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Chimichanga

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  313 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Eric Powell, creator of the award winning series The Goon, brings his offbeat humor and distinctive style to his newest creation! A story fit for youngsters, Chimichanga tells the tale of a bearded girl, her less than spectacular traveling circus, and a bizarre creature that turns their lives upside down.
Paperback, 94 pages
Published by Albatross Exploding Funny Books (first published September 4th 2007)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
This is a quirky comic about a bearded little girl with chubby legs named Lula. She’s shown on the opening pages with her entire hand clasping onto the pinky finger of her beast. Completely adorable.

On her way home from purchasing a chimichanga, Lula is stopped by a grizzly, gaseous old woman who wants a snippet of her whiskers for nefarious reasons. Lula, being no easy mark, demands a pretty “rock” and a wagon in exchange, then allows the witch to snip off a few whiskers and happily skips away
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Seizure Romero
The touching story of the bond that forms between a bearded girl and a giant googly-eyed critter that hatched from an egg thrown up by a vulture. There's also a circus, an evil pharmaceutical company, a flatulent witch and-- wait for it-- Randy! The Man With the Strength of a Slightly Larger Man.

I can't make this $#!+ up. Eric Powell can, fortunately.
Pete
Oct 12, 2015 Pete rated it really liked it
Shelves: have
Short fun read. I plowed through this to make sure it was appropriate for my son. I think he'll enjoy it. Witches, funny carnival folk, Mexican food and gas.
Michael Neno
Short, odd and entertaining all-ages graphic novel by the creator of The Goon. Chimichanga is the name of the pet monster of Lula, a bearded girl in an on-its-last-legs circus.

Eric Powell created the series based on prodding from his son; the concept was originally pitched to a cable animation channel, but rejected. Powell has put a lot of work into the project, using a mixture of inked drawings and painterly colors. The art often looks like spot-on Jack Davis, which can be jarring, surrounded
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Kristy
Jan 24, 2012 Kristy rated it really liked it
When I saw the cover of this graphic novel I was slightly freaked out - it shows a bearded girl with a really gross looking monster. It's actually adorable though, both the bearded girl and the gross monster. Loved seeing Chimichanga looking guilty with half an elephant sticking out of his mouth. I even liked the flatulent witch. So cute, great for kids. I perhaps unfairly knocked it down a star because unfortunately I'm not a kid so I can't appreciate the full genius.
Casey Bennett
Aug 10, 2016 Casey Bennett rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Eric Powell's The Goon. His humor and his colorful artwork is top notch. Chimichanga is good, cute fun. Taking on the weird world of circus sideshows and mixing in a monster, a witch, and an evil corporation, it's a fun mixed bag. Lula, the bearded girl, is a hoot and Chimi is a monster you'd love to have as a pet.
Mike
Nov 24, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
Gorgeous art. Simple story in the style of Powell's Goonverse. Fun but too short.
Ashley D'Annunzio
Nov 15, 2016 Ashley D'Annunzio rated it it was amazing
LOOOOVVVVEEEDDD THIS! Chimi and Lula are adorable and sassy.
Jhane Kunkel
Nov 14, 2016 Jhane Kunkel rated it it was amazing
Read with my younger son. Cute story and amazing art (as always) with Eric Powell.
Leslie
Dec 15, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it
If the bearded woman Sister Peace had befriended in her youth in Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting had had a child, I imagine she would be Lula from Eric Powell’s vibrantly precocious Chimichanga! This finger-snapping little girl is sassy!

Lula the bearded girl and her family-owned Travelling Circus are more than cute. They are hilarious. There is “The Amazing Randy,” a “man with the strength of a slightly larger man” (see below); Horace, “the man that once saw Elvis,” Ezmerelda and her amazing two-e
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Andy Shuping
Jul 16, 2011 Andy Shuping rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Tired of the standard everyday fare in graphic novels? Looking for something different and exciting? Then come one and come all, step up to the tent of wonder in the Wrinkle's Traveling Circus. See Heratio, the boy faced fish, Randy the man with the strength of a slightly larger man, and Lula the bearded girl! And joining them as the newest attraction after hatching from an egg in Lula’s wagon the amazing, the fearsome, and the somewhat hairy Chimichanga! But all is not
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zaCk S
Oct 28, 2011 zaCk S rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comics
it's books like that that make me wonder why not everyone in the world loves graphic novels. i've flipped through an issue or 2 of THE GOON before, but have basically no exposure to eric powell's other work, but if a sweet story about a young bearded girl from a travelling side-show who barters a lock of her facial hair to a witch in exchange for a shiny rock which turns out to be an egg from which hatches a giant green monster who becomes the new star attraction while Big Pharmacopoeia attempts ...more
Angela
Sold!

