If only Angus McBride was still with us...
The more I read Scott Oden and Howard Andrew Jones' work, the more inspired I am to write/draw that Scottish historical epic that's been on my mind. Think the Battle of Bannockburn given "The Grey God Passes" treatment.Well folks, here it is, after seven days, I have completed the first page of my Battle of Bannockburn comic! This first page is a gritty and entirely historically accurate interpretation of the famous tale of Robert the Bruce and the Spider. This is intended to be as authentic as possible, none of the Hollywood razzmatazz generally associated with historical fiction: it's as close an attempt as possible to adhere to historical events, as you'll no doubt appreciate.
- A Facebook status update which spiralled out of control
Without further ado...
However, the Battle of Bannockburn is indeed something I've been pondering for quite a while. To copy again from my Facebook:
1. Yes, this comic is capitalising on the 700th anniversary, I can think of no better year than that to do so.
1.a) Yes, this comic is also relevant to the referendum happening in Scotland next year, and I have extremely strong opinions on that matter, though I will endeavour not to turn the comic into a ham-fisted allegory. That would be disrespectful and tacky: it will, however, contain elements that are highly applicable to current events and discussions.
2. This will NOT be an inherently nationalist comic: that's a modern word for a modern phenomenon, and anyone who wishes to ascribe nationalist values to it is welcome to do so, but it is not the intent. This will be a patriotic comic. There is a distinction.
3. This comic will NOT be an Anglophobic comic. Contrary to what MP Davidson thinks, it is not celebration of the "murder of hundreds of thousands of English people" to commemorate the anniversary of a battle where a nation's people repelled an *invading force* which attempted to impose authority upon it, any more than commemorating the Battle of Agincourt was an exercise in celebrating "the murder of thousands of French people." The history between England and Scotland and their people is too bloody on both sides to turn an entire people into goodies or baddies, and indeed, I would like to include sympathetic English characters as much as I can, including one particularly interesting noble who was strongly against the Scottish invasion.
4. This comic will masterfully sidestep issues of historical fidelity whilst also acknowledging what is (to the best of our current knowledge) hard history via the inclusion of supernatural elements which render the nature of reality somewhat malleable. Quite literally, "A Wizard Did It" - or, more accurately, "The Faeries Did It."
5. I am working with several possible narrative structures and am undecided on many factors. I am, however, determined to include my interpretation of just why Edward I wanted his bones to be carried north to conquer Scotland, because stuff like that is too badass NOT to use.