Lost in the Stacks: O Canada

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Lost in the Stacks Welcome to the fifth entry in our blog series 'Lost in the Stacks' - recommendations by Dublin City Libraries staff exploring overlooked gems and helping you find your next read!

Our entry today comes from Marc and looks at some of the best graphic novels by Canadian writers!

Canadian Comics

New books! New books! Party time! Excellent!

 didn’t intend there to a theme to this blog, but it turns out that all three of these new books were written by Canadians. So grab yourself some Kraft Dinner while we have a look through these comics, buddy!

If you'd like to borrow any of the books discussed below, simply click on the book cover or title to be taken to the reserves page, where you'll need your library card and PIN to request the book. You'll find additional publication details in the footnotes.

Roghneck Jeff Lemire is the Canuck responsible for Roughneck You may know him from his work on Old Man Logan, the heretical Gideon Falls, or the sublime Descender (with jaw-dropping artwork from Dennis Nguyen).  Roughneck is a solo effort with Lemire illustrating, as well as writing, the whole story. Derek Oulette is a retired and washed up hockey player in rural Canada. He lives in a janitor's closet, spends his days and nights in the local bar, and does most of his talking with his fists. When his younger sister turns up after years apart, looking battered and run down by life, Derek feels purpose in his life for the first time.  Roughneck is less of a feel-good novel and more of an emotional meat-grinder. The harsh environment its broken heroes inhabit is matched by the equally cold and unforgiving society they form. It’s grim up north!

Squirrell Girl After discovering his writing on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, I would read anything from Ryan North. He has faithfully adapted Adventure Time into comic form as well as rewriting Hamlet as a choose-your-own-adventure book.

Midas Now he has struck gold with Midas. I’m sure I hardly need remind you of the ancient myth of King Midas. In this iteration, Midas dies when he receives his miraculous powers. The Earth and everything on it turn to gold at his touch. The very air itself ossifies in contact with his lungs. Millennia later, our planet is quarantined by the Galactic Federation but there are plans afoot to unleash The Midas Touch as the most fearsome weapon the universe has ever known. As funny and entertaining as you would expect from him, it seems like North is the one with The Golden Touch.

I’m still recovering from reading Fanny Britt’s wonderful Louis Undercover. It was so good that someone floated the idea of ending the book club because we’ll never read anything as good as it again. Hot on the heels of that Québécoise masterpiece comes another English translation;

Jane, the fox and meJane, The Fox & Me is another collaboration with artist Isabelle Arsenault, so it has a similar look and feel to Louis. Like its predecessor, it is heart-breaking and identifiable. Héléne is teased and bullied in school. Her former friends make her feel fat and worthless. Friendless and unhappy, every day is a struggle and the only escape from her internal turmoil is in Charlotte Bronte. Bleak and beautiful, touching and charming, Jane, The Fox & Me is a must-read for all ages.

 

 

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