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A few of the short, scary stories in Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods evoke elements of classic fairy tales. Some are quite direct, like the young woman in the conclusion who dons a red hood and cape to walk through the wilderness, avoiding a wolf. Others are more indirect, like the possibly murderous, Bluebeard-like husband in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold,” or simply in the patterns of repeating events, like what happens to the three sisters in “Our Neighbor’s House” or to the pairs of characters in “His Face All Red” and “My Friend Janna.”
However, there are two sharp and immediate differences between Carroll’s stories and the fairy tales they sometimes evoke.
First, Carroll’s stories are told in comics form, although more artfully constructed than what you might expect to find on the new racks each Wednesday (her book comes courtesy of a Simon and Schuster imprint, rather than a traditional comics publisher).
Second, they’re terrifying, some of them more H.P. Lovecraft or August Derleth than August Derleth or Wilhem and Jacob Grimm at their, well, grimmest. For example, the Little Red Riding Hood allusion in the conclusion, part of the set of stories that bookend the five gothic (in the traditional, literary sense) short stories that form the bulk of Carroll’s collection, ends with the wolf, if that’s really what it is, appearing in the dark outside the girl’s window.
Welcome to Best of 7, our new weekly wrap-up post here at Robot 6. Each Sunday we’ll talk about, as it says above, “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out on Wednesday.
So without further ado, let’s get to it …
Cartoonist Emily Carroll is a favorite at ROBOT 6, and now we’ have something from her to look forward to next year: her first standalone book.
In July McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) will release Through the Woods, a collection of previously released webcomics like the popular “His Face All Red” as well as unseen stories Carroll has been working on. This is poised to be a major entry into comics for Carroll, and will act as a precursor to several other new longer-format projects the Canadian artist has in the works.
Carroll got her start in webcomics, and has made notable appearances in anthologies as varied as DC’s The Unexpected and The Witching Hour, Dark Horse’s Creepy s well as the kid-friendly Flight spinoff Explorer. Professionally trained as an animator, Carroll does work for comics, animation, and even video games.
Here’s a look at the cover to Through The Woods, available July 2014. You can see a preview at Comics & Cola.