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A family is seduced by a siren song emanating from the lagoon after dark as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into their windows at night, in this haunting, lyrical graphic novel debut.
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 Carr??s first long-form work, and how each member reacts to the song in The Lagoon is the crux of the ...
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A family is seduced by a siren song emanating from the lagoon after dark as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into their windows at night, in this haunting, lyrical graphic novel debut.
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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Editorial Reviews

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The Lagoon is a peculiar book, continually confounding the reader's expectations. It starts out in many ways like a mystery or thriller novel does... But as the book progresses, it turns into a very different beast (no pun intended); a hidden romance, a story about longings, and family relationships... [T]his is a story that feels lush and moody in a way that comics often try to be but rarely succeed... a very solid, well-crafted book, and whatever Carré’s next project is, it’ll be one to keep an eye out for.— Greg McElhatton
The Village Voice
Carré’s book suggest a sonata of melodic lines and flowing-panel rhythms, with just a hint of sexual menace.— Richard Gehr
North Adams Transcript
Cryptic and metaphorical, a mystery that we are not invited to the core of—but the mood the book brings with it lingers on.— John E. Mitchell
Francisca Goldsmith - Booklist
“This slim volume packs abundant energy and demands regular revisiting.”
Sasha Watson - Double X
“Carré’s drawings of swamp reeds, seaweed, and curling locks of hair are luscious and enchanting.”
Noah Berlatsky - Chicago Reader
“The solid blacks and blocky grotesquerie of The Lagoon strongly recall Charles Burns’ Black Hole, a story in which adulthood is equated with monstrosity. In The Lagoon, too, sexual maturity and horror are linked. But that link is mediated by a third term—a metaphor, a song.”
Pedro Cabzuelo
“An odd yet enchanting story…guaranteed to haunt you well after reading.”
Sean T. Collins
“The Lagoon is a horror story, if a low-key one; like much of the best horror it makes the connection between horror and the absurd... Carré's sinuous, snaking treatment of sound provides a through-line... but it still feels disconnected in ways that few writers today are gutsy enough to attempt. The overall effect is like Clive Barker fed through a twee filter. This'll stick to you.”
Greg McElhatton - Read About Comics
“The Lagoon is a peculiar book, continually confounding the reader's expectations. It starts out in many ways like a mystery or thriller novel does... But as the book progresses, it turns into a very different beast (no pun intended); a hidden romance, a story about longings, and family relationships... [T]his is a story that feels lush and moody in a way that comics often try to be but rarely succeed... a very solid, well-crafted book, and whatever Carré’s next project is, it’ll be one to keep an eye out for.”
Richard Gehr - The Village Voice
“Carré’s book suggest a sonata of melodic lines and flowing-panel rhythms, with just a hint of sexual menace.”
John E. Mitchell - North Adams Transcript
“Cryptic and metaphorical, a mystery that we are not invited to the core of—but the mood the book brings with it lingers on.”
Booklist
This slim volume packs abundant energy and demands regular revisiting.— Francisca Goldsmith
Double X
Carré’s drawings of swamp reeds, seaweed, and curling locks of hair are luscious and enchanting.— Sasha Watson
Chicago Reader
The solid blacks and blocky grotesquerie of The Lagoon strongly recall Charles Burns’ Black Hole, a story in which adulthood is equated with monstrosity. In The Lagoon, too, sexual maturity and horror are linked. But that link is mediated by a third term—a metaphor, a song.— Noah Berlatsky
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560979548
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 12/8/2008
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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 lillicarre.com.
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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Interesting concept...

    This is a very interesting concept, easy to read. There's a swamp monster and sings a very sultry song that attracts everyone in the surrounding area. Worth a look, only takes a few minutes to get through.

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