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    Mark Laliberte: A bright Yellow Gothic (detail)

Carousel magazine's brilliant 4PANEL celebrates the four panel comic strip

Posted by Anna Trench,

Once upon a time four panel strips were rife. But the thinning of newspapers brought the thinning of the back page funnies. Longer comics and graphic novels have their own strengths, but the self-contained, consistently sized strip has a satisfying pleasure all it’s own. Shorter comics have for a while now found a growing home online, and, excitingly, we’ve just discovered a place dedicated to the four panel kind.

The biannual Canadian literary and arts magazine Carousel has a feature called 4Panel showing experimental four panel comic strips by a range of artists and, luckily, the online extension is updated weekly. Browsing through the contributions, the selection of comics is brilliantly diverse in both style and content: pen and ink, surreal textures, stories, snatches of poetry, photomontage, abstract, weird and, often, funny.

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    Mark Laliberte: A bright Yellow Gothic

  • Jessica-fortner-strange-loops

    Jessica Fortner: Strange Loops

  • Larry-eistenstein-the-boy-and-his-dad

    Larry Eisenstein: The Boy and his Dad

  • Ethan-rilly-faces-of-death

    Ethan Riley: Faces of Death

  • Jesse-jacobs-i've-seen-better-ones-for-less

    Jesse Jacobs: I’ve Seen Better Ones

  • Christopher-green-spectators-from-the-celestial-sphere

    Christoper Green: Spectators from the Celestial Sphere

  • Mark-laliberte-black-01-the-comuter

    Mark Laliberte: Black 01: The Computer

  • Andrei-molotiu-yam-seal-land2

    Andrei Molotlu: Yam Seal Land

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Posted by Anna Trench

Anna is a writer and illustrator who joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Cambridge University and Falmouth university. She wrote for the site between January and March 2013.