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The Furry Trap Hardcover – July 2, 2012
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The best of these is "Demonwood", the final story, featuring a construction worker down on his luck who after working on a site all day, stubbornly refuses to admit his car is broken and ends up staying on the site after dark despite being told the woods are haunted. Sure enough a cherub-like demon shows up and the story subtly and horrifically gets darker and darker...
I also liked his take on Batman even if I wasn't 100% sure what he was trying to say about him. I felt this way about a lot of the stories here: the Jesus monster story, the hick/witch story set in an apocalyptic landscape, and the girl who mutilates her pet. The stories start strong, they're intriguing, but they end in the kind of pretentious arty way that believes non-explanation is better than explicit resolution, so in the end they're quite frustrating.
And the worst of these stories feature extreme sexual violence throughout that are the sole purpose of the story. It feels like reading a story by a kid who's looking only to shock - they're simply immature and empty.
But on the whole the book is an interesting read with imaginative stories and a few gems that make reading this worthwhile. Simmons has talent and is a compelling storyteller when he is focused; "The Furry Trap" hints at better books to come and I will definitely read them when they appear. For now, this book shows the interesting evolution of an artist.
Most of the stories are in color. "Cockbone" and "The Mark of the Bat" are B&W.
The art is really excellent, very well-done. It's a cut above standard comic book art. Simmons is really good at capturing a mood and portraying human emotion.
Unfortunately, the unremittingly hateful and nasty content makes this a cold and unpleasant read. I felt that Simmons was trying to be witty and shocking but it fell flat. The general tone seemed to be one of accusation and condemnation, against the reader, against the modern world. He seems to be saying that all humans are fundamentally disgusting and malignant and we should just stop kidding ourselves.
I bought this book on the strength of the, "Cockbone", story which I originally read in Robin Bougie's, "Sleazy Slice", anthology comic. I was totally bowled over by it. It has to be one of the best comic stories I have ever read. The story flows as part real, part fairy tale, part dream. It's long but it never drags. The mother-son aspect of it is particularly affecting.
The, "Night of the Jibblers”, story reaches for poignancy but doesn’t quite make it. And it seems to be saying that old men just surrender to their dissolution, which is accurate enough. This is the only story that had any kind of a heart.
The, "Demonwood", story is a particularly nasty one. It seems to be an assault on the sentimentalizing of humble, hard-working Joes. Either that or Simmons is some kind of closet socialist. Heavens!
The, "Mark of the Bat", succeeds in being witty.Read more ›
However, many of the stories were not fully fleshed-out ideas and were not effective as "horror" stories. For example, "Jesus Christ" and "A__hole Roommate" seemed like unfinished ideas and did nothing for me. The use of graphic violence and/or sexual deviancy is only effective if woven into an compelling narrative and most of the time the stories didn't fully work for me.
If you are unfamiliar with Simmons' work, The Furry Trap is a good place to start. If you are a fan of disturbing images and creepy stories, in the vein of Al Columbia, you may want to check it out.
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So, this series of cartoon stories classifies itself as "horror", so I picked it up out of curiousity, because I like scary videogames, movies, and comics. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by ravl13
Reading this feels like hanging out with a teenager that's alternately trying to gross you out and impress you with how "edgy" he is. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Hotrodimus
Josh Simmons is one of those few great cartoonists who get's better with every piece. The stories are roughly chronological, and Simmons experiments with each one, trying out new... Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Van
A friend recommended checking out anything by Josh simmons and I purchased this book. I'm constantly looking for comics that push the limits. The Furry Trap is no exception. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Brendon Fields