Louis Riel: A Comic-strip Biography

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Drawn and Quarterly, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
Legendary cartoonist Chester Brown's Louis Riel has been nominated for the 2003 Eisner Awards for Best Continuing Series. In this comic biography, Brown reveals that at least one dusty closet of Canadian history holds some skeletons that won't stop rattling. Canadians everywhere can tell the story of Louis Riel and the Red River Rebellion of 1869. To some Louis Riel was one of the founding fathers of a new nation. To others he was a murderer who nearly tore a country apart.Riel was a man so charismatic he was elected to government twice while in exile with a bounty on his head but so impassioned that his dramatic behaviour cast serious doubts on his sanity. The absolute rebel, Riel took on the army, the government, the Queen of England and even the Church in the name of his passionate vision of freedom for the people of the prairies. One of the hippest comics going, Louis Riel promises to be a controverial must-have in 2003. "How does a history of a real 19th-century Quebecois rebel mystic become fun to read? When he is drawn with the clownish proportions of a tiny head and a giant's body. Chester Brown makes history his own by rewriting it just slightly, while annotating every altered detail, and presenting it all in his spare, almost goofy drawing style." -Time

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User Review  - clstaff - LibraryThing

As the title suggests, this is a biography of Louis Riel, Canadian politician, prophet and all round nice guy. Louis Riel was the leader of two rebellions against the Canadian government in the 1800s and a spiritual leader for many French Canadians. Yet another great biography from Chester Brown. Read full review

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

This is only the third graphic novel for me. My book club decided to read it for December 2011 to see how we felt about this format. I'd say it was a mixed success. I thought it was really well ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Well known and loved in the comix community, Chester Brown is one of the pioneers of the 1980s comix renaissance. He is author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel I Never Liked You, in which he documented his adolescence and his mother's schizophrenia.

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