Tag Archives: Emily Carroll

What It Is – 2011

18 Jan
by Kevin Czap

While we’re talking about lists, perhaps it’s time to throw my own hat in this ring.

I had a really fabulous year in 2011, thanks in no small part to the amazing comics landscape I found myself increasingly mired in. It can be exhausting trying to keep up, to the point where it’s hard to breathe. That’s when you remind yourself that you don’t need to keep up with anything, this is your damn life and whatever happens in it is all she wrote. As I’ve said a few times before in this column, I’d like to champion the creation of one’s own personal canons, one’s own list of definitive works and so forth. So, in that spirit, here is a list of the works released in the past 12 months that made a significant impression on me.

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Narrative Triangulation – Emily Carroll’s That Night in June

8 Jun
by Kevin Czap

That Night in June by Emily Carroll

The old Jainist tale of the blind men and the elephant is a powerful parable for many reasons, particularly in the case it makes for the importance of diversity. Truth can’t be gained from a single perspective, and we need the combined information of multiple viewpoints to get anywhere close. In several ways this lesson is a core principle behind comics — the entire concept isn’t produced from a singularity but rather through the cumulative effect of the panels, pages and so on. Extrapolating this principle outward, it seems to me that fragmentary narrative structure is tailor made for comics. Going even further, I’d argue that fragmentary physical construction, or serialization, is a perfect presentation for comics, at least conceptually. When I got to read Emily Carroll‘s “That Night in June,” finally, it seemed to prove my theory as far as I’m concerned. Continue reading