Let me start this blog post by saying that I do not advocate zoophilia in any way. Tigers are meant to lie with tigers and as such, they should remain unmolested. Please, if you’re contemplating a lifestyle that involves tiger rape, I urge you to reconsider. For your sake and the tiger’s.

This is a comic strip about the incredible epic tale of Gilgamesh, mighty warrior-king and all around badass. My brother picked me up a wonderfully translated version of it for Christmas and so far it is absolutely enthralling. This week’s strips are both about it and they don’t even cover the majority of the sort of nonsense Gilgamesh gets up to! This thing is a comic gold mine, I tell you!

While today’s strip sort of gets off track rather quickly, the poem it was spawned from opens up with a description of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, and tells of the city he inhabits. We are invited in by the author and told to imagine all the wonders great walled Uruk has to offer. We are then invited to reflect on the power and fame of its king. Soon after, we are informed that while Gilgamesh is a powerful and intimidating specimen of a man, he is also a tyrant and a threat to his own people, that he “tramples his people as the wild bull” and so on. Right from the opening of the poem we know that something has to change in Uruk.

Enter Enkidu. Created by the gods as a balance to the power and tyranny of Gilgamesh, Enkidu roams the wild mountains, running with animals and enjoying a rather simple existence as one of them. When Gilgamesh hears of this savage hairy man, he sends forth a priestess belonging to a strange order that sleeps with any man that wishes it to tame Enkidu. This woman, Shamhat, goes into the wild, engages in sexual activity with Enkidu for seven days (yikes) and then watches as he tries to return to his animal friends. To his dismay, the animals run from him and will not take him back. On the other hand, he feels his mind expanded and the speech of men understood for the first time.

The whole thing is a rather clever metaphor for entering civilization and, specifically, becoming a man. Mesopotamian culture was a great deal less conservative with regards to human sexual activity than many cultures today. The epic of Gilgamesh clearly shows us that sex was something given great importance in the civilization itself and that, without it, a man was not a man. Enkidu, having literally lost his innocence, joins society and sees the injustices Gilgamesh has laid on Uruk’s citizens and vows to destroy him.

It’s amazing what a little sex can do.

Sorry for all these late strips. I’ve just been trying to work on other projects and write comics I’m happy with. All this free time is actually a little difficult to deal with! I’m used to being crushed by hours of homework on a nightly basis!

I’m currently working on writing a sort of pilot comic that will be about 40-50 pages. As I work on it a little more, I might post some links here to gauge peoples’ reactions to it…