The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
1 March 2014 3 Comments
Author: Stephen Collins
Summary: The job of the skin is to keep things in.
On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless.
Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable… monster!
Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave?
The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl. It is about life, death and the meaning of beards.
Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5
Review: This was a recent and accidental purchase. It is also my first (certainly not last) graphic novel. But, evil beard, how was i supposed to resist?
Knowing i could read this very quickly, i purposely paced myself. I wanted to savour it; i didn’t want it to be over too quickly.
It was fun, just the idea alone, a gigantic beard, sprouting from the face of an unsuspecting man. A man who, by the way, is called Dave. This book was just perfection.
It’s set Here. That is, an island called Here. Where everything is neat and tidy and organised and, well, dull, let’s be honest. Dave is more of an observer of Here, drawing the people and scenes of his street from his living room window.
The story is simple enough, but wonderfully told. And Dave’s musical taste is still stuck in my head.
And the artwork, of course. It’s all in black and white, and so, so beautiful. The detail, in the mass of Dave’s beard, particularly, is amazing. And the layout and strategic development of frames feels so natural, but is also interesting.
The world of Here is capture so evocatively with so few words and such understated art. And Dave’s story, well, i like to believe this is just the beginning.