Reviews

A visit to the Depths of Haparoot excites the explorer as each page turn reveals more crackling elemental facets of our pulsing, undiscovered, inner  landscapes. 

The bold colour choices offer a visual nimbleness that balance power and precision as our pathway deeper into the yawning unknown is mapped.  

The sense of arising and simultaneously ascending into this dreamscape is everpresent.  The reader’s senses will be challenged and bewildered as we journey farther into  this alien terrain that is both fantastic, and somehow achingly familiar.

Buy the ticket.  Take the ride. We are here to go. 

Mathew Makman – The Editor of 3T Anthology

THE BOOK:  

The paper quality is excellent!  the Hard cover is robust and arrived without any damage.  The amount of content and the quality of the product is amazing.  This book is underpriced in my estimation.  It’s a very handsome book and I will display it proudly. 

THE CARTOONING, SEQUENTIAL STORYTELLING, LETTERING AND COLORING:

Character design is very unique.  Your style is perfect for the the squeezing, stretching and contorting Tanha goes through in the book.  The Character design is a smart choice for an ego being pulled into a twisted reality.  I think many figure drawers would struggle with bending their character as gracefully as you do with Tanha.

PAGE DESIGN AND PANEL GRIDS:

I was very impressed with your page designs.  Alot of 3 or 5 panel pages, I dont usually see many odd number panels per page.  Your gutters (Panel borders) are very original, with Tanha breaking the panel borders often.  Tanha effectively conveyed movement through space and interacted with her environment extremely well and i think your panels and gutter work aided in this greatly.  It all seemed very experimental, yet worked each and every page!

Your splash pages (Full page panels) were numerous and spectacular, great work there too.

Several times you employed the “De Luca Effect” that really helped Tanha move through space/time in an altered reality, very effective storytelling.

WORD BALLOONS AND LETTERING

Very interesting use of connecting word balloons.  This is so simple yet incredibly genius.  I never got lost.  I never read the balloons out of order.  I thought this would be a big problem with different languages and other cumbersome issues regarding “directional devices” that help guide a reader from panel-to-panel and balloon-to-balloon.  But there was no issue at all. It read smoothly even during the manic last few pages with so many different egos talking in all directions.  The lettering is easy to read yet stylistically in line with the rest of the story.  I really hope you did the lettering by hand because it’s great.   That includes the Cover title.  My only complaint would be that I wish all the lettering was done by hand to include your publishing information page but i’m just a huge fan of hand lettering 

COLORING:

I love the choices you made here with colored pages red to black.  The white pops off the page perfectly.  I really enjoyed the choices you made here and don’t have much more to say about that. 

STORY:

The story is one that I can relate to personally.  Ego dissolving, being isolated, confused and afraid.   It comes across in your work how much these concepts mean to you.  I love you give the reader credit for being able to digest such material and not dumbing it down for your readers.  Ive had experiences with psychedelic substances and its really hard to convey the fever dream aspect of the situation.  I think you communicate this as good as anyone ever has. 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am not a creator.  I have never made a comic.  I have little to no idea what the process work looks like.  I am a fan.  Ive read Understanding Comics by Scott Mcloud.  I watch Cartoonist Kayfabe youtube channel By Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg.  Im a fan of Western creators Like Dan Clowes, Jaime Hernadez, Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, Moebius and Richard Corbun.  THese are just my humble thoughts on your fantastic work.  I look forward to your collecting your future works.  Stay cool!

-Hooked on Juneau / www.HookedOnJuneau.com

The Depths of Haparoot is one of my favorite comics in recent memory. The brilliant imagery ensnares the reader, and takes them on a fantastic ride throughout a dream realm like no other. I can’t wait to see what Tanha has in store for us next.

-Cameron Hatheway, Clusterfux Comix