The alphabet that we use today is derived from that used by the Phoenicians, a civilization that flourished between roughly 3,500 and 2,300 years ago in the Eastern Mediterranean. They used what scholars call a Semitic language, a term that refers to a branch of languages that trace their origins to the Middle East, each sharing some similar words. The early forerunner to our alphabet was written in Semitic languages. Few texts that are written in Semitic languages date back 3,400 years or more, however.To go along with the Tower of Babel themes in “Milhamah,” some of the characters, superpowers and scenarios are tied to the Hebrew alef-beit, or alphabet. So as you read this comic series, expect to learn more about those letters over time!
A main theme in my artwork is language, particularly how people use it to perceive the world and relate to one another. So it’s intriguing that a researcher apparently found the earliest known example of an abgad (aka abjad). That basically refers to an alphabet pattern found in many Semitic languages:
This weekend will be the first time that the “Milhamah: Fighting Words” series debuts at a convention’s artist alley. How exciting! I will share a table at the Motor City Comic Con May 18-20, which is held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. You may buy a new eight-frame prologue preview that briefly lays out the “Milhamah” backstory, or you may also check out some of my other art prints. I hope to do lots of networking, fan interaction and sales at the event. See you there! Check out more details about the Motor City Comic Con at www.motorcitycomiccon.com.