Drawn and Quarterly
Holmberg is an Argentinian cartoonist who goes by the name Kioskerman in South America, where he writes and draws for various publications. Eden started out as webcomic that he self-published in Spanish on his website. The illustrations are pretty straightforward, employing simple shapes, hatching, and solid colours. They’re exactly what one would expect to find in the comics section of the weekend newspaper. Natural, outdoor settings are emphasized and meditative musings that attempt to strike an emotional chord are largely the focus.
Whimsical and filled with emotional yearning, this comic’s overly romantic mini-plots might win over a Sunday comics crowd, but likely won’t strike a chord with a comic book audience. His mushy tales are similar to Bil Keane’s The Family Circus and his use of mythic imagery is an obvious nod to Charles Addams. Eden uneasily straddles the divide between warm-hearted cliché and dark-gothic fantasy. The collection could be improved by either being more sentimental or darker, but, as is, fails to measure up to either genre. mRb