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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!

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

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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.
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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.
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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.  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?

And for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves here at this video www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eLsYk… 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?
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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: 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.
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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!
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leakygaloshes Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Writer
Love this. It's great so see the hero's journey so vibrantly illustrated.
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theredrook Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
OMG! I Love this! I Wanna be an Archetypal Hero!!! >,<
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TsubameGo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really excellent view of pointing out Campbell's universal idea!! Great Job!!
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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TsubameGo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your very welcome, I've even put it up as my pc background!! :iconbowplz:
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GreenAvocadoGirl Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Oh I loved this book and just stumbled upon this. This was one of my favorite parts (that and Plato/wrestler).

Didn't know the artist had a deviantart account. How cool. I like, want to ask you to sign something.
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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NeterG Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
A MA ZING! too good for words!
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genekelly Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That is hilarious! Fantastic use of the other movies, etc to illustrate each square. Awesome and too clever. :)
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wildrook Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
Nice. Very nice indeed.
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Nuke-Mayhem Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
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'." =p

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.
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Didn't forget it - just didn't want to include it.
And even us 30-somethings know what emo means.
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Nuke-Mayhem Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
also, this art piece is really cool.
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Stu2912 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
This is an amazing piece of art!
I really love your work and your ideas. The colours are immaculate too!
Sunny loves it!
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naughtyottsel1031 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Student
xD haha
awesome, luv the darth vader line
tee hee
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Zareste Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006
Neat URL, but there's some kind of picture behind it
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
you're hillarious.
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rittie145 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! All of your work is amazing. What did you study to get this good?
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Chuck Norris.
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rittie145 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Who's he?
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
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rittie145 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
How can you base your artwork on a martial artist?
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
No mas.
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KingWillOfDaUsa Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
IT'S HILARIOUS! and it has excellent drawing, this is a :+fav:
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mmmtasty Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006
this is actually really great. congrats! :)
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Sqwerell Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
That part about Jason had me cracking up :XD:
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andynortonuk Featured By Owner May 6, 2006  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is amusing!
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Diamondshade Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is hilarious. I'd love to see a longer version...
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Longer?! The archetype hero's journey is cyclical - always returning to where it started - so just keep reading it over and over until you get bored of it!
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azraely Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2005
:worship: :rofl: aaamaaazzzing :D
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Slytherin-Mongoose Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
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!
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! glad you liked it.
But Harry Potter?!
Bleh.
Bleh I say!
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Slytherin-Mongoose Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2005
Bahahaha! :D
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Skitzopuffin13 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
Genius.
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pixelatedprophet Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
This is an excellent concept :D
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Redmagesalyre Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
So good! Excellent, love the references to some of my fave movies of all time.
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takara13 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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!! :peace:
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Dunlavey Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
No problem - thanks for all the great comments! Most people just write "OMG Awesome" and that's it, but you take time to write thoughtful, complete sentences, so I really appreciate it!
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takara13 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.":sarcasticclap: I tried to do the whole "abbreviated typing" deal, but it takes me longer to do that than to write it out!! :slow:
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Raeklore Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
Truly inspired! Joseph Cambell would be thrilled at seeing this!
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bisento Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
o thats great! i love that you started with the Matrix, had to write an essay a few years back closely comparing it with the Hero's Journey. haha, again, this is great!~ :+fav:
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invaderlewis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
lol briliant matrix refrence
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