If you look at popular culture interpretations of Greek Mythology, you see a lot of stories in which Hades is the archetypal devil-figure, hell-bent on destroying the hero because… dead guys are creepy…or something. That’s because these interpretations often equate the realm of Hades with Hell; thus the ruler becomes aligned with Satan. And that’s just not right.
ETA: All problems with the site have been worked out. You can view the comic at www.olympia-heights.com/comic
We’ve had a little stumble launching the Olympia Heights comic. My hosting provider has been slipping considerably over the past few years, and last night’s issue was timed horribly because an issue with our previous site design wasn’t discovered until launch. While I wait for customer service (it literally could be a week, it was last time I dealt with them) I can’t do anything. I’ve been through all of my steps to troubleshoot and now a server admin is required.
So what about the Olympia Heights comic? Well, the site just keeps shooting off 500 Internal Server Errors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read it. The comic is also being updated weekly by email. You can sign up here to get the new 2-page spread in your inbox on Fridays.
Below I’ve attached the starting pages so you can read them now. Hopefully once I get the kinks worked out the rest of the comic’s run will go smoothly. This is why I’ll be hosting my fanfiction on Tumblr.
The Olympia Heights comic did not fund on Kickstarter, but the fact that the average pledge was almost fifty dollars means that the people I did reach really wanted to see this happen. The failure to fund wasn’t so much a failure of the idea as a problem with reaching the right audience. I love novels and comics, so it was my own hubris in thinking that everyone who loves novels must love comics, too. It’s going to take a lot of work to build that comic audience, and having a comic is kind of an essential part (otherwise what am I promoting?)
So Sam Albro and I have come to an agreement to make this comic happen anyway. It’s going to change some things about our initial plan, but after rescripting and discussing this with friends and family, I actually think the new plan will produce a better result.
So watch the video below to hear about the plan.
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Olympia Heights: Lightning Rod is live on Kickstarter. I need your help to pay for art, so back this project now to make it happen!
I decided to see Hercules, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, after viewing the trailer before Godzilla. It showed clips of Hercules completing his twelve labors, and I was pleased to see that these depictions adhered to the myth. I was even more pleased so see a Hercules that was not entirely white-washed. At least Hercules and his wife, Megara, weren’t cast as blue-eyed blondes (though one of their children is?), and The Rock makes a more convincing son of Zeus than Kevin Sorbo.
I saw the film in 3D, which was at times a little too in-your face and hard to focus on, but didn’t give me a headache like some bad 3D. This gorgeously shot movie never once fell short on effects and CGI. The costumes were impeccable, and every monster looks real and present.
Now that I’ve made the obligatory pop-culture reference from ten years ago…
Last week my new license plate for my new car arrived. I purchased a little Ford Fiesta in Olympia Heights green, so I needed a plate to go with it (Alabama doesn’t issue front license plates like Massachusetts does). I posted a photo on Instagram last week, and a few people on various social networks expressed interest in acquiring the plate.
I’m sure there’s some place I could set up the plate for print-on-demand where I could get a small royalty, but you know what? F#@% it.
Here’s the only catch: if you do it, you have to send me a photo of your car with its pretty new plate so I can share it with the rest of the Olympia Heights fandom.
I’m working hard on a few projects at the moment. One is a short story for a submission call. The second is the final edits of Royer Goldhawk part two. The third is preliminary planning for my next novel series. The fourth is the Olympia Heights comic spinoff.
Olympia Heights Comic?
I’ve been teasing about it here and there with character designs and stream-of-consciousness ramblings about canons of mythology. The script is outlined and being written right now. If I get my way, there will be 16 comics total (roughly 3200 pages of Olympia Heights awesomeness). But I need to pay for art.
In October I’ll be launching a Kickstarter to pay my artist for the first 200-page volume. That Kickstarter campaign will be your chance to grab exclusive shirts, posters, buttons, and cover designs. If you think that might at all be something you’d be interested in backing or at least sharing to your friends, I’d appreciate if you sign-up for an email notification when it goes live. I’ll be working my butt off at events all summer to build this list so the project can be a success. I just hope you’ll help out in whatever way you can.
In 1897, for the Centennial Exposition, Nashville, TN decided to build a replica of The Parthenon. Later in the 20th century, they decided to recreated the Athena statue that was found in ruins in the real, ancient Parthenon. A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided we should visit the replica; after all, it’s only 3 hours from our house.
Our fourth wedding anniversary was this week, so Kyle and I drove up to Nashville for the weekend and visited the replica temple. It’s a bizarre thing, to drive through a very Christian, southern, country-music city and suddenly stumble upon a monumental pagan structure. Like hello antiquity, what are you doing here?
Though the real Parthenon was cut from stone, and this Parthenon was made from concrete, it’s still very impressive. The Athena statue inside, which looks rather silly as a model in the gift shop, is a different beast in its enormous scale. This gold-leafed statue stands at epic proportions. In the real temple back in Classical Greece, commoners like myself would not be allowed inside the temple. I would have only seen Athena in all her glory from the door of the temple on festival days as the sun shone through the windows and bounced light off the reflecting pool onto her gold-plated chiton. There was no pool in this Parthenon. The tourists needed somewhere to stand to take photos.
The entire reconstruction process is a really fascinating story. The research that went into getting this place right is meticulous. I will admit that I was moved to something very close to tears as I stepped into the main room of the temple and laid eyes on the monolithic goddess standing in the naos, sheltering a giant snake with her shield.
I encourage anyone near Nashville to go visit this site. It’s $6 for adults (and cheaper to bring your kids). Kyle and I saw the Parthenon and later had a delicious Greek dinner at Athens in the city. The gift shop is meh, and it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot to do, but the tour guides know their stuff and the site of the goddess alone is worth the trip.
Read more about the park here.