September 2, 2011

Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl

You may know that I'm pretty much in love with all those freakin' weird webcomics by David Firth, like Salad Fingers or Spoilsbury Toast Boy, but now I stumbled upon this series by American illustrator and magician Roman Dirge.

Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl is loosely based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe about the eponymous girl. Dirge managed to create an entertaining comic, both quirky and scary, beautifully illustrated, and with some great background music and ambience. For the story, let's see what Wikipedia has to say:

The comic tells of the unlife and adventures of the titular character and her similarly odd (if not odder) friends. The story takes place in a small town called Nevermore (taking its name from another of Poe's work: The Raven) and the surrounding wilderness where Lenore's mansion and a nearby graveyard is situated.

The primary focus of the graphic novel is dark humor, with many of the stories having twist endings. Common themes are the reinvention of children's songs, games, and nursery rhymes to something more macabre, and subverting all sorts of pop culture icons and cultural figures in to topics of dark comedy. In one story, for instance, Lenore accidentally kills the Easter Bunny.

And here's episode 1 to give you a taste of the grim fun:

Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl #1 – "The New Toy"

To watch all of the 26 episodes, just click here and enjoy.

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