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Ethan Van Sciver Teams Up With Jordan Peterson!

Well I didn’t see that coming.

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to both Ethan Van Sciver and Jordan Peterson lately… and in a surprise twist, it turns out they’ve teamed up to make Jordan Peterson’s latest book extra special. 12 Rules for Life has illustrations by the famous Green Lantern artist!

And yes… this is that book– the one that Cathy Newman was raking Jordan Peterson over the coals for:

Oh… but there is one more twist on top of this.

Note the subtitle: “An Antidote for Chaos”. That Chaos there… it turns out that Jordan Peterson is (after a fashion) talking about the same law and chaos alignment spectrum we spend all our time delving into with old school tabletop fantasy games. Check out this interview at the 38 minute mark:

That’s the mythic landscape: something like… good and evil in a world of chaos and order. It’s very interesting; you know there are games online that have that as their basic structure. The game developers have figured this out. So that’s pretty interesting.

Those video game developers picked up this theme in the same place that they took things like gold pieces, attributes, to-hit rolls, and damage: the original fantasy role-playing game by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. And that old law and chaos alignment spectrum itself has a fascinating range of literary antecedents which start with Lord Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter, runs through Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts and Three Lions, and culminates into Michael Moorcock’s Elric stories.

You know, I took some flak for attempting to make a case that there was something important hidden with the list of  immediate influences of the AD&D game, but Jordan Peterson gets it. I think that’s pretty cool.

Get the inside scoop on Ethan Van Sciver’s illustrations for 12 Rules for Life here:

One response to “Ethan Van Sciver Teams Up With Jordan Peterson!

  1. Todd Everhart January 27, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    The synchronicity of Appendix N and our modern world. When you start seeing it that means you’re onto something mythic.

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