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Bayou, Vol. 1 (Bayou Vol 1)

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The first title from the original webcomics imprint of DC Comics!

South of the Mason-Dixon Line lies a strange land of gods and monsters; a world parallel to our own, born from centuries of slavery, civil war, and hate.

Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is snatch
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Zuda
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Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
I read this comic while it was still available online via Zuda comics and was blown away. This is the story of Lee Wagstaff, a little African-American girl living in the South in the 30's. This alternate reality South is populated not only by the real people and tensions of our world, but by the gods and monsters bred by them. After Lee's friend, Lily, a little white girl, goes missing and Lee's father is wrongly beaten and imprisoned for it, she goes on a quest to save him. For Lee knows a secr ...more
Mary Beth
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-loved, graphic
In truth, I have been reading this graphic novel on-line at 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 Am ...more
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
এই কমিকটা ভয়ানক সুনদর! শুধু কভারটার দিকে তাকালে বোঝা যাবে এটা কতটা সুনদর।
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আমি এই একজীবনে পরচুর বাচচাদের বই পড়েছি। বাচচাদের নিয়ে লেখা বই পড়েছি। বাচচাদের জনয লেখা হরর জনরার বই পড়েছি কিনতু নিশচিতভাবে বলতে পারি এমন কিছু পড়ি নাই। এখানে গভীর একটা অনিশচয়তা, গভীর একটা ডারকনেস আছে। বাচচাদের বইয়ের অনিশচয়তা এবং অনধকার সাধারণত একটু কযামন যেন হয়, যেন আসল নয়, খেলনা। যেমন খেলনা হাড়িপাতিল, খেলনা গাড়ি। তেমনি খেলনা অনিশচয়তা। যেন পুরোটা নয়, শুধু খোলস। অনিশচয়তার খোলসে মোড়া নিশচয়তা। কিনতু এখানে তেমন কিছু ঘটে ন
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where to start in reviewing Bayou. I don't think this is going to be a review as much as a glorification.

I'll start with something I didn't really notice until I finished and I was flipping through all the pages: the LIGHT. Underwater. Yellow sunlight. Red-orange sunset. Pink dawn. The black of a jail cell. Murky brown at the bayou. Blue to carry a shotgun across the field.

This is a beautiful story to look at, often at the same time it's horrifying.

I want to claim that Bayou, at lea
Sam Quixote
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Set in the small town of Charon in Mississippi during the Depression-era, segregation is in full swing and racism so pervasive that a black man is lynched for whistling at a white woman – that’s all it takes! It’s a grim time especially for Lee Wagstaff whose father is accused of kidnapping her white friend Lily Westmoreland and taken to jail, on no evidence, where he’ll surely be killed without trial.

But Lee knows different because she saw the monster in the swamp who ate her friend and holds
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did. The premise is pretty interesting, but this book is filled with the most generic tropes of a post-war racist South that it was almost painful to read. Within the first few pages we get the standard "black child and white child are playmates, but they can never truly be friends because they come from completely different worlds" device. And of course, when something happens to the white girl, the black girl's father is immediately blame ...more
Carol Evans
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
The horrors Lee has to face are real, racism, hatred, lynchings, but they're also mythical, magical. The monsters are real, some terrifying, some helpful. This is where, if I'm honest I kind of got lost in the swamp myself. Jeremy Love says in an interview that the story leaves the real world and "we then move to the world of Dixie. Dixie is a strange Southern neverland that exists parallel to our own. The world was formed from the blood, war, and strife that plagued the South." The characters a ...more
Rachel Smalter Hall
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Hands down one of the best "superhero" comics I've ever read! The superhero is tiny little Lee Wagstaff from Charon, Mississippi, and Bayou is her giant hulking sidekick. Here's why I love Lee:
"Look at you! You a big ol' monster with arms like tree trunks! You can whup just about anything in the whole wide world! Whatchoo got to be scared of some bossman fo'? If I was big as you, I'd be the bossman! We find your bossman and we find Lily and you can just march right up to that ol' fool and tell
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review is for the first two trades, as they were read bac-to-back.

