The very emotional final scene in this sequence, and even when I was doing touch-ups on Olivia’s artwork and lettering it I was crying.
Do yourself a favor, go back and re-read the sequence from the moment that Selphi gets stabbed and tell me if it flows well. Again, this is where I thought the series really found its voice.
And it’s certainly when the story changed.
And Selphi’s last words, “Why do they hate us?” is the question that I constantly ask whenever I hear about religious wars or tribal conflicts going on in the world. Sure, we all have different ideas and beliefs, but why do we have to kill for them? Why do we have to make it personal? Why do we have to hate each other?
I’m sure it’s asking a lot to say, “Can’t we all just get along?” but is it too much to ask, “Can’t there be another way other than killing?” Forgiveness has to start somewhere.
But I digress. This story is hardly ever going to turn any heads or open any eyes to the error or futility of old ways and bad blood. But if it could generate a little tolerance in the world – if even one person read this and decided to use their words instead of their fists – then it would have exceeded my wildest expectations.
We can only hope.
The 2009 Drunk Duck Awards
The DD Awards are upon us once again, and the categories are up. Last year, without trying, you the reader graciously nominated The Temple of a Thousand Tears as the Most Profound Comic – an honor which I’m told that if popular demand had determined the winner, Temple would hold that title.
This year, I’m asking for some nominations – so please be sure to vote for Temple:
Best Action Scenes
Best Adventure Comic
Best Fantasy Comic
Best Overall Story Comic
Best Philosophical / Spiritual Comic
Best Protagonist: Sophia
Best Sci-Fi Comic
Best Dramatic Comic
Best Overall Writing