Creation Myth Comic – Cronus’ first meal.

Format Draft 5-02@1,25x

After Cronus’ victory over his father, Uranus. The golden age had began and everything was at peace. But Cronus was afraid that his rule would be overtaken by one of his own children just as he usurped his father. As he debates with himself whether this is the right course of action or not, he believes this is the only way to preserve his rule, the only way to preserve the golden age. For the peace to continue, he must devour his children to ensure they will never take over.

Of course, anyone familiar with Greek mythology would know that this plan doesn’t last long since eventually Zeus does overthrow his father just as Cronus overthrew his. But they were because of the same reason, they were afraid and attacked first.

But I’m done playing storyteller for now, you may notice from the get go that the art style is a bit simplistic, and that’s the look I was going for. If you were to look at popular forms of Greek art at the time no matter the color, the art style shares one commonality.

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They are simplistic styles that can be told in multiple directions. The next thing that would come to mind, is the coloring of it. I have gone through multiple renditions of how it would be colored with the previous rendition looking a little bit like this However, I looked back on the art styles and noticed how they mostly had only two colors, similar to how noir comics are black with white being used to highlight key details. Of all the styles, the one that you see up top is the same one from the image being used to exemplify ancient Greek art. The art style is done in Red Figure Pottery, a style that features a red color to highlight key figures or details in a picture with black being used on everything else. And the edges being separated with either a few red and black boxes, or some knots. But I went with the boxes as I think knots are more accustomed to Celtic and Norse mythology.

With how the story is itself, it is merely a an attempt to put one part together using a few pieces. I know that this following point has been made already by a few people but I need to point it out once more. In chapter three of Understanding: The Comics Invisible Art By Scott McCloud, it goes over the concept of “closure,” the “phenomenon of observing the parts but perceiving the whole. I find that it describes my story as well as how I put it together. My story itself is only a piece that the reader would put into a bigger picture, how I created this piece was putting together other smaller pieces to make this bigger one. And in chapter four of the same book, he goes into detail on how each panel has a passage of time that is supposed to be within a few short moments of each other unless specified. If you look at my story with that in mind, you could believe that the dialogue is just Cronus’ thought process slowed down so the reader could understand it as it happens, much like an actual brain.

Last notable thing to bring up here is the line weights. I didn’t really use too much of a variety here since the original art in question also does not have a variance of line weights. But I still added in a small amount so that it could somewhat have a similar style to a modern comic where clothes tend to have heavier lines than actual flesh so to speak.

(Journey though Development)

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(Link to Research Page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R6TCsDhcFVyXU9uu_LPZOWH4FU2ljA7nCTcfCuL09Xk/edit?usp=sharing)

McCloud, Scott, and Mark Martin. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. New York, NY: William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014. Print.
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