Wednesday, April 8, 2009

What is the Red Bull? : Cut Scene Comics 4

I have to confess something: I cheated on this one. Of Course the Red Bull is in this production. But he's described in Mr. Beagle's prose in very vivid terms that we likely won't be able to narrate. I also found it difficult to resist drawing the image in this one as it popped into my head. Here goes:

In case you don't feel like craning your neck sideways (and upside down) to read the text, here's what I put in:

The Moon (the left "horn")

"The unicorn crouched awake waiting to see the vast form of the Red Bull come charging out of the Moon. She caught his smell, a dark, sly reek easing through the night, reaching out to find her..."

The Demon (the right "horn")
written on the contract:

"It is the Devil, to whom Haggard sold his soul. It is the thing he sold his soul to possess."

The Terrible Light (the left "eye")

"He was the color of blood. A terrible light poured from him like sweat."

The Swirling Darkness (the right "eye")

"A swirling darkness, the red darkness you see when you close your eyes in pain."

And then, Outlining its Face:

"You can find the others if you are brave. They passed down all the roads long ago, and the Red Bull ran close behind them and covered their footprints. His firstling bull has majesty, and his horns are the horns of a wild ox. With them he will push your people, all of them, to the ends of the earth."


"The Red Bull of King Haggard. So you know of the Bull. Well, he'll not have you."

Finally, the text in back should be pretty clear, but just in case, it's Haggard's description of the Bull, except in the first person:

"I Serve Anyone Who Has No Fear."

Some people I've shown this to see the Bull right away, but some people have thought that the Demon is supposed to be the Red Bull, and don't see what all the images add up to until I point it out to them. Can you see it? I just love the idea of this vast head coalescing out of all these different elements, with the Unicorn a tiny threatened shadow just beneath it. I hope you all enjoy it.

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