Commissioned by Milton’s Cottage Museum for an exhibition in summer 2018 celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. Her novel describes the creation of a monster – but before he becomes evil and vindictive, he tries to educate himself by reading books that fall into his possession. The Creature’s reaction to John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost is most profound. The Creature registers that his humanity is unheeded and that, like Milton’s Satan, he is seen as evil even though he is also tragically isolated and suffering.
Prints of the full strip are available from the museum.
Special thanks to Kelly O’reilly and Milton’s Cottage.
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