Monday, February 13, 2017

Monk # 1 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In Endless Nights, Alain’s and his court live a life beyond death because they locked their gates, preventing Death from visiting his island.

As time passes, Alain entertains his court with a variety of activities such as masquerades and letting his court watch him get squashed by a large bull elephant. Of course, on some days Alain announces that it’s a day of penitence and mortification.

On those days, a group of monks come to the palace and hear the confessions of the citizens of Alain’s court and after the confessions the penitents kneel and are flogged until their blood ran across the mosaic floor.

This man is one of the Monks of Alain’s island. He appears in Endless Nights, in the Death story on page 6 in panel 6.

This is a wonderful portrait from Anna. She approached this character as I would expect a monk to be. He seems calm and at one with God, wearing his brown robes. This is an interesting contrast to the Monks who visit Alain’s island with whips and leave only when blood is spilled upon the floor and penitence is complete.

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