I recently finished a graphic novel called The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins that I absolutely loved. This surreal story about a beard that won’t stop growing (though also arguably about otherness, divisions and fear) is told in the print equivalent of cinematic genius. I often feel disappointed by many graphic novels’ flat use of the frame; it feels like even the best stories don’t utilize the uniqueness of this form to tell the story. Collins, however, uses the frame in stunning ways. It’s the first time I’ve read a graphic novel and remember some of the frames distinctly, even now after the book is out of my hands and back at the library.
I don’t know why there isn’t more excitement out there for this book. I only learned about it from a brief mention by Glen Weldon on an episode of the Pop Culture Happy Hour when in the closing remarks of the show the guests each say what’s making them happy that week. Maybe I’m just out of the loop? To make sure you don’t also overlook over this gem, I’m making this plug: read this.