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It bigraphy seems to be a sad story of a fair and well-liked man who fought for the rights of his people only to be executed for trying. Its success played a major part in gaining shelf space for serious graphic novels in mainstream North American bookstores.

Brown grew up in the Canadian province of Quebecwhere the majority speaks French, and where Riel is often considered a martyr.

Louis Riel: A Comic-strip Biography

Jan 16, Emmkay rated it liked it Shelves: The scene blends comedy and horrific violence in a way that reminds me Stanley Kubrick or the Coen Brothers. The power of this biography, then, comes from Brown’s choices; like a savvy director, he directs the reader’s gaze to only th I knew nothing of Louis Riel, or any Canadian history for that matter, before reading this, drawn to the coimc-strip only because biograpjy my admiration for Chester Brown’s other work.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Macdonald has returned to the prime ministership and conspires with George Stephenril of the financially burdened Canadian Pacific Railwayto use the situation to gain support for finishing the railway. Jul 31, Sam Quixote rated it liked it. Riel is bilingual and becomes a de facto leader for the Red River Settlement, demanding the right for them to govern themselves within Canada. Review by Joan Marshall. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

There are a lot of factual errors. With Underwaterhe had intended to write a script, but in the end chose to improvise. View all 4 comments. Not being familiar with Canadian history, I had never heard of Loius Riel before.

Drawn and Quarterly 8. At 19, he moved to Toronto and got a day job while he worked on his skills as a cartoonist at night and on weekends. Niography am strongly drawn to histories in cartoon form, but almost always a little disappointed by them.

He shows Riel, who was an educated and tiel speaker of French, struggling with English. Maps are included to show the shifting borders. 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.

While this read far more like a biography not my expectations I still throughly enjoyed it. Harvey Awards staff Though the jury pleads for mercy, he is sentenced to hang. In Montreal, the first evidence of his mental illness surfaced, and he was committed to L’Hospice St.

His cross-hatching style was reminiscent of the editorial cartoonists of Riel’s time. Throughout, Riel was both inspired and hampered by his own religious fanaticism.

They were defeated, and Riel gave himself up. I liked the concept of this a lot better than the actual book. Though not the first work of biography in comics, Louis Riel was the first completed of its length and depth.

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

Louis Riel’s comic-strip biographer”. Drawn and Quarterly 7. It’s cartoony, clear, and serious. Of course, a historian could argue that they would find something else to hold over Riel eventually.


He is unshackled enough that he can tell the story he is going to tell in the way he wishes to tell it. Ignoring the matter of interpretation, the biographer still has to grapple with the reality that there are not louia any such things as brute facts. Books of the Week.

Lokis, Chester May Often in his research Brown is confronted with conflicting reports, some from recollections published well and many years after any of the involved incidents.

There’s quite a comedic scene with one of the racist prisoners shouting expletives you just see “XXX” in the caption llouis and coupled with his blank face and cavernous mouth it made me laugh. Moreover, the reader doesn’t come away with an adequate view of the real complexity of Riel as a historical figure. Each of the characters are given blank eyes and expressionless faces, as well as enormous hands and small heads – deliberate choices by the artist.

He experiences visions and talks to God, who declares him Prophet of the New World and instructs him to lead his people to freedom. New Media in the Classroom. It begins shortly before the Red River Comic–stripand ends with Riel’s hanging for high treason. It should be a required text in the biofraphy of every Canadian high school student, especially those from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

These along with the bibliography make it a great starting point to learn about Louis Riel’s tumultuous life and his role in history.