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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.
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In Thelpousa in Arkadia Demeter had the title Erinys (the Wrathful One). She also had the title Lousia (of Washing. I took the liberty to change it to the Purified One in my comic since it sounds a bit better). The Thelpousan cult was closely related to that at Phigaleia, also in Arkadia, where Demeter was known as Demeter Melaina (Black Demeter). In my comic I have made these two cults into one.
@AzrielEver: Adrastus cares for Arion. And Hekate cares for Demeter. ^^
I'm not quite sure about the man's name. I simply chose a name that was connected to the horse Arion in myth, but considering that this character pretty much is an OC of mine, it feels like I should come up with another name (especially since the mythological Adrastus was a king of Argos and this is supposed to be in Arkadia).
@Rose: Heh heh... Yes, Despoine was a bit hard to fit into my story (especially since she probably was the Arkadian equivalent of Persephone), so I didn't include her.
@AzrielEver: It would indeed be a quite awkward conversation. XD
February 9th, 2018
@Ded: Yes, you're probably right about that. English is not my native language, so I make mistakes every now and then.

Thank you! I'm so happy you like the comic. <3
@AzrielEver: The poppies do look a bit like eyes. XD
According to Restless Dead by Sarah Iles Johnston, aōrai were associated with birds of prey - and particularly with nocturnal raptors such as the owl (an interesting comparison is the Babylonian Lamashtu and the Semitic Lilith, both female demons who attacked women and children, and who often were pictured with the features of a bird of prey). So I let Erigone escape in the form of an owl.
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. ^^
@titanic1999: He has. ^^
@AzrielEver: Exactly. XD
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.
@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). ^^
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: Too bad they didn't have chocolate. Who wouldn't be appeased by chocolate. ;)
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).
“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: Hades is attracted to her too, he's just better at ignoring it. ^^

Oh, I'm sure he would...
@AzrielEver: Thanks! I remember that I tried to draw her a bit cat-like (which is kinda the same as elf-like).