Hiding from the World?
Like our hero Rollo Elias, this little Orangutan finds it necessary to wrap himself in a concealing guise. What is he thinking? Maybe if he cannot see the world, the world cannot see him? It must feel that way for the Orangutans sometimes.
There population has dropped for over 350,000 to 40,000 in the space of 100 years.
Rollo Elias and George Tremayne want to change that statistic. Let’s hope they can…
Issue #1 of Apes ‘n’ Capes now also available on Comixology.
Getting to know Eva
The lab is dark, but for the lamp on Benjamin’s desk, illuminating the hunched silhouette of its owner. On the desk lies a fossil plate.
Now there is no such thing as an ordinary fossil but he is in particular awe of this one. Getting to know Eva is proving to be a bit of a revelation. But then, when a 42 million years old former primate is telling you her secrets, a wise man tends to listen.
“Her ankle was broken in two places. One would normally speculate she suffered a fall, but the breaks are not clean. In fact…”
…it seems as though her ankle was crushed, as though in a vice-like grip…”
Dr Benjamin Tremayne placed his dictaphone on the desk behind him and turned his attention back to the fossil. Eyes wide with wonder at the true significance of the find. “You are a rare and beautiful thing, my little primate”, he whispered. “You have much to tell. The question is, will those who have the power to change our path, have the wisdom to listen?”
Lillian Craig recounts a visit to a religious icon in her book, Eras of the Ape.
It was frayed around the edges.
That was first thing I noticed. Wispy threads hung limply, no longer part of the design, but desperate to escape. Yet with nowhere else to go but dissolve and vanish into their ethereal origins. The weave clung to them, determined not to venture into the limbo the frays wished to lead them. To become the sidelines of a story that had so long stood the test of penetrating stares from critics and admirers alike. Eyes that demanded answers. Or simply sought solitude. Themselves wishing to lose their minds somewhere in the layers of the weave. To be carried away on a thread of time, free of the bonds with which Fate knots our choices.
I allowed myself that journey and closed my eyes. The mysterious imprint opened his, bluer and deeper than the oldest ocean. Would I drown? He stepped from the cloth and took shape in my mind. Would I be lost beneath the waves of the past that rose before me, forcing me to look beyond my present? He stood, an immovable shadow of the man the robe had once shrouded. His countenance was serene. His hand reached out. The silken touch of the shadow on my cheek jolting me out of my trance. I came up for air, inhaling deeply, as the answer settled on the shore of my mind.
The moment had passed. But that moment was enough. I knew.
I returned his serene and peaceful expression.
“Thank you.” I walked away.
Apes and Bears have a natural tendency to avoid each other, so when this writer and this artist crossed twilight paths, both realised an unnatural union was to be born from that meet…
Long before Apes ‘n’ Capes was realised, there was a deep-seated, genetically-grounded need to pit these two against each other.
With that in mind, we would like to share with you the very first comic-stripped altercation between ape and bear. And possibly, the best birthday card I have ever received – 5 years ago…