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


Man, this took me way longer than it should have, but here you go. I've been fiddling with the damn thing for so long that I have to go put my head between my knees now or something, but first a few remarks, such as that I recently reread the Book of Job, specifically Stephen Mitchell's translation, and I was thinking when I drew the whale minyan last time of a few verses from Chapter 12: "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?" A fish of the sea totally declares unto Jonah. And God speaks unto the fish! I do that all the time to Bela, but he mostly ignores me.

Another thing about Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Book of Job is his argument in the introduction that Job doesn't get a whole new family at the end of the story, but rather gets his old family back. He points out that God gives Job twice as much of everything else, but the same amount of children, seven sons and three daughters, who seem to be magically grown up at once, and besides this is a fairy tale and it just doesn't work unless the kids come back to life. I agree. So in my mind the dove Jonah gets back in this installment, his soul, is the same dove that was sacrificed by the sailors a few verses ago. After all he has the same soul, and when I rip off Philip Pullman I do it wholeheartedly, by gum.

One more thing: deliberately beaching themselves to snatch prey is something some orca populations do. It looks amazing. Here's the reference photo I used for the first panel:

Of course when I draw a head-on orca it comes out looking like some kind of evil Pokemon, but that actually kind of works.

That's the end of Chapter Two, but if you're worried that Jonah has learned anything from his experiences, put your mind at rest. We'll shortly see that he's the same whiny, ungenerous bigot that he was to begin with. I love this guy!
Tags: bela, job, stix, the bible, the book of jonah
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