February 04, 2012

Louis Riel graphic novel e-book

A Native-themed graphic novel about Louis Riel is becoming an e-book. This article summarizes the work:

Louis Riel Graphic Novel Is Part of E-Book RevolutionOriginally published in 2006, Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography won a Harvey Award for graphic nonfiction, and was dubbed by Publisher’s Weekly as “a strong contender for the best graphic novel ever” because of its artful telling of the life story of Riel, a founder of Manitoba, who led the 1869–70 Red River Rebellion between the M├ętis and the Canadian government. He is considered a hero by the mixed-race group for his leadership roles in that and the North-West Rebellion of 1885. He was executed in 1885 for treason by the Canadian government.

“While the book concerns imperialism, empire, nationalism and the chaos that results, Brown maintains a still, almost silent atmosphere. He brilliantly renders a lengthy courtroom sequence by setting figures against a black background, heightening the tension of the events by employing minimal effects. Even the battle scenes are subdued,” Publisher’s Weekly said in its review at the time of release. ”All of this will hook readers’ minds and eyes, but never tell them what to think or feel. Instead, Brown calmly lets his story unfold, making the reading process deeply affecting. This is an ingenious comic and a major achievement.”
Comment:  For more on Louis Riel, see Review of Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography and Happy Louis Riel Day!

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