29 December 2013
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth
A beautifully illustrated book of imaginary fables about Earth's early--and lost--history.
Before our history began, another--now forgotten--civilization thrived. The people who roamed Early Earth were much like us: curious, emotional, funny, ambitious, and vulnerable. In this series of illustrated and linked tales, Isabel Greenberg chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South Pole. There, he meets his true love, but their romance is ill-fated. Early Earth's unusual and finicky polarity means the lovers can never touch.
As intricate and richly imagined as the work of Chris Ware, and leavened with a dry wit that rivals Kate Beaton's in Hark! A Vagrant, Isabel Greenberg's debut will be a welcome addition to the thriving graphic novel genre.
Who likes beautifully illustrated books? I know I do! I took one look at Isabel Greenberg's The Encyclopedia of Early Earth and I just knew that I had to have it. A fabulous collection of "myths" that feel derived from Native American legends that center on a Nord man and South Pole woman who cannot touch because of their opposing magnetic fields. One would think that might be cause for a break-up, but no. The artwork is so enjoyable, largely through a limited color palette, and I loved the typeface created for the writing/dialogue.