The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
Format: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: 2013
The Short Version:
It’s the story of the very tidy world of Here which is surrounded by the sea and the mysterious and dangerous There.
Why I Read It:
A friend in my LibraryThing group recommended this one, so I picked it up from the library.
From the publisher:
On the island of Here, livin’s easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven-and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is upended…by an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) beard.
An off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, Stephen Collins’ The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a darkly funny meditation on life, death, and what it means to be different–and a timeless ode to the art of beard maintenance.
In the tidy land of Here everything is neat and predictable. Beyond the oval island of Here is a dangerous sea and beyond that is the very mysterious There which is a place to be feared and avoided.
When bald, boring predictable Dave inexplicably begins to grow a beard that cannot be stopped it quickly becomes a problem. It’s not only a problem for Dave but for the entire population of Here.
This fun little fable is entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot. My eyes wished the lettering had been several smidges bigger though. But – reading glasses to the rescue! The artwork is all black and white and deceptively simple but interesting and expressive.
I loved Dave. I hated the doctor who ‘attempted’ to help him. I loved the way this one played out.
It’s a fun little journey that is worth getting your hands on.