BEAUTIFUL HORROR: EMILY CARROLL’S ‘THROUGH THE WOODS’ IS A COMICS MASTERWORK
Emily Carroll’s collection of horror comics, Through the Woods, operates largely on the alienation of the inexplicable experience. More specifically, with one exception, it explores that alienation in women, particularly young women. The struggle for many of these characters is the insidious horror of trauma, and all of the ways that trauma pulls you apart, both from yourself and your community, and leaves you susceptible to further terrors.
This trauma that suddenly makes you unreliable to the world around you, and indeed unreliable to yourself, provides much of the claustrophobia that characterizes the slowly closing trap of Carroll’s flashlight-whispered tales. These are spellbound stories through which every strength of the comics medium is put into employ. There are frankly very few writers in comics who can go toe-to-toe with Emily Carroll in this regard. The totality of these comics is a testament to the largely untapped potentials inherent in this medium.
One of the aspects of the whole that powers Through The Woods is its lettering. Carroll’s lettering has a handwritten character of its own, and oftentimes the twisting bending nature of the letters and words drive the composition of the pages as a whole, which allows Carroll to move effortlessly through sometimes complex layered montage pages.
!!! I didn’t realize this was out!
Haha! I know a Borzoi who would do that if he had a chance.. Every time, with no regret
i think something went wrong
The Ballad of the House of Leg
When Hogwarts was first founded
By the noble Founders Four,
They looked upon their houses
And they asked: “Do we need more?”
"For some are brave, and some are loyal,
As each one of us knows,
And some are cunning, some are smart,
But some are NONE of those!”
"What shall we do with pupils
Who just haven’t got a clue?
Who have no proud distinctive traits
And may well smell of poo?”
"Let’s found another house for them:
A Hogwarts bargain bin.
The entrance code is simple:
If they’ve got a leg, they’re in!”
The cryptofascist Founders
Gave themselves both praise and plaudit
They gave the school the House of Leg
Then basically ignored it.
Thus left alone, the House of Leg
Became a decent place
For aimless wandering, cups of tea
And staring into space
The dull and non-distinctive
Found a quiet place to land on
And in times of trouble, Hogwarts always
Has its Leg to stand on…
Haha! This is beautiful!
look at these boots and tell me you dont immediately want to go adventuring in them holy shit i love these shoes so much
the number of like minds on this issue is both alarming and assuring
These boots definitely have a Firefly vibe for me, more than zombie survival at least. I have some apocalypse boots that make feel I can smash brains of the undead and kick in doors like a bamf.
hoyl shit man i’m on the verge
fuck it, crying bitch tears.
this isn’t fair…
Out of his entire body of work I’m almost embarassed to admit the most heartwrenching thing he’s ever been a part of that never fails to make me misty eyed was a video game commercial.
Awesome video, question though: what are bitch tears?
So I had a fun massage today, the guy complained about how long the hour was going to take and just focusing on my back for the massage was boring. Then I complained on yelp about his unprofessionalism, and I admit I was angry and heated and a few of my words were inappropriate. Yes, I did delete those words once I realized my unprofessionalism in them. He has the google calendar thing set up so it emails the calendar appointment, and the one I had today was updated to included “banned/creepy client” and then had it sent to my email. Really? How is that doing anything other than proving my point? He than said he complained to Groupon, which I have also done about him. So I guess we’ll see what groupon has to say tomorrow. I’ve never had this level of unprofessionalism in any coupon site. Unfortunately I didn’t read the various yelp complaints until after my 1st and last session. :/
Pretty much every American 20something who pays off their student loans.
More like 40 something’s for some of us
MAN & PUDDING: ANTHONY MACKIE & BUTTERFLY CUPCAKES
Because what’s better than one little cute thing with wings? Two little cute things with wings!
I’ll definitely amend my next post, thanks for giving me the correct terms. :D