The Collected Essex County by Jeff LemireThe Collected Essex County by Jeff Lemire

The Collected Essex County

byJeff LemireContribution byJeff Lemire

Paperback | September 14, 2009

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Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into bitterly estranged loners? How does the simple-hearted care of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception? Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire pays tribute to his roots with Essex County, an award-winning trilogy of graphic novels set in an imaginary version of his hometown, the eccentric farming community of Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Here, Lemire crafts an intimate study of one community through the years, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a young artist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free.
This new edition collects the complete, critically-acclaimed trilogy (Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse) in one deluxe volume! Also included are over 40-pages of previously unpublished material, including two new stories.
Jeff Lemire is a prolific, award-winning comic book writer and artist from Ontario, who's known for creating literary stories depicting the frailties, fears, and hopes of the human condition.He's worked extensively with all the major comic book publishers, penning well-received runs on Animal Man, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, and Old Man Loga...
Title:The Collected Essex CountyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6.63 × 1.38 inPublished:September 14, 2009Publisher:IDW PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:160309038X

ISBN - 13:9781603090384

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenominal Every Canadian graphic novel fan should own a copy. Truly wonderful!
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everybody should own this. I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally read this. My first taste of Jeff Lemire came in the form of Sweet Tooth. After finishing that I knew I had to get my hands on anything else he's written. I was always reluctant to try anything by Jeff Lemire because of his art style but now I completely love his art style. I'm not a fast reader so others could read Essex County in one day if they powered through. The collection is a series of three intertwined short stories. The second is my favourite just because of the heart wrenching ending. It's a beautifully written and emotional story that deserves to be on every bookshelf!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a masterpiece. Simple and beautiful. Jeff Lemire has created a true Canadian work of art.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching Touching and moving ! Highly recommended
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The great Canadian graphic novel Captivates the nostalgia and sadness of small town life poetically.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Illustrated Lemire brings his story alive with illustrations that illicit feelings of heartbreak and isolation. An underrated book that deserves a wider audience.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essex County: Love And Life What starts as a solitary tale of woe featuring a lonely, hurt, young boy grows into something else, an epic story spanning time and space, with the central moral being the human heart. All this is encompassed within the pages of Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy, a graphic novel years in the making and now firmly entrenched in the Canadian literary foundation. Essex County starts off with a young boy suffering from the heartache of his mother’s passing and now living in what he considers exile on his uncle’s farm. The two communicate through pain only when required, with the boy coping by donning a superhero cape and mask. To bring about more emotional chaos, he also is hanging out, behind his uncle’s back, with the man from the gas station. All these bits come into play as the story progresses, sometimes in big shocking chunks, other times as little crumbs to pique interest. The second part of Essex County is filled with flashbacks to one characters life in hockey. To say that Lemire is a massive fan of Canada’s greatest pastime is an understatement, and this section is his love letter to the sport. This is more than a game being played here, it is life incarnate on ice. The final segment of Essex County deals with a local nurse, going about her business in the area, while we are also treated to lengthy flashbacks to a tale of love and survival going back decades and decades. By the end, all plot threads and character beats are expertly woven together, providing hidden secrets ample opportunities to be revealed. Lemire packs so much into this very thick collected volume, giving the reader a vast amount of thought and love and people to root for. Even with the crop of players involved, the main focus for most experiencing this trilogy is the young boy Lester. The estrangement he feels from reality is only partially grounded by his friendship with the man from the gas station, Jimmy. All throughout these stories, even if Lester is only a minor character in a scene or a segment, we always want to give him a hug. A very long hug. Helping slam the impact of the emotions into us is Lemire’s sketchy, sometimes minimalistic style. Pages can go by with no dialogue spoken, but with plenty being told. This is interspersed by conversation rich sections with underlying tones and thoughts bubbling up. Pacing is a major strength here for Lemire, one he utilizes even more in his newer works. Essex County was always on the periphery of my radar, but like the vast majority of fans, it fully bloomed into my view when it was on CBC Canada Reads. Sara Quin from the great band Tegan and Sara did her absolute level best to fight the graphic novel prejudice, but unfortunately could not make the Plebians on the panel understand the love this book contains. It is a love evident from the first pages, all with Lester on the farm. Being a hero.
Date published: 2013-04-02

Editorial Reviews

"...Essex County delivers a collection of characters so genuine that by the end you'll swear they're real." —Complex, ranking Essex County as one of "The 25 Comic Books You Need To Read Before You Die""It is a wonderful, thought-provoking, lovingly-produced work of fiction. I'm still not sure that this review does the book justice. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough." —Pajiba"Lemire’s portraits of people are honest, and sad, and are full of broken dreams. All of these characters are living lives different than what they expected, and yet none of them really give up. And that is why a comic like this is so important – it is far more aspirational than a Batman story, even though no one in this book could do what Bruce Wayne does. But all of us can pick ourselves up, shake off the dust of disappointment, and try to live the best lives we can." —Multiversity Comics