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by Xathoa
No Sour Grapes (Version 1)
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This is a comic I have been working on for a while. Just a comic page; nothing more.
However, even as just a page, it still has a lot of thought behind it.
Do you happen to know of the tale about a fox trying in vain to get the grapes from the tree in Aesop's Fables? Well, this is based off of that. Also, the tale of the mouse helping the lion with a thorn in his paw (or in some versions the mouse helping the lion out of a roped trap) also came to mind, so I kinda mixed the two up a little and got this. (If you don't, I'll have links to Wikipedia and the story at the bottom of the post for reference.)
When creating this, I was going to add speech. But I couldn't think of what they would say, so I thought about how I could show this in the most impactful way without a word being uttered between them. A silent understanding that would speak volumes to the reader.
Plus, as an added bonus to that decision, anyone can look at this and understand it!~
I had drawn the idea in May. I got myself to drawing this traditionally in June and finished it somewhen in mid October. But, with how I constantly shade things traditionally I refused to color it, fearing that I'd smudge all the hard work I did, and the colors would not be as vibrant. So when I was able to finally scan it, I traced over all my work and colored it. (obviously)
I have two versions, since I couldn't decide what the background should be.
This one is the colored background.

The Fox and the Grapes
"A hungry fox saw some fine bunches of grapes hanging from a vine that was trained along a high trellis and did his best to reach them by jumping as high as he could into the air. But it was all in vain, for they were just out of reach. So he gave up trying and walked away with an air of dignity and unconcern, remarking, 'I thought those grapes were ripe, but I see now they are quite sour.'"

The Lion and the Mouse
"A lion asleep in his lair was waked up by a mouse running over his face. Losing his temper he seized it with his paw and was about to kill it. The mouse, terrified, piteously entreated him to spare its life. 'Please let me go,' it cried, 'and one day I will repay you for your kindness.' The idea of so insignificant a creature ever being able to do anything for him amused the lion so much that he laughed aloud, and good-humoredly let it go. But the mouse's chance came, after all. One day the lion got entangled in a  net which had been spread for game by some hunters, and the mouse heard and recognized his roars of anger and ran to the spot. Without more ado it set to work to gnaw the ropes with its teeth, and succeeded before long in setting the lion free. 'There!' said the mouse, 'you laughed at me when I promised I would repay you. But now you see, even a mouse can help a lion.'"

(both taken from Barnes and Noble Classics Aesop's Fables translated by V.S. Vernon Jones)

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Type: Comic
Published: 6 years, 3 months ago
Rating: General

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6 years, 3 months ago
I has that book :)
6 years, 3 months ago
The Aesop's Fables book?
My partner does too. That's where I got the reference from so I could write it down just in case someone hasn't heard of it.
I plan on reading through the fables one of these days.~
6 years, 3 months ago
yus, it's a good book I always loved those little stories :)
6 years, 3 months ago
As do I. I've come to enjoy the morals in what little I've read.
Anyway, if you enjoyed the drawing; I'm quite glad~
6 years, 3 months ago
I think my favorite is the Billy Goats Gruff :D
6 years, 3 months ago
Oh? I can't seem to find that one in the book. I wanted to read it so I can see why you liked it, because I was curious.
6 years, 3 months ago
I dunno if it's in the book, but it's an old fable :) It's about three billy goat brothers, a young a middle and an older, and they wanna cross a bridge to get to greener pastures. but the bridge has a troll, and when the younger one tries to cross the trolls all like IMA EATCHA D: but the young one says wait for mah bro, hes bigger - more to eat :3 and the troll's all like...kay and the little goat crosses. the midgoat comes along and the troll's all like IMA EATCHA and the midgoats all like wait for mah bro hes bigger and the trolls like... kay and the midgoat crosses. then the older goat comes along and the trolls like IMA EATCHA and the older billy goat kicks his ass and throws him over into the water and the troll drowns :I
6 years, 3 months ago
Ah, I don't think that one's an Aesop Fable... but I do remember seeing The Muppets play this one out once years ago.
I did like that one.~
I do so love fables. They're quite fun, and interesting to see where the trail of the fable leads or starts off from.~
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