For this week’s published piece, I wanted to do something a little different: interactive multimedia! “His Face All Red,” published in 2010 by Emily Carroll, is a horror story of two brothers and something supernatural that happens when one kills the other. Emily is an animator and artist who graduated from Sheridan College and works in television animation. Her comics are chilling, and mostly rely on twisted fairy tale-esque structure.
Some things to think about when reading:
- A while ago, our very own Mike Oliphant talked about the dangers of telling vs. showing. What parts of this piece are ‘showing’ us the inner state of the character? Is there an imbalance between telling and showing?
- Similarly, is there an imbalance between words and images? Would you have liked more of either?
- On the second page, the brothers pass some weird stuff in the forest—namely, a tree with ladies’ hands for leaves and a brook that sounds like dogs growling. How do these details, with lack of explanation, add to the eeriness of the piece? How would it be different if, for example, Emily had described more concretely what the hands and river actually were? Do you like the ambiguity, or do you want more details?
- Are you satisfied with the ending? How does the lack of resolution lend to the genre and to your interpretation of the story?