Nothing is Forgotten
January 4, 2011 7:29 PM   Subscribe

Nothing is Forgotten, a lovely little wordless comic about loss, fear, kindness, and memory.
posted by Gator (39 comments total) 67 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was nice.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 7:35 PM on January 4, 2011


I loved it. I want a book!
posted by ericost at 7:38 PM on January 4, 2011


That *was* nice. Every panel had its purpose.
posted by notsnot at 7:40 PM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


That is stunning. A few brilliantly chosen lines and some careful shading -- no colour, no gleaming effects -- and an entire life and world is composed and shared with us.
posted by maudlin at 7:47 PM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


That *was* lovely. It would make a beautiful little book. Thanks for that, Gator.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:49 PM on January 4, 2011


Wonderful.
posted by Joey Michaels at 7:57 PM on January 4, 2011


Oh hells yes.
posted by chunking express at 8:03 PM on January 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Really very nice. I like the reversals in expectation about how we feel about the wood spirit (or whatever it was). Very nice art, very effective visual storytelling.
posted by MythMaker at 8:05 PM on January 4, 2011


That was excellent.
posted by eyeballkid at 8:05 PM on January 4, 2011


Thanks.
posted by togdon at 8:13 PM on January 4, 2011


very very well done.
the eyes in the wood spirit look almost grateful in part seven.
gorgeous work.
posted by seawallrunner at 8:26 PM on January 4, 2011


Wow, I really loved this. Thanks Gator.
posted by lalex at 8:32 PM on January 4, 2011


Just lovely. Those forest spirits had a bit of a Miyazaki feel to them.
posted by whitneyarner at 8:35 PM on January 4, 2011 [6 favorites]


I had exactly the same thought- the tree dude looked exactly like something out of Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke
posted by slow graffiti at 8:53 PM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Beautiful!
posted by troublewithwolves at 8:55 PM on January 4, 2011


Lovely. Thanks for posting it.
posted by saucysault at 8:56 PM on January 4, 2011


Great stuff.
posted by Artw at 9:04 PM on January 4, 2011


That was really wonderful.
posted by janepanic at 9:05 PM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Miyazaki film it most resembles is My Neighbor Totoro. It's a pretty close interpretation, complete with woodland fantasy creature and parental mortality as a central theme
posted by eyeballkid at 9:23 PM on January 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hate to mist on the festivities here, but I didn't love it, which I'm still trying to figure out because I count Totoro and Princess Mononoke as some of my favorite movies. I appreciated the craft of the art in the panels (some of them are just gorgeous), but I think it's how abruptly the narrative jumps. Or maybe I'm getting more jaded these days, but I just saw this as a collection of cliches (death in family, child finding secret world, protected by friendly monster, civilization threatening natural beings, etc).... Ok, new new year's resolution: no more TVTropes in 2011.

(the umbrella thing is so very Totoro-ish! A quick homage or nod woulda been nice.)
posted by jng at 9:32 PM on January 4, 2011


Ok, I take back my above jaded comment. This thread got me looking up old Totoro clips. and I just rewatched the scene where Mei falls down the tunnel in a tree and meets Totoro. And now I know I'll be smiling for the next fifteen minutes. So good on you Ryan A! All is forgiven.
posted by jng at 9:48 PM on January 4, 2011


getting more jaded these days
posted by setanor at 9:48 PM on January 4, 2011


Someone has successfully crossbred Totoro with Calvin and Hobbes, and we are all the better for it.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 10:00 PM on January 4, 2011 [7 favorites]


My dog makes eyes like the eyes in the tree tunnel -- sad and worried and hopeful and yes, grateful -- when he wants pets (or to lick your plate). Which means the comic made me cry, apparently.

Beautiful comic; thanks.
posted by librarina at 10:31 PM on January 4, 2011


So am I misreading this or did he get eaten by a grue at the end?
posted by zylocomotion at 10:44 PM on January 4, 2011 [6 favorites]


It was pitch black, so that's likely.
posted by aubilenon at 10:59 PM on January 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yay, fabulous.
posted by maxwelton at 12:06 AM on January 5, 2011


I enjoyed that.
posted by iamkimiam at 12:21 AM on January 5, 2011


That *was* lovely. It would make a beautiful little book. Thanks for that, Gator.

I want one for the end table.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 12:31 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Really wonderful. With comics, I tend to sort of skim the images and focus on the dialogue balloons -- this is beautiful in that silent movie way of conveying emotion in a way that word-focused me finds fantastically sparse. I'm always amazed at what just the body or an image can convey.
posted by wandering steve at 12:37 AM on January 5, 2011


I liked it, but felt dissatisfied by the ending, seemed like it took to long to get there, with no real pay off.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:13 AM on January 5, 2011 [3 favorites]


I am in love with this, and it made me cry. I would buy the hell out of this little book, again and again, if there ever is one. I really hope there is one. I want to feel it in my hands and carry it around with me and gift copies to people for no reason.

Thanks for this link, Gator. I'd have never known about it if you hadn't posted, and I would have been much the poorer.
posted by perilous at 3:29 AM on January 5, 2011


My day is better for having seen that. Thanks for finding, and for posting this bit of beauty. As for originality, there are so few stories that are truly new, and the rest we all know. We still read the old stories because part of the joy is in seeing how they are told in different ways, and this was good enough for me.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:14 AM on January 5, 2011


I liked the part where the rat creature ate the small mammal.
posted by etc. at 8:43 AM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


I loved this.
posted by interrobang at 9:34 AM on January 5, 2011


Wow, that first frame reminded me of Bill Watterson's art incredibly vividly... I imagined this was going to be one of those 'What If's where the second frame would show a funeral for Hobbes or something.
posted by FatherDagon at 11:19 AM on January 5, 2011


That was beautiful - the art as well as conveying so much without words. Great find.
posted by rmm at 11:19 AM on January 5, 2011


I think the comparisons to Miyazaki and Watterson are unfair to the artist here.

That said, I enjoyed this a lot, and the ambiguous ending was very good because I felt the strange woodland creature looked fairly Lovecraftian.
posted by jabberjaw at 5:35 PM on January 5, 2011


He lists his name as Ryan A., and because of the art style I thought this was Ryan Armand, of Minus, Great, and Modern. But turns out his name is Ryan Andrews, which is OK too.
posted by Evilspork at 1:03 AM on January 7, 2011


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