Images © Roger Langridge.
The voyage to find the Red King hits land in issue 7, and Wilburforce J. Walrus and his friend carpenter Clyde McDunk find themselves in hot water—literally. The natives want to eat them! This is even funnier because the natives are cartoonish birds, who should be no match for a Walrus, but then we’re in the funny world of Roger Langridge borrowing characters from Lewis Carroll and making them his own. Issue 8 has them back at sea, nearing Snark Island, but bedeviled by a Bandersnatch, as seen above and below, as well as their old nemesis the bounty hunter Gryphon, who has caught up to them at last. While there is plenty of action in this comic, the best thing about it is the whimsical humor, clever dialogue, and wonderful characters.
Roger’s art is as delightful as his writing, with some elements of animation art but with a British flavor that’s refreshing. These issues conclude Book Two, but Book Three is up right away, and I can’t wait.