The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

May 31, 2016
by Dan
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Find Your Stories in the Dirt

I mentioned Andrew F. Sullivan’s piece on High-Rise last week, and I recently spoke to the author about his own novel WASTE, and about influence of David Lynch on his writing in a Q & A for Publishers Group Canada: Initially, … Continue reading

November 27, 2015
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This is…Scarfolk

After illustrating other famous cities around the world,  Miroslav Šašek apparently decided to visit to Scarfolk, England…

April 21, 2015
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Countryside Terror!

Tom Gauld. (Not having seen The Guardian this past weekend, I can only assume that Tom’s cartoon is a reference to this).

April 10, 2015
by Dan
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The Eeriness of the English Countryside

Robert Macfarlane, whose new book Landmarks was published in the UK last month, has a fascinating essay in The Guardian on the writer M. R. James, and the eerie horror of the English countryside: We do not seem able to leave MR James (1862–1936) behind. … Continue reading

April 14, 2014
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Batman: Strange Days

For me, and I suspect plenty of other people of a certain age, the noir-inspired Batman: The Animated Series, is still the most satisfying version of the character to come to screen. The series has long since ended but happily, … Continue reading

December 11, 2013
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Emily Carroll Through the Woods

I really like Emily Carroll‘s online horror comics, so I’m really pleased that a collection of her work is going to be published by Simon & Schuster next July. Through the Woods will include comics like His Face All Red as well as some … Continue reading

October 31, 2013
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Out of Skin by Emily Carroll

Just in time for Halloween and clocks going back, Canadian artist Emily Carroll has posted a chilling new webcomic called Out of Skin. Although it can be read a standalone story,  Carroll says on her blog that she considers it “part … Continue reading

October 29, 2013
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Horror Story by Grant Snider

Grant Snider’s new Halloween horror story will chill the hearts of writers everywhere:   

October 16, 2013
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Graphic Horrors

I missed this during Banned Books Week, but with Halloween and Bonfire Night around the corner, it still seems somewhat timely… At Print magazine Michael Dooley looks back at the comic books featured in Fredric Wertham’s infamous 1954 book The … Continue reading

January 18, 2012
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What were you raised by Wolves? by Vera Brosgol

Cartoonist Vera Brosgol has posted her startling, wordless mini-comic What Were You Raised by Wolves? online. Read it in its entirety here. (via Robot 6)

November 2, 2011
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Blood

Did you read the end of Emily Carroll’s gothic horror story Margot’s Room? She did say there would be blood. But holy shit… Amazing.

October 3, 2011
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Margot’s Room by Emily Carroll

I was really impressed by Emily Carroll’s Halloween comic His Face All Red last year, so I’m very much looking forward to reading Carroll’s new 5-part story Margot’s Room. According to Carroll, the story will be updated every Friday until the end of … Continue reading

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