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Louis Riel - a Comic-Strip Biography


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CHESTER BROWN is the author of I Never Liked You, The Little Man, The Playboy, and Yummy Fur. He lives in Toronto; he is an illustrator for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.


Brown (The Little Man; Ed the Happy Clown) has taken a brave step into what one hopes will be a popular new genre: historical biographical graphic novels. He successfully walks the thin line between cynicism and romanticism in this presentation of Riel's attempt to protect the people of the Northwest from expansionist Canada's unfair rule. Riel was the leader of the M?tis people (mixed-blood French, English, and Cree) of what is now Manitoba, who fought to protect their land from 1869 to 1885, when Riel was hanged for treason. Brown packs in dates and events and gives voice to every side of every issue while milking the story for maximum drama and interest-readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough. Brown dedicates full pages of panels to the realization of a character's thought or the full expression of an emotion. This is the work of a confident artist, sure to gain the respect of those readers as yet unfamiliar with GNs and to educate youth who would otherwise not dream of picking up a history text. Recommended for all public libraries.-Khadijah Caturani, "Library Journal" Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"If you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further: Chester Brown's Louis Riel is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good." --The Globe and Mail Book Review"The starkly told story . . . of a crucial figure in Canada's history--yet one whom most Americans have probably never heard of. It's a credit to Brown's plainspoken artistry and flair for narrative that it's a page-turner till the end." --The Boston Phoenix"This is an ingenious comic and a major achievement." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

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