As you walk through modern life, you might need a no-nonsense voice to guide you away from self-pity, doubt, and the secret rites of blood donation volunteers. In By Crom! artist Rachel Kahn imagines that she is in constant consultation with the pulp hero Conan the Cimmerian.
Although some of Kahn's By Crom! comics juxtapose the fictional Hyborian Age that Conan comes from with the modern era and its coffee shops, public transit, and clothing that didn't come from an animal you killed yourself. But for the most part, it is about Conan as spirit guide; his warrior values are a chasm apart from Kahn's artist lifestyle, but she imagines a wisdom in his droll (and occasionally head-knocking) advice.