My First Poetry Comic – “Yerp’s Battle of Bannockburn”

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, written by Robbie Burns in 1793, 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.


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5 Responses to My First Poetry Comic – “Yerp’s Battle of Bannockburn”

  1. thebookgator says:

    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!


  2. Rebecca B. says:

    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.


  3. Erin J Kahn says:

    I love this so much.

    Liked by 1 person

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