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!