In the ancient Greek tradition, Eros, a.k.a. Cupid, was the son of Chaos. This ancestry might make more sense to Phoenixs own Jill Reger, creator of the online comic Dipuc.com, than the one which later Roman mythological tradition gave to the God of Love __ that the spiteful little bastard was the offspring of Venus.
Regers comic is based on the principle that this more familiar version of Cupid, Venus bratty little winged kid flitting around shooting arrows into people and driving them to distraction with infatuation and lust 90 percent of the time for people inaccessible to them is really a sadist. "All the other mythological characters seem to be doing their jobs. I mean, Atlas holds up the Earth, and the sun rises and sets, " says Reger, whereas Cupid, supposedly in charge of love, seems more often than not to inflict pain. The heroine of Dipuc.com is Cupids undiscovered sister, Dipuc, whose name is to her brothers what "Count Alucard" is to a certain Transylvanian aristocrat. Dipucs cosmically ordained quest, on which she is accompanied by her matter-or-fact dog "Reality," is to free the victims of her brothers archery from the illusions an agonies of unrequited love.
"You know," the author explains, "when we fall in love, it literally feels like weve been shot with arrows. So why havent we explained that moment where we go, What the fuck was I thinking? You know, like, He had a girlfriend all along, but I couldnt see it, because I chose not to see it." In Regers pungent metaphor for such epiphanies, Dipuc, the comely anti-Cupid, literally pulls the heads of the benighted afflicted out of their butts and gives them a good liberating bonk on the head. "Its that moment of clarity that really feels like somebody pried your head out of your ass and knocked some sense into you." Thus, as Cupid has his arrows, so Dipuc has her crowbar and mallet.
Reger, a Phoenix native who got her BA in journalism from Chico State and studied photography at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, was a successful commercial photographer in Phoenix when she began the Dipuc site, which grew out of her collection of written musings "Jillisms," she calls them titled Deep Thoughts, or the Brain Vomit of the Melodramatic. Currently viewable on the Dipuc.com site is the cut "origin of" comic and a premiere adventure for the heroine, along with a variety of contests, write-in boards on which the lovelorn compare their most appalling dating experiences, and other fun.
But Regers most ambitious plan to date, perhaps, is her attempt to add a holiday to the calendar. The first "Dipuc Day" a singles event with a nuts-and bolts matching game and prizes, , including a prize for the worst dating story submitted in written form will be celebrated from 6 p.m. to closing Monday, August 14, at Mill Avenue Beer Company, 605 South Mill in Tempe. Admission is free.
And the reason for the choice of August 14 for Dipuc Day? Its precisely half a year from Valentines Day