WILW: "Lore Olympus"

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Some of you who have been following us for a while know that I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology. Back in 2015, I wrote an entire collection of poetry, “The Lost Lines,” combining the myth of Persephone’s descent to the underworld with local folklore.

The collection didn’t end up getting me into any graduate programs, but it’s from this collection that my two poems were published by RHINO and The Atlanta Review last year.

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A couple weeks ago, I went to post something on Instagram and I saw an illustration of Persephone and Hades show up on my feed. I went ahead and clicked through to see what it was, and it turned out it was a comic.

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I’ve never read a comic, with the exception of Maus and Maus II by Art Spiegelman, and I have never considered myself a comic person. Nonetheless, I downloaded the WebToon app, and started reading. I ended up reading through 32 episodes in about two nights.

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Boom. Addicted.

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What I love so much about this comic is that the illustration is gorgeous, and I really admire the way the phone is used as a scrolling canvas. That and I’m always interested in modern interpretations of myth.

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But something that I really appreciated about this comic is that it really surprised and delighted me to find something new. I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none kind of gal, and my hobbies are so high in quantity that I don’t usually pick up new interests.

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I think if this comic hadn’t been built around myth, and the illustration hadn’t been so beautiful, I would never have taken an interest in comics, and I actually flew through a second series about an indie game developer, titled “Let’s Play,” this week.

To get started reading, click here.

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