Thursday, January 3, 2013

Emily Carroll

     As 2013 gets underway and I prepare for the Spring semester at Pratt, I'm revisiting certain materials I plan to use for the graphic novel course I teach, and I came across the sublimely eerie webcomic Margot's Room.  I posted about it once before, but in this second pass I rediscovered all the offerings at the website of creator Emily Carroll.  She has seven webcomics for view there and, while none are quite as ambitious as Margot's Room, they all have a lot to offer.  From the myth-inspired Anu-Anulan and Yir's Daughter to the format-teasing Death of Jose Arcadio to her unsettling Dream Journals, they are by turns experimental, melancholy, creepy and beautiful.  She has produced very little by way of traditionally published material that I can find, but her work s reminiscent of the fantastic Secret of Kells, an animated film which also weaves together fairy tale elements into a lyrical and melancholy tapestry.

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