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Bayou Vol. 1 by Jeremy Love
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Feb 22, 11

bookshelves: most-loved, graphic

In truth, I have been reading this graphic novel on-line at http://www.zudacomics.com/node/112. It is thus far(because it is not complete) one of my favorite graphic novels---nix that---STORIES--of all time. It is a beguiling and heady mix of African American folklore, Southern folklore, history and fantasy; the storytelling is transcendent and the artwork is beautiful even when depicting horrors. The story takes place in Depression era Mississippi, and the main characters are a small African American girl named Lee and her buddy, an as yet mysterious-yet-gentlehearted monster named Bayou. Lee and Bayou are on a quest to save her father from a lynching; he is erroneously accused of kidnapping a white girl and Lee is out to find the girl who is being kept in a Southern Gothic Wonderland where ghosts and mythical creatures dwell in an uneasy peace under a Boss named Bog. Other, recognizable goodies and baddies -so far- include Br'er Rabbit and the Tar Baby, a murderous Stagger Lee and a nightmarish reclamation of the Golliwog.

Bayou is a Best Digital Comic nominee for the 2010 Eisner Awards; read it now as it's being served up fresh on-line! AND buy the books as they are published and support this great comics artist!
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