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.
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. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nItY7T… 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?
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?
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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lSwTH… 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: www.amazon.com/Action-Philosop…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.
You forgot to add the space that a lot a super-hero characters land on:
"Lost a Loved One: - You just witness someone you really cared for (family, girlfriend, or friend) loose their life, that you probally could have saved if you accept the call in the first place. Loss two turns and become an 'Emo'."
If you didn't know, "Emo" is short term(usually used in anime refrences) for the emotion character that's always whining, crying, and having emotional break-downs.
What, no Harry Potter? And what about the hero being *forced* to go on after refusing by way of the familiar being destroyed (like Luke's aunt and uncle getting killed)? Sorry, I have the "Star Wars: Magic of Myth" cataloge and it is my guide (nay, my *canon*) for these kinds of things.
This. Is. Freaking. Awesome.
Bonus points for starting off with Matrix and not making Neo look like a *complete* idiot. Wouldn't have taken Jason for a hero figure, though, that's a cool twisted ending!
Oh my, but you are a funny one! And this is just the second piece of yours I've seen so far. You're really making my day here, and I was having a bad one. Thank you for the giggles! I know you probably don't have time to comment back, but I must watch you anyway! You've got a great sense of humor!!
Must be my age. Other than my bud , I think I'm the oldest person here! I know what you mean about the half assed comments. You're thinking, "Wow. Gee thanks. That must have taken you a whole half a second to think up. Oooo." I tried to do the whole "abbreviated typing" deal, but it takes me longer to do that than to write it out!!