Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography [Chester Brown] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A limited-edition reprint of Brown’s celebrated. LOUIS RIEL: A Comic-Strip Biography. Chester Brown, Author. Drawn and Quarterly $ (p) ISBN Chester Brown reinvents the comic book medium to create the critically acclaimed historical biography Louis Riel, winning the Harvey Awards for best writing.

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Spare, unsentimental, and by no means exhaustive, Brown’s graphic biography of Riel and his times is all the more powerful for its limitations, openly acknowledged by Brown in his extensive footnotes.

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Point of view varies from bird’s eye to landscape to close-up, both with active movement and still quiet scenes. Dec 16, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: The artwork is excellent, but unfortunately the resulting story is over-simplistic.

Toronto Public Library staff The scene blends comedy and horrific violence in a way that reminds me Stanley Kubrick or the Coen Brothers. A valiant and successful attempt to explore a complex and important part of Canadian and North American history. Want to Read saving…. Really nice to re-learn this chapter of Canadian Loui, but as a novel, it didn’t work for me.

Drawn and Quarterly 9. The story is well paced and flows well.

More insidious, however, is the blunt scheming of the Canadian prime minister to force Riel into open rebellion for the sake of some lucrative rail contracts. Macdonald —91 was the first Prime Minister of Canadain office —73, and again — University of Toronto Press.


InDrawn and Quarterly first began offering comics in e-book format, prompted in part by Brown. Brown’s narrative style is a little too direct to allow for total immersion in his tale. Slobod, Charity K In Budra, Paul; Burnham, Clint. Meneses, Juan Spring Although Louis Riel is a well recognized name in Canada, as school aged students we barely scratched the surface for the time period of Canadian westward expansion and the Manitoba Act.

Brown retells the history of Louis Riel using his unique drawing skills. It’s a heavy narrative and probably-important topic to French Canadians. These touches emphasize that English was not yet a dominant language in the regions in which the story unfolds. Riel rirl “Rome has fallen! Chester Brown, interview with Dave Sim [11].

What We Know Now”. A Comic-Strip Biography biogrraphy. The copious endnotes are particularly fascinating about this, from Riel’s secret commitment in Canadian asylums to his ,ouis belief that he was actually a French biogeaphy who was switched in for the real Louis Riel. Of course, I was rooting for Gabriel Dumont the whole time It begins shortly before the Red River Rebellionand ends with Riel’s hanging for high treason. This was a real page-turner that often had me laughing, angry, or lous, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in an engaging and fresh take on Canadian history.

Lawrence Sun, published one of his comic strips. When he started the book, he considered himself an anarchist. Macdonald takes this as a cue to send two thousand troops to the area. It certainly is not an academic read on Louis Riel; moreover it’s not childsplay either. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The artwork and the writing are super simplistic. Perhaps this would be best described as historical fiction or fictionalized history?


Louis Riel: A Comic-strip Biography

In the original serialization, as the series progressed the influence of Harold Gray became stronger. He is reluctant at first, as he has started a family and settled down as a schoolmaster. The first Vortex issue of Yummy Fur sold well, and Brown quit his day job and began working full-time as a cartoonist. Jan 16, Emmkay rated it liked it Shelves: Two things that drew louiz attention, though Brown did not spend too much time on them probably because others have: This is a brilliant re-telling of the metis uprising led by Louis Riel against the Hudson’s Bay Company and the British Empire, as laid out in graphic novel form.

What’s interesting is when Louis Riel loses his mind and believes he’s a prophet from God. The biography is broken into 4 main parts: His cross-hatching style was reminiscent of the editorial cartoonists of Riel’s time.

The foreword, the map section, the index and the notes section provide excellent detail that enriches the reading experience. In the s, modern-day-Manitoba is passed from the Hudson’s Bay company to Canada, despite the wishes of the native people.

Visual space is used to create story beats, punctuating decisions or underscoring the humour in a given situation. The story is a bit dusty for most of the book.