MeZolith

Stories Within Stories Within History: Talking <i>MeZolith</i> with Ben HaggartyMezoLith Vol. 1 by Adam Brockbank

Excellent news!

The first volume of this graphic novel set in the mesolithic era  is back in print, with Volume Two due out later this year.

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Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank present a compelling version of prehistory – drawing on archaeological evidence, anthropology and folklore.

There is an insightful interview with Ben Haggarty over on the Paste Magazine site.

Dr H

 

New Year

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Since 2007 we have been going to watch the Widcombe Mummers perform on New Year’s Day.

Mummer close up

The story changes slightly each time, with reference to local events, but it generally revolves around the battle between King George and the Turkey Snipe. (You can read about different versions of this traditional play here).

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Turkey Snipe close up

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When the Knight is fatally wounded, the players call on the services of the Quack Doctor and then Beelzebub to resurrect him.

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The play ended this year with everyone singing a version of the Gloucestershire Wassail.

Then it’s time for the mummers, musicians and audience to parade along to the next location and the next performance.

Mummers procession

All the very best for 2016 from Dr A and Dr H.

Photos by Mr X.

 

 

Weland the Smith – Preview

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Weland the Smith is a new comic I’ve been working on in collaboration with Professor Howard Williams (University of Chester).

You can can see a preview of the first three pages of this eight-page comic over on the Heritage Jam website.

I’ve really enjoyed working with the early medieval art and artefacts, such as the Franks Casket and the Leeds Cross.

The full comic will go up on Prehistories and Howard’s blog Archaeodeath in a few weeks time.

Dr H

Thinkin’ ’bout Thinkin’

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I’m very excited to see my artwork used in the video for the song Thinkin’ ’bout Thinkin’ by the band Cuz (Mike Watt and Sam Dook). The song was inspired, in part by, the story of Aiken Drum as told by Scottish poet William Nicholson.

This all came about after I sent Sam Dook a link to my Chantonbury Ring comic, inspired by his song The Wheel and the Ring.

The video was animated by artist Esther Springett.

Watch the video here.

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Many thanks to Sam and Esther for making this happen!

Dr H

Folklore Fridays: Sunday 21st October 1638

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This comic was created for the Past in its Place workshop, held at Buckfast Abbey 17th-18th April 2015.

Many thanks to conference organiser – Philip Schwyzer – for  accepting a comic as a contribution to the workshop, and to David Harvey, whose blog post inspired the comic.

The narrative and images for the historical account of the storm are based on The two Widecombe tracts 1638: giving a contemporary account of the great storm.

Sunday 21st October 1638

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02 Jan Reynolds and the Devil

03 Jan Reynolds and the Devil

04 Jan Reynolds and the Devil

05 Jan Reynolds and the Devil

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Dr H