So, took awhile to start reading ‘Pretty Deadly’, cause I wasn’t in the mood for ‘dark’ stories, but I finally did it two nights ago and… I feel like I have a new love… At some point my brain linked me to the pleasure of first reading ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’, the use of magic realism and the fluidity of the narrative are so amazing! I was hooked, read it all in one go and I just keep wanting to go back, the narrative technic and aesthetics are so well and beautifully mixed, it’s… I don’t know, I probably can keep rambling about it all day… *sighs* on second thought maybe I shouldn’t have read it now, cause I have to wait forever for the next chapter. orz
It was kind of a fast fanart, but I probably won’t resist to keep drawing them.
Hangaku Gozen (Lady Hangaku), also known as Itagaki Gozen, was born in the Jou family, linked to the Taira clan, which lost the Genpei war (1180-1185). Being forced to serve the war winners, now leaders of the shogunate, the remaining members of the Jou family, Hangaku, her brother and nephew, responded starting the Kennin rebellion (1201-1203). Hangaku would have defended the Torisaka castle for three months, her soldiers only surrendering after she was wounded by an arrow. After that she was brought to the capital, the vassals of Minamoto Yoriie were impressed by her deeds, and one of them asked for permission to marry her, unfortunately there’s no registry about her thoughts of such arrangement…
Hangaku’s story appears in the entries of Azuma Kagami (Mirror of the East), a daily record of the Genpei war and early Kamakura period, comprising more than 80 years. Also known as Houjobon (Houjo’s Book), after the family that primarily compiled and possessed it, the book was organized decades later of the events, collecting from various registers and being strongly biased to the Houjo’s side of the history. It’s no certain how much of it is reliable, yet it turned into the “bible” of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu who ordered its print in the 17th century, becoming the most known chronicle about that age.
In the environment Hangaku lived women were expected to be able to defend their home, family and themselves of dishonor. Such capacities were mostly seen during sieges to castles of which lord was away, even so there’re stories of women who engaged in open battle and are accounted as the most valuable soldier on field, I’ll be telling about more of these women in the next posts.
The japanese version of Azuma Kagami is avaiable online and the session of the Genpei War is avaiable in english through the Japanese Historical Text Initiative. Also there’s a book by Stephen Turnbull, called ‘Samurai Women 1184-1877’, that covers all known cases and general context of these warriors.
That illustration took a lot of research, but it’s finally complete phew…
After this last wednesday what I wish even more than a Batgirl team is for BoP to come back, but you know with the friendship, teamwork and all…
P.S.: I was gonna draw only the 3, but how can exist a BoP selfie without Misfit photobombing it?
P.P.S.: You know what would be the coolest thing ever? A movie of BoP against the Secret Six.
This weekend I was thinking about how would be cool if Natalie Dormer did a period production where she’s not, mainly, the sexy lover of some dude… and this idea of her as a vampire/vampire hunter/slayer invaded my mind and didn’t let go… well I tried to convey it, but it was something along these lines…
Couldn’t help it, really quick sketch to appease my nostalgy. I know for now is just Catman and Black Alice from the old team, but still Secret Six is officially back! <3
Maybe I should have add Bane or Kay, Ragdoll can go in anywhere afterall lol… and yeah, he’s feeling fabulous.
I was gonna post this and cry how that’d be the best crossover ever and now I hear there’s a xena/ww comic which was never published… orz
Hatshepsut was born in the late 16th or early 15th century BC and managed to rise to the, until then, male-only title of pharaoh. In the throne she invested in the relationship with neighbors, therefore her 22 years in command turned into the most peaceful and rich in a long time, opening the path to the peak of the 18th dynasty. Her legacy is so big that the proofs of her tenure persisted yet many attempts to write her off history, beginning with the following sovereign.
Neferure was her only child and received an uncommon education, being so well prepared some historians believe she was nurtured to take the throne after her mother. That’s a reason could explain the erasure of Hatshepsut from history, to not let the idea of female rulers take over the tradition of the hereditary male pharaoh.
Although not uncommon, female rulers in Egypt were mostly widow queens acting as regents to their sons, being closely advised in their task, until being replaced. Hatshepsut herself was represented with male features and clothes.
There are articles about Hatshepsut all over the internet, here is a documentary from Discovery Channel showing the find and analysis of her mummy and other informations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUM0cmkPWQ0
So… this post on my other tumblr (for women historical stuff) got featured on the History (official?) tag of Tumblr. Unexpected and cool. =)
I was going to draw something to finally digest the end of Birds of Prey and in a mysterious way I ended with this…
I know Dinah is more of a traditional martial artist, but when the reference of MMA fighters popped up in my head I couldn’t let it go.
Well, harassment of women in the geek community is not new, yet this week was particularly horrible. I felt the need to do this comic strip today as a frustrated reflection, I guess. Super heroes or just heroes in general are images of the good in humanity, of the use of strength to protect, not to harm, but you see fans using them as an excuse to attack people, it’s the ultimate illogic. I chose Spider-man because he and Batman were the first superheroes I loved as a kid, but I didn’t want add darkness to this already sad issue, so Spider-man it was.
Maybe if people just asked that question…
Yuenü (literally the Lady of Yue) first appears in the ‘Commentary of Zuo’, which was written in the Warring States Period, by Zuo Zhuan. The text develops the story behind the entries in the ‘Autumn and Spring Annals’ and is the most famous and accepted of the historic narratives of such kind, while there being disagreements in the extent of veracity of its reports.
The account tells during the Autunm and Spring Period of China, the king Goujian of Yue invited a woman from the Southern Forest whom was known for her sword skills. The woman told had learned such skills by herself, as a necessity of living in the forest and made the first known exposition of swordsmanship fundaments, which for her was based in the yin yang concept, she explained one have to maintain calm while developing strength. Impressed the king ordered for her to train his commanders and gave her the title of Lady of Yue.
There are more relates of female warriors at that age in China, even with more likelihood, but Yuenü is the base of many swordswomen in the chinese novels of the sequent centuries and even in the modern wuxia movies.