Ex-Augustan updates twins of myth

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Augusta native Nathan Edmondson has gone classical for his first comic book series.

Olympus #1, scheduled to be released May 20 by Image Comics, is based on the Greek mythology of the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, and set in current times.

It will be Image Comics' Gem of the Month, their top pick of the month's releases.

Mr. Edmondson, a senior studying art history and Spanish at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., discovered the characters in a college class on great books.

He liked their story and wanted to create his own version.

A Macon illustrator suggested creating a comic book, and Mr. Edmondson decided to give it a shot.

"I'd never considered writing comic books," he said.

While at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School, he had taken a class on writing and production for stage and screen, an experience that he pulled from for writing the comic book.

"They're constructed just like movies," Mr. Edmondson said.

Macon is his home now, but Mr. Edmondson lived in Augusta until he was 17.

Although comic book artists live in Macon, but when it came time to find an illustra- tor for his story, Mr. Edmondson chose London-based Christian Ward.

Mr. Edmondson has three more installments in the Olympus series.

Some of his other work will be included in the upcoming Image Comics anthology popgun: volume three .

Reach Sarah Day Owen at (706) 823-3223 or sarah.owen@augustachronicle.com.


Check out upcoming releases from Image Comics at imagecomics.com.

You can find Image Comics and other comic books and graphic novels at the shops below (if they don't have a book in stock, they can order it for you):

COMICS, GAMES, BOOKS: 1650 Gordon Highway, (706) 793-7796

AUGUSTA BOOK EXCHANGE: 592 Bobby Jones Expressway, (706) 860-6553

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GordonP 03/29/09 - 12:48 pm
sounds interesting! will

sounds interesting! will this book be available at the major bookstores as well? Haven't been to a comic shop in a long time--maybe this is a reason to go. I picked up 300 and Watchmen not long ago at Borders, and am enjoying getting through them.

FallingLeaves 03/30/09 - 12:17 pm
Ah, he has an illustrator,

Ah, he has an illustrator, that explains it. I'd never heard of him doing anything more creative in drawing than a signature before. If he writes as well as his father, he will do just fine. Glad to read about a young person finding a right path in the tumultuous years after high school, and making it to the senior year of college, maybe a little battle-scarred, but thriving anyway. Congratulations, Nathan! Thanks for this positive story, Ms. Owen.

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