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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They’re all imbued with a quiet tragedy and melancholy that you oemire often see from comics. I guess they can’t all be winners.

If you had asked me a few months ago if I thought a graphic novel could break my heart, I would have said no. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. I hate sad movies, too. This book captures the lives of the characters, and the moments that make up those lives, more poignantly and effectively than anything else I’ve ever read. The art is Jeff Lemire’s strange simplistic style, but as usual, it works so very well.

The haunting shadows of the bleak landscapes and the expressions on his characters’ faces stay with you long after you’ve put the book down. The panels without text, generally used in sequence, were a wonderful way to evoke the mood of a moment — whether it be Uncle Ken sitting alone at the dinner table or the elderly Lou wandering alone and confusing down to the river.

No cartoonist ever sets lmeire to do this on purpose; hell, they’re just doing what they know how to do in the best way t Hype.

This post ushers in a new category at the Online Book Club: Lou, throughout the years, bears almost no resemblance to his younger self outside of his nose and eyes again with the eyesand Lemire does a nice job of aging him, and all the characters, in realistic ways, not just making them get a little fatter, balder, and greyer, as so many people would.

Everybody knows everybody’s history. Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? His facial expressions are amazing in this incredibly reductive, Saturday-cartoon style, but it manages to do the heavy lifting and make one hell of an emotional impact.

Critics At Large : Tragi-Comic: Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy

The art, how the author uses the stark contrast between black and white, with a soft grey-scale for the initial flashbacks, is masterful. He lives in Toronto with his family.

Essex County us one of those comics that takes the medium and pushes it to what it really is meant to be. Love, heartbreak, loneliness, regret, friendship, family. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The second story, entitled Ghost Stories, tells the heartbreaking and haunting tale of two brothers, whose relationship is strained by one terrible mistake.

Jul 24, Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing. Coungy three count are sad to varying extents but I found this one the most powerful. Amazing too, is how closely intertwined all three stories are, in a way that isn’t quite evident until the very end.

Jimmy spends time with Lester and encourages his artistic efforts and imaginative play. 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 founty whose paths cross in the snow, almost teared up at a I lemrie finished this in one night conty I could probably read it again; it’s that good, with that much depth: Sep 16, Get X Serious rated it it was amazing. Ezsex is a prevailing sense of loneliness and longing in every c This book broke me.

Ken disapproves of the relationship, though; Jimmy has a connection to Lester that is hinted at but not confirmed. You are commenting using your WordPress. Lemire has crafted a timeless tale, one that will still hold meaning long into the future as it touches upon topics that will never grow old.

Dec 21, Ally rated it it was amazing Jeft In a quintessentially Canadian way, hockey plays an important part in this book about hopes, broken dreams and the losses that come with aging.

I’m still not sure that this review does the book justice. You could do worse to read all the work of Jeff Lemire, though the bulk of his superhero work is far less interesting to me.

But then there is a betrayal between the brothers, one that cannot be overcome, and while Vince returns toEssexCountyLou stays in the city, though he hates it and longs for the farm. They will stay in your mind for a long time. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The human condition pressed into one rural Canadian county.

Notify me of new posts via email. This book broke me. This is what I asked for, and the response I got sounded like this: The chains are locked and tied across the door, Baby, sing with me somehow. The influence of Davies is, I think, particularly strong in the trilogy structure here.

Taking a Visit to “Essex County” [Review]

View all 6 comments. View all 32 comments. What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into a jegf of bitterly estranged loners? Not my last Lemire, that’s for sure.