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Of course, I was rooting for Gabriel Dumont the whole time A lot of people who study Riel roll their eyes at this book. Bikgraphy visual style was very static, so it didn’t convey the movement and chaos that I would expect to accompany an armed rebellion, and the dialogue was very stiff and emotion-less.

Sources aren’t cited very well and as this takes place in the world of Canadian espionage and political backhanding, it’s very important to use good sources. I would love to see many, many more books like this one. He explains he was not committed vomic-strip the conspiracy theory he presented, but comic-stri; it in order to present Macdonald in a certain light: Spirale in French Jul 23, Margaret Sankey rated it really liked it.

Its success played a major part in gaining shelf space for serious graphic novels in mainstream North American bookstores. Brown’s treatment of this history attempts a factual, relatively bioggaphy retelling, and makes no particular effort to be funny. Canada’s first prime minister for something that doesn’t explicitly present itself as fiction. Different, but very good. Drawn and Quarterly 8.

Riel declares “Rome has fallen! Learning about the expansionist phase of Canadian history, furthermore, is a good exercise for those United Statesians who always imagine a halo floating up there above the Maple Leaf. The first being his leadership of what would biogaphy Winnipeg, the Red River Settlement, and the establishment of Manitoba.

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown

Louis Riel in Canadian Cultureand: The bilingual play uses black-and-white cut-out puppets, live actors, and shadow imagery. Interesting graphic novel treatment of the North-West Rebellion, focusing on the figure of Louis Riel. Regardless of his own opinions of Riel, Chester Brown explains his choices throughout and presents varying often conflicting opinions and accounts of the man and the events that shaped the region.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jun 15, Hillary rated it really liked it. It begins shortly before the Red River Rebellionand ends with Riel’s hanging for high treason.

PM Macdonald character represents both actions cojic-strip Canadian gov’t, as well as himself; multiple priests are represented by one; PM Macdonald and the CPR are generally cast as the villains but these seem justified and if you read the whole book and endnotes, Brown acknowledges each biogaphy these so it shouldn’t be considered misleading. I got the sense Brown wanted to glamorize the plot and its inhabitants a bit, and so the story must be taken with a grain of salt. Vortex Comics Drawn and Quarterly.

Mar 29, Stewart Tame rated it liked it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The characters’ heads became smaller while their bodies and hands grew larger, with Riel appearing “like the Hulk in oluis wool suit” after his hilltop religious revelation.

Louis Riel: A Comic-strip Biography

MacDonald appear more villainous to improve the story. Retrieved from ” https: Jan 16, Emmkay rated it liked it Shelves: These touches emphasize that English was not yet a dominant language in the regions in which the story unfolds.

Slobod, Charity K The soldiers recapture him and hack him to death with an ax, while the bystander bleeds to death nearby. It may be Brown’s own ambivalence at life bleeding through, but Riel just doesn’t seem to care much if he is chosen to represent his people or not.

The story is well paced and flows well. He’s a man who believes he communes with God and knows all the secrets of the universe, but he cannot grasp the scale of what he’s up against, or how to deal with the combined forces of the Canadian government, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Hudson’s Bay Trading company.

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Property and Prosperity Through the Ages by Tom Bethellwhich led him change his own politics to favour libertarianism. A very good, fast, Sunday morning coffee read. Canada Council staff August Eventually, the provisional government convicts him of treason and executes him by firing squad. Oh, certainly in the abstract sense, there could exist coic-strip ultimate record of events free from the colouring of memory, vanity, or nostalgia, but that would require an impartial, omniscient observer.

In response to the pleas of Quebeckers to pardon Riel, Macdonald responds, “He shall hang though every dog in Quebec bark in his favour”. His intention was to write an anti-government book, and boography a bias in Riel’s favour—despite what Brown considered Riel’s own political conservatism—as Riel opposed the government.

This is an ambitious effort to deal with a very complex part of Canadian history.

Other books in the series. Unless you’re really into 19th century Canadian history regarding the Metis comix-strip you’ll gloss over these sections. It should be a required text in the hands of lous Canadian high school student, especially those from Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Printed on yellowish paper, [45] each page conforms strictly to a rhythmic six-panel grid, [46] in contrast to the free placement of panels that characterized Brown’s autobiographical period.

Instead the focus is on his “antagonistic relationship with the Canadian government ” [2] from to