Monday, May 07, 2007

Almost-Rans, pt. 3


I've thought for a long time that there is a pretty good character in Medusa. She's basically a young girl who makes the mistake of being raped by Poseidon. This happens in the temple of an easily insulted Athena who turns Medusa into a monster, complete with scaly skin, a beard, brass wings and claws, and, of course, incredibly unmanageable hair. Not only that, but she is sent to live on an island with her new "sisters," the horrible and immortal Gorgons.

And that's that. The island is Outside the Edge of the World, which is pretty far off the beaten track. Medusa wasn't out terrorizing the livestock, or eating sailors, or really doing anything other than wishing that she could actually give birth to her two kids, Chrysaor and Pegasus (apparently, they were trapped inside her when she was monstered).

Then, one day, Perseus is asked to bring an elaborate gift to the king's wedding. He's pretty poor, and says, sarcastically, that he could as easily bring back a Gorgon's head. The king, who is kinda eager to bump Perseus off, says "Deal." Since Medusa is the only one of the Gorgons who is mortal, she's the target. He gets kitted up by Athena (who is not letting the temple thing go), and he's off.

Doesn't that make you want to know what Medusa's take on all of this was?

Not that any of this feeds into this attempt at a Fist-a-Cuffs fighter.


chrishaley said...

I know I saw this one the other day, but I have only the vaguest recollection of it.
My point is seeing it here was a pleasant surprise.
Also, thanks to this post, I now have to go buy Clash of the Titans to watch tonight.
Also, thanks to this post, I'm just going to go ahead and say it, you're going to have to teach me to color one of these days.

Lighthouse Pilot said...

Ooooooooh, turn them to stone THEN jackhammer the crud out of them. I'm sure someone somewhere has invented a way to come back to life after having been turned to stone, but turned to stone and then jackhammered??!! No way, Jose.

I can't actually watch Clash of the Titans because it only breaks my heart over and over again to find out I can't have a real Bubo.

Joel Priddy said...


This is actually a different drawing. I was so dissatisfied with the one you saw that I felt it didn't even count as an "Almost-Ran."

I really don't do anything too fancy with the coloring. For the past few weeks I've been playing the two filters I mentioned in the Popeye post, and, I gotta say, they make the whole process a lot less annoying. I recommend 'em.


Yeah, I thought it'd make a pretty devastating action-combo. But I wasn't sure how well it'd work against robots or creatures that were already made of stone. Hence, no FACA for Medusa Mae.

And, yeah, Bubo. Ah, Bubo. Although, when this movie came out I was just old enough to be more interested in finding a real Andromeda.

april said...

man. this one is my favorite. i'm a fan of anything that's tough and female, but this one takes the cake.

also, i've had tattoos on the brain pretty regularly lately, and i think this makes for a great tattoo idea.

chrishaley said...

Shane - You and me both.

Joel - That would explain the feelings of newness. So, you didn't like the winged version?
I'll go back and give those filters a try again, but reading the explanation given by Dean sounded like a foreign language for some reason.

Joel Priddy said...


As far back as high school, I planned on getting an Ancient Greek Gorgon's head for a tattoo on my right forearm. My thinking was that it would lock me into my intention to be an artist. I wouldn't dare fail, because I'd be saddled with this constant reminder of my dreams, making me feel more and more bitter each time I saw it.

It didn't prove necessary. Simply failing to acquire any skills other than drawing had the same effect.


I liked the wings, but... I dunno. The drawing was lacking something. I'm much happier with this one.

Evan said...

speaking of the photoshop filters you have been using, i downloaded them but i can't really understand how to use them. could you give a brief tutorial?? don't go into any excessive detail, i know what a busy man you are...

or, is there a good explanation somewhere i could read??

Joel Priddy said...


Good idea. I'll try to put up a tutorial sometime this week.

the lw said...

Hi Schweetie,

First, I think Medusa would make a great Threadless submission. She's first-rate and would look super groovy on a t-shirt.

Second, as promised, the quote from Cixous' "Laugh of the Medusa." Picture a college-aged LW groovin' on its anti-phallologocentrism (ohmygoodness), while slowly figuring out that heading to a doctoral program in philosophy is inevitable.

"The Dark Continent is neither dark nor unexplorable. —It is still unexplored only because we’ve been made to believe that it was too dark to be explorable. And because they want to make us believe that what interests us is the white continent, with its monuments to Lack. And we believed. They riveted us between two horrifying myths: between the Medusa and the abyss. That would be enough to set half the world laughing, except that it’s still going on. For the phallologocentric sublation is with us, and it’s militant, regenerating the old patterns, anchored in the dogma of castration. They haven’t changed a thing: they’ve theorized their desire for reality! Let the priests tremble, we’re going to show them our sexts!

Too bad for them if they fall apart upon discovering that women aren’t men, or that the mother doesn’t have one. But isn’t this fear convenient for them? Wouldn’t the worst be, isn’t the worst, in truth, that women aren’t castrated, that they have only to stop listening to the Sirens (for the Sirens were men) for history to change its meaning? You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she’s not deadly. She’s beautiful and she’s laughing."

Joel Priddy said...

Wow, thanks, Sweetie! Way to raise the tone around this two-bit popsicle stand!