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Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan
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Feb 22, 11

bookshelves: adult, graphic-novels, cool-lit
Read from February 14 to 19, 2011

It's a great concept that plays with the idea of racism and class. This is essentially the real world, except that one day chickens develop human-level intelligence. Revolution slowly but surely develops until chickens are ultimately declared "human" and given all the rights of being human. Like Spiegelman's Maus, the bulk of the story is told retrospectively. Jake's father, the titular Elmer, dies at the opening of the story and Jake learns about his father's involvement in the early days of the revolution. It not only answers a lot of questions for him about his father but also about his own view on the world. Alanguilan's black and white artwork is very direct, almost blunt, but it works very well with this kind of story. An absolutely awesome tale that raises a number of big questions as you read. A great book for adult fans of indie comics---I'm not sure if I would have gotten this at all when I was 16.

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