Jan2019-Dec2018: Lots of Alex Questions

A compilation of Alexander Comic questions during this period.

“hello! I’m just genuinely curious, are you gonna be writing the new Alexander comic in first or third person?”

Third.

“The storyteller sounds like a really fun narrator, I like his set up into the story :)”

Asked by bluemist17

Thank you! It was meant to mimic how traditional folktales open, and recall the introduction of the romance (”the life and deeds of Alexander”). ^^

“Is the Alexander idea going to be a straightforward telling of his life or is it going to be a fictional expanding?”

It’s a hybrid. The backbone of the story is his quest for the Water of Life (which is an Alexander Romance legend) towards the Land of Darkness, and the journey is a critical allegory of his life and the legends that surround him.

It’s kinda like The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, but different? They both have similar approaches visually, but critically while TCM is about kindness and faith (and being salty over Occidentalism and depictions of the Muslim Other), Alexander…is going to be something else. How do you deconstruct a real life person and his legends and the Western lens that props him as idol, weapon and god? Well, this time I’m being more open about my comics development! So we’ll see where this goes.

“:000 I ADORE ur designs of Alexander The Great!!! I’m just curious, why does he have heterochromia? I think it’s super cool on him design wise, but what was the inspiration for that?”

Here’s a quote from Arrian, a historian (not contemporary): “[T]he strong, handsome commander with one eye dark as the night and one blue as the sky.”

The Alexander Romance also suggests he has heterochromia as well! I wouldn’t consider this confirmed information, even with Arrian’s statement. Anyway, I went with it, because it’s the quickest, most visually distinct trait to define Alexander, ESPECIALLY with the way I’m going to approach this graphic novel (he will have many ‘faces’. The model sheet I recently posted just shows the ‘historically close to accurate’ face.)

Also like you said, it’s super cool.

“Hello! Just wanted to say, I love your design for Alexander, and, while I obviously don’t know where you were doing your research, your descriptions are very much in line with the general consensus among (actual) historians. (Theres also a theory that the word translated as “fair” was actually a descriptor for texture, not colour). Keep up the awesome work! Sincerely, an actual historian who hates when white men who took 1 history class in highschool think they can do history.”

Oh I am so glad my Alexander is up to academic standards. Even for what is admittedly super basic research. I try to put as much thought as I can whenever I make historical comics, especially since there are a lot of gaps in history and it’s very easy to reach for the easiest, blandest take. Aside: which is why I’m tired of cultural depictions of Atlantis as the Victorian Era headcanon of Greco-Roman civilisation.

History is really interesting when it’s taken apart and given new perspective. Like, I was really fascinated that Alexander’s somewhat deformed neck was something of note, given what I understand of Greco-Rome’s pop culture obsession for perfect bodies. Then someone commented on my post that his neck was possibly symptomatic of scoliosis. Which was EXCITING!!! Cos it made so much sense!! I initially thought it was just a natural-born quirk (people irl do have weird features which I appreciate). But this possible theory gives Alexander so much more colour. THAT’S THE KIND OF CONTENT I LIKE!! DOWN TO EARTH HISTORY!!!

I’d love to hear more of this “fair as texture, not colour” theory!

#omg please talk to me about history stuff

#kinda regret not having opened up during tcm’s development

#imagine all the ottoman history nerding out I missed on 🙁

“research note: words used to describe ‘fairness’ or ‘lighter brown’ in ancient greek have been taken to mean pale/ blond for obvious reasons by euro/anglo-centric historians when they did not, Alexander wasn’t blond (light brown hair instead) except in dying/bleaching hair”

Yeah I was leaning towards making him tan (hence the ruddy? I’d imagine all those outdoor campaigns in Asia will brown one nicely) and with light brown hair (hence dirty blonde?). I’m operating on instinct here, because the fact of the matter is that any mention of Alexander’s physical features is ??? ambiguous. Too bad Lysippos’ sculpture of Alexander has lost all its colour, or at least, I haven’t seen anyone try to digitally recreate the colours from whatever pigment that’s left. I wanted to get a description of Alexander that’s as contemporary as possible, and not historians’ fanboy headcanons lol.

Though considering what the Alexander Comic is about, the headcanons are also valid. In fact, the design I posted is going to be one of many faces of Alexander.

I haven’t really entered the research hell phase of this comic yet. I’m pretty sure I’d be better placed once I start diving and go beyond what’s obvious, like finding out what Alexander’s parents look like, and what everyone else who wasn’t a Greek historian has said about him. For now, I’m happy with his shapes, especially the ‘sensitive, thoughtful English literature student who goes to the gym’ vibe he gives off.

 

 

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

Melbourne / Kuala Lumpur

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