“Each panel of A Dark Forest is crammed with detail to the extent that every single image feels like a world unto itself.”
That was how I described Kate-mia White’s A Dark Forest when I reviewed the first issue here at Broken Frontier last year. The book is set in the 19th century and, with a grim fairy tale flourish, it tells the story of the peculiar home life of 17-year-old Elizabeth Kathrine Moss and her much younger sister Grace who live within the environs of a shadowy forest. As a series of odd events converge on the family’s lives the local villagers begin to view them with a marked suspicion…
Intricately and stunningly crafted there’s a haunting quality to White’s renderings that is captivating and disquieting in equal measure. Indeed, no less a source than Stephen L. Holland of acclaimed Nottingham comic shop Page 45 has called A Dark Forest “a compellingly creepy piece of Victorian Gothic and a wonderfully tactile artefact.”
White has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the third issue of this hand-bound 7-issue series including the opportunity for those who have missed out to date to pick up all three issues in one go. I receive an overwhelming number of requests for crowdfunding campaign coverage in ‘Small Pressganged’ and can rarely squeeze them in on top of review, interview and feature writing but there are some projects that simply have to be spotlighted here, however briefly. A Dark Forest is one of them. A breathtaking foray into the bleakest of folkloric worlds this is a Kickstarter not to be ignored!
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