now you’ve changed into a bull."
@AzrielEver: Haha, yeah! Also, Dionysos is a bit of an exhibitionist (since he is the god of theater, after all), and Persephone... is not.
@Ben: Oh, yeah, I understood that. ^^
@Ben: Thank you! I'm glad you like the way I'm portraying their relationship. "Awkwardly adorable" was pretty much what I had in mind.

I'm enjoying it, but the reading has been going quite slow. We had a heatwave over here for several weeks, which took most of my energy away (that's why the comic has been updated quite slowly lately). Now, thankfully, the weather is a bit cooler.
@Okotari: Ah, yes... That could have worked as well.
@Okotari: Maybe extroverted was not quite the right word. I meant that most interpretations of Persephone I had seen (at least back then) was the Persephone that is more outgoing than her mother allows her to be. Someone who wants to meet new people and see new places. Someone who is more socially competent than Hades.

Thank you! :)
@Okotari: Oh, yeah, the story about Minthe... XD Well, according to one version it was actually Demeter who turned her into mint, not Persephone.

Thank you! Glad you enjoy the comic. :)
Persephone: "Styx, I’m so damn horny…"
Aphrodite: "You called?"

The sacred marriage ritual in Sumer was celebrated during a period of about two hundred years, during the third dynasty of Ur. There are many uncertainties regarding the ritual. We don’t know for sure who played the role of the goddess, if a real sexual act really was involved, and what function the ritual played in society. Promotion of agricultural fertility is one theory.
@AzrielEver: He probably shaves a lot.
I chose to draw a quite simple cult image, inspired by "Dionysos poles" that sometimes can be seen on vase paintings, since this is a pretty small temple that is visited only once a year. As you can see, the cult image has a beard though my version of Dionysos probably never has had one. It is a conventionalized depiction and was not made to be a lifelike image of the god.
Sorry that you had to wait so long for this page. First I had problems with the script, then I was busy being social with friends, and then Sweden was hit by a heat wave from hell that took most of my energy away.
I had this idea that Ariadne had some difficulty to pronounce Dionysos’ name when they first met, since she hadn’t heard people speak in a quite long time and the language had changed a bit since then. So for a time she called him Diwonuso (Dionysos in Mycenaean Linear B). She still uses it sometimes as a form of endearment.
@Ben: Oh, yeah, it came through. Sorry, I should have replied and confirmed that. ^^;
I have actually started reading it as well.

Thank you! :)
@AzrielEver: Thank you! It was so hard to come up with a good design for her. I wanted there to be something a bit "dark" over her appearance.
Meet my version of Ariadne! She is dressed as a maenad here, but she is originally a goddess from Crete.

A Mycenaean inscription from Knossos mentions honey to be given to all the gods, among them da-pu-ri-to-jo po-ti-ni-ja, the Potnia (lady, mistress) of the Labyrinth. We don’t know anything more about this goddess, but Karl Kerenyi theorized that she maybe was the one who we later would know as Ariadne.
@Ben: Sure. It sounds like it could be an interesting book. My email is liosterberg@hotmail.com.

(Since I spend most of my time drawing and planning my comic, it may take me some time to get through a whole book, though. ^^;)
Dionysos’ talk about frogs is of course a little reference to Aristophanes’ The Frogs, but also to the modern musical adaption of the play from 2004 with songs written by Stephen Sondheim. In the original play Dionysos is mostly just annoyed by the frogs’ song, but in the modern musical the frogs are a much bigger threat.
@AzrielEver: He was getting too relaxed in her company. XD
Back to Hades and Persephone and the sanctuary of Dionysos in the Marshes.
Well, Demeter, depending on who you ask Persephone can actually be quite scary.

According to Pausanias, the Arkadians claimed that Demeter’s unwilling union with Poseidon produced a daughter as well as the horse Arion. This daughter was called Despoina (the Mistress) in public: "This Mistress the Arcadians worship more than any other god, declaring that she is a daughter of Poseidon and Demeter. Mistress is her surname among the many, just as they surname Demeter’s daughter by Zeus the Maid (Kore). But whereas the real name of the Maid is Persephone, as Homer and Pamphos before him say in their poems, the real name of the Mistress I am afraid to write to the uninitiated" (Pausanias, Description of Greece 8.37.9).

Jennifer Larson says in Ancient Greek cults: A Guide that Despoina seems to have been an older Arkadian goddess who had a strong affinity with Artemis. I didn’t include Despoina in my story since it would have complicated things too much. It just wasn’t believable that my version of Demeter would have given away the baby that was not a horse.