Emily Carroll’s webcomics are exceptional things, beautifully drawn, a great narrative voice, flights of spectacular fantasy and often extremely, unsettlingly scary. She’s also one of those rare breed of webcomic makers who push the format a little beyond a straight forward grid on the computer screen, utilising scrolling and animation to increase the tension and the thrill of her stories.
But up until now there’s been no way to get hold of them in print. Until now. Well, until July 2014 actually, as that’s when Faber & Faber (UK) and Simon and Schuster (US) are publishing the collection Through The Woods, containing five of her scary, troubling, haunting works, including the chilling “His Face All Red”.
This is obviously excellent news. Here’s a little about the book, followed by the preview from the S&S site:
“Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.”
“Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.”
Carroll will be at Thought Bubble in November. Through The Woods, signed by the artist … perfect Christmas present to yourself.