Get Norris McWhirter on the phone, Gail Williams has discovered a record breaker...
The Cat With The Really Big Head.
Yeah, exactly. When it starts with a title that weird, you do not expect normal inside. Which is just as well because normal is a long way from anything you’ll find in this collected comic.
This issue gives a triplet of tales, all by the same author/illustrator, but each is quite different, the only thing they seem to share is a sick sense of humour and a worse sense of poetry.
Now I’m not of lover of poetry or purple prose and this feels like both, but somehow it works. It’s like chocolate and salt - I know, sounds disgusting, but trust me, try salted chocolate, it’s beautiful. If I was more of a Whovian, I’d suggest fish fingers and custard. Point is that this really works, it’s poetry I can read understand and actually enjoy. It may be because I’m also sick and twisted, but hey, we all have our little problems don’t we?
The subjects of these three tales certainly do.
Clearly the first story is about a cat with a head that’s too big. Ugly, misshapen thing that Cat is, he’s only nearly as stupid as the humans he lives with. He comes to a kitty-appropriate end, or does he?
The second we’ll see is the tale of Alisa McGee, a curious soul, though she’s not quite whole. She had a question, but what’s the answer to be? (Okay this isn’t quite up to the standard of the poetry in the comic, but it’s not a million miles away.)
Last but not least is The Monsters In My Tummy, and it's all out just weird. While I get where these monsters are coming from, I still don’t get where this story goes. But like Jim and Meat said, two out of three ain’t bad.
This mutant ’mare is the brain child of Roman Dirge author of the Lenore library, which gets rave reviews, and I can see why. Lenore is described as “Sweet and strange slightly discomforting… An unholy union between Tim Burton and Dr Seuss” - Los Angeles Times
Verdict time: The Cat With A Really Big Head is a three out of five for me, but if you’re a fan of Lenore, I suspect you’ll think that’s a bit harsh.
The Cat With The Really Big Head is released today, June 3rd.
Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and
the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits
and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with
her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find
out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!