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I am enamored of the idea that mythological figures watched other cultures' myths 'as they happened' the way we would go to the theater or watch television. I have an image of Anubis and Odin griping that Roman myths are reruns with extra features that are not necessarily worth sitting through the whole series again.

Short rundown for people who don't have Erik's awesome mythology book:

Anansi - The guy in the hat with varying number of arms - Spider-themed trickster from West Africa and the Caribbean. Featured in many children's books, referenced in a few comic books, and delightfully in Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Anansi Boys.

Sun Wukong - The guy with the all low-case font and head band - Monkey King out of Chinese mythology. Another trickster. Featured in so many versions of media that it's impossible for me to recall them all at this hour of the morning. You may have seen him in Saiyuki, Journey to the west, Forbidden Kingdom, Lost Empire, or lots of other things.

Erlkönig - guy in the last panel who keeps showing up with bad times in the 'verse, if you don't know him by now - The Alder King or Elf-King (depending on your take on translation), a forest-based fae creature of Germanic and Scandinavian origin with lethal grabby hands.

Erik belongs to Leroux and Webber.
Norrington belongs to Disney, Bruckheimer, and Davenport.
Javert belongs to Hugo, Boublil, Schonberg, and Kretzmer.
Erlkönig, Sun Wukong, and Anansi are mythological characters and belong to everyone and no one.
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Have just read volumes 1-4 of the Sandman, and am now rereading your comics with an even fuller understanding of some fandoms :)
... I must say, though, I'm getting a definite hint of Season of Mists here... 
I love your comics, by the way, for the... umpteenth time :) 
You are a truly fantastic artist :)
Atrus: "The ending has not yet been written."
Brighthart Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your version of the Monkey King! He's adorable, yet instantly identifiable! Have you read the graphic novel American Born Chinese? It incorporates the Monkey King legend really well with modern life! I think you'd like it. I can't wait to see more of this arc!
AsheRhyder Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have, indeed. I've enjoyed... pretty much everything I've read by Gene Yang, now that I think about it.
hippiewitch27 Dec 6, 2013  Student Writer
Can I just say that you are actually brilliant??!! I love your idea of the cross-cultural entertainment.. :D
I love your take on the Monkey King and Anansi!  I would love to your interpretation on some of the Celtic myths (besides their influence on Arthurian legends) Japanese ones, or Russian tales. 
AteMozzarella Nov 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Anansi is the best. THE best. 
I love your WuKong! He's brilliant! :D (Though he ended up as more of a warrior-Buddha at the end. :) )
Sagitari-Seiza-1213 Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anansi looks very cool in the fifth panel. Is the design something you came up with, or is it based on one of Anansi's story incarnations? 
AsheRhyder Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mostly it's done from my memory of his characterization in American Gods and Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman. Most everything else I've seen him depicted as is a very cartoon-y spider.
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