A Haida Manga

Book - 2009
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Referencing a classic Haida oral narrative, this spectacular full-color graphic novel blends traditional Haida imagery with Japanese manga to tell the powerful story of Red, an orphaned leader so blinded by revenge that he leads his community to the brink of war and destruction. When raiders attack his village, young Red escapes dramatically. But his sister Jaada is whisked away. The loss of Jaada breeds a seething anger, and Red sets out to find his sister and exact revenge on her captors. Tragic and timeless, Red's story is reminiscent of such classic tales as Oedipus Rex, Macbeth, and King Lear . Not only an affecting story, Red is an innovation in contemporary storytelling from the creator of Haida Manga and the author of Flight of the Hummingbird; it consists of 108 pages of hand-painted illustrations, and when arranged the panels create a Haida formline image 13 feet long. A miniature version of the panel in full-color is on the inside jacket.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2009.
ISBN: 9781553653530
Characteristics: 108 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.


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squib Nov 27, 2017

non-linear storytelling - Haida Manga as a novel art/narrative form - coming from outside of Haida traditions, I found that the story didn't follow conventional Western narrative. Much of it was confusing for me, but it is evident that there is greater depth here than meets the eye.

worth re-reading.

Aug 24, 2016

I found it awkward to follow - probably because I've never read manga before. The imagery is diverse and dynamic, and the plot itself awkward to follow because I couldn't tell the characters easily. The end of the book was the surprise: it shows all of the panels laid out with a design laid out over top of the whole; all the odd black curved slashes through each panel (which divided each panel) was really part of a larger design.

Mar 20, 2016

This did not meet my expectations. It was uninteresting and troublesome to read.

Jun 02, 2011

Totally awesome book. My first Haida Manga, but definitely not my last. It seems West Coast Oral Traditions are a great match for this style of creative outlet. It was a pleasant surprise to see how well the two art forms integrated.

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Jun 02, 2011

kallithdragonna thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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