The original ancient greek myth tells the story about legendary King Minos of Crete and his wonderful wife – Pasiphae. The King prayed to god Poseidon, who was the protector of the Kingdom, to legitimize his reign over the island Crete. The god listened to his prayers – a marvelous white bull appears from the sea for Minos to sacrifice it. But the king tries to trick the god. He sacrifices another bull, keeping the white one for his herd.
Poseidon punishes Minos putting a spell on his beautiful wife Pasiphae. The queen fells in love with the bull. She asks her engineer – Daedalus – to build an artificial cow to mate with the bull. That’s how she gets pregnant and gives birth to a kid with a head of a bull – Minotaur.
The kind puts the kid in a Labyrinth – a mysterious palace-dungeon from which no one can get out. Several years passes. Athenians, who want to avoid war with kind Minos, send him 14 young girls and boys, as a part of the peace tribute. The slaves are thrown to Minotaur to feed him.
A hero named Theseus comes to Create, hearing the horrific stories about Minotaur. He wants to earn the fame killing the Beast. Ariadna, the oldest daughter of king Minos, offer help in escaping the dungeon. In return she wants Theseus to merry her. The hero agrees to the princess terms. He goes down the Labyrinth, slays Minotaur and earns his treasure and a hand of a princes Phaedra – sister of Ariadne.
The myth has some more details that I will explore and build on. Ariadne and Phaedra have younger sister – Akkalis. In Mythology she gets pregnant from either Apollo or someone else, depends on a version. She is cast out from the royal family and give birth to son as an outcast far from home. In my story she will be the beauty for my beast. She will be the one who fell in love with the Minotaur. The Beast will love and be loved. The mythological kid will be Minotaur’s son.
Next to the main duo there will be more characters – the sisters, the king, the queen, the engineer, the hero. All are already psychologically drafted in my notes. They are for me complicated individuals who are, as it use to be in the ancient myths, tragically involved in events surpassing them to their doom.
THE PILOT SCENE
As it is a graphic novel I am not letting you think about it as Schrodinger’s Cat.
The pilot scene is here for you to see how the story will be drawn. I was inspired by the ancient Greek vases painting, especially the red figure technique.