The Big Sheep: A Philip Merlot Thriller

Hailey J. Austin, Catriona Laird (Artist)

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    Dundee, Scotland. I'd been teaching the film noir course for a few weeks, searching for the unfindable: a comic that referenced the critical films on the course. My feet dragged me from the closet I called an office and I headed south towards the Tay. I found myself sitting in the Dundee Comics Creative Space, surrounded by comic artists, academics and enthusiasts. Inspiration struck. I didn't know if it was the Dr. Pepper talking or if it was Raymond Chandler himself who spoke to me. I realised, the best way to prove film noir is a style rather than a genre is to make a comic that combines all of these elements and throws them in your face.

    In this, the last week of the film noir module, I give you The Big Sheep. It's chock-full of noir and comics references, interspersed with some bad puns and an anthropomorphic twist. Hopefully, this isn't goodbye, because according to Chandler, "To say goodbye is to die a little." But what most people don't remember is that after that he said, "unless you study comics in which case you'll live forever, probably."
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationDundee
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


    • the big sheep
    • philip merlot
    • film noir
    • noir comics
    • Hailey Austin
    • University of Dundee
    • UniVerse
    • Dundee Comics Creative Space
    • Natasha
    • Anthropomorphism
    • animal studies
    • Cyborgs
    • Science Fiction
    • The Big Sleep
    • Maltese falcon
    • creative practice
    • Catriona Laird


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