The Lagoon

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Fantagraphics, 2008 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 80 pages
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A family is seduced by a mysterious creature's siren song that can be heard emanating from the lagoon after dark in talented young cartoonist Lilli Carré's first long-form work, and how each member reacts to the song in The Lagoon is the crux of the story. For the wise—or pixilated—Grandpa, the song reminds him that, in the time he has left, he must pause to respect, appreciate, and fear nature. The song hints at something that Zoey, the daughter, is too young to fully grasp. And the song lures the sexually frustrated mother, and eventually, her husband, into danger...

Carré experimented with nib pens and brushes while drawing this black-and-white graphic novel, giving the art a different feel from her previous, Eisner-and-Harvey-Award-nominated story, Tales of Woodsman Pete. The Lagoon was influenced by the films Creature from the Black Lagoon and Night of the Hunter, but reads more like the gothic, family narratives of Flannery O'Connor or Carson McCullers. Rhythms—Grandpa's taps, the ticking of a metronome—are punctuated by silences that pace this “sound”-driven story. Older teen and adult readers are invited to imagine the enigmatic creature's haunting, ever-shifting tune as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into windows at night.

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User Review  - thelukewarm225 - LibraryThing

The swamp monster saved this from one star. The artwork is pretty, but the story... well there isn't much a story. Her parents are dead! Nothing? Nothing? If there hadn't been that scene in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - kivarson - LibraryThing

This is a haunting tale, filled with the nostalgia of childhood. The wistful tune sung by the mysterious monster from the lagoon draws people to the dangers of the deep: "I wouldn't trust it, but that ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Lilli Carré was born in 1983 in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Chicago, making animations, illustrations, and comics. Her animated films have shown in various festivals in the US and abroad, including the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and her art is exhibited in museums. Visit her at

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