Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This one came from pondering Big Bang stuff. So what does this have to do with the Big Bang? Not much. It's not an easy thing to put into a comic, but I remembered a silly description of what one's surroundings would look like as an observer at the time when things finally spread out enough to let light get around. Before that moment things were in a super dense hot state but there was no light because things were too tightly packed. So even in this origin story there is a moment when the lights come on (and it isn't at the first instant of the bang). So what would this still very dense soup look like if you could be there? Every direction would look virtually the same in a frustrating sort of way. So in this origin story our hero is faced with many repetitions of an identical view, and as Buckaroo Banzai said, "No matter where you go, there you are." Yep, nothing to do with the Big Bang at all. Sorry to disappoint.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I can't count how many origin stories I've read or listened to that describe the initial state of nothingness as a liquid darkness. And then, naturally, someone special turns on the lights, makes a comfortable dry place, and picks all the miserable soggy beings out of the ocean.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This one came from a tongue in cheek creation story in which the creator took some clay from the earth and formed it into a person, then baked it. The first attempt failed; it was overcooked and burnt black. So the creator tried again, and this time the person didn't bake long enough and came out sickly white. On the third try, the creator got it right and baked the person perfectly, resulting in a golden tan. Take what you like from all this, but I think the story is charming.