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That’s a murky description for how Jeff Lemire’s career has taken him to places totally unexpected. The “Essex County” books represent such a. The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. First Generation Films optioned the graphic novel and is developing a scripted series for Canada’s CBC.

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First, there was my son, a comic book aficionado who had read it when he was ccounty an English Lit student and loved it; and then counnty was the excitement that surrounded its selection as a finalist in the Canada Reads competition. I also remember the disappointment and frustration when Essex County was the first book voted off Canada Reads.

Tales from the FarmGhost Stories and The Country Nurseand the only superheroes or post-apocalyptic scenes in the story are buried inside the imagination of Lester Papineau, the sad and lonely young boy who wears a mask and cape through most of Tales from the Farm.

The three stories are all connected. Working in chiseled strokes of black, white and shades of grey, Lemire presents only the most basic elements of the landscape and townscape: There is no real town in this story; no place to bring people together, and so they live quietly and apart, scattered through a county that time forgot, or perhaps, the land that memory refused to release from its grip.


On the periphery of their lonely world is Jimmy, who struggles with the effects of the brain damage he sustained as a pro hockey player. Ghost Stories brings us back to the lives of Lou and Vince Lebeuf, close knit brothers who one day leave the farm to go off to Toronto to play professional hockey, one with neff and the other, with reluctance, only to be alienated from one another by a heavy secret.

It feels very personal and expresses a strength of emotion that one draws from the deepest memories and feelings of childhood.

But Essex County is more focused than that. He makes brilliant use of splash pagesand with simple variations in the thickness and jerf of his pen strokes, creates a scene that moves from the present to a flashback, or to a haunting memory these are always in the gentlest greys.

With the exception of Anne Byrne, the country nurse who is the embodiment of maternal nurturing and energy, this is a very male story. In a quintessentially Canadian way, hockey plays an important part in this book about hopes, broken dreams and the losses that come with aging.

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There are also the silences. Essex County is filled with them. Lester and all the men on llemire pages speak seldom and in terse phrases. This extraordinary portrayal of silence elevates Essex County above conventional novels. This post ushers in a new category at the Online Book Club: Comic Books and Graphic Novels.

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The boy, Lester, is roughly that age. What is implicit though unsaid is very adult. He likes to discuss how adults and children see things differently and can observe the adult perspective in these comic books. You are sesex using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Even the human landscape is sparse. Essex County is unexpectedly affecting and nothing like I imagined.

Other books by Jeff Lemire available at the Library: The Sweet Tooth Series: Hi Michelle, Would this book be appropriate for a 13 year old? What comics is this thirteen year-old interested in? Hi, Thanks for your response.

It might be best if I read Essex County myself before thinking about suggesting it to him. I will get back to you with some suggestions. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made jedf.

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