Apparently blogging doesn’t suit me so well, given the large time span between my posts. However, here’s something worth mentioning:
A group of very talented people from Romania had a brilliant idea that I just HAVE TO share. I just found out, even if their project was born a few years ago:
They’re taking a traditional fairy tale and turning it into a comic book. No, not the fairy tale itself, but the characters and their lives after the ‘they lived happily ever after’ line. What, did you think there aren’t other creatures of the darkness out there besides the main antagonist? So far I’ve been telling you about British Mythology, well, just like they have the Kelpie, the Banshee, the Black Annis etc., so do we have these quite scary entities like the ‘Ielele’ (Veelas), the ‘Moroi’ (spirits of children who died unbaptized) and so forth.
The comic book story-line, from what I understood by reading the teaser website, will actually take the characters from this classic tale on adventures beyond the marriage of the prince and princess (who, by the way, is a metamorphic witch).
They will be fighting the forces of evil, alongside Harap-Alb’s trusted friends:
‘Gerila’ (the ice bender) son of a northern giant who can breathe ice, has an ice hammer and is exceptionally strong,
‘Lungila’ (he can stretch like a rubber) who is a huntsman and a great archer,
‘Flamanzila’ (roughly translated as ‘forever hungry’) he can eat anything and everything and then he’ll tell you he’s still hungry!
‘Setila’ (this one is ‘forever thirsty’) who cand drink up rivers and lakes and seas, and even if it’s alcohol, he never gets drunk
‘Ochila’ (the cyclop), who can see through stone and can cover great distances through space and time with his sight, he can kill by looking at the enemy.
and of course, let’s not forget about the one, the only, the EVIL ‘Spanu’ (bald guy), because just like English speaking folks believe the gingers don’t have a soul, so do we, but we also have the bald person, who is rumored to be evil, treacherous and greedy.
The best part about these comics? They’ll be just like the ones with Superman, Spiderman and X-men. Yep, they’ll be drawn in the style of Marvel and DC comics. By the way, the first time someone actually tried to turn Harap-Alb into a comic, was a few years ago. Since then, Sandu Florea, the artist, has been working for Marvel and DC!
This time, it’s Andrei Moldovan, the artist behind the new concept. I wish him and the editorial team good luck and may the Force be with them!
sneak peek: harapalbcontinua.ro