Inside 'Anti-Gone' by Connor Willumsen
The story of a sun-soaked, perma-baked couple on a deserted tropical island is not a shipwreck tale - Spyda and Lynxa represent two complicated pieces of the mind-bending puzzle that is Connor Willumsen's Anti-Gone.
Imagine living a quiet if not purposeless existence on a tropical island, sand at your feet and endless ocean views with someone you are compatible with if not more than base line tolerant of? Imagine it all being turned upside down with a cloaked mysterious figure zooms by on a jetski and changes everything? Anti-Gone introduces it's protagonists and initial setting before going on a surreal adventure.
Accepting the gift of passes to the legendary cinema multiplex The Galleria from the nameless stranger, Spyda and Lynxa embark on an oceanic voyage that explores a wide scope of Willumsen's talent as an illustrator. Some pages features an small illustration while others show in distinct detail the rolling waves, half decomposed submerged communities and finally the Metropolis that houses The Galleria and the cast of characters that live there.
A sequence where Spyda and Lynxa try to buy drugs to better their movie viewing experience features some of the best conversational humor i've personally read in a comic, as the back and forth is incredible in it's detail and hilarious in the descriptive language used by the weary dealer.
With the stories laughs there is also a sadness in the relationship between Spyda and Lynxa. Despite their obvious differences and completely irresponsible lifestyle, they have a love and tenderness for each other which makes two characters without a very established backstory feel like real, breathing personalities. Lynxa's affection for a strange beast they find along their journey is heartwarming, and Spyda's drug-fueled emotional break is relatable to anyone who has ever dealt with gushing emotion - substance effected or not.
Willumsen's carefully curated pages range from a truly restrained minimalism to fully engrossing cityscapes with hundreds of characters on the page. The book is beautifully illustrated with an incredible amount of personality and life. Humanoids of varying shape and sizes share pages with strange beasts, ghastly apparitions and buildings in various states of decay. Willumsen is a true talent to be recognized in the way he crafts an off-kilter narrative and supplements it with creative design choices and impressive artistic restraints.
Anti-Gone is available now via various online and physical retailers. More information can be found via Koyama Press. Willumsen's personal website, which includes information about past works and features a store that sells original art and poster prints can be found here.