Author Archive for Gail DeVos

The Quality Companion

Well researched and presented, this intriguing look at the history and influence of Quality Comics is highly recommended for comic book geeks and others interested in the history of American comic books and, in particular, Jack Cole and Will Eisner.…

Tantalize: Kieren’s Story

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Narrated by Kieren, a high school student of Irish-Mexican descent, this story extends the universe established by Cynthia Leitich Smith in her successful young adult novel series, Tantalize. Kieren, a werewolf on the edge of making momentous decisions — such…

The Blue Dragon

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This visually stunning collaboration between Robert Lepage, artistic director of Ex Machina (a Canadian multidisciplinary theatrical production company), actor Marie Michaud, and illustrator Fred Jourdain brings the stage production of the same name alive on the printed page. The story,…

The Merchant of Venice

This simplified version of a controversial play leaves this reviewer cold. There is no mention of Shylock being Jewish, which certainly reduces the controversy over this character but also demeans Shakespeare’s words, characterization, and plot. The graphic novel opens with…

Refesh Refresh

The fact that their fathers are soldiers in Iraq preoccupies the three male protagonists of this tale living in a small town in Oregon. The friends are haunted by their fathers’ absences, their fears for their fathers’ safety and their…

Mush! Sled Dogs with Issues

Anthropomorphism reigns supreme in this witty and often harsh glimpse into the world of sled dogs in the frozen north. Two tales are told simultaneously, that of dysfunctional relationship between the humans, Boss and the Boss’s Mate, and that of…

BB Wolf and the Three LPs

I first came upon this title when researching the contemporary legend of blues musician Robert Johnson and his alleged meeting with the devil at the crossroads to obtain his musical talents and short-lived fame. And although neither Robert Johnson nor…

Gabby & Gator

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Gabby is an outcast due to her passions for recycling, gardening, playing the tuba, and being a vegetarian. She is alone until a mishap with a bully introduces her to Gator, the ubiquitous alligator-in-the-sewer from contemporary legend. Gator is also…

Drawing from Memory

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Say’s intriguing, introspective, and largely visual journey through his first sixteen years of life as a child and artist is decidedly readable and informative. This slender hybrid picture book contains numerous comic book essentials, water-coloured pen and ink illustrations, black…

Shivers, Wishes and Wolves

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The tales in these two volumes include many of the fairy tale cannon and I assume that more volumes are in the works to cover others. Each volume follows a similar format: five tales retold by various authors in the…

Nursery Rhyme Comics

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This treasury of fifty familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhymes was illustrated and freshly interpreted by fifty well-known and not-so-well known comic book illustrators (with several familiar illustrators from outside the comic book realm) with copious colour and wild abandon to…