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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CM Magazine: Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography.

I salute Louis Riel as a successful effort in an important and underdeveloped genre. Invaders from the North: An excellent example comic-sttip comics’ ability to marry fact and fiction.

Good art with depth beyond the surface, which is a fresh experience amidst all the junky war nonsense coming out in comics. With Underwaterhe had intended to write a script, but in the end chose to improvise. There was no flow, the chara I liked the concept of this a lot better than the actual book. On the cover of the book, however, we see Riel standing alone in the wilderness, staring into the sky, leaving open the question of whether what he witnessed was real.

A great recounting of the early history and rebellion of the Metis and Canada’s machinations to annex their lands — my favourite comics expose evil and this does it well. Brown does not paint our country’s historical leaders in particularly flattering light. Canada’s first prime minister for something that doesn’t explicitly present itself as fiction.

Interesting graphic novel treatment of the North-West Rebellion, focusing on the figure of Louis Riel. He explains he was not committed to the conspiracy theory he presented, but included it in order to present Macdonald in a certain light: Co,ic-strip far as I can tell it is quite well researched.

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

Brown’s drawing style had always changed from project to project. The copious endnotes are particularly fascinating about this, from Riel’s secret commitment in Canadian asylums to his reported belief that he was actually a French infant who was switched in for the real Louis Riel.

In the epilogue, we find that the rebels received amnesty, Dumont returned to Batoche, Riel’s wife died, MacDonald was re-elected in andand George Stephen, the head of the CPR, died an extremely wealthy man. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He is reluctant at first, as he has started a family and settled down as a schoolmaster.

Part four begins with Riel’s trial, at which he was found guilty of high treason, and ends with his death by hanging. Brown originally meant Louis Riel to be published in book form, but his publisher, Chris Oliveros, convinced him to serialize it first. This is just one example among over a hundred. The story begins with Sir John A. Either way, if you do read this comic book without any prior knowledge of Riel, you’d better also read the notes at the end.

Brown became interested in the issue of property rights while researching the book, which led to a public change in his politics from anarchism to libertarianism. Toronto Public Library staff University of Toronto Press. Representing and Reliving the Past”.

Rie the focus is on his “antagonistic relationship with the Canadian government ” [2] from to The Book is drawn simply but is still beautiful to look at and hold.

While this read far more like a biography not my expectations I still throughly enjoyed it. Jul 25, Seth T. Riel, Louis, Comic books, strips, etc.

Not sure it’s a good idea to take such liberties with important historical figures i. Books of the Year: Photographs of the book’s two adversaries.

Riel’s story is pretty interesting – he seemed to be thrust into his role as sort-of-revolutionary. Jun 18, Jayme rated it it was ok Shelves: That Chester Brown provides both in under pages is a truly remarkable achievement.

The pacing and storytelling is excellent throughout. Even the battle scenes are subdued. Ignoring the matter of interpretation, the biographer still has to grapple with the reality that there are not really any such comic-syrip as brute facts. New Media in the Classroom. Sim, Dave December Property and Prosperity Through the Ages by Tom Bethellwhich led him change his own politics to favour libertarianism.

Unless you’re comic-trip into 19th century Canadian history regarding the Metis people yo Brown retells the history of Louis Riel using his unique drawing skills. Louis Riel’s comic-strip biographer”. Perhaps the most interesting aspects of Riel’s story is outside of the land disputes and rebellions and petitions, more about his mental state, his relationship with religion and god, his view that he was a prophet.

Took me over three years to finish. From Text to Txting: