bone joan and the black chicken in inktober

This is probably my favorite Inktober drawing so far.  Bone Joan is an important character in Kekionga’s history, and although she has been referred to any number of times, this is the first time I have actually drawn her.  Bone Joan was a wise woman and “yarbwife”, though there were those who said she was a witch.  Her familiar was an enormous jet black rooster, which probably didn’t do anything to discourage the idea.

The famous Black Chicken of Kekionga folklore is said to be based on folk memory of Bone Joan’s Chicken, but I prefer to thing that’s he’s the real thing.  He never really went away and he’s still leading children and other true believers to what they want to find.

(from the story “Monsters of Kekionga”)

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