Myth Retold is a series of short stories retelling mythology through a queer lens.
Content Warning: 16+ (violence, sexual themes)
Book Specs across the whole series:
AUTHOR(S): Winter J.Kiakas
ILLUSTRATOR(S): Tas Mukanik
PUBLISHED: Windy & Wallflower
PRINTER(S): VidePress (Risograph editions) // Marquis
STYLE: Greyscale // Prose // Illustrated
SIZE: 5 x 7 inches
Kickstarter, September 2019 // Released September 2020
66 pages // ISBN: 978-1-989529-05-8
A princess, a priestess, a human sacrifice. Iphigenia is not the only woman to come upon such troubles in her mythology, but perhaps one of the lucky women to find favour at the hands of her patron goddess who gifts her the chance at a new life, free of restriction.
(Artemis x Iphigenia)
Kickstarter, September 2019 // Released October 2020
66 pages // ISBN: 978-1-989529-06-5
Cornered as the elusive love-interest to the horrible God of the Sea, Medusa strikes a deal with Athena to save herself from a terrible fate. She accepts the chance to become a gorgon, a monstrous form which soon becomes a prize of considerable acclaim for warriors and heros across Ancient Greece.
Until one of these heros proves to be very different to those she’s faced before.
(Loosely, Medusa x Perseus)
Kickstarter, September 2019 // Released January 2021
70 pages // ISBN: 978-1-989529-07-2
Left abandoned at the wayside of society, Atalanta learns the feral ways of the wood and yearns for a life connected to a family. Her wishes are answered when the goddess, Artemis chooses her to be her champion, an ambassador of the goddess herself. She is made to study under her troupe of hunters, and falls head over heels in love.
Soon Atalanta must make the decision between following her destiny and staying with the love of her life.
(Atalanta x Dyktinna)
This little series came from a distinct urge to re-imagine versions of the myth that might have been passed between queer folks of antiquity. These myths play with our current understanding of gender and sexuality, however as a means of offering representation in a piece of history that is particularly unkind, especially towards women and femme-presenting folks.
History & Timeline
Myth Retold started off the tail end of Winter’s previous mythology-related project. As the print run for the Myth About Myths: Greek Mythology ran it’s course, Winter often played with the thought of creating a small series of one-off short retellings in the point of view of mortals with intriguing storylines of Greek Antiquity.
With this in mind, Winter set to work writing IPHIGENIA and MEDUSA launching the crowdfunding campaign for the project only months later with the promise of a third instalment, ATALANTA. The crowdfunding campaign was a quiet little thing, it wasn’t particularly taken to but it successfully funded all the same.
Unfortunately a few months into the artwork creation for IPHIGENIA and MEDUSA and the draft of ATALANTA a global pandemic struck and the project was delayed with various personal crises happening all at once. The stories were completed by the end of 2020/beginning of 2021.
There are plans to continue the little series with a few more stories but with a slightly slower release period to allow for a few more project to finish in the meantime.
[Myth Retold is a project that is still currently ongoing. This page will continue to be updated as the project progresses in real time].