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The Walrus, the carpenter, and the comic book!

By Harriet Staff

Let's take another look at Lewis Carroll's poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter." An excerpt:

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

'The time has come,' the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.'

Speculation on what the characters represent, what the story symbolizes, and why all those Oysters has been plentiful over the years. Now there is a comic book to sort it all out! PopMatters reports:

Now, Kaboom Studios makes the tale its own with Snarked #0. Harvey Award Winner Roger Langridge of Thor: The Mighty Avenger and Kaboom’s own The Muppet Show has both written and drawn a satire upon satire with Carroll’s controversial and beloved characters.

In an 8-page prelude coming out in August, Snarked #0 introduces its readers to the walrus, who goes by Wilburforce J. Walrus, and his bumbling sidekick, Clyde McDunk, the carpenter. The premise of the story is simple: the two characters, who seem to be both lazy and poor, try to con their way into getting food. They find themselves posing as Princess Scarlett’s ballet instructors to get into the castle and fill their bellies. The reader is left with a bit of a cliffhanger, enticing us to come back for issue #1, which will be released in October.

The story is meant to be for both kids and adults, just like the original Alice books. Langridge’s humor is clever enough for children to comprehend while still managing to land a few zingers with the adults. Langridge deftly manages several nods to Carroll’s classic poem but also manages to create funny new characters and settings.

Also included with the story, writes PopMatters, are games, puzzles, a mock “letters from readers,” a fictional newspaper, and more. Read all about the project and the history of the poem here.

Originally Published: July 19th, 2011