“L.A. Silence on Cermak”
Sweetmeats, No. 1
By Edie Fake
Originally published: Vacuum Horror, No. 1
Edie Fake: P.O. Box 891231; Chicago, IL 60608
This is a screenprinted minicomic by a cartoonist who knows a thing or two about patternmaking. Edie Fake’s comics are densely packed with tone-setting texture and detail which add a heavy layer of atmosphere to the story’s literal actions.
This comic is enhanced by the gritty texture of the paper, the thick patterning in the panels themselves and the emotionally-detached stamp-lettering. Is it stamped? It looks machine-made in some way or another. These are Edie Fake qualities.
There is sex and gore and body-horror and there are nightmares and witches and transformations upon transformations. The physical destruction of the body seems important to Fake’s work. Transformation involves some level of ruination or at least breaking something that previously existed in the process. It sounds disturbing as a concept but can be read as a sort of liberation.
One last thing: there is only one page of comic on every two-page spread. As readers, we only see one page at a time, further narrowing our view into this world. Interesting stylistic choice.