It has been found! Here is my very first comics adaptation of a work of classic poetry, created in 1989, when I was ten years old. It features Yerp the crocodile, the star of almost all my comics from those years. The poem is “Scots Wa Hae,” written by Robbie Burns in 1793. It imagines a speech given by Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots, to his soldiers before the Battle of Bannockburn (1314). The Scots won a resounding victory against the invading English forces of Edward II, thus avenging William Wallace (of Braveheart fame). Yerp’s reactions to Burns’s stirring lines may seem somewhat defeatist, but I like to think they reflect a nascent form of the pacifism that has always accompanied my lifelong fascination with military history.
I had to laugh, especially with Yerp leading the Scots. I mean, a crocodile. It’s a funny image. Thanks for sharing. You were very talented from a young age!
Yeah, a lot of Yerp stories have that kind of casual absurdism that comes so naturally to children, and which I sometimes wish I could recapture.
Excellent! It just goes to show that an appreciation of poetry, as well as a talent for art, can come to one very young. Beautifully done! I am particularly awed by the fact that a 10-year-old shows good understanding of a classic, written in a language hermetic to many adults.
Well, I don’t know how well I understood. For one thing, Yerp seems to believe that “wha” signifies “why” rather “who,” as I admit I continued to do up until just a few days ago, when I read over the lyrics after rediscovering this comic.
I love this so much.
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