Inspired by the dark imagination of Edward Gorey, Envious Siblings is a twisted and hauntingly funny debut. Comics artist Landis Blair interweaves absurdist horror and humour into brief, rhyming vignettes at once transgressive and hilarious. In Blair’s surreal universe, a lost child watches as bewhiskered monsters gobble up her fellow train passengers; a band of children merrily play a gut-churning game with playground toys; and two sisters, grinning madly, tear each other apart. These charmingly perverse creations take ordinary settings-a living room, a subway car, a playground-and spin them in a nightmarish direction.
“Cannibalism, gruesome death and the mistreatment of minors abound in this book, all illustrated in obsessively cross-hatched detail. The Envious Siblings won’t be to every young person’s taste, but those of a darker bent may find it grotesquely appealing, like a jack-o’-lantern that’s just started to rot.” FT