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BEAUTIFUL HORROR: EMILY CARROLL’S ‘THROUGH THE WOODS’ IS A COMICS MASTERWORK

By Sarah Horrocks

Emily Carrolls 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.

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twiststreet:

constellation-funk:

missespeon:

gamer nerds are so dramatic

I actually watched this video the other night, I’d read a bunch about the insanity Sarkeesian has to put up with and it…turns out the videos are pretty straightforward highlights of sexism in video games. They’re good! Kind of jargon-y at points but incredibly damning and uncomfortable, which I believe is their function. Honestly pretty moderate too, her position is essentially “games could get by with fewer dead women.”

I talked about this in greater detail on my Twitter but stuff like this is one of the reasons I honestly don’t believe video games are a full-blown art medium yet-the audience doesn’t have an appetite for artistry or subtlety and publishers are loathe to push against market trends. I understand that there are many indie developers making games that I do consider art, but I believe that they’re doing artistic things with a medium that is not inherently artistic, kind of like what the whole “glitch” scene is doing with computer visuals. 

anyway ha look at this nerd 

The way Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn and others have been treated by all those assholes over video games of all things is horrific.  The world isn’t a bad enough place already?  Sarkeesian’s video is basic, but she’s become this bogeyman for those people.  I’ve sat through some of the anti-Sarkeesian videos, the anti-Quinn videos recently— they’re the most overheated craziness— they all sound like they’re about to tell me how 9/11 was a controlled demolition, at any fucking moment— it’s the same exact kind of person.  Real mouth-breather nonsense that just makes so many crazy assumptions on top of crazy assumptions, and then goes “why don’t you get it" while pointing at this pyramid of horseshit

It’s just kind of fascinating for me to watch because of how much it reveals how people who are within a culture don’t know that they’re within a culture.  I do it too— I’m constantly realizing I think CRAZY SHIT about other people for no reason, and like, only sometimes catching myself. But just how the people who hate Sarkeesian don’t know that they’re crazy because they’re part of this self-constructed culture where hating her is normal to their stupid culture; and when reality steps in and says to them, “no, you’re a bunch of fucking mouthbreathers and that’s why you’re losing at life"— they don’t know how to react and they become so … I mean, look at how they become; look at their shitty stupid halfling logic.  

A bunch of boys whose weakling dads failed them.  Larval people.

p much. shit makes me embarrassed to spend any amount of time thinking about videogames As A Medium when it’s totally encrusted with barnacle people that can’t deal with the most superficial critiques of their playthings

(Source: caseymalone)


iamdavidbrothers:

snubpollard:

Say, did you enjoy/tolerate this weekend’s Ryōichi Ikegami posts? Well then, you’re sure to love/survive this overview of the artist’s early career, in which I try to delineate the major events coming prior to his hookup with Kazuo Koike and the debut of Otoko Gumi, and all the other stuff that made him a star, baby. Feel free to tell me if I’m wrong, that’s part of the process - I LOVE YOU.

contender for best comics crit/piece/whatever of 2014 right here
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iamdavidbrothers:

snubpollard:

Say, did you enjoy/tolerate this weekend’s Ryōichi Ikegami posts? Well then, you’re sure to love/survive this overview of the artist’s early career, in which I try to delineate the major events coming prior to his hookup with Kazuo Koike and the debut of Otoko Gumi, and all the other stuff that made him a star, baby. Feel free to tell me if I’m wrong, that’s part of the process - I LOVE YOU.

contender for best comics crit/piece/whatever of 2014 right here