Louis Riel is a 2003 historical biography in comics by Canadian
cartoonist Chester Brown. It deals with the relationship of Métis rebel
leader Louis Riel (pictured) with the newly established Canadian
government. It begins shortly before the 1869 Red River Rebellion, and
ends with Riel's 1885 hanging for high treason. The book explores the
possibly schizophrenic aspect of Riel's personality—he believed God
had named him Prophet of the New World, destined to lead the Métis
people to freedom. The work is noted for its emotional disengagement,
its intentionally flat dialogue, and a minimalist drawing style inspired
by Harold Gray's comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The lengthy, hand-
lettered appendix provides insight on Brown's creative process and
biases, and highlights where he changed historical facts to create a
more engaging story. It was the first comic book to receive a grant from
the Canada Council for the Arts. It was critically well received, and
won three Harvey Awards. The original serialization (1999–2003) sold
poorly, but the book version was a surprise bestseller. Its success
played a major part in gaining shelf space for serious graphic novels in
mainstream North American bookstores.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Riel>
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