Bran Mac Mufin

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Bran Mac Mufin From the cover of issue 72. Art by Dave Sim and Gerhard
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Bran Mac Mufin From the cover of issue 72. Art by Dave Sim and Gerhard

Appears in issues 5, 34, 35, 37, 40, 41, 43, 66, 67, 71, 72, 75, 80, 102, and 161.

Cameos/Mentions in issues 42, 89, 112, 156, 196, 300.

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Character History

Leader of the Pigts. When we originally see him he is dressed in a lioncloth and lives in the Red Marches with the rest of the Pigts. When Cerebus becomes Prime Minister of Iest, Bran is seen in regular clothes and is an adviser to Cerebus. He returns to Cerebus' side as an adviser when Cerebus becomes Pope.

Kills himself with a dagger in the hotel where Cerebus was staying at as Pope.

Name was originally spelled "Mak Mufin" when he first appeared in issue 5, except the first time his name is spoken on page 3 where one of the Pigts says "We must take him to Bran Mac Mufin!". When he later appeared in issue 34 he calls himself "Bran Mac Mufin".

Basis

Character originated as a parody of Robert E. Howard's celtic barbarian chieftain character Bran Mak Morn, a king of the Picts.

Dave speaks about Bran

Issue 48 in Aardvark Comment

"...Bran's High Society look was intended to look like Zeppo..."

Dave's Q&A March 2004

Ray: The Pigt shaman who kills himself suffers a Death of the Soul that has cataclysmic repercussions. But Bran repeatedly kills himself and gets re-incarnated - how?

DAVE: Faith. The pigt shaman was essentially an "ancestor worshipper," which, to me, is probably the lowest grade of faith: that your dead relatives are efficacious in some way. Bran had faith in Cerebus and Cerebus, as a natural magnifier, magnified that faith at many levels within Bran Mak Mufin. He consciously lost faith when he killed himself, but his conscious faith was only one level and not as important a one as the other levels Cerebus had reached (with Bran's acquiescence). He literally had faith that wouldn't die.

"Dave" speaks about Bran

Issue 196 Speaking to Cerebus

"Your destruction of the Pigtish idol had called forth a travesty of that idol in human form. Having chosen to have faith in you. .instead of the icon. . .Bran saw suicide as the only honorable recourse open to him. . .In the absence of the genuine idol, is it possible that Necross/Thrunk might have fulfilled some part of your fractured destiny?"

Suenteus Po speaks about Bran

Issue 161, p. 4

"Throughout (Bran's) myriad previous lives, his pattern has remained, unfortunately, consistent; marked by a rise to prominence, influence and leadership in the environment in which he finds himself; followed by the consolidation of that authority into a reign which engenders nearly absolute fealty. His ensuing conversion to another leader's cause and standard brings about the consequent fracturing of hi own constituency whose loyalty, freely given, is to him alone and not some manner of spiritual currency, as is his misunderstanding, to be spent as he deems fit. the resultant isolation from his followers is punctuated by a swift decline into sycophancy, idolatry and rationalisation. In the end, there comes an Event of Crisis which precipitates disillusionment, despair and ritualistic suicide. In its turn, this brings about the Fall of the Object of his new and abiding faith. At each conclusion, as a kind of penance, peculiar to himself, he resolves that his spirit will remain forever earth-bound in its corpus of the moment. The Grand Folly in this, of course, is that the decay and decomposition of his physical form is as inevitable as the onset of the seasons."

External Links

Wikipedia Article on Howard's character, Bran Mak Morn.

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