Dante vs. the Kraken of Garbage Island!

So, I have been trying more sequential story telling in my art lately.  I have been expanding and working on “Dante” as a character, and the universe he exists in for possibly years now, but I always had trouble actually creating a story out of it.  I have to give credit for the original inspiration of this story to my partner Korpolfr and our friend Greg.  They came up with the title and I asked if I could take it and run with it into a full little comic.  I am going to try to post one page a week, hopefully this really pushes me to continue working on it.  Thanks for reading,

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A boring writing exercise

This is what is called a “boring writing exercise”. The title (Five Minutes Before the Miracle) and the first and last lines were given (“Saturday afternoon she drove to the bakery in the shopping centre.” and “It’s really something, he said.”). Enjoy!

Monday

Five Minutes Before the Miracle

Saturday afternoon she drove to the bakery in the shopping centre.
Saturday afternoon she drove to the bakery in the shopping centre.
Saturday afternoon she drove to the bakery in the shopping centre.
Saturday afternoon she drove to the bakery in the shopping centre.
Saturday afternoon she drove to the bakery in the shopping centre.
Saturday afternoon she drove to the bakery in the shopping centre.
Saturday afternoon she drove to the bakery in the shopping centre.
Saturday afternoon she drove___the bakery__the shopping centre.
Saturday_________she drove__the bakery__the the shopping centre.
Saturday_________she drove__the________the the the shopping centre.
Saturday_________she_______the__________the the____________centre.
Saturday_________she______________________the the____________centre.
Saturday______________________________________________________centre.
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Danger Hold You To Me (pt1.2)

The cats act differently now too. Instead of purring and cuddling, they hiss and hide away in the basement. Maybe they are angry that we had to board up all the windows. Maybe they do not like him anymore, can they tell the difference? I think so. They still (reluctantly) come to me when I feed them, but they do not let me hold them or rub noses with them anymore. I hope it’s the windows.

It has now been two full weeks.

He has been distant. I am no longer sure that he is even the same person. Can I love someone who is no longer there?

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Writing Assignment One: Defamiliarization

Nothing has been the same since that other one appeared.
He eats my food.
He spills everything.
He plays with my toys.
He steals my love.
He steals my affection.
He steals everything.

I try to avoid him as much as possible.
I mean, yeah I suppose he kind of looks like me.
But he is nothing like me.
Mom will never love him as much as he loves me.
I am smarter.
I am cleaner.
I am less noisy.
I am more behaved.
I am better in every way.

Okay, so I admit I let him sleep beside me sometimes.
But only sometimes.
It’s not entirely his fault that he doesn’t understand.
I’ve tried to show him the difference between a piece of garbage and a real toy.
He just doesn’t understand.
I’ve tried to tell him that he is annoying, or that he hurts me when he bites me.
He just doesn’t understand.
I’ve tried to be a good role model, keeping my hair tidy.
He just doesn’t understand.

I’ve tried to tell mom all of this, and that it was okay to bring him back to wherever he came from.
Instead she laughs and coos at him, cuddles him on her lap.
It’s not fair.

Danger Holds You To Me (pt.0)

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This could be a fairy tale. One of those ones, where the girl goes through hardship, and struggle only to be rewarded in the end with a prince and happiness. Or maybe one of those fairy tales that end in the (not so innocent) young woman turning into sea-foam, or eaten by the big bad wolf. The morning does not always bring comfort. In reality, most fairy tales do not have happy endings, I mean why would any girl marry some guy just because he came along and raped her in her sleep?