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C13P23 – Death and Rebirth

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While sometimes Zhumupuru and Nikiwa have been referred to as “he” in the comic, they are both more accurately referred to as “they.”  Some traditions consider them without gender.  Others as male and female simultaneously.  Others still as having masculine and feminine forms separate from each other.  Nikiwa and Zhumupuru would view their gender as existing as an entire spectrum without a discrete point.  They are beings of death and rebirth, which belong to everyone and everything.  Such concepts are larger than a culturally defined understanding of gender and ultimately immaterial to the functions they serve.

Or, did serve.  Before the whole…you know…thing that casts the matter of what’s happening in life and death now into doubt for even Dream Eater.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

In other news, the SpiderForest collective has started its own podcast!  Each episode includes a special guest interview and then a discussion with different members of the SF collective.  I’m honored to be part of the first episode!

What is style? What does it mean for comics? How does an artist choose a style and develop it, and what do they do when time has come to change it?

In the first part of the episode, Ewa of Bits Fair interviews Braden Hallett, creator of the sci-fi webcomic Cato’s Apprenticeship, about adapting his short story to comic format, using webcomics to experiment and practice art, and how he arrives at his unique style.

Then, Mathieu Moyen of 6-Commando leads a roundtable discussion with Christina Major (Sombulus), Robin Childs (LeyLines) and Ally Rom Colthoff (Chirault) about their own style experimentation, how readers react to stylistic changes mid-comic, and their own stories as they learn, accept critique, experiment with new tools, and push forward.

Join the SpiderForest Discord Chat every other Saturday for an open forum discussion about our podcast topics!

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wow, damn. This is pretty heavy (but cool!) stuff. Dream Eater’s really getting into Cool Professor mode and I feel like A) this is his natural mode and B) he needs to get to do this more often because Professor Dream Eater is the best professor.

….O_____o I need to make my brain stop doing weirdo things now.

This is all really good information conveyed in a visually striking way, but the only thing I really care about are those flufferbutts. THEY JUST WANNA CUDDLE.

Also, I appreciate nonbinary gods. 🙂

Even Kali is slowly being won over by the flufferbutts. She’s still not so sure about this so-called Knowledge God, but his rakaros are okay…I guess.

And I’ve always thought making gods of really Big Things a specific gender odd. This god is INFINITE…! Except he’s male. Totally male. He’s infinite and all things except woman. Because gross cooties, I guess? But then I find the concept of a god that is infinite, but also exclusively good, to be equally odd. Because if infinite, then shouldn’t that include ALL things? Good AND evil? Or even to be so vast that the concepts of good and evil are no longer large enough to actually encompass what that being would be?

…basically, I’ve loved the concept of infinity ever since it was introduced to me in Calculus and I’ve never felt that most god-like beings are actually presented as large enough to fit eternity.

Gendered gods for gendered experiences do make some degree of sense to me. A female goddess for childbirth tracks in my mind. Although when you start rethinking a binary experience of gender, that changes too. For experiences that belong to every being, every plant, every moment in time, every form of existence in a linear time, gods that have binary genders make even less sense to me. Doesn’t death belong to everyone? Isn’t that the point? Is there a reason it should be the domain of one culturally-imposed form of gender over another? I question that. I question the cultural motives of it a lot.

What’s interesting is that a lot of pre-European contact cultures feature nonbinary genders and therefore nonbinary gods. And before people decided by committee what God was and was not, the traditional Judeochristian god actually had different aspects, some of which were female. (Don’t know a ton abt that, but it’s still an interesting bit of trivia.)

The good and evil idea has never occurred to me, but now that you put it that way, it doesn’t make any sense. Especially since it’s hard to reconcile the idea of a god being “good” and also all seeing, all knowing, and such.

I am a sponge ready for Prof Dream Eater to let soak knowledge *droooool* I love your graphics accompanying this info.

Dream Eater is pleased to have such an attentive student. If only the rest of the world was so willing to listen to him pontificate! Truly, he would be blessed.

Also, significantly less bored. It’s atrociously dull to live in a library when you already know how all the books end.

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