Wednesday’s Webcomic: The Locked Maze

Wednesday's Webcomic

My apologies for the unexpected hiatus! I moved last week and it was a whirlwind of packing, hauling, and unpacking, followed by a really intense work schedule and then some much needed rest. And now we return to your regularly scheduled programming….

This week’s selection is an all-too-brief and absolutely stunning complete comic called The Locked MazeWhile it is short, it is so well-written and well-drawn with such a satisfying ending that you just may reread it several times.  The Locked Maze tells a story about Holly, a young ex-Mormon programmer in Salt Lake City who is haunted by a trauma from her past. In addition to being cut off from her family since leaving her church, a terrible, spectral laughing being haunts her dreams ever since her home burned down. This has led to near constant insomnia exacerbated by her dull job and judgmental, oblivious coworkers.  The situation comes to a head when a not-so-random act of kindness throws Holly in the way of the fairies who have been living ironically in Salt Lake City, and the terrifying spectral creature which is hunting them and burning them alive.

Book 2 title page

Book 1 of the The Locked Maze is illustrated in Black and White, with pages alternating between rich pencil and smooth gray scale. In Book II color begins to be used, to excellent and frequently terrifying effect. The storytelling is nuanced and careful, with key details there for the reader to infer from the art alone. This is a story that shows, not tells. The emotional impact of the story’s darker moments is drawn from the author’s own personal experiences. I cannot recommend this dark, beautiful, and finally uplifting read enough.

The Author and her Other Works

Emily Ivie, who often goes by the handle mleiv, is a web designer in addition to being an artist. She had one other web comic project called Rotsterarsi-l which sadly ended after one chapter. Ivie cited the low return on investment for her time as the reason she could no longer afford to continue. She was also the artist for Dark Horse’s three issue Emily and the Stranger.

Jeanette Diaz ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeanette Diaz has been dabbling in an array of geekery all her life, but has lately been devoting her time to video games and knitting. She is also researching various methods of doing both at once; although any solution she’s come up with seems to be an abomination unto Science or a defunct Nintendo peripheral. Other than that, she enjoys reading, web-comics, and cartoons. You can connect with her on Ravelry as planethalia. Jeanette lives in Chicago with a board game addict and two cats. Find her internet home at http://thewrongdrum.wordpress.com/

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

  1. Michelle Ealey says:

    Looks really cool!

Leave a Comment

 

— required *

— required *


× 5 = five

Arthouse Legends – Arthouse of Horror: The Dead Zone
Posted October 24th, 2014 -
Arthouse Legends Podcast is proud to present Arthouse of Horror Arthouse of Horror continues as Eric, Kent and Lobster head to dreary Maine ...
gg068
GonnaGeek.com Podcast – #068 – Chris Hardwick Played in the NHL
Posted October 23rd, 2014 -
This episode the infamous John D/Nightwing finally returns and we celebrate with a tease of Just the Tip with Doctor JS. Then we discuss how ...
f3g2_halloween
F3G2 #034 – HALLOWEEN 2014 REVIEWS
Posted October 23rd, 2014 -
Sebastian takes you through this week’s Halloween Comic Books with his reviews! Sebastian covers it all. Remember, you can now also subscribe ...
Legends Podcast #216; Roadhouse (Action Movie)
Posted October 23rd, 2014 -
This episode takes Wing, Op, Beef and Katherine to a young Swayze in Roadhouse. We discuss mullet, killer instinct, some movie tropes Beef ...
Gotham Nightline – Viper
Posted October 22nd, 2014 -
There’s something in the air and the Gotham Nightline crew is here to talk about it. Aside from covering the events of “Viper,” we discuss ...
f3g2
F3G2 #033 – OCTOBER 15, 2014 COMIC BOOK REVIEWS
Posted October 21st, 2014 -
Sebastian takes you through this week’s Comic Books with his reviews for the week of October 15, 2014! From Marvel to DC, IDW to Image, Sebastian ...
ExamplePhoto2
Diamond throws THE GREATEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST EVER as part of HALLOWEEN COMICFEST
Posted October 21st, 2014 -
Comics? Costumes? Contests? Aw yeah! Diamond Comics Distributors has announced “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever” is taking place ...
Reyn
Fantasy REYNs supreme at IMAGE this January
Posted October 21st, 2014 -
FANTASY ADVENTURE HAS FULL REYN This January, Kel Symons and Nathan Stockman kick off an all-new sword ...
Thor_2_Samnee_Variant
She is Worthy – Your First Look at THOR #2!
Posted October 21st, 2014 -
  This November, bring the thunder and summon the lightning as the new Thor tests her mettle against an army of Frost Giants in THOR #2 – ...
Star-Wars-1-alex-ross-variant
A NEW (OLD) HOPE
Posted October 21st, 2014 -
STAR WARS is coming “home” to Marvel. Now that Disney owns both MARVEL COMICS and the STAR WARS franchise, they’ve pulled the ...
Planet_Hulk_2015
Marvel’s 2015 event to revist various previous events?
Posted October 21st, 2014 -
Nobody’s sure what’s coming up from Marvel, but it all seems somehow familiar.  Marvel’s latest teaser images have all been ...
Manifest Destiny
MANIFEST DESTINY enters third arc in January
Posted October 21st, 2014 -
MANIFEST DESTINY—BEGINS A NEW CHAPTER The third arc of Skybound’s hit adventure series sails into a new territories “Manifest ...