This strip appeared on our patreon first here. John Reppion has written an accompanying essay here.
Hello! Back! And we’re opening up with a big full colour piece!
Lots of fun drawing this, trying to get a bit of John in the the Jack here (more spirit than actual lookie-likie)
Panel 1 was gonna be the green-man style face, turn on symmetry and just go to town.
The Floral garland King, riding a shire horse is a very peculiar thing. Nabbed some photo reference for the King and then went off to google maps to find a good bit of street to use, I’d already inked the foreground man-on-horse. Was pottering around the google street view of Castleton, Derbyshire when I stumbled across “Ye Olde Nag’s Head Hotel” and by crickey it was perfect for what I wanted. So here it is.
Originally posted at patreon this Thursday. I’m running a bit late on the old blog updates.
Ok, I feel like this may make little sense, there’s a logic in here, I swear…
So my first step was to google “Gandreið” which took me to a google book reference, and I kind liked that, but I’m in hock to the words of the tweet, so had to cover both bases…
Google book result was “Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe” and (and I hope I’m not stepping on John’s toes for any blog posts) it covers a Gandreið – (not being as smart as John, I just lifted the paragraph I was interested in and didn’t do any outside reading)
Here’s the paragraph:
“A man in a ream before the burning took place heard a tremendous crash which shook earth and sky, and then saw a man black as pitch riding furiously on a grey horse and holding a blazing firebrand, while around him was a ring of fire. ‘It seemed to him that he hurled the brand eastwards towards the fells, and that a great fire blazed up with such a fury that the fells were blotted out. He though that the man road eastward to the fells and vanished. ‘ When he told this dream, the response was: “You have seen the Gandreið, and this always means that momentous things will happen’
So anyway, thunder lightning (it sounds like a meteor falling to earth, no?) and I wanted to get that in, and the idea of it all being a bit dreamy.
So, does it make sense now? Probably not, but then right now, does anything?
John has posted an article with more background over at patreon.