My friend Leia Weathington, award-winning author of Bold Riley, tweeted an idea for an adventure story about “a Swedish Viking lady and an Islamic bean-counter lady tearing ass across the continents in the 12th Century”. Well I happened to know that Vikings frequently hired themselves out to the Byzantines in Constantinople, which would have put them in direct contact with the Islamic world, and yes Viking women were known to fight, and there is at least one historical account of women fighting with the Varangians (Vikings, Saxons, Danes and Rus in the employ of Byzantium).
The Viking woman is wearing Varangian costume and the Muslim woman is wearing what may be totally inaccurate period costume, but decipherable reference of 12th Century Muslim women is really hard to find.
Here’s the original Tumblr post that gave us the idea there may be an audience for this story. It’s currently sitting at over 6,300 notes and reblogs.
When I drew this, I had no firm idea of who the characters would be, or any details of the story. It was literally based on a tweet. We now have the time period set in the 10th century CE. We know the characters names, Silksif the Viking and Rahil the Arab. And we also know enough not to use the word Islamic when we mean Muslim (sorry) and what a period Arab woman would wear.
Anyone who picked up my business card and wants to follow the progress of this project, now titled Silk and Gold, please direct your attention to http://silksifandrahil.tumblr.com
I see a lot of people are interested in this idea and I’m happy to say that Leia and I are indeed working on it. Above is a more recent take on the characters. You can find all the latest information on the comic along with art, research and inspiration at silksifandrahil.tumblr.com
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My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.
— Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope
I couldn’t agree more. I liked those films, but it would have been awesome if Peter Quill had been played more like Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China. A P.O.V. character who only thinks he’s the protagonist.
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A master post I can point people to when I talk about my epic collaborative sword and sorcery project, Una the Blade. It’s the story of a barbarian single mother on a dying Earth in the far distant future.
Artists in order are Steve LeCouiliard (me), Chris Johnston, Simon Roy, Sloane Leong, Claudia Aguirre, the next two are me, Michael Stearns and pin-ups by Rodolphe Guenoden and Jordyn Bochon
Just gonna reblog this so I don’t lose it…
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Nessa the Demon, or “Smiler” for those with a death wish.
I need to steal a lot more from Steve LeCouilliard. Like his colouring technique. God, that man is good.
Aw man, tell me when you draw fan art. I want to reblog it! This is great!
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Here’s a little gift for my friend Tess Fowler, we made a little art swap and she asked me to draw Steve LeCouilliard’s character Nessa, which we both love to bits! Hope you enjoy!
Voilà un petit cadeau pour mon amie Tess Fowler Gutierrez cette personnage qui nous aimons, Nessa (propriété de son auteur,Steve LeCouilliard ). J’espere que vous aimez
THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!
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