Louis Riel

Louis Riel

A Comic-strip Biography

Book - 2013 | Tenth anniversary edition., First edition: September 2013.
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A limited-edition reissueof Brown's celebrated biography of the Canadian rebel Louis Riel tells the story of the charismatic, and perhaps mad, nineteenth-century Metis leader whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the nations western frontier. This special tenth anniversary edition features rare supplementary material, including early cover art from the original serialization, pencil studies and draft scripts, poster and catalogue art, and a new essay by critic Sean Rogers.
Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2013.
Edition: Tenth anniversary edition., First edition: September 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781770461307
Branch Call Number: 971.051092 RIEL-B
Characteristics: 332 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 23 cm


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Chester Brown tells the story of the charismatic, nineteenth-century Metis leader Louis Riel whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the nation’s western frontier.

carknerdy Aug 22, 2009

One of the best Canadian and biographical graphic novels, period.

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Sep 09, 2017

My second reading. A story that's more relevant now than when first issued.

Jul 24, 2017

Brown presents a fascinating way to engage with history. The story can seem over-simplified at times, but overall this is a neat way to learn about Riel.

Apr 19, 2016

I think this is a great way of learning about the life of Louis RIel and not just him but more! And honestly it's better then read a large textbook.

Mar 12, 2016

Who said Canadain history is boring.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

Chester Brown’s characters are reminiscent of Herge or Little Orphan Annie in this graphic version of Canadian folk hero Louis Riel’s courageous struggle with the government of Upper Canada. Perfect to share with a high school student.

Dec 05, 2013

In the canon of historical graphic novels, this is a particular treat. Brown is a master of dialogue who moves the story forward without devoting pages to monologues and rants. The scope of Riel's life is equally impressive, and Brown is excellent at showing the reader his transformation.

Very worthwhile and a quick read.

Oct 15, 2013

A classic.

Jun 30, 2012

Quite simply: WOW. Mr. Brown, Thank You. This is ART! Every panel should be blown up and all displayed in the National Gallery of Canada. Nuff said.
Okay, one more thing: Why is this always found in the Children's section of the Central Library? Is it because of the "Oh, it has cartoons, it must be for children" mentality of library staff? DISRESPECTFUL.

Jul 31, 2011

Made history much more enjoyable until I read all the notes. Recommended read to all those non-history people. I learned so much about Canada.

Jan 17, 2011

Exhaustively researched biography of a larger than life historical character. Helps to dispel the belief that Canadian history is dull. How not-dull is this graphic biography? My fourteen year old son, dedicated as he is to video games, sat down and read this book cover to cover without a break one Saturday afternoon. Chester Brown is without a doubt a genius.

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The story of the charismatic nineteenth century Metis leader, whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the Canadian frontier.


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May 01, 2011

"He shall hang though every dog in Quebec bark in his favour." (pg.233)

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