I'm John Mason, now going by the handle of 'F^nGZ' ('least for now; dA won't let me change my account name). My interests include games, anime, manga, drawing (obviously), painting, writing (yep), exercising (left field), watching obscure movies, cyberpunk, cosmology, mythology, nature,...you probably get the idea.|
As I try to live life and situate a solid career, you'll be seeing some artwork uploaded here, some journals posted, and plugs for other random stuff that's relevant. So, hope you enjoy what's on offer, and your curiosity energized.
Current Residence: United States
Favourite genre of music: deep house/drum n bass/funk-house and most electronic music, old school hip-hop, some rock, and jazz
Favourite style of art: Pretty much w/e looks good, really, tho I have a soft spot for experimental art styles.
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
Favourite cartoon character: Doesn't particularly matter, just any good designed character
Personal Quote: More culture, less product
I'm gonna be getting pretty knee-deep in working on Gurajinn© for a while so hopefully it'll be ready in some significant way in the next couple of months. So far the logo's about done, and a few character designs are mostly finished. Now testing color palettes and deciding on a look, writing out the scripts (basic plot bulletins for the first four graphic novels are just about done) and doing more concept illustrations.
So maybe this is a good time to mention the title. "Gurajinn"...it's not a word that exists in any official capacity in any known language of man, you can think of it more as an amalgamation of a couple of them. The Arabic word 'Guraab', for "crow" (alternate spelling 'Girbaan'), and the Arabic word 'djinn' for the plural tense of supernatural spirits or genies. Hence, "Gurajinn" or "crow spirits". As you can probably guess, the story either takes place in the Middle East, features references to Middle Eastern cultures, and might involve the spirits of crows. But don't read it too literally; some of that is true, but not in a sense of being strictly so. And even if it's "true", that still leaves us to consider from whose perspective it's assumed to be true, and whether that perspective can be trusted.
"Gurajinn" is also a play of sorts on two other words, which provide better clues to what it's really about. The Indian girls name "Raji", which means "shining", and the English word "Gunn"...no not based off that one game, but the Gunn Effect, a term relating to high-frequency oscillations of electrical currents flowing through certain semiconducting solids. For example, the Gunn Diode, which implements the Gunn Effect, is able to produce what we know of as microwaves. That includes everything from the anti-lock brakes of your favorite car, to motion detectors and radio astronomy receivers. The phenomenon was discovered by physicist J.B Gunn in 1962 at IBM, for those wondering.
So basically, the title is a container for both "crow spirits" and "shining microwave"...to what degree of interpretation is up to the reader. Let's just say that there are myths within the story that lend credence to the belief of "crow spirits" and actual entities that exist which can create a powerful phenomenon such as a "shining microwave", and leave it at that for now.
And there you have it, the meaning behind the title of this story. I understand it doesn't make a lot of sense even as explained here, and some of that is intentional. The title is meant to be in reference to dominant elements in the story, whether they exist as a hard fact, or only in the belief structures of certain characters.
I'll share more on Gurajinn© as time goes on. Thank you for reading and enjoy your day.