Inside 'Crawl Space' by Jesse Jacobs
Canadian cartoonist Jesse Jacobs draws comics that aren't always able to be understood. His narratives are experimental yet rewarding. His art is fluid, detailed and engaging. The hardest part to understand is just how someone could take a pencil to paper and come up with the vivid, incredible creations present in all of his books.
Crawl Space doesn't hold your hand, throwing you into a psychedelic world of inexplicable shapes, colors and madness from the start. Once you get your bearings, the characters guide you and explain just what exactly is going on here. The new kid in town discovers an inter-dimensional portal while searching for a lost sock in the washing machine. Entering the washing machine transforms the body into a beautiful spiral; a visual tongue-twister with arms and legs, and plops you into a world of madcap creatures, anthropomorphic teapots and frenzied imagination.
Daisy trusts new friend Jeanne-Claude with the knowledge of the magical portal, but how can someone keep such a place a secret for so long? The dimension relies of peace, stability and respecting the nonsensical beings within. When the portal becomes common knowledge among the school children, chaos erupts within the dimension and throughout the community.
Jacob's incredible line work is countered and fully matched by a full rainbow splash palette, popping against black backings and environments. Past works like Safari Honeymoon have seen him create impeccable scenes of nature, while Crawl Space sees him create a new kind of nature; a new kind of amazing universe that cannot and does not need to be explained: only experienced.