Artichoke Tales

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Overview

Megan Kelso’s first new book in four years is a fantastic generation-spanning saga.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.

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Editorial Reviews

Time
“Kelso uses a warm, inviting style of soft colors and rounded, almost pillowy characters to explore the mysteries of people and relationships... Kelso’s stories invite contemplation.”
People
“Kelso has sharp powers of observation, and many of her characters have a blank-eyed innocence that serves as a counterpunch to the acuity of the narratives.”
Brigid Alverson - Robot 6
“Kelso definitely has a point of view, but she doesn't insult the reader's intelligence, and there's plenty of nuance; she's telling a story, not making a point. Also, it's beautiful just to look at.”
TIME.com
“Megan Kelso's magnum opus is... a set of meditations on the way cultures establish their identities through stories, and how both political violence and personal connections can damage or repair those identities.”
Rob McMonigal - Panel Patter
“Artichoke Tales, at its heart, is about how complex the world is, with no one quite able to figure things out. ...I thought this was a well-crafted book that shows the human side of a conflict. It's a sad tale, but one worth reading.”
Paul Constant - The Stranger
“Rather than a narrative arc, with ascensions and declines, Artichoke Tales feels like a series of expansions. The characters and their world grow to envelop the reader in a singular, charming way.”
Dave Ferraro - Comics-and-More
“Kelso's simple lines beautifully capture the emotional turmoil of the characters and move the action along fluidly. This title caught me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it — it looks deceptively simple, but there's a lot going on in this ambitious book.”
Michael Bagnulo - Shelf Awareness
“Megan Kelso's Artichoke Tales... is earning comparisons with epics like Cold Mountain and The Thorn Birds, and Kelso's nimble, cartoonish two-color art will remind readers of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis.”
Jared Gardner - The Comics Journal
“Artichoke Tales is by any definition a remarkable book... This is a beautiful book, at times a heartbreaking book. One feels the precision and thought behind every word, every line, all of it edited down and arranged to a spareness that is paradoxically lush and textured.”
Graphic Novel Reporter
“Kelso's simple line and rounded forms belie the seriousness of the story. [...] Ultimately, Artichoke Tales is not so much a story about conflict as a story about the people reacting to the conflict, doing their best to live lives of integrity in a land of constant unrest.”
Mary Louise Ruehr - Ravenna Record-Courier
“Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso is a strange, other-worldly story about birth and death, coming of age, dealing with war, finding love, accepting tragedy. ... The simple, comic-strip-like illustrations in teal and white express movement beautifully with a minimum of lines.”
The Onion's AV Club
“Kelso’s work radiates a warmth, poetry, sympathy, and simultaneously earthy and otherworldly essence that few comics creators have brought to the table with such quiet confidence and grace. The closest comic in recent memory to match Artichoke Tales, both in breadth and depth, is Jeff Smith’s Bone. [Grade]: A.”
Sean T. Collins - Attentiondeficitdisorderly
“This is far and away the best comic I've ever read from Megan Kelso, succeeding on almost every level. [...] I dug this book to a degree that surprised me and look forward to returning to it. It's a rich vein of alt-fantasy being tapped here.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The surface cuteness of Kelso’s clear-line artwork masks strong, dangerous undercurrents that tug the reader under with heart-stopping suddenness.”
Douglas Wolk - The New York Times Book Review
“[S]urprising and wonderful... Kelso’s ligne claire artwork is consistently sweet and airy… The approach provides a likable surface for a story with much darker and stickier depths, about a land whose cultural heritage is rotting away in the aftermath of a civil war.”
Chris Estey - KEXP-FM
“A fantastical study in a Civil War, this exquisite graphic novel shows how wide-spread political conflict tears at the very fibers of our families and ourselves… [I]ts mastery is in seeming transcendent but revealing immense pain beneath every battle and rejection.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606993446
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan Kelso lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and daughter. Her books include Queen of the Black Black, The Squirrel Mother, and Artichoke Tales.

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