Zombienomicon (R) – Celephais

I did a comic a few years ago called Kid Celephais, basically a sort of Walter Mitty meets H.P. Lovecraft’s version of the Dream-Lands. It wasn’t particularly good, more an exploration of ideas.

Now I am returning to Celephais, under the Zombienomicon (R) umbrella.

I am adapting Celephais itself in the same way Marvel adapted the ‘real’ Conan stories first before splitting off into their own continuity. Much the same approach here, I will begin with Celephais, adapting it word for word as text for the comic book pictures. This is effectively the origin of a Superman type character, albeit the god of a city-state in the Dream-Lands.

On such sparse threads I am then going to weave the further adventures of Kuranes, as the hero of Celephais (and Ooth-Nargai) and Serannian the city in the clouds. Adventures, mysteries and so on.

I am putting it under the Zombienomicon (R) rubric for three reasons. Firstly, adapting the public domain HPL work is going to lead to spinning off of new tales, and these tales in my own mythology properly fall under the Zombienomicon type story cycle – forbidden book, altered realities and so on. Secondly, Kuranes as Dream-Land Superman is a titanic character and he needs serious threats and challenges for his adventures to be remotely interesting. Deadoids, vampires, lost pocket universes and powerful adversaries come naturally from the Zombienomicon worlds. Thirdly it suits the general atmosphere of neo-Gothic, watercolor artwork and so on.

I am using a variety of art techniques on the Celephais stuff, ranging from scanned watercolors, GiMP rendering, and scanning and distorting collages.

I keep toying with the idea of doing 3D physical art too – physical maquettes and cardboard standup versions of the city, or some location that warrants it. I did a little bit of that for Bogatyr (which became part of the Zombienomicon Eisegesis book) and it’s fun, if time consuming. I really need to set a table up properly if I am going to be photographing physical cardboard etc. and that might be the dealbreaker. No time. No space.


Oannes and Ouranos

It comes as a surprise when one first discovers that the Ancient Greeks quite often “reasoned out” their early mythology from depictions in the abandoned ruins of older and in some cases more advanced peoples.

Ouranos is one of the “primordial” Greek “gods” and the name is “translated” as Father Sky, logical counterpart to Mother Earth.

When one sees that in Ancient Egyp it was MOTHER Sky and FATHER EARTH, one also sees that such sexual designations are not inevitable. And one should also be suspicious of “translations” that make identifications inevitable.

All of which is by way of introcuction to the thought bubble – is ancient OANNES the origin of less ancient OURANOUS? The words are similar, and as much as anti-diffusionists, who in many cases are agenda driven anti-rationalists, oppose any logical thinking in relation to language, it is harder to argue that the same “middle east” which gave wholesale of its original pre-Aryan and Aryan culture to the Greeks and China would somehow omit Oannes.

Ouranos mates with Mother Earth. If we accept the basic syllogism for the purpose of argument, the element of earth is visited by another element. There are only three possibilities – air, fire or water.

In the case of Oannes, he is a “fish with human feet” or amphibian, depicted in a very intriguing way as a bearded human head emerging from a fish – suggestive of aquatic apes and bigfoot sightings such as the of the Big Muddy River in America.

Ouranos is identified with the sky in the usual Greek way of groupings based on an initial flawed premise tested to destruction. In the same manner that Akhnaten and Egyptian Thebes, the monotheism heresy and his children and incestuous relationships becomes Oedipus, the Seven Against Thebes and so on for the Hellenic world when in fact the whole thing is momentous Egyptian history, so too having Zeus (“Sky”) as ruler of the gods means “logically” his father-god and grandfather-god must too be sky rulers. But there is no reason why that would be true. Abandon that point and leave the relationships in place and something more logical emerges.

Oannes the civilizer “married” Mother Earth through the simple precedent of emerging from the ocean to dry land, there to teach the primitives of the foreshore pre-existing knowledge he and his race already held.

Matching Oannes with Ouranos opens some interesting doors.