When I did some digging about artist Lilli Carre I began to twitch. She’s awesome, and a lady of all trades. Film, sculpture, comics. She goes to Finland for her comic conventions. One look at her work and you are immediately drawn in by her visuals:

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When I picked up her book “Lagoon” I knew right away that it was something I wanted to read. But I have to say the experience is encapsulated perfectly by these frames from the book:

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“Lagoon” is a story about a strange creature that affects the lives of a nearby small family. I loved the drawings in this book but I was disappointed by the writing. As I reader, I wanted to know more about this creature and its motivations but I didn’t get that.

That’s fine, it’s a mystery. I also wanted to see how events in the story played out among the family members. I wanted them to interact and communicate what was happening to them. I didn’t get that either. So then I wanted simpler things like, “both my parents have disappeared here is how I feel about it!” but I didn’t get that either.

There is so much that goes unexplained in this book, but it became ridiculous for me how little anyone seemed to care about anything. Things just happen, and then more things happen, and then more things. That’s the story. But what can I say? It was an art driven book, not a story driven one.

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Perhaps Lilli’s work in this case is above my head. I don’t have much of a palette for the avant-garde, but with more and more of these kinds of stories lining the shelves of my library I have to say I get a touch weary of falling for the art and being let down by an incomprehensible story.

I look forward to picking up more of Lilli’s work, and I would kill to ask her questions about her art. In the meantime when it comes to Lagoon that is all I have, questions.

So for your viewing pleasure, here is a blurry video of the book being flipped through by some dude at Fantagraphics.