The Lagoon

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Fantagraphics Books, May 17, 2010 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 80 pages
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A haunting, lyrical graphic novel debut. A family is seduced by the song of the Creature from the Black Lagoon in talented young cartoonist Lilli Carre's first long-form work, and how each member reacts to the Creature's siren call in The Lagoon is the crux of the story. Carre 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, The Tale of Woodsman Pete. 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. Rhythms - taps, the ticking of a metronome - are punctuated by silences that pace this "sound"-driven story.

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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 (2010)

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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