Grimmer Tales: twisted fairy tale comics


12 Responses to “Grimmer Tales: twisted fairy tale comics”

  1. RayPAnderson says:

    I thought this book was surprisingly funny. Yeah, I could see Edward Gorey… maybe some Gary Panter like said. Frog legs!

  2. Phrosty says:

    This reminds me of ‘The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales‘…except slightly more morbid and with poorer illustrations.

  3. Anonymous says:

    They may have lifted the Pinnocchio bit from Itchy and Scratchy’s take on the story.

  4. xandiprice says:

    I played the witch in a show called “Into the Woods”, which was based on “Fractured Fairy Tales”. 99% of the fairy tale characters ended up dead, and it was just hilarious.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter/composer of Into the Woods states the play is based on traditional fairy tales. Also didn’t realize it’s a hilarious show. I’ve seen it too and listened to it incessantly/obsessively at times.

    The Baker’s wife died in the woods. But I think Jack, his father, the Baker, Cinderella, the two princes, Little Red Riding Hood, her grandmother, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and a few others were all alive at the end. You gotta get rid of the Giant and the Wolf. The Witch self-destructed. You thought that was funny? She was in a lot of angst, dealing with her own loss and personal demons, plus all the people around her.

    I grew up on and love Fractured Fairytales. There’s a lot of wise poignancy in Sondheim’s lyrics and James Levine’s book. Good stuff!

  6. JonStewartMill says:

    Tough crowd. For my part, I like the Grimmer Tales but I don’t see much resemblance to ‘Fractured Fairy Tales’. FFT had the irreverence down, but it was never what you would call dark. And try as I might, I couldn’t “hear” Edward Everett Horton doing a voice-over for any of these sequences.

  7. randee says:

    Cory, thanks for the tip! Erik was hanging out at Union Square in NYC, selling his book and some original artwork today — had I not seen this on Boing Boing I might not have stopped and had a lovely conversation with him. Great stuff, this; reminds me of Edward Gorey.

  8. dejawooblog says:

    Someone else said it, but it reminds me a bit of Edmund Gorey as well. Someone gave me “The Curious Sofa” and it’s one of my favourite little books of all time.

    I’m seriously upset I didn’t think of “Grimmer Tales”. Catchy stuff.

  9. stymied says:

    What was that little English book about the family who did not like its new baby and kept unsuccessfully trying to ditch it? I remember nearly losing control of my frilly bits for laughing when I read it, over and over. They called him the Beastly Baby. Okay it wasn’t a comic but it had lots of drawings. Yeah.

  10. Dave H. says:

    Anonymous #8: Not quite all of those survived — IIRC, the princes die (one in flagrante delecto with the Baker’s wife, and I think the other with one of the other women), and (semi-spoiler) when Jack’s father gets killed off, “that’s when the plot really goes to hell”. :-) And the witch’s solo “The Last Midnight” seems to me to be the keystone of the play….

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