A group of primal deities gather around a shadowy altar, where Frenzy the god of chaos and ecstasy holds a tale-telling contest. What do gods like better than bragging about themselves, after all?
New readers will find this a good place to start! This chapter brings together a collection of extra-short stories in a variety of styles and voices that introduce Frenzy, T’Bao, Pan, Bane, Sekh and Morgan, as well as aspects of the comic’s overall tone and setting.
1. The Story Circle
2. Artemis and Her Champion
The classic hero’s journey…sort of. Struggling actor/burglar Jack Leverett’s mouth runs away with him when he’s cornered by Pan and Morgan, and in a moment of desperation he tells them he’s on a holy pilgrimage in the name of their sister Artemis. Unfortunately, they believe him and resolve to help him complete his quest. Suddenly his world of fiction and fantasy is all too real.
One of the longer stories in Mythos, and the first part in a continuing storyline. Keep your eyes peeled, we’ll be meeting Jack again in Book Two!
Cora is an art student, living away from home for the first time and balancing her social life with all the little stresses of grades, relationships, imposter syndrome, and the fact that she’s secretly a selkie. When her sister Cora comes to visit, fresh from the ocean, they are both confronted with some culture shock.
A lighter chapter about family, dating, and keeping your hide safe.
3. The Modern Seal's Guide to Romance
Drawn in 2013, charcoal/chalk pastel
A short, cautionary tale about making deals with wild spirits of the woods.
Drawn in 2013, digital
Pan has a soft spot for artists, and especially for artists who flatter him. He meets his twin sister Lillith for coffee and relationship advice after he gets in too deep with a talented young sculptor who’s obsessed with the ‘fictional’ god Faunus. Meanwhile, a linguistic archaeologist misses the answers she’s looking for in plain sight.
This chapter is NSFW!
6. The Wilder of the Woods
Drawn in 2013, ink/digital
Long, long, long, long ago — no, longer than that — humans were not the first to keep gods. And gods were not the first creatures to be revered by mortals. In the dying days between the old order and the rise of the new, a pack of wild wolves search for a way to preserve their fading ways of life. It falls to wise Yellow Eyes and bold Char-Foot to look into the encroaching wilderness for a solution.
Drawn in 2013-2014, pencil/ink/digital/collage
Cape Town, 1845: Prince Fox, eldest son of the fairy court, violates his exile from the human world to interfere with the work of a local cartoonist. When he’s captured by the bloodthirsty trickster gods T’Bao and Frenzy, his freedom falls to a battle of wits between the trio. Where did the animosity between gods and fairies begin? What was he up to in the human world? And who is the most cunning immortal of them all?
7. Bright, Slight and Daring
Drawn in 2014, digital
A short story about community, solidarity, music, and revenge.
Drawn in 2014-2015, acrylic
Far out in the desert, a man’s car breaks down and a talkative hyena visits a long buried temple. The environment is vast and hostile, but just below the surface it teems with memory and secrets. The blind god Sekh shows their two new disciples what it really means for a god to be forgotten.
10. Under the Skin
Drawn in 2015, charcoal/ink/mixed media
Lillith and Bane share a quiet, intimate relationship that few of their siblings understand. Life and death, growth and decay — they take a little time for themselves and flourish in each other’s company.
A short, sweet story about love and patience.
Drawn in 2015-2016, ink/digital
Morgan has walked the earth in a thousand forms since before he can remember, but by the 21st century he’s ready for a quieter life. Pan and Lillith drop by his flat for a visit. Things get heated. Oh, and there’s a talking cat.
This is a story for everyone who’s tired of trying.