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For this Digital Project, I've chosen to do a webcomic (with a commentary) using Lego. As source material I've used primarily Source 26 (from Hesiod's Theogony), but also elements from Source 27 (Works and Days) and 34 (Prometheus Bound, by Aeschlyus).

Why a webcomic?
Because I'm a fan of the medium. And, because I wanted to show it could work to tell a serious story. I took inspiration from comics like Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick, which manages to successfully tell a fantasy epic in a medium normally reserved for gag-a-day strips. Comics are really only just beginning to be taken seriously as literature, and what better way to push boundaries than to tell one of the oldest stories in existence?

Why Lego?
Admittedly, this choice was mostly because I cannot draw, and have no artistic talent whatsoever. Any and all artistic knowledge I have is in the realms of film and photography, so that's naturally what I gravitated towards. I had initially planned to make a short film, but having worked on similar projects in high school I realised that the end product you get is not proportional to what you put in, especially if using friends as actors.

There's also a nice synergy between the content and the medium. Prometheus is a story about what is really the advent of art, technology and human creativity, coming in the middle of one of the great Greek creation myths. Lego is an example of that technology, being used for a solely artistic and creative purpose. If I were to do a follow up to this, I'd choose an earlier chapter of the Theogony, and really play up the creation aspect inherent in Lego.

Why the commentary?
Initially I'd planned to spread this statement out across each of my strips, as a 'director's commentary' of sorts giving the specifics of what decisions and background went into each strip. After a few strips I realised I was also including bits of trivia about Greek myth which I found interesting. I decided to run with this, and make them something that the average internet user could read and appreciate and maybe even learn from. It's probably a bit pretentious, but I drew a comparison with didactic poems, with their nuggets of useful information wrapped in a mythical shell.

I'd like to say thanks for the opportunity to do something like this. It's pretty rare that you can get academic credit for playing with Lego!