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On the island of Here, livin's easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven-and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is upended...by an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) beard.
An off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, Stephen Collins' The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a darkly funny meditation on life, death, and what it means to be differentand a timeless ode to the art of beard maintenance.
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About the Author
Stephen Collins was born in 1980 and grew up in south London. He began cartooning in 2003, and has since won several awards, including the Jonathan Cape/Observer Graphic Short Story Prize and the inaugural 9th Art Award. His work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including Wired, GQ, and the BBC, and he contributes regular comics to the Guardian Weekend and Prospect magazine. He lives near Hertford with his wife and a well-charged beard trimmer.
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THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL is about Dave. Dave is hairless except for his eyebrows and one single hair below his nose. Dave loves drawing and his desk job. His favorite song, forever on repeat, is “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles. Dave is a resident on the island of Here. On Here, everything is neat and tidy: from people’s personal appearances, to how they groom their pets, all the way down to how the sidewalks and landscaping are meticulously maintained. There’s even an official Tidiness Patrol. BEARD tells the story of what happens, not just to Dave but to the citizens and environment of Here, when Dave’s lone hair suddenly turns into a wild, uncontrollable beard. The blurb on the back of book says that THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL is “an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton.” Stephen Collins’s tale definitely lives up to the comparison. BEARD is avant-garde, has a fairy-tale feel, and has fantastic over-the-top elements that come across as matter-of-fact. BEARD also has this je ne sais quo cinematic vibe – at times I felt like I was reading a movie. The storytelling and graphic design for BEARD is quite innovative and impressive – it transcends typical panel by panel narration. This kind of creativity adds more sophistication, meaning, and thrills to an already fantastic tale. Some panels are split to compare and contrast. Others are subdivided to show how a one event unfolds over a period of time. Some have a small panel surrounded by bigger and bigger panels, much like how Russian dolls nest inside each other. Full page illustrations become a wall of odd-shaped art pieces framed in white. A panel with an inset is followed by larger panels that magnify or call attention to a specific detail. Even the edges of the panel become a part of the characters’ environment. Signage and pictograms are used in clever ways to help narrate the story. The text isn’t confined to the interior of the panels. The white space between panels becomes a physical object. The British invasion has begun anew via THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL. If you’ve never read a graphic novel before, I highly recommend BEARD. There is nothing to over-think or analyze, just let the story carry you away. You’ll quickly see why graphic novels are the perfect medium to tell such avant-garde stories. isniffbooks[dot]wordpress[dot]com Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
To start off, the art was very whimsical and enjoyable. The story itself was just a superb. Only takes a little over an hour to read, but one I would want to read again. Loved the ending!