Review: The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman

A few years ago when we did a talk at a Women’s Library zinefest, we met the uniquely talented artist Karrie Fransman (whose work has appeared in the Times and Guardian) and got chatting about zines/comix/feminism. She ended up kindly donating a whimsical, day-dreamy back page image to Pamflet issue X (which we were putting together at the time) so we can also proudly call her a pamf-contributor!

Now she’s made her first book, a rampantly imaginative, page-turning graphic novel called The House that Groaned (£14.99, Square Peg) which tells the story of the rather strange tenants of the flats in a big Victorian house at 141 Rottin Road. Touching upon themes of urban isolation and identity, this is, as Karrie herself puts it: ‘a feminist book all about bodily anxieties, hungry women and sexuality’. It’s also darkly humourous, definitely surreal and very highly recommended. 

Visit the house here and watch the trailer below…

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