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Alternate history (sort of)

I had a strange dream last night - about a middle ages superhero comic, and what it might look like. I can't remember all the details now, but it had a lot to do with tapestries that could be used to cover the walls of your hovel - and mint editions were collected and could be found in museums.

So I googled for the Historic Tale Construction Kit and made a panel from the adventures of The Norman, a flying archer who saved the lives of peasants while lords feasted (in my dream he was called Arrowmanche, but that really didn't work in the real world). Think of him as a Robin Hood sort of character, but with tinges of silver age Superman.



Now I find myself wondering how a middle ages Dave Sim would have woven Aardvark Comment, or how an Alan Moore would have delivered a seering political tapestry about a Norman Britain and a single peasant revolutionary

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ocean_song
Jun. 9th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
*giggle* How much do I adore you!!! *MWAH*
red_cloud
Jun. 9th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, lovely. More please!
chorleycakes
Jun. 9th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
the Bayeux Tapestry WAS a medieval comic strip of course. Comics were important back then... I went on a tour of Coutances cathedral a while back, and the guide was pointing out that the stained glass windows were designed to be read like a comic strip (from the bottom up tho), by people who mostly couldn't read text.

sbisson
Jun. 9th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
Good point. I wonder if that was at the back of my dream - along with thinking about "50 views of Mount Fuji" and the like...
chorleycakes
Jun. 9th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
could be :-) Contrariwise, twould be interesting to have a tapestry done by someone like Steve Bell...
muninnhuginn
Jun. 10th, 2004 02:48 am (UTC)
I'm just imagining what it would be like interperting Bell's work or one of Martin Rowson's or Ralph Steadman's more vicious ones into a really exciting tapestry.

Crewel work, indeed, if you'll pardon the pun.
ffutures
Jun. 9th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
Lovely... what would the Norman equivalent of kryptonite be?
sbisson
Jun. 9th, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oh that one's easy. Green Calvados, of course. You can extrapolate the effects of different colours of Calvados...

(Which of course means that The Norman was found as a baby in an apple tree.)
srallen
Jun. 9th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
"Mild mannered ploughman Clark the Self-Effacing..."
maetang
Jun. 9th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
LOL! Very nice. :^)
yonmei
Jun. 9th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
lj-cut?
narenek
Jun. 10th, 2004 01:13 am (UTC)
This years Caption has a historical comics theme. From talking with one of the organisers (jinty) on a training course a couple of months ago they've got someone giving a talk about ancient greek comics (or something which can be interpreted as such).
muninnhuginn
Jun. 10th, 2004 02:54 am (UTC)
Faster than a fleeting arrow...
What fun!

I've been excusing my lack of contributions to my writers' group for months by saying I was only capable of expressing myself with stitching: this may save me yet!
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