Title: Louis Riel
Release: May 2000
Writer and Artist: Chester Brown
Store: Drawn and Quarterly (Montreal)
Image via Comic Collector Connect
This was the second Chester Brown title I read for my scavenger hunt. While I was quite disgusted by Ed the Happy Clown, Louis Riel piqued my more positive interest from the first page. Louis Riel was a rebellious figure in Manitoba in the 19th century. I knew nothing about him before picking up this book and I will not pretend to know much about Canadian frontier history in general. However, I have long been drawn to stories of native resistance to oppressive governments so I immediately felt that I should learn more about this man.
Somehow, Brown's minimalist style brings levity to an otherwise serious subject. Months can pass between panels. Faces offer little expression. Dialogue is very dry. And yet, I am ever eager to see what comes next.
I had fun comparing Brown's renderings to photographs of the historic figures.
There's something rather Yellow Submarine-ish about that latter image, too.
John A. MacDonald:
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