A Haida Manga

Book - 2009
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Referencing a classic Haida oral narrative, this stunning full-colour graphic novel documents the tragic story of a leader so blinded by revenge that he leads his community to the brink of war and destruction. Consisting of 108 pages of hand-painted illustrations, Red is a groundbreaking mix of Haida imagery and Japanese manga. Now available in paperback, the hardcover edition was nominated for the B.C. Bookseller's Choice Award, a Doug Wright Award for Best Book and a 2010 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Cartoonist. It was also an Amazon Top 100 book of 2009.

Red is the prideful leader of a small village in the islands off the northwest coast of British Columbia. His sister was abducted years ago by a band of raiders. When news comes that she has been spotted in a nearby village, Red sets out to rescue his sister and exact revenge on her captors. Tragic and time- less, it is reminiscent of such classic stories as Oedipus Rex and Macbeth . Red is an action-packed and dazzling graphic novel that is also a cautionary tale about the devastating effects of rage and retribution.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2009.
ISBN: 9781771620222
Characteristics: 108 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.


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squib Nov 27, 2017

non-linear storytelling - Haida Manga as a novel art/narrative form - coming from outside of Haida traditions, I found that the story didn't follow conventional Western narrative. Much of it was confusing for me, but it is evident that there is greater depth here than meets the eye.

worth re-reading.

Aug 24, 2016

I found it awkward to follow - probably because I've never read manga before. The imagery is diverse and dynamic, and the plot itself awkward to follow because I couldn't tell the characters easily. The end of the book was the surprise: it shows all of the panels laid out with a design laid out over top of the whole; all the odd black curved slashes through each panel (which divided each panel) was really part of a larger design.

Mar 20, 2016

This did not meet my expectations. It was uninteresting and troublesome to read.

Jun 02, 2011

Totally awesome book. My first Haida Manga, but definitely not my last. It seems West Coast Oral Traditions are a great match for this style of creative outlet. It was a pleasant surprise to see how well the two art forms integrated.

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Jun 02, 2011

kallithdragonna thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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