Cut to pieces

16 Jun

By Ayo

“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.


3 Responses to “Cut to pieces”

  1. jennydevildoll June 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Transformation always involves a destruction of what once was, even a wonderful comic was once a pristine sheet of paper, and before even that, a formless thought.
    Are you going to add some images from her comic?

    • darrylayo June 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      Bad luck; the upload failed so, I had to post this one without images. Couldn’t figure out why.

      My apologies.

      • jennydevildoll June 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

        No problem. I hate when technology goes all glitchy like that!

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