The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf
eyeteeth

I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink



Panels, you guys! I'm not posting something I'd already drawn just because I got five hours' sleep on account of having to finish a rush edit and then had to go to the gynecologist and then run to my parents' place to use their copy of TurboTax; no, I wanted to show off those panels! Kinda looks like I know what I'm doing, don't it?

The first two of those panels, incidentally, may look familiar, because you've seen them before (you being the Platonic ideal of you who follows Small Peculiar with a fervor that borders on religious): they appeared here a little less than a year ago, but I never was happy with that last part. At first it was just the lack of background that told me it needed more attention; but after some more reading and thinking I decided that Jonah's whole attitude there is wrong. I had him looking sad because he was about to be thrown overboard, but on further consideration I think that self-destruction was his goal all along. In analyzing the various meanings of the story of Jonah, readers (particularly Christian readers) tend to emphasize his defiance of God's command, and his defiance is of course an important element in the story, but it's not what makes him unique. Lots of people in the Bible defy God, or do things they know He won't like, but Jonah's the only one who does it in silence. I had read about this, but it really struck me only when I drew it. Jonah doesn't say word one until the ninth verse of the first chapter, by which point he has abandoned his entire life and run toward its antithesis, the annihilating sea. His first forcible ejection from symbolic death has already occurred, when the captain woke him. His actions, in short, are those of a man who wants to die -- so he wouldn't be sad to draw the short straw. (Also, he's a prophet. He knew he was going to draw the short straw.)

And now that Jonah has finally opened his mouth, his speech to the sailors, like his later address to the Ninevites, serves to emphasize his silence toward God, whom he does not address until chapter four when he can't contain his fury any longer. Jonah's suicidal, but he's also angry -- the feelings go together for him. He's too angry to talk to God yet, but he wants God to know: You made me do this, it was Your injustice that made me embrace death. Like a kid giving a parent the silent treatment, Jonah can't just not talk to God: he has to make a big production out of not talking to God. He's a creature of paradoxes, Jonah.

All that is what I'm trying to convey in the last panel! I regret that it looks a bit as if Jonah and the captain are standing on a large sheet of paper. I think I can fix that with a few strategic lines.
Tags: sleep, stix, the book of jonah
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