A book for anybody who’s ever had a beard, thought about a beard, seen a beard, not had a beard...
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Published: 09 May 2013
Genre: Graphic novels
The job of the skin is to keep things in…On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless. Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable…monster*! Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave?The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl. It is about life, death and the meaning of beards.(*We mean a gigantic beard, basically.)
It’s part satire, part parable, part nursery rhyme and part disaster movie, and it’s an utter joy to read.
Tom Gatti, The Times
Clever, funny and beautiful to look at… A fairytale for adults that children will also adore, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is surely destined to become a classic.
Rachel Cooke, Observer
Collins’ wonderful debut unfolds with slow and simple elegance through black-and-white panels.
James Smart, Guardian
As splendiferous as its title… An inspired swirling of the mundane with the surreal, the plot may be simple but his satire on modern life is witty and thoughtful.
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro
It reminds me of nothing so much as a Roald Dahl novel.
Alex Hern, New Statesman
Mail on Sunday
Happily as splendiferous as its title.
Siobhan Murphy, Metro Herald
A gorgeously penciled fable… The pacing and page design are immaculate.
Teddy Jamieson, Sunday Herald
There’s a touch of Roald Dahl to this dark, beautifully drawn and wonderfully surrealist tale.
A witty and surreal response to conformity, and how we should embrace our difference. Accompanied by incredible pencil drawings, you will be blown away by the quality, and be humbled by the underlying message.
My pick of next season’s graphic novels.
A rich allegorical work with a certain Kafkaesque quality, with the story told in a rolling, rhyming blank verse.
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Stephen Collins is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first book, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, was published by Cape in 2013. Praised by the likes of Raymond Briggs and described as ‘a future classic’ ...