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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ten Years of Louis Riel


This September marks a handful of tenth anniversaries here at D+Q, including Chester Brown's Louis Riel. Look at this fabulous cover that Chester came up with for the anniversary edition. Chester has always had a great color sensibility and aesthetic, but does it get better than this?

And speaking of covers, this edition features a special 60 page section of rare supplementary material, including all 10 of Chester's original covers from the Louis Riel "pamphlet" serialization. And there's lots of other material, like this one, perhaps Chester's first published rendering of Riel, from the cover of our catalogue way back last century:


Here's a never before published cover, used for a solicitation in Diamond's Previews catalogue:


And here's the final published version:


There's also more rare unpublished material, including pencil and script drafts. And notes, more Chester notes. Can there ever be too many notes in a Chester Brown book? As well, writer Sean Rogers pens an extensive essay on the significance of Louis Riel in the ten years since its first publication as a graphic novel.

Look for the green-faced Louis in stores by mid-September, just about ten years from the date of its original publication.

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