Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Review--Graphic Novel/Comic: Bayou by Jeremy Love

As an adult, I rarely get excited about comics anymore. Either I love the artwork but hate the weak storyline, or love story but can't stand the lousy excuse for art accompanying it. Bayou by Jeremy Love ails from neither of these. It is one of the most beautifully illustrated stories I've ever seen, and has characters and plotlines that just get awesomely curiouser and curiouser! 

I stumbled upon the site for Zuda Comics (an