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Consider the crabapple

Post #1369 • June 23, 2009, 12:14 PM • 5 Comments

Warren Craghead has written a beautiful review of Crabapple at The Moon Fell On Me.

Crabapple, like many of Franklin Einspruch's other webcomics at, is a sort of haiku - a freshly observed moment that unfolds and unfolds. He is a painter and it shows in both the beautiful handling of watercolor (the lively lines, the careful blending of colors, the spontaneously precise rendering) and in the observations the pieces are about. He sees things but finds them by making.

Read the whole thing.




June 23, 2009, 11:49 AM

I'm glad you like it Franklin.

Please note the lifting of "freshly observed" from the Cezanne quote here on



June 23, 2009, 12:28 PM

"Crabapple" suits the experience of our new yard nearly enough. During the winter, when we got the place, the overtall crabapple tree out back looked like a set piece from "Sleepy Hollow", deadly ready to pinch off the fleshed and the living. When she blossomed white, nearly overnight, we forgave her our fears. I may yet have a grudge, however, if she sets her fruit out of reach until the moment it's overdue then stuck on my shoes. Until she proves otherwise, I'm withholding my apology.


Mister Arrow

June 24, 2009, 9:51 PM

The crabapple floated by nicely, not too fast nor too slow, it was neither too long nor too short.
What I'm trying to say, is that I felt it was perfect.
I imagined for a moment that it was perhaps done on a rice paper scroll.
A 10 foot tall piece of paper unfurling a total of 60 feet long. But it felt just right in the digital realm too.
good job.



June 25, 2009, 11:55 AM

A long sheet of paper like that would be a nice thing.



June 25, 2009, 1:08 PM

Long enough so that one would have to move to see the next "panel" would work really well.



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