Off the Walrus


Snarked!, by Roger Langridge – When looking for information on the Popeye comics Langridge wrote, I saw some mentions of an earlier comic he both wrote and drew that I’d heard of before, which was sort of a re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s work.

It stars the Walrus and the Carpenter of the poem, here named Wilburforce J. Walrus and Clyde McDunk. I’ve seen Langridge’s Walrus compared with J. Wellington Wimpy, in terms of his laziness and trickiness, his manner of speaking, and even his name. This is, of course, consistent with the character in the poem as well. McDunk is the dim-witted sidekick who turns out during the course of the story to have useful talents. The Red King has disappeared, and his eight-year-old daughter Scarlett teams up with the two con-artists to bring him back. Many of Carroll’s characters show up, some like the Cheshire Cat and the Bellman’s crew fitting pretty well with how they appeared in the original works, while others have somewhat different roles. The Gryphon is a relentless bounty hunter (who bears a physical resemblance to Sam the Eagle, which can’t be a coincidence as Langridge has done Muppets comics), the Mad Hatter a hapless pirate captain, and the White Knight a street performer.

While there’s certainly some Carrollian humor, the overall style is less absurd but still quite funny, being largely driven by the eccentric characters. And Langridge provides a happy ending of sorts for the poor Baker, who disappeared at the end of The Hunting of the Snark. The series is definitely worth a read.

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One Response to Off the Walrus

  1. goetzkluge says:

    Nice article. As a “thank you”, http://www.snrk.de/VovatiaVectorizedLogo.jpg perhaps could be an improvement (I hope so) of your logo. — Best regards from Munich, Götz

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