Wednesday’s Webcomic: The Locked Maze

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

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 *


GonnaGeek.com Podcast – #131 – Hangouts 7, Space X Mars 2025 and Smithsonian Enterprise Restoration Update
Posted February 5th, 2016 -
This episode we discuss the status of the Smithsonian Enterprise Restoration project, Space X and the drive to hit mars by 2025 and Hangout 7 and their backtracking on SMS integration. Finally, we dust ...
stargif
Musings of a Blerd: Art From Computer Graphics’ Star Wars Reimagined Contest
Posted February 4th, 2016 -
Forgive me my fellow nerds and geeks, it’s been two weeks since my last posting. But I’m here today with a new post, it’s Star Wars related but something a little different. Let’s ...
Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 5: Cody goes viral with Bernie Sanders
Posted February 4th, 2016 -
Cody unexpectedly became a political writer when his post about Bernie Sanders went viral. Hear him discuss how it’s changed his life, including a surprisingly thoughtful discussion with Jon about politics ...
nan_logo1
Nerd Alert News Ep. 21 – The Flash and Supergirl Crossover
Posted February 3rd, 2016 -
It’s a special edition episode of Nerd Alert News as Chris brings in reinforcements to cover the news that The Flash will be appearing on Supergirl next month!  Chris and Neil outline the story ...
Legends of S.H.I.E.L.D. Longbox Edition February 3rd, 2016 (A Marvel Comic Book Podcast)
Posted February 3rd, 2016 -
Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Longbox Edition is a podcast dedicated to covering the weekly and classic Marvel comic book issues and news. If you want to hear more the ABC television show Marvel’s Agents ...
Arthouse Legends – Selma
Posted February 3rd, 2016 -
Since 2008, the script for Selma, a biopic about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., centered on the 1964 civil rights protest in Selma, Alabama, had been getting the attention of Hollywood heavy hitters ...
Better Podcasting – Episode 013 – The Hosting Role: Live Hosting
Posted February 2nd, 2016 -
Better Podcasting (Hobby Podcasting) – Episode 013 – The Hosting Role: Live Hosting Welcome to Better Podcasting! We talk about podcast tips, tools and best practices to help you succeed with ...
Starling Tribune – Season 4 Edition – AWOL (An Arrow TV Show Fan Podcast)
Posted January 31st, 2016 -
Video Edition: .youtube_sc iframe.yp{display:none;}The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. Starling Tribune – Season 4 Edition ...
Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #104 Agent Carter Better Angels (A Marvel Comic Universe Podcast) Jessica Jones AKA Its Called Whiskey
Posted January 31st, 2016 -
Live Video Blab Edition:.youtube_sc iframe.yp{display:none;}The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. The Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. ...
ATGNLogo2colorcrop
ATGN 196 – Naki Got Banned
Posted January 31st, 2016 -
Willie regales the gang with tales from the Second Annual Beer Olympics before moving into the news of the week.  Chris shares that EA may have accidentally revealed Xbox One sales numbers, Naki has ...
promo
GonnaGeek.com Podcast – #130 – Star Wars VIII Delayed, Skype IP Hidden, Ninth Planet Discovered?
Posted January 30th, 2016 -
Here is your geek news for this week of January 24 to 30th 2016. This show the crew runs down Star Wars VIII being delayed, Skype updating so that your IP address will be hidden and was there a 9th (10th ...
nan_logo1
Nerd Alert News Ep. 20 – Internet Data Caps
Posted January 30th, 2016 -
 EA might have accidentally released the sales numbers for the Xbox One, The Flash on CW broke a new ratings record, Deadpool gets banned in China, and the Justice League is returning in cartoon form. ...


1