Vlad Tepes, a.k.a. Vlad Dracul had NOTHING to do with Bran Castle as far as a residence… unless of course you count his two-month imprisonment. Perhaps he sent some minions to sack it at some point, history doesn’t say. The Bran lords were no fans of Vlad Tepes.
The castle became associated with the legend thanks to Bram Stoker, the author of the tale whose description of Dracula’s Transylvanian castle resembled it.
Bran Castle sits on the mountain overlooking a valley split by a river. While Stoker never set foot in Transylvania, he reportedly took inspiration from an illustration from Charles Boner’s book, Transylvania: It’s Product and It’s People, (London: Longman’s, 1865). *
The real Dracula or Vlad Dracul, held court in Wallachia from 1456-1462 and again in 1476. He was better known as Vlad the Impaler for his nasty habit of skewering folks on spears and leaving them “hung out to dry” in the sun. He was not someone you wanted to tick off… His castle is but a ruin these days.
Stoker published “Dracula” in 1897. Count Dracula’s name emerged from the Crusader Order of the Dragon. Both the real Vlad and his father were members of this organization. Transylvania’s people have spread myths and legends of ghosts, sorcerers, and vampires for centuries. This became the basis for the story. Stoker did not link his character to Vlad the Impaler. He did not wish people to believe his work to be historical.
Built by King Louis of Anjou in 1377, Bran fortress was perfectly positioned for a wide view of the surrounding area. The castle was not so much a military outpost as a trading one. It was one of the main trans-Carpathian passages for trade. Taxes were collected in the customs houses stand today at the base of the castle. Military invasions passed through en route to battle or decided to have their war on the premises.
German merchants from Brasov needed to pass through Bran to trade with Walachia. These merchants refused to obey trading laws set by Vlad. He attempted to set them straight through several altercations. One of these resulted in his incarceration, I presume.
Bran has changed hands over a few hundred years. It fell in disrepair when the border, and therefore, military routes changed. After the Russian-Turkish-Romanian War it was restored between 1833 and 1886. It wound up in the hands of the Brasov Forestry until 1918. **
Bran stands today, a grand reminder of medieval times. It’s beauty and presence is breathtaking. You can visit this glorious fortress. Bran holds various events throughout the year. For more information click on this link: http://www.bran-castle.com
While this cartoon was an inspired act of creation, it still was specifically targeted to an audience. Admittedly, I am a marketing maven who enjoys the process of discovering new ways to promote the message. It’s a good thing I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness, or you all would grow to dislike me immensely. I watch the attention of the audience carefully. What I find sort of runs against what is expected.
It turns out, it’s not the paranormal topic that is entertaining, but the human interest. Okay, so I inherently know this, but it still is interesting to examine it. People are entertained with emotion and interaction, not the topic. The topic can be anything… from vampires to duck hunting. It comes down to the same thing, people. We love watching each other drop into conflict, rise out of it to model solutions to us. We enjoy laughing at foibles, which wouldn’t be funny without our attachment or knowing it could be ourselves.
This is the knowledge great cartoonists embody. They know how to elicit a response. It is our link to the fans who read our work. It is WHY they read our work. Developing this can take years, or it can be inherent in the nature of the cartoonist beast. For me it was born out of watching the world rather than participating. I was a reclusive, introverted kid. This allowed me to sit back and take it all in. It wasn’t until high school the knowledge found an outlet with the comic strip. All those years of being the wallflower gave me the ability to understand humanity. While I’m not a very good participant in all the hominid nonsense, I do enjoy watching it.
You people are pretty amusing.
I will continue to use my marketing prowess, but will always support it with an understanding of human interest. It just works best that way.
I finally sucked up and did it. It’s been a while since I’ve updated the look to this site. Today I put the pedal down and did it. There are a few homepage tweaks. I plan to do more in the way of offering comics for sale, etc. For now, the look is updated. Yes, I will be drawing a new comic. Don’t fret.
It was fun to make the animated banner. I’m all over the animation thing these days. I recently updated my design portfolio with all kinds of exciting stuff.
I am considering an advertising slot for those interested. We’ll see where that goes. First I’ll need to get back on Twitter good and hard. All you marketeers know the name of the game is TRAFFIC! I haven’t been working at it as hard as I would like. But, that will shift. Paradigm time!
Eat Cookies, Hunt Ghosts!
The new logo…
A student of this realm, I’ve been experimenting with energetic tools. I’ve discovered Aleya Dao, an energy healer when I was Googling toning. She works with sound from the angelic realm and the whales and dolphins. If you listen to her work, it’s moving. Her meditations use both protocol (another word for prayer) and tones to help move energy. Her meditations have helped me through a major enlightenment shift. This might seem “woo-woo” to some of you, but I challenge you to open your mind and just absorb it.
Visit her website at http://www.aleyadao.com
She has a bunch of free meditations you can access to see if it works for you.
There are several excellent examples on YouTube. I’m including two here.
Well, I blew it. I completed the wrong comic first and posted it. Today’s comic “Where’s Carl – 7″ was supposed to run before “Where’s Carl – 8″… Fortunately, I do gag comics so each one is funny independent of the others. Phew. However, it would have made more sense to run them in order.
I could have skipped this one, but it was too funny to leave out. So, enjoy!
It’s time to start a new series. I’ll be dredging the mind for another fun idea. Stay tuned!
Eat Cookies, Hunt Ghosts!