Artichoke Tales (Hardcover)
|Author: Megan Kelso|
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|Megan Kelso s first new book in four years is a fantastic generation-spanning saga.|
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In a world where people have artichoke leaves instead of hair, A young girl named Brigitte is caught in the middle as her family is torn between to battling sides of a civil war. By the author of
Megan Kelso has proved herself a master of the cartoon short story with Queen of the Black Black (1998, to be republished by Fantagraphics in 2010) and Squirrel Mother (2006, currently in its second printing). With Artichoke Tales, six years in the making, Kelso expands her range (and her page count) by creating a family saga spanning three generations and an entire continent.'Artichoke Tales is a 176-page coming-of-age story about a young girl named Brigitte whose family is caught between the two warring sides of a civil war, a graphic novel that takes place in a world that echoes our own, but whose people have artichoke leaves instead of hair. Influenced in equal parts by Little House on the Prairie, The Thorn Birds, Dharma Bums, and Cold Mountain, Kelso weaves a moving story about family amidst war. Kelso's visual storytelling, uniquely combining delicate linework with rhythmic, musical page compositions, creates a dramatic tension between intimate, ruminative character studies and the unflinching depiction of the consequences of war and carnage, lending cohesion and resonance to a generational epic. This is Kelso's first new work in four years; the widespread critical reception of her previous work makes Artichoke Tales one of the most eagerly anticipated graphic novels of 2010.
Megan Kelso (SQUIRREL MOTHER and the series GIRL HERO) spent six years working on this graphic-novel bildungsroman, and it shows. Her deceptively simple story --accompanied by a map and family tree--resonates with deep insight. Brigette lives with her family in a world not unlike ours, except for the fact that instead of hair everyone has artichoke leaves atop their heads. Like our world, family is very important and war and violence indelibly mark and permanently destroy lives. With graceful and subtle storytelling, Kelso takes us inside the heads and hearts of her characters, while painting a broadly evocative picture of a marvelous and troubled world.