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Friday, April 08, 2005

Ben Avery talks about Lullaby

Missed this one earlier this week. The Pulse has an interview with Ben Avery on his new kids comic called LULLABY, described as "a manga-inspired reinterpretation/sequel to almost every single fairy tale or children’s book...fairy tales and children’s stories take place in a fairy realm that co-exists with our world."

I'm a big supporter for the "fractured fairy tale" genre but when it's done wrong, the work comes across as a shallow exercise in style, but when done right it can be truly magical. Fractured fairy tales are so compelling for kids because it allows them to think that a century's-old, permanent story (fairy tales with a capital 'F' and 'T') can be disassembled and played with. I think they inspire an incredible amount of creative freedom.

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