Pam Harrison has been one busy lesbian since last year, when we introduced you to her and her innovative comic, House of the Muses: The Latter Days of Sappho of Lesbos.
Earlier this year, Harrison received the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant, sponsored in part by Jane’s World creator Paige Braddock. As a result, House of the Muses is now on sale worldwide and has garnered more LGBT fans than ever.
Issue No. 4, “Immortal Lovers,” has just been released and reflects growth in Harrison’s 3D computer graphics technique as well as some interesting new story developments.
Main character Dika, whose journey to Lesbos and experiences at Sappho’s school form the central storyline in House of the Muses, has become lovers with Timas.
But lesbians in ancient Greece had issues, too, and when Dika and Timas have a misunderstanding, Hero is waiting in the wings to “comfort” Dika.
Lesbian drama ensues.
Sappho turns to Aphrodite for help.
And, per the goddess’s instructions, sends Dika to visit the Priestesses of Kybele, where we meet Selene, House of the Muses’ first transgender character.
I asked Pam what prompted her to include the MTF Kybele tribe. She said:
Selene is a creation, a secondary character to the storyline. I have a number of transgender friends, so there was some personal motive in introducing her. She and her sisters were born in my imagination as I was reading about the building of the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. The original earth goddess religions were falling out of favor during those days, and having no examples from research, no available famous personages who weren’t somewhere else at the time, I created these.
I was not too enamored of House of the Muses when I read it last fall. I found the 3D graphics distracting despite the intriguing story. But “Immortal Lovers” made me go back and catch up on the series. Although I am still not a huge fan of the technique, images like this are hard to resist.
Take a look at the story and let us know what you think.