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Posting this, today of all days, because “Lore Olympus” returns this weekend and I 👏 am 👏 PSYCHED 👏💕
As for the art, I was really struck by the circumstances leading up to/surrounding that intense, impactful, perfect first kiss, and how well it resonates from this line from their first meeting.
Below the cut, also, is some fun from Lore Olympians’ read through, which they hosted during the hiatus of the last couple of months. I didn’t submit my answers to all the discussion questions each week, as I am a bit…… verbose, BUT I had a lot of fun participating and learned a lot from diving deeper into the story building of this wonderful series! If you want to see what I thought (i. e. the perspective of a spastic, Pagan queer fangirl), scroll down 🖤
And if “Lore Olympus” is not your style but you still love These Chthonic Gods, may I recommend two other Hades and Persephone works by two dear friends of mine!
Li Österberg, a-gnosis on deviantArt and Tumblr, has drawn a plethora of Greek mythology comics, reaching far back into the lore in a deliciously rich and earthy way! Her Hades and Persephone have a much different vibe from LO – Hades is still quiet and unassuming, those qualities pulled out even more in the most charming of ways, and her Persephone is a powerhouse, still stifled by her upbringing but wholly yearning for her inner darkness in a way that reaches back to the most primordial earth goddesses. You can read about their first meeting in her series “The Family Party” and about their developing relationship in “Destroyer of Light” and “Anthesteria.”
(By the way, I have been blessed by her with Tock fanart before!)
And Constanza Gomez Zara, coloricioso on Instagram, deviantArt and Tumblr, creates a gorgeous, rich and flowing narrative of Hades and Persephone’s story, also drawing deeper from Greek mythology and what came before. Her imagery often focuses on the sensuality and wealth of their relationship, and her take on Persephone is unlike any I’ve ever seen. They also have a different vibe than LO’s version – they resonate with the confidence and strength of their royal relationship in a way that I hope LO achieves in the end! You can see her illustrations of them by clicking on the links above to her sites, check out her story “Persephone – Queen of Hades” in written form here and in comic form on Webtoon!
Both of these incredible creators also bring body positivity to their versions of the tale in a big way, and an emotional depth that is unparalleled and necessary for the retelling of this beautiful myth! I hope you go check them out and show them both ALL the love.
(I am also hoping to do pieces similar to this one of their Hades and Persephones, and my own!! Planning for that starts today, but its gonna take a while. You can see more of my version of Hades and Persephone here, too. Surprise, they’re Gnomes!)
And if you’re still curious about my LO thoughts, look below! Fingers crossed for all of us keeping our cool about whatever season 2’s beginning brings us, in the coming days 🦋
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