Saturday, January 17, 2009

Farewell, Little Karla

Inspired by my good buddy Tomer, who just posted a short anthologized comic of his (and his brother's) in its entirety on his blog, I thought I'd do the same.

The following, "Farewell, Little Karla", was originally published in Flight Vol. 4, edited by Kazu Kibuishi. Presented here in it's entirety:









(next I'll post "Pilgrim 3: Distant Screaming" from Meathaus SOS)

8 comments:

ULAND said...

Cool. I bought Flight vol. 4. Your strip was my favorite, of course. I like the concept of FLIGHT, but too much of it seems too milquetoast to me, as though the difference between an adult adventure strip and a young readers' is that the young one shouldn't have an ounce of mystery/pathos to it.
Yours had real emotional resonance, I thought.

Thomas Herpich said...

Thanks Luke,

And yeah- the Flight material's mostly not my cup of tea either. Too sentimental, too cute. Not much tooth.

There's a couple of other really nice ones in #4 (I don't have any of the others). This guy Israel Sanchez is pretty great, and Graham Annable is the only cartoonist who can make me laugh out loud with every story he does.

I probably wouldn't pay 25 bucks for the whole thing. I miss the days of Zero Zero and Weirdo and liking Heavy Metal; when I could just shell out 4 bucks and not care if I didn't like half the stories. Everything has to cost so much these days...

Jake said...

This was my favorite from F4 too. Gorgeous work.

Li-An said...

There is something Moebius in this story...

Mr. Crook said...

This has been one of my favorite short comic stories for a while. I'm glad you posted it here. I think you really captured that feeling of hopeful misery that I connect with growing up.

High five!

Thomas Herpich said...

Thanks Jake, luckily some of the competition got pulled at the last minute...

And thanks Li-An,
I once had a boss tell me to draw something in a "Moebius style", then later he had to tell me to tone it down, cause I could imitate him too well...(I'd had a lot of practice.)

Mr. Crook,
Hopeful misery's a good way of putting it. Then you get a few years of horrifying disillusionment, and then resigned misery. That's where I'm at now. It's not so bad, really.

andy ristaino said...

hey tom,

this was definitely my favorite comic in flight4. it's got to have one of the best endings ever.

-a

Li-An said...

He was a good teacher :-)