Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire pays tribute
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it was amazing
This is Lemire’s magnum opus. Love, heartbreak, loneliness, regret, friendship, family. The human condition pressed into one rural Canadian county. It’s absolutely beautiful. And I read it in two hours.
What I love about Essex County is its ethereal bending of reality, the way memory or imagination can be true but also false. The way Lester can fly, or Lou can travel through time. The ethereal, the way these characters’ stories are intricately tied together like a Faulkner story, as well as the s
The more I read comics, the more I appreciate comics like this.
The first comic I read back in 1998 or so was Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. The second was Moore’s Watchmen.
Since then I’ve read me a lot of superhero comics. Some of them are really fine. I enjoy the hell out of a good batman story, and Whedon’s X-men was some damn fine storytelling.
But comics like this one and Blankets are an entirely different sort of story. They’re stories about regular people living their lives, and I love se
I almost finished this in one night and I could probably read it again; it’s that good, with that much depth: literary fiction at its best.
It’s hard to say which of the three books collected here was my favorite, though the middle one, “Ghost Stories,” the tale of two hockey-playing brothers from youth to their estrangement to old age probably elicited the most emotion from me. Within about ten pages I’d felt for the young boy and the old man whose paths cross in the snow, almost teared up at a