اولین سالانه Scarfolk: یک اثر مرموز از یک دهه گریم ابدی عجیب و غریب آشنا

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Since2013, Richard Littler has been publishingScarfolk, a darkly comic series of brilliantly photoshopped artifacts from a dark and brutal English town trapped in a loop between 1969 and 1979; Littlerpublished his first Scarfolk book in 2014, a pretty straight-ahead best-of anthology that was a sheer delight, and since then, he’s taken abrilliant detour into animation, while still keeping up on Scarfolk, which has now spawned its second — and even better — book:The Scarfolk Annual.

The “annual” is aBritish comics tradition, in which a beloved comic like the Beano produces an end-of-the-year gift book full of puzzles, short stories, artwork, games, comics, and suchlike.

The Scarfolk Annual is a facsimile of a notional annual produced for the blighted children of Scarfolk, distressed and scuffed to give it the appearance of a discarded library book that’s been discovered in a charity shop bin (an introduction informs the reader that this is just what’s happened, and that, moreover, the erstwhile owner disappeared under mysterious circumstances).

TheAnnualis a showcase for the brilliance of Scarfolk, which uses the iconography of the Thatcher-era authoritarian malaise to skewer Thatcher’s ideological descendants, who combine cruelty and clownishness with barely disguised racism and eugenics as they drive the country towards catastrophe while serving the ultra-rich, punishing the poor for the sin of poverty, and use racism to cement a thoroughly despicable coalition of the hereditarily posh, sociopathic financiers, and terrified, small-minded Little Englanders.

As with all of Littler’s work, theAnnualpresents itself as a deceptively simple satire, but rewards close attention as the fine details and hidden gags add texture and depth.

This is Littler at the top of his Scarfolk form — an unpredictably wonderful, brilliant piece of political satire.

The Scarfolk Annual[Richard Littler/William Collins]

 

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