The Gigantic Beard That was Evil by Stephen Collins

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...an imaginative and funny fable that can be enjoyed on its own terms and as a nicely judged satire on ignorance, routine and the deadening influence of corporate and celebrity culture.
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NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The job of the skin is to keep it all in...

On the island of Here, livin's easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven-and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is upended...by an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) beard.

An off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, Stephen Collins' The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a darkly funny meditation on life, death, and what it means to be different--and a timeless ode to the art of beard maintenance.

 

About Stephen Collins

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STEPHEN COLLINS was born in 1980 and grew up in Penge, South London. He began cartooning for The Times in 2003, and has since won several awards, including the Jonathan Cape/Observer Graphic Short Story Prize 2010. His work has appeared in many publications worldwide, and he contributes regular comics to The Guardian Weekend and Prospect magazine. He lives near Hertford with his wife and a well-charged beard trimmer.
 
Published October 7, 2014 by Picador. 240 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 24 2014

Cartoonist Collins’ debut graphic novel is a long, smooth fable of a man whose unkempt facial hair ravages the tidy city of Here...With its archetypical conflict and deliberate dissection of language, the story seems aimed at delivering a moral...Rich, creamy art and playful paneling make for a fun read.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on May 11 2013

A fairytale for adults that children will also adore, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is surely destined to become a classic...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by James Smart on May 10 2013

...an imaginative and funny fable that can be enjoyed on its own terms and as a nicely judged satire on ignorance, routine and the deadening influence of corporate and celebrity culture.

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Good
Reviewed by Glen Weldon on Oct 08 2014

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is the very first graphic novel for Collins, but the experienced newspaper cartoonist already displays a tight, unshowy command of his gifts.

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