- Posted by Johanna on July 17, 2006 at 11:36 am
- Category: Minicomics
- CREDITS: written by Carol Ault; art by Matt Dembicki
The first issue of this nature minicomic is based on observations of a snapping turtle. Each page (half a standard sheet of paper) is one panel, illustrating the various animals — ducks, frogs, bugs, fish — that inhabit the pond the turtle lives in. They’re appealing sketches, but referring to the series as having a “storyline”, as the introduction does, is a stretch, based on what I was given.
The second issue uses white pencil on black pages to show the pond at night. Some pages were almost like puzzles, where the images resolved themselves only after you looked at them just right and concentrated on figuring out what you were seeing. That’s not a bad thing — I enjoyed looking at the world in terms of negative space — although I have to agree with the artist when he says “some of it works; some of it needs work”. The pages with multiple sequential images were difficult to fully comprehend. The departure from the single-panel image was welcome, as was the darkened art, but together, they were a bit too much for me on some pages.
Overall, this is an attractive execution of an unusual subject for minicomics, quiet naturalism. Both of these issues can be read online at wasp comics, along with following issues and other of Dembicki’s comics.