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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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11/16/2006 Archived Entry: "Graphic story review: Tales of Woodsman Pete"

Tales of Woodsman Pete (with full particulars)
By Lilli Carre
Published by Top Shelf Productions

Review by Kathryn Ramage

The Tales of Woodsman Pete is a collection of darkly humorous short comics, or graphic vignettes, most of them only 3-4 pages long, all about... well, Woodsman Pete.

Woodsman Pete, you may infer from his name, lives in a cabin in the woods. It's a lonely existence, far away from the outside world, and it's made old Pete a mite peculiar. He keeps a tally of the years by chopping off lengths of his beard and nailing them to the wall. His dearest friends are his taxidermed animals, especially a bearskin rug named Phillippe and a family of moose-heads on the wall whom he confides in and tells stories to.

He once had a wife named Martha, but exactly what happened to her is not clear; we hear more than one story of her fate, none of which actually explains why she seems to be down the well. It's all very weird, twisted and strange, and extremely funny if you like that sort of thing.

Interspersed between Pete's stories are some equally brief vignettes of the legendary Paul Bunyan, talking things over with his pal, Babe the Big Blue Ox, watching sunsets, going out on disastrous dates with regular-sized women. "I feel a bit like, what's his name? Of From Mice and Men," Paul confides to Babe. "I've mistakenly crushed some very pretty women."

The two converge in the longest piece in the book, in which Pete tells Phillippe a bizarrely poignant story about Paul Bunyan and how the great salt hills where people preserved things (like fish and old relatives) became the ocean.

Replies: 2 comments

I picked this up at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR, and I like the art and quirky stories.

Posted by Tom @ 11/17/2006 07:50 AM PST

"Quirky" is a good word for it! Ms. Carre seems to have an extremely off-beat sense of humor.

Posted by Kathryn @ 12/03/2006 10:02 AM PST

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