This is something of an experiment. My intention is to tell various stories of a mythical hero in comic form. The stories have come through various mediations to reach me and via me, to reach here. Originally they were songs passed on as part of an oral tradition going back (possibly - probably?) several millennia. These songs were written down in the nineteenth century then creatively edited together into a single narrative over thousands of lines and dozens of songs/poems. Both the oral songs and the edited literary version were not in English and so they had to be translated before I could read them and begin the process of turning them into a comic.
The comic above is from the first song (or 'canto' in my translation). The main gist of the opening canto is the story of creation and the birth (like an 'origins of...' story in superhero comics) of the mythic hero that my comic is to be concerned with. Before it gets into the meat of the creation story there's a kind of general introduction to the whole thing and that's the bit of it that I've posted above.
The 'experiment' bit is to do with the absence of words. I worry that much of my comic-y efforts consist of a piece of text and a picture that both say the same thing and I've ben trying to address and steer away from this - flights was, in part, one such experimental attempt to change this. So, as the comic above was taken from a song about singing a song that tells a story, I decided to do away with words altogether to tell this part of the story. The decision was also partly motivated by my desire to avoid breaching the translator's copyright or attempting my own translation (especially when my translator is deep in essays and too busy to assist). After this (and depending on feedback and the way I feel about it in time, this) it will be wordy but for now it's silent and I want to know how you feel about that. Can you unwind a narrative from the pictures on their own? Do you need some words to make sense of it?
I'm being vague on purpose about the source of it all because I don't want you to google it and fill your head with preconceptions that colour and clutter your feedback. I'll explain more and post a version with words for comparison when I find time over the next few weks. Until then, please let me know what you think, even if just whether you did/didn't enjoy this.