A family is seduced by a mysterious creature's siren song that can be heard emanating from the lagoon after dark in talented young cartoonist Lilli Carré’s first long-form work, and how each member reacts to the song in The Lagoon is the crux of the story. For the wise — or pixilated — Grandpa, the song reminds him that, in the time he has left, he must pause to respect, appreciate, and fear nature. The song hints at something that Zoey, the daughter, is too young to fully grasp. And the song lures the sexually frustrated mother, and eventually, her husband, into danger... Carré experimented with nib pens and brushes while drawing this black-and-white graphic novel, giving the art a different feel from her previous, Eisner-and-Harvey-Award-nominated story, Tales of Woodsman Pete. The Lagoon was influenced by the films Creature from the Black Lagoon and Night of the Hunter, but reads more like the gothic, family narratives of Flannery O’Connor or Carson McCullers. Rhythms — Grandpa’s taps, the ticking of a metronome — are punctuated by silences that pace this “sound”-driven story. Older teen and adult readers are invited to imagine the enigmatic creature’s haunting, ever-shifting tune as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into windows at night.
Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville tells the hilariously bizarre adventures of Pluck, an irritable and featherless rooster, and his best pal, the awkwardly unsocialized but lovable teddy bear known as Fuzz. These two usually inseparable and co-dependent misfits find themselves suddenly separated and alone. Pluck vows to establish his place in the world's pecking order by becoming a champion gladiator, while the more demure Fuzz finds himself a POW in a stuffed animal collection, only to escape and befriend a mercurial ferryman who recruits him for an impossible task. These absurdities pile on and eventually converge in a fatal collision course that reunites our heroes.
Fuzz & Pluck is an odd, and unusually original graphic novel, a "funny animal" comic that is surprisingly human. Rich with pathos, wit, farce, existentialism and drama, often cruel, always funny, this superficially ridiculous struggle for survival is an Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups that reaches absurdly delightful heights. As Simpsons creator Matt Groening says, "This epic tale of a hapless li'l bear and his defeathered friend is why I love comics. All hail the peculiar Fuzz & Pluck and their creator, Ted Stearn!"
Ted Stearn is longtime storyboard artist for animation. Fuzz & Pluck is the author's most personal work, showcasing his vivid imagination and meticulous draughtsmanship.
• We haven't had a chance to listen to this ourselves yet, but we are told that British comedy genius and known Fantagraphics fan Graham Linehan (Big Train, The IT Crowd, Father Ted) sings our praises in this interview with The Sound of Young America
This weekend, Nov. 8, the great Galerie Lambiek turns 40. As far as I know, Lambiek is the oldest comic book shop in the world, and it's also quite probably the very best. I've had the good fortune of visiting twice and it's a true oasis of cartooning, almost like something out of a dream. Happy birthday, Lambiek, and here's to 40 more!
Galerie Lambiek Kerkstraat 132 1017 GP Amsterdam tel: 020 6267543
Don't miss these upcoming events with Dame Darcy, promoting her new book, Gasoline:
GASOLINE BOOK RELEASE PARTY Dame Darcy Book release party Nov 6th 2008 Naughty Nautical Nite presents: Gasoline at the Slipper Room 167 Orchard St New York, NY 10002 9:30---on $5 dolla Featuring Apocalyptic / fairy themed Cabaret, book signings and costume contest.
GASOLINE BOOK SIGNING Dame Darcy Gasoline Reading November 11, 6:30-8:30 Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St, NYC, 10012 www.housingworksbookstore.org
GASOLINE ART OPENING, NY Alix Sloan Fine art Gallery Gasoline book release opening November 19th Weds 7-9 pm closing to be December 20th. Gasoline Books to be signed and sold, one of a kind hand drawn single page illos in some books. Original illustrations from Gasoline to be sold and paintings inspired by graphic novel, also music, and fun!
Sloan Fine Art 128 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002 212.477.1140 sloanfineart.com