Beauty

Beauty

by Hubert, Kerascoet
     
 

Nominee:
The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Firecracker Awards, Graphic Novel

When the repulsively ugly Coddie unintentionally saves a fairy from a spell, she does not understand the poisonous nature of the wish granted her by the fairy. The village folk no longer see her as repulsive and stinking of fish—they now perceive her

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Nominee:
The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Firecracker Awards, Graphic Novel

When the repulsively ugly Coddie unintentionally saves a fairy from a spell, she does not understand the poisonous nature of the wish granted her by the fairy. The village folk no longer see her as repulsive and stinking of fish—they now perceive her as magnetically beautiful—which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her, but it soon becomes apparent that Coddie’s destiny may be far greater than anyone ever imagined. Caustic and flamboyant, this fairy tale offers grownups an engrossing take on the nature of beauty.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/06/2014
Hubert and Kerascöet, authors of Miss Don’t Touch Me, again explore sexual compulsion and entrapment, but this time, the setting is a fantasy. This fairy tale for adults combines elements of “Cinderella,” “The Frog Prince,” “Rapunzel,” and any number of Greek myths. Coddie, the protagonist, is ugly and smelly. She helps a fairy, who then makes her seen as the “very idea of beauty in woman incarnate.” Of course, this is a curse, as every man Beauty (as she is now known) encounters tries to rape her or kill others to get to her. No one comes out well here. The first love’s loyalty dooms him; the local prince is driven berserk by obsession; the king is made mad by the need to possess her; and Beauty herself is stupid and selfish. Fans of the recent Beautiful Darkness (by the same duo, whose real names are Sébastien Cosset and Marie Pommepuy) will find the style and tone similar, although this much longer piece allows for more depravity and death as Coddie sends kingdoms to war. Newly lovely Coddie and the other characters are wildly expressed, the better to show the futility and despair of their actions. It’s a dark fable with an ominous moral for those who think appearance is everything. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

“Takes the fairy-tale trope and removes from it all the cheesecake Disneyness, giving the cautionary tale back its edge and teeth. This engrossing, subtly feminist story will have adult readers wanting to examine the underbelly of other traditional fairy stories. The combination of simple yet expressive figures against lush, painterly backgrounds is an exquisite example of European comic making.” —Eva Volin, Booklist 
Library Journal
11/01/2014
When a fairy returning a favor gives an ugly maidservant the appearance of beauty, the girl expects a happy future. But this fairy is evil, the girl a dimwit, and her apparent beauty a curse. Now a magical magnet for males, the enchanted Coddie unwittingly spreads discord among the populace and civil war among kingdoms when crazed rulers battle to possess her. But as the chaotic plot unfolds and heads roll, a plain, clever princess and one of Coddie's suitors form an alliance. Through unexpected twists, Hubert (Miss Don't Touch Me) does bring the story to a satisfying if uncharacteristic ending, while the art of husband-wife team Kerascoet (Dungeon) works its own magic. Their gorgeous panels incorporate both Asian and European artistic traditions and textures in striking colors. A cameo of the reclining beauty evokes French impressionist nudes; battle scenes recall medieval parchments. Yet even the most complex drawings show a charming folk art simplicity. VERDICT This satiric, flamboyant fairy tale reverses tropes to entertain as well as caution against illusory "gifts." Recommended for older teens and adults looking for out-of-the-way fantasy with a message.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561638949
Publisher:
N B M Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/01/2014
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
622,994
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Hubert is the author of the Miss Don’t Touch Me series. Kerascoet is the pseudonym for a husband and wife team of artists who have contributed to the Dungeon series and the Miss Don’t Touch Me series.

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