Considering your knowledge of mythology, what are your feelings on the new Wonder Woman series? (If you've read it)
I am reading it, in fact. I’m really enjoying it so far, even if the interpretations of the classical gods are not the same as my own.
Again, I am enjoying the book, and mythology is hugely open to interpretation, but:
I get that the overall idea is that the Greek gods are petty and superhumanly prone to foibles. This is accurate to tradition. But I wouldn’t have picked Apollo (presuming that is the unnamed god in issue one: he mentions Zeus as his father, and certainly those women were meant to represent Delphic oracles) as a villainous figure.
Apollo, as a member of the youngest generation of Olympians together with Hermes and Athena, represents social progress and the justice that comes from democracy and civilization. See Aeschylus’ Oresteia to see how these younger gods are supposed to be revolutionizing the ways of the more violent older gods.
I’m glad Hermes is the “good guy” god, as he was the patron of humanity, but I think the really bird-heavy visuals are kind of on the nose. Flying is not even his central metaphor. Hermes is the god of crossing boundaries, and all his other patronage extends from that. Harder to draw that, I guess.
Hera is bad, that’s good. People who focus on Zeus sleeping around feel to me similar to people who focus on Hank Pym hitting the Wasp. Focusing on one titillating detail at the expense of what the character is really about.
It’s too soon to make an overall judgment without most gods having appeared yet, plus I’m sure most people do not even care. I’ve seen a lot of people who have strong opinions about the change in Diana’s origin; I am not one of those people, so there you go.
Anyway, the best depiction of mythology in superhero comics is still Incredible Hercules.
For the record, my take on Wonder Woman would basically be Supernatural with centaurs instead of vampires, WW and Etta Candy instead of Sam and Dean, a motorcycle instead of the Impala, and Steve Trevor is the federal agent trying to bring them to justice!
Chris Sims, skirting the rules as ever, asked me a question on Twitter that he wanted me to answer on Tumblr.
"What are some other patron saints of villainous professions? Feel free to answer at length on Tumblr."
Why, yes, Chris, I will do your writing research for you.
Here is a completely not made up sampling (your interpretations of “villainous” may vary):
Adrian and Natalia of Nicodemia: arms dealers
Barbara: bomb makers and people whose job is to shoot other people
Bernadine of Siena: marketing professionals
Columbanus: motorcycle gangs
Drogo: ugly people, baristas, ugly baristas
Nicholas of Myra: thieves, pirates, prostitutes
Why have most modern religions stopped evolving when original iterations of religions rapidly changed?
I would say the advent of widely available printed materials and the proliferation thereof made it much easier to canonize religious beliefs, where cultural isolation prior to that allowed for much more variation as suited individual societies and generations.
Now that we have a van, the next logical step was to set up a tumblr. I think maybe we’ll just post what all we just got in stock so you ain’t got to keep refreshing that thing that you want everyday, who knows.
What’s that I hear…is it Santa and his eight tiny reindeer?!? No, it’s the silly kids at Beaucoup Pop shouting about magic, Sherlock Holmes, Santa, Doctor Who (Spoilers!) and demonic cats that could have only come from the depths of hell. That’s right, we leave NOTHING untouched!
But most importantly, we, once again, have special guest Benito Cereno on again to give us a history on the greatness that is Santa!! You’ll actually come away from this episode well informed listeners!
If you would like to hear me expound at length about Santa Claus and other Christmas and Christmas-related traditions, this is the podcast for you.
Caga Tiò, the pooping Christmas log you pretty much learned about in that comic I did yesterday!
La Befana, the benevolent Epiphany witch!
Krampus! Klaubauf! Knecht Ruprecht! Hans Muff! Pelzebock! Other creatures ready to hit you with sticks for the holidays!
Why Zwarte Piet isn’t racist and, in fact, you are the racist one!
Christkindl, the cherub with the face of a child, created with one goal: TO DESTROY SANTA CLAUS!
All this, plus the terrifying true stories of my recent near death experience and the unsettling miasma of fear that is HORROR CAT.