Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire
For a work that is closing in on being a decade old, Lost Dogs is incredibly fresh. There is no doubt that it is a little rough around the edges, but bear in mind that, at the time, this was a self published effort with a tiny print run of seven hundred and fifty copies. Rather than detract form the product, the roughness adds to the sense of dread that is felt throughout the comic.
Part of this is down to Lemire’s wonderfully soft and always wonky line. Being his first published work, the art isn’t even half as defined as we came to see later in
and Sweet Tooth. The ink lines are incredibly thick, even when depicting characters rather than places. Whether this was intentional or not, it works as a good contrast to Essex County . Essex County was full of white, making the barren landscapes feel even more melancholic, whereas Lost Dogs is full of heavy blacks, making you feel the main characters sense of claustrophobia and isolation from all the awful things that have happened to him. Even the panel borders are black, and with Lemire depicting the main character as a hulk of a man, it adds to the sense of confinement that the man feels. The use of red is fantastic; seen only on the striped shirt of the main character or when a bit of blood is needed, it stands out in a book that is so heavy in its use of black. Essex County