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Monday, April 10, 2006

Ironically, it's antonym would be 'Harsh Realm'

Posted by Nathaniel at 9:21 PM
I can't say for sure that the word 'softer' in the title of the webcomic A Softer World is really appropriate. The subject matter is varied, and oftentimes is much more coarse and mentally jarring than soft.

The webcomic by Joey Comeau and Emily Horne is a series of three photographs (or, sometimes, the same photograph placed three times from various angles) with some added narrative or dialogue. This narrative is usually represented as internal thoughts, musings, or a simple conversation. The affect can be funny, hilarious, creepy, or just downright morbid. And occasionally you run into one that I refer to as dysphorically uplifting.

In any case, it is an amazing work of art. Emily's photographs are fantastically arranged, and Joey's narratives are at once hideous and inspiring. Just flipping through the archives can force you to read things you never wish you had, and a comic that can do that is a marvel of creative genius. I discovered this comic only recently, and some days, I truly wish it had remained hidden to me. But more often than not, I recognize it for the artistic outlet that it is. It may be a bit jarring to have it nestled between Sheldon and PvP on your reading list, but it absolutely must be there somewhere.

And does anyone else remember Harsh Realm? I actually liked that show. All three episodes. Pity.

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