I think this was my favorite graphic novel of the year. Here's why:

From the first glance, you're not quite sure what you're getting into with that little bearded girl and the "monster" on the cover. What you will discover is a wonderful story that speaks to individuality, strength of character, self-esteem, self-worth, friendship, and community. Did I mention that it's funny? And delightful?

Lula is a little bearded girl who lives and works at the circus. Chimichanga is her spastic monsteri
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Sam Quixote
Mar 08, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
Lula, a young bearded girl belonging to a travelling circus, barters a hair of her beard to a witch for a strange looking egg which hatches into a kind of troll dog (think Jeff Smith's rat creatures from "Bone") which she calls Chimichanga. The witch's potion turns out to cure excessive flatulence which she sells to an evil pharmaceutical company - the only trouble is the secret ingredient is Lula's beard hair!

I don’t know any kids let alone what they read so I’m not sure if this will appeal to
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Eric
Nov 01, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Since I have a self-imposed "rule" of not putting ongoing comic trade paperbacks on Goodreads, I haven't mentioned the multiple issues of Eric Powell's The Goon that I've read. But since Chimichanga is a stand alone story, I'm putting it up here.

It's not all that common to find some who writes AND draws their own comics. It's even more rare to find someone who does it as well as Powell. Every panel is a little piece of art, and every line of dialogue is a gem. I suppose you have to have a certa
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Cale
Oct 02, 2015 Cale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Eric Powell had a bad experience with his insurance provider. The secondary plot in this ostensibly 'for kids' book is all about the evils of pharmaceutical manufacturers, which, while funny and frighteningly true, is not something I normally think of when I think of stories for kids. But then I don't usually think of Eric Powell when it comes to stories for kids either. He turns in a very strange piece, like little Lulu meets the Goon; weird monsters, corporate malfeasance, and ...more
Sharon Tyler
Aug 02, 2011 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
Chimichanga by Eric Powell is a children's graphic novel due to be released on August 31. It is accessible and entertaining to readers of all ages. There is offbeat humor and striking artwork that can strike a cord with a large variety of readers, as long as they are willing to check out something a little different. Lulu is the bearded girl in a traveling circus that features acts that are less than awe inspiring. When Lulu sticks a deal with a witch to trade some of her hair for a "rock" and a ...more
Gabriel Wallis
Jan 31, 2014 Gabriel Wallis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
"Chimichanga" was definitely one of the most unique graphic novels I've ever read. A bearded girl, who lives with her grandfather at the circus, befriends a monster on the way back home from visiting a witch. The witch herself is looking for the cure for gas and asks the girl for hairs from her beard for the potion needed. The little bearded girl complies and takes the monster back to the circus where he becomes a part of the circus act. He starts to cause problems and gets put in a dog pound. ...more
Suzydumeur
May 18, 2014 Suzydumeur rated it really liked it
J'ai lu ce comics 3 fois déjà, surtout grâce au personnage de Lula, petite fille à barbe vivant dans un cirque où les gens qui y travaillent ont des dons extraordinaires (Randy l'homme de 70 kilos qui a la force d'un homme de 75 kilos, l'incroyable chèvre borgne à deux yeux, etc). Lula a une gouaille digne d'un Audiard, et va faire la rencontre avec un gros monstre qui boulotte tout, qu'elle va surnommer Chimichanga. L'histoire est très courte, relativement simple (simpliste même pourrait-on ...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
May 01, 2013 Gayle Francis Moffet rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, 2013
Great art. Lovely colors. A charming premise of a little bearded girl who gets a big, fuzzy, spastic dog of a monster from a witch.

But the wrong villain by a longshot. In a world with witches and birds that puke up eggs, having the baddie be a pharmaceutical company is completely off-tone. At first, I tried to go with it, find the funny it in, but Powell went from an overblown caricature into straight up hatred that stopped being funny because the jokes weren't any good.

All right, you're against
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Sara Thompson
Sep 23, 2011 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I don't normally read humorous graphic novels, can't say why but it just doesn't happen. Chimichanga was a delight to read. The story of a young bearded girl, Lulu, who's grandfather runs the circus. She gives away some of her whiskers to a witch in exchange for a shiny rock and a wagon. The rock turns out to be the egg. It hatches a beast she names Chimichanga (after her snack that he eats). What happens is an amusing battle between this little girl, the circus and a pharmaceutical company that ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
Sep 01, 2011 Jessica at Book Sake rated it really liked it
Seriously…a bearded girl? I’m there. While this one was crazy hard for me to read (something with the formatting of the ebook, which I’m sure will be worked out before publishing), I still wanted to continue reading it and find out what was going on. The girl, who is pretty clueless ends up with this giant of a beast – Chimichanga. He’s pretty innocent looking, despite his size. The story is cute and sweet and just a little bit odd. I like the art (once again despite the bad formatting for the ...more
Scarlett
Aug 20, 2011 Scarlett rated it liked it
Originally posted on my blog here.

Just to manage expectations, the reason I'm giving this graphic novel a 3 is solely for the pictures. The storyline was only as a means of tying together the great pictures, not the other way around. You might actually be able to make up your own story that would be more amusing. I don't mean that in an unkind way, simply that Mr. Powell's talent lies in his drawings. Each was full-bodied and engaging. I didn't ever think that a bearded girl could be so cute but
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Katie
Aug 02, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Chimichanga is hilarious! A nice short graphic novel by Eric Powell about a small girl named Lola who happens to be a tiny bearded lady. Through a series of events she inherits an egg which hatches and becomes a hideous creature. And of course her new best friend.

Lola lives with her grandfather who runs a circus sideshow of pathetic second rate oddities.

The art is fantastic and I enjoyed every moment of this graphic novel. Very funny and if you like a pop surrealistic style, then Chimichanga sho
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Camille
Mar 30, 2014 Camille rated it really liked it
It is a both grotesque and charming story of a bearded little girl named Lula whose father runs a traveling "circus" (more of what I would call a freak show). She acquires a suspiciously large, colorful egg from which hatches a gigantic ogre. Because Lula's beard has magical properties, an all-powerful pharmaceutical company kidnaps her, so they can manufacture a drug that makes symptoms of a certain illness go away and then get worse: the dream of every money-guzzling corporate giant!
Cat
Jul 19, 2015 Cat rated it it was ok
I think I was a little too old by the time I read this book. It was a charming story filled with quirky characters as well as scarily realistic ones (spoiler alert: the main antagonist is white male capitalist who spends the entirety of the story trying to turn everything into a profitable commodity), but the plot still felt hollow. It's a nice story to read to your kids at night, but not for anyone who wants a graphic novel with depth.
Jonathan Schildbach
Feb 26, 2015 Jonathan Schildbach rated it really liked it
It makes perfect sense that this book was, in part, the result of a pitch meeting he had with Nickelodeon--big, sloppy, doglike monster helps save circus; flatulence-medication peddlers manipulating consumers; and a bearded little girl as the central, monster-owning character. Aside from my personal aversion to characters with white-less eyes, this is an entertaining book that's fun to look at.
Jennifer Whiteford
Sep 02, 2012 Jennifer Whiteford rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Loved this weird little comic about a young bearded girl and her pet monster. And I'm not usually really into the sketches that artists publish in the backs of comic books, but this one had some really fun explanations about how the author's sons reacted to the initial character drawings and I liked that part a lot.
Donald Armfield
Nov 20, 2011 Donald Armfield rated it really liked it
The little girl with the beard. a cute little story of a little girl who becomes attached to a giant innocent monster. After being captured the monster who escapes and goes on a search for his owner. Wonderful artwork.
Alicia
Nov 16, 2011 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Very fun graphic novel about a bearded 6-year-old who discovers a big hairy monster that may help her save her circus. The sly humor is appealing to adults but appropriate for younger readers. Good suggestion for Bone fans.
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Eric Powell has contributed work on such comics titles as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Hellboy: Weird Tales, Star Wars Tales, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, The Avengers, The Hood, MAD Magazine, Devil Dinosaur, Swamp Thing, the Avengers, She-Hulk, the Simpsons, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell and Action Comics.

Although eking out a meager living in the comics field since 1995, Eric didn't find
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