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.
This looks great
Em Huff at SPX 2014:
I’m pleased to announce that I’ll have my foldy comic from earlier in the year, “Help Wanted”, along with a brand new foldy I made just in time for SPX. I’ll also have stuff from previous years, including Teddy Comics, Corgi Zine, the full-color Owltober booklets, and more!
IT’S COMICS PARTY TIME!
THREE WEEKS AND COUNTING!
We’ve got all sorts of new happenings at spxpo.com in anticipation of SPX 2014, happening September 13-14 in Bethesda, Maryland.
(Hop the Metro from anywhere in DC - we’re at the White Flint Station)
SPX is big. REALLY BIG. This is the largest independent comics show in the country with nearly 700 artists spread across close to 300 tables. We’ve got 23,000 square feet of COMICS happening under one roof!
That’s over half an acre!
So to make the most of it, I recommend you do a little home work! Your assignment - if you choose to accept it - is to spend a few minutes formulating your plan of attack based on:
We’re so proud of our line-up of stellar guests, spanning the full breadth of independent comics and joining us from all over the world.
Over 100 new works – and counting will make their debut at SPX 2014. This list is a great way to prioritize who you want to see at the show! But these aren’t the only books to keep your eyes peeled for, you’ll also want to take a look at…
Recognizing excellence in the comics medium, the Ignatz Award is one of the most coveted festival prizes in comics. You’ll find the nominated books here, and each nominee is highlighted on…
SPX 2014 is nearly 700 creators strong and counting, with artists represented from all over the world. Our master exhibitor list tells you where to find them all.
With only TWO DAYS of show and all this magic to experience, it PAYS to have a plan - so START SCHEMING.
We’ll see you in THREE WEEKS!
G4 say hi or don’t also it will be overwhelmingly crowded so if no eye contact at first its not anger just overload
Two color print from my trip to Iceland. 9”x6” and ready to frame. Get in touch if you would like one. Only $5 and you get a piece of my wedding history. Contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. #screenprint #printstudio #philadelphia #iceland #wedding #history #print #halftone (at Sire Press)