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The Hero's Journey by Dunlavey The Hero's Journey by Dunlavey
An excerpt from Action Philosophers #3 adapting Joseph Campbell's universal "hero's journey" mythology into boardgame/comics form.

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PaulBaack Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

In addition to being beautifully rendered and quite witty, this makes for an excellent teaching tool. Splendid work!

Dunlavey Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! We get lots of teachers ordering prints for their classrooms.
dreamwalker13 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great retelling

TDManiacXC626 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Dunlavey, can we talk? If so I'd like to chat about a few moments in certain TV shows and movies that use specific points of the Hero's Journey.

1) The Call to Adventure

In FullMetal Alchemist, Lt. Colonel Roy Mustang introduces himself to the Rockbell family and the transformed Alphonse Elric, he came in search of their father Van Hohenheim, and he was impressed that Ed and Al [miraculously] survived their human transmutation and made an offer for them to join the Amestrian State Military as State Alchemists.

In Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Nathan Drake was in his ordinary world, having a beer and relaxing on a Florida beach, when all of a sudden, Harry Flynn and Chloe Frazer offer him an adventure to steal an oil lamp which holds the secret to finding the missing 13 ships of Marco Polo's fleet.
Dunlavey Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've never seen either of those things, so all those names and events are just gibberish to me. Sorry.
TDManiacXC626 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Then you are a sad human being who has yet to witness the greatest things modern entertainment has to offer.
Sorry for being crass, but I'm willing to show you a pair of YouTube examples of what I'm talking about.

FullMetal Alchemist [Call to Adventure] Episode 3" Mother.… Colonel Roy Mustang introduces himself at 16:26 and I believe in his time at the Rockbell house, THAT is the Call to Adventure is it not?

And for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves here at this video… Nathan Drake's Call to Adventure starts at 01:10 and ends at 05:16.

I just want to learn MUCH more about the monomyth and any underlying and hidden political messages in Video Games like The Last of Us, Far Cry 3, the Uncharted games and what else have you?
So what do you say, teacher?
Dunlavey Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The whole point of Campbell's monomyth (and this comic) is that it shows up EVERYWHERE - in art, in mythology, in religion and yes even your favorite cartoon or video game. So yes, you're correct! 

I'm not really a teacher, just a guy who like doing funny drawings about real-life stuff, but if you're interested in learning about Joseph Cambell's monomyth an easy place to start would be "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth", a PBS documentary from the 80's - first part here:… Beyond that, his book "The Hero With A Thousand Faces" gets a big thumbs-up from me. Or of course you could just get, *ahem*, the very book that this comic is from Action Philosophers by Fred Van Lente and myself, available here:…which sums up Campbell in a neat little 13 page comic, along with all of the major philosophers of the past 4000 years. HINT.

In regards for me not being into those things you like, please try not to take it personally. As a middle aged dad & busy full-time freelance artist I simply don't have time (or desire) to play video games anymore. Sold my PS2 six years ago and never looked back. I don't have much time to watch movies or tv either, and when I do I'm very picky about it. I now recall catching an episode on FMA several years back and I just wasn't into it, but there are very few tv shows I actually like. There's a lot of entertainment options out there and it's really ok if someone doesn't like the same things you do.
Acro111 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I had to write a short story using this (the hero's journey) This would have made it such easier to understand!
leakygaloshes Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Writer
Love this. It's great so see the hero's journey so vibrantly illustrated.
theredrook Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
OMG! I Love this! I Wanna be an Archetypal Hero!!! >,<
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