Friday, 18 March 2011

Red Dead Dementia: Emily Carroll




Emily Carroll's work seems to be simultaneously luscious & simplistic, cartoony & otherworldly.  The main hook into her work for me was  this ambiguous short story, it feels more like one of Grimm brothers darker fairy tales (certainly not the foppish Perrault).

Literature status isn't something we usually see in webcomics with it being more an ephemeral pop-culture buzz obsessed medium, this is a dreamy landscape with numerous influences coming to the fore. Her main website his down but her blog is packed with pictures & links to other stories. There's definitely a folkloric & fable led verve here and the line work can easily veer between sumptuous complexity &   60's style pop art like Shag. If nothing else this story should make you feel a pleasantly unsettling chill for the rest of the day.

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