This 2013 risograph comic from Ray Ray Books is a thoughtful treasure. Vine reads like a book of poetry punctuated with sparse yet effective illustrations. Printed in two plant-like tones, this somber meditation on the meaning of life and the direction of one’s ambition still remains deeply rooted in nature while focusing inwards. Knetzger paints a picture of a young girl’s inner life as she deals with past trauma using simple lines and words to great effect. One panel reads, “I was caught in the rain so I waited under a tree/with an old man and his dog.” The tree splits the middle of the frame, separating the three figures; the scene is so quiet, you can hear the droplets falling. The whole sequence reads like a haiku, as does the book itself. On one of her busier pages, the protagonist claims, surrounded by a whirlwind of comics pages: “No matter how many boxes I fill/there’s still an infinite number left to be filled.” While a Sisyphean statement to be sure, I’m just glad that she’s planning on filling more. You can check out some of her unpublished work and illustrations online at lauraknetzger.com, and you can pick up a copy of Flowering Vine off our spinning racks here in Ballard.
Comic reviews from the Push/Pull Crew. Featuring the opinions of Shop Assistant Sean - PP's favorite 10 year old, Dillon Lacey - Member and host of Qu-Art & Maxx - Director & Co-Founder.