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One part art, one part history, one part divine, one part human. A story from the life of St. Patrick as a calligraphic literary comic.
One part art, one part history, one part divine, one part human. A story from the life of St. Patrick as a calligraphic literary comic.
One part art, one part history, one part divine, one part human. A story from the life of St. Patrick as a calligraphic literary comic.
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The Daughters of Loigaire: A Story of St. Patrick

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Written (adapted from a centuries-old hagiography) and illustrated by Bruce Freeby, The Daughters of Loigaire is a 24 page story drawn from the life of Saint Patrick. Utilizing visual vocabulary from both the world of literary comics and Celtic illuminated manuscripts, the work dances along the line between art book and comic book. If successful, this will be the first in a series of hagiographic graphic novellas that will be collected into a long-form book.

No Shamrocks, No Snakes, No Green Beer.

When I tell people I'm making a comic about Saint Patrick, those are usually the first three things that pop into their heads. This is a different story. Hopefully one that's as new (and magical) to you as it was to me when I first read it. It's a bit poetic, a bit mysterious, and a bit spiritual. It will hopefully make your eyes, your brain, and your heart sing for a while.

Woven into the story is an excerpt of "St. Patrick's Breastplate," an astonishingly beautiful prayer attributed to Patrick of Ireland. The text of the prayer varies a bit from version to version, but the one I first encountered and still love best is the one used by the Northumbria monastic community:

Christ, as a light illumine and guide me.

Christ, as a shield overshadow me.

Christ under me;

Christ over me;

Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;

in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light;

Christ as a shield;

Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Risks and challenges

The pages are pretty much finished in physical form, so the only real challenge I foresee is getting all of the commissions done on time. All original art will be done on a first come, first served basis, so some later commissions may be delayed beyond the date shown in the rewards.

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