Interview: Minty Lewis Pt. 2 [of 2]

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In honor of Secret Acres’ release of the first-ever P.S. Comics collection, we sat down with Bay Area artist Minty Lewis to discuss the pretension of Italian fascism, the difficulty of drawing beaches, and why no one cares about the arm lengths of fruit.

[Part One]
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The Tinderbox by Damien Jay

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The Tinderbox
By Damien Jay [Adapted from a story by Hans Christian Andersen]


In modern America, the word “fairytale” has taken on an almost derisive meaning, immediately evoking images chalk full of genre cliché and the manner of unrealistic life expectations that come coupled with habitually happy endings. Those whose familiarity with the style extends beyond 20th century Hollywood adaptations, however, know that these stories have roots that run much deeper, to tales with far darker overtones, more graphic imagery, and messages steeped in moral ambiguity than the Disney remakes so central to our childhood memories have ever led on.

The pure, unhomogenized works of The Brothers Grimm are oft pointed to as an example of this phenomenon. Those stories that have found their way into the latter half of the 20th century and beyond, relatively intact, such as Hansel and Gretel, broach topics that now seem about as far from children’s lit as imaginable when juxtaposed by their works best known through their Disney iterations. As Damien Jay happily demonstrates in his mini-comic adaptation of The Tinderbox, many of the same things can be said about the works of Hans Christian Andersen.

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