"BAYOU, which tackles racism and violence in 1930s Mississippi, is as hypnotic as it is unsettling." — South of the Mason-Dixon Line lies a strange land of gods and monsters; a world parallel to our own, born from centuries of slavery, civil war, and hate. Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the Depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is snatched by agents of an e
Sirajam Munir Shraban
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sirajam Munir by: Muna
Shelves: raed-in-2015, comics
কেমন একটা রহসয জটলা বেধেছে নদীর তলদেশে... রহসযের সবটা জানতে হলে এই বইয়ের পরের পরবগুলো পড়তে হবে, আর সেখানেই হচছে দুঃখটা। :( এই বইটা ফরীতে পড়া গেলেও বাকিগুলো কিনে পড়তে হবে। [১ম পরবের পিডিএফ] ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
এই জনরার কমিক আমার সবসময়ই পরিয়।সুনদর সচিতর কমিকখানা,কভার দেখলেই তা বোঝা যায়। ভেতরের রহসয অজানা থেকে গেলো এবং ১৫ টি ইসযুর মধযে রিডারদের জনয মাতর একটিই ফরি :[ :[ :[ । ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Touch of history and magic. Fantastic read.
I talk about this book here -
Triton Moseley
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bayou is about a man and his daughter that live in the past and it is during a racist time period. The white officers made lee to dive into the bayou and find a dead black kid named billy to give him a proper burial. When she gets to billy his soul is swimming and he has wings then she comes back up with his body. The next day she lee and her friend lily were playing and lily wanted to go to the bayou but lee knew their were strange things in the bayou her mother got killed by the bayou so she d ...more
Tony Laplume
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bayou is the product of DC's efforts a few years back to embrace the Internet comic book scene.

Although like the comic book scene itself, much less DC's efforts to embrace it, Bayou has lsot a considerable amount of luster since its original release.

There's the idea that you should feel bad about that, on any number of levels, and also that Bayou asked for such a fate from the start. Creator Jeremy Love does a lot of things very right in this collection, and he does one thing very crucially wron
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
In 1955 a 14 year-old black teenager from Chicago, Emmett Till, was murdered in Mississippi while visiting relatives. His body was discovered at the bottom of the Tallahatchie river weighted down with a piece of cotton-gin equipment that was secured around his neck with barbed wire. The offense that apparently warranted such punishment was that the boy had whistled at, or attempted to flirt with, a 21-year old woman. The woman's husband and friends of his were acquitted at trial, where the defen ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bayou is a dark bit of graphica, filled with racism, murder, kidnapping, golliwogs, faeries, and all other sorts of magic from the bayou region. And it's here that Jeremy Love takes us away to, back to a time when folktales and monsters lived as real as anything else.

Lee Wagstaff--prepubescent, imaginative, strong--is the daughter of a black sharecropper. Set in a time and place where racism is alive and flourishing, the graphic novel is unflinching when dealing with life. We see firsthand the a
This review is for both volume 1 and volume 2, since I basically mainlined them.

I really truly loved these volumes. They are fantastic! They are also disturbing proof to me that I need to make reading diversely a higher priority goal. Like, I always have it in the back of my mind, but I do not often follow through on that. This is bad. I need to work harder on it.

I basically could not stop reading the first volume of this. I was so horrified by the racism that Lee and her father face that I fe
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW. The first volume was wonderful. Set in the deep South in the 1930s, Bayou is the story of a courageous little black girl on a quest to save her father from being lynched for a kidnapping that he had no part in.

She descends into a Lewis Carroll-esque Mississippi bayou to find the missing girl. The bayou is populated with monsters and godlike beings, personifications of concepts and artifacts from the Jim Crow era. There's a sheet-headed creature named Nathan, which I assume is a reference t
Shelton TRL
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Plot-driven. Atmospheric, Violent, Whimsical. Dialect-rich, Engaging.

Set in the Mississippi Bayou during the 1930s, this story incorporates both the racist attitudes of the times and the mythical beliefs focused around the bayou. We follow Lee, a young black girl, as she attempts to find her white friend that was eaten by a monster of the bayou, before her father is lynched for the white girl's supposed rape and murder. Filled with fantastical creatures and scary monsters, this is a fairytale th
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW. I am so blown away. This is such a powerful graphic novel! I really admire for Jeremy Love for going where others often fear to tread with regards to racism, sexual violence and death in the south -- and all of this under the surface of a fairy tale-like story of a girl trying to save her father from the noose. I mean, this is heavy stuff but I am blowing through it.

The art work is also of a superior quality. Some really vivid and challenging images. I wish we had read this in my college C
Jake Forbes
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Beautifully drawn and wonderfully imaginative fantasy set in the Jim Crow South. I love the way that Love slowly builds up his uniquely southern fantasy mythos.

As wonderful as the story and art are, this print edition is seriously flawed in its reproduction. It's printed too dark with a paper stock that, while eco-friendly, adds to the washed out look. In sunny scenes, the effect is actually pretty nice, giving the book a warm dreamlike feel, but in nighttime scenes (a good half of the book), m
Ryan Mishap
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Good fantasy will often have a rousing story, intricate plot, and developed characters--great fantasy will always be an allegory for our world and Bayou's brutal allegorical fantasy world is the result of the harsh reality of America's Deep South in 1933 after hundreds of years of slavery, brutality, the Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow.

This is beautiful, brutal, and highly recommended.

I've been doing some searching for young adult fantasy written by people of color and it is very hard to
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, teen
The drawings are beautiful, the storyline has a lot of lovely mystical elements to it. And it's always good to find quality graphic novels that deal with race because there aren't enough of them (though some of the characters are a little stereotypical...but it's a pre-civil rights era story so that comes with the territory.)

My complaints are the small format, crappy newsprint paper, and typos. This book deserves to have more respect for itself!
sweet pea
Oct 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-content
i like the concept of this book. i like the illustrations, which are both welcoming and dark. i love Lee, the strong girl main character. but by the time the Jim Crows arrived, i thought the tropes had been taken just a little too far. it's an intriguing story and an intriguing approach for a difficult subject matter. i guess where the next part of the story goes will determine how much i like this volume.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, graphicnovel
Really engaging world. I love the way that Love draws nonhuman characters.
Two little girls play by a spring, and one of them disappears. The other girl's father is wrongfully blamed. Racism, lots of blood, and a pretty horrifying dinner table all come into play.

The mixed-media effect of the illustrations is really interesting too - many panels include visible pencil line tracings.

It's all about the monster/creatures for me, tho.
A fascinating, haunting book. It's not often that a book successfully combines elements as complex as folklore, lynching, and an Alice in Wonderland style trip, but this one does it beautifully. I fear some folks might think, from the style and cover, that this is for younger readers -- it's definitely not. It also points out just how much comics lack diversity, and how much more remains to be explored within the format.
This was awesome. I love the deep, deep South, where nightmares, dreams and reality seem to meld so easily. The deep seated lore and a dark history not far gone only add to the eerie feeling of the place. So this story, with what look to be swamp-dwelling animated corpses and the ghost of a drowned boy, is set in the perfect environment. There are even personified animal characters toward the end of the volume that lend an Alice in Wonderland feel. I can't wait to read the next volume!
Melanie  Hilliard
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where to start with this book ... this is what good art (and good literature) should do. Push you past your comfort zone. Make you have visceral gut reactions. And realize that this piece of historical fiction is still being played out across America today. Great work Jeremy Love!
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I felt like they should have waited longer to put it out in one volume. Oddly truncated. Effectively creepy. If I read more southern folktales I might feel more jazzed about their use here?
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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“YOU KIDDIN' ME! You a damn fool and I'm sick of your whining! I'm the little girl, I'm the one that should be whining and crying, not you!” 1 likes
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