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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, June 6

A video game takes inspiration from Greek mythology, but in a rather untraditional manner. Todd Lockwood talks about drawing for fantasy literature. And the complexities of faith within the TV show Preacher are examined. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on news about magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Do you play side-scroller video games? Do you love Greek mythology? If the answer to either is yes you might be interested in checking out Apotheon, a side-scroller with art inspired by classical pottery and a story informed by Greek mythology. But although Apotheon is an entertaining take on mythology, Eric O. Scott writes that it's not exactly faithful.

Todd Lockwood is one of the most prolific artists in fantasy. An illustrator whose work has bedecked Dungeons & Dragons, Asimov's Science Fiction, and fantasy novels, Lockwood's art is familiar to many a fan of tales involving dragons, wizards, or elves. Recently, Lockwood sat down with fans on Reddit and talked about himself and his work with them. has the details.

When it comes to Japanese roleplaying games a few names are easily recognizable to Westerners: Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Tales of, etc. But there's more to Japanese fantasy than Square Enix and Namco. Gaming website Kotaku provides a rundown on some of the most underappreciated Japanese RPGs.

The supernatural-themed comic book series Preacher recently got a major television adaptation from cable network AMC. And, according to most critics, it's firing on all cylinders. But it's not without its controversial side. Some worry it might offend the religious with its themes and subject matter. But according to many critics, Preacher isn't attacking religion, it's just questioning it in a style many pious viewers can appreciate.

With the onset of a new Sailor Moon show and the Powerpuff Girls returning to TV it seems everyone loves magical girls these days. But what makes magical girl shows so special? At Anime News Network, Gabriella Ekens explains.

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Aryós Héngwis (or the more modest Héngwis for short) is a native of the Pontic-Caspian steppe, born some 5000 years ago, near the village of Dereivka. In his youth he stood out from the other snakes for his love of learning and culture, eventually coming into the service of the local reǵs before moving westward toward Europe. Most recently, Aryós Héngwis left his home to pursue a new life in America, where he has come under the employ of BBI Media as an internet watchdog (or watchsnake, if you will), ever poised to strike the unwary troll.


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