"Kate, her court is riddled with betrayal and deceit."
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.
Made another comic about people in terrible wilderness situations and ill-fated romances, will post more details a little down the line.
High fives, Tuco, put them paws UP.
Creepypasta, murky horror, and the unease of dreams. Hazlitt audio producer Anshuman Iddamsetty speaks with cartoonist Emily Carroll about her debut book, Through the Woods.
HEY, YOU WITH THE FACE!
IT’S EMILY CARROLL’S SUPER-DEF POSTER FOR SPX 2014!
Leveled off from that San Diego Comic-Con rush?
Good, because starting RIGHT NOW we’re kicking off a fight to the finish for the 2014 Small Press Expo. You’ve got about six weeks to get your mind right for the biggest and best independent comics festival in the country.
All of the details for SPX 2014 are listed above on our event poster created by the INCOMPARABLE EMILY CARROLL. We’re so lucky to have Emily joining us as a special guest this year and to have her contribute her talents to our damn-fool idealistic crusade.
Not familiar with Emily? Her latest work - and first printed volume, Through the Woods was just reviewed on NPR. Give a listen!
Maybe it goes without saying, we hope you’ll pay us a visit in September.
Aside from being a part of the most congenial, rollicking, drinking-from-the-firehose indie comics event you can imagine, every one of you who attends directly supports the SPX mission - promoting, protecting and preserving independent comics (more about that later…).
See you soon - and, if you don’t mind - help us spread the word!
Emily and I started drawing fox comics one rainy afternoon - this is my side of things. I can’t remember which fairy tale this is from or why we scuttled it. Hm. HM.
Edit: Oh yes! This is from The Wedding of Mrs. Fox, a lesser known Grimm’s fairy tale. It’s a weird one!
Hi everyone! Emily’s book launch for Through the Woods will be hosted by The Beguiling at the Lillian H. Smith library in Toronto on July 15th. If you’re in town please do join us! You can find more information here.
Please come say hi if you’re attending Bit Bizaar at TCAF! I’m doing a talk about game art, both 2D and 3D. Time TBA.
My Friend Janna, a story in Emily’s short story anthology coming out in July.