It’s been a while since we saw a page layout for Rabbit in the Moon – I guess we needed a break. Anyway, here’s the second last page – final layout next month. I’m pretty happy with this one both because it has my favourite image of the whole series and because I did the layout myself this time! Check out this month’s le 12 for the version en français!
images, text variant and layout (cc) 2009 & 2010 Hilary Farmer
To this day, if you look closely, you can still see them together, companionably pounding the elixir of immortality.
Houyi died shortly after of rage – that’s what they called a heart attack back then – thereby proving the ancient saying that “a tyrant never choses his own death”. The people rejoiced and vowed never to have a king again… until the next time.
Here it is – the final image for “why there’s a rabbit on the moon”! I hope you had as much fun reading as I had producing the story. By-the-way, the ancient saying I quote here, was quoted in the Tao Te Ching as an already ancient saying, see verse 42.
Well, I guess the final image will be posted next week since I am not completely happy with it yet. In the meantime, here’s the most recent recap… and you can check it out as usual en français on le 12!
images and text variant (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer and thanks to Maxime Dallaire for the formatting of the page!
Finally, one day Houyi did find out. We’re not sure how – maybe under great stress, she spoke in her sleep… perhaps it was simply Houyi’s paranoia… we’ll never know. However, she could tell right away that he had changed towards her when she awoke to a dagger at her throat and the words, “Where is it? I know you have it! You can’t hide it from me forever!!”
To quote the Princess Bride… “she does not die at this time…” I only say that because certain people were concerned when they saw this image!
A recent (to me) web comic which took a few frames to get into but I have decided has one of the greatest visual imaginations out there… please check out Rice Boy. I know – not the catchiest name but trust me on this and… there’s a good archive to keep you busy enjoying the intriguing story line and even more intriguing vision.
Having begun to have thoughts of his own mortality, but liking immensely the life in which he now found himself, Houyi began to spend all his time and effort trying to find the secret to immortality. This may sound crazy today, but there were strange possibilities awaiting persistent seekers which can no longer be found in our modern times.
I don’t think the king’s chief scholar is very impressed at having to read through all the archives so quickly!
Despite the efforts and courage of Chang’e, Houyi was becoming more and more despotic. The people (and his wife) thought secretly, “well, at least no one lives forever, and someday this reign of terror will be over.” Houyi, however, had other plans!
…and yes, in case you’re wondering because of the change in clothing, this is Chang’e – maybe she likes to meditate in something more comfortable – maybe I just decided that it was prettier… we’ll call it artist’s licence!
Unfortunately – as you may have already guessed – as well as being not all that bright, Houyi was arrogant, and once he had all the power he soon became a terrible tyrant. Chang’e however, was as wise as she was beautiful (as they say in the stories) and so tried to temper his judgments whenever possible.
The people conferred. “Well, we’ve never had an absolute ruler before but we guess that anyone who can deliver us from such a terrible plight would surely be a benign and kindly dictator! And besides we did promise – so – we accept.”
(Now, no one is to make fun of his kingly bonnet… I mean crown… lol)