Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Webcomic Wednesday (Mini) #6: A Softer World

Type: Photographic, three-panel, acontextual art experiment
By: Emily Horne (photographer) and Joey Comeau (writer)
Self-described as: "A Softer World is a comic that was created by Emily Horne and Joey Comeau so that people would recognize them as important artistic geniuses."

If there is one thing that can be said of A Softer World, it is that it never fails to deliver. The series is so totally weird, so completely bewildering that I have yet to understand it - which is really something, after 700 strips made by just two people. One would feel that eventually some sort of pattern would emerge, but at the most I have only managed to pick up sub-currents of dreamlike emotion. It is at times comic, at times tragic; it is polemic a good part of the time, but not always. Sometimes it is perhaps just a little disturbing, and yet it is often reaffirming of the things we would all like to believe are true - in a softer world.

It's hard to attribute credit. Comeau, as the writer, is the driving force - and yet you can't simply stick his thoughts on any old image. They're so off the wall that they can only be paired with something equally abstract yet evocative, and Horne and he are both on the same distant wavelength, one on which I can receive but not transmit.

Oh, to be artistic and Canadian again.

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