The kohl is only skin deep, and anyone looking too closely at these two street urchins would soon discover just how shallow is their diguise, given the children’s clean nails, relatively good nutrition and decent teeth.
Alphonso’s blond hair (from manuscript images it seems he really was blond) probably made him almost as much of stand-out in Toledo’s streets as Mayor’s russet mop does.
Kohl has been in use as a cosmetic from 3000 BC. Apparently the Prophet Mohammed used it. Definitely not out of place in Toledo, with its three cultures (Islamic, Jewish and Christian).
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These images are the first draft of the upcoming release of Mayor: the case of the theftless thief, series 1 of the Mayor series. Check out the Mayor playlist on Spotify. Check out the Mayor playlist on Spotify.
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English consultant and graphic novelist
Since leaving the higher education sector I’ve been focussed on thinking about education more holistically – I’m particularly interested in the interface between education and media, but I want to understand better how we can bring our traditional educational institutions to embrace the possibilities that the network and media are opening up. We need to reinvent education to suit the nature of our working lives, and our need to engage in routine lifelong learning. I use my research and writing skills to explore these issues. I consult on education issues and assist postgraduate students with their theses.
As an artist, my new project is Mayor, a graphic novel set in thirteenth century Spain. You can find out more about these activities in my blog: geniwate.com.
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Mayor graphic novel
The case of the theftless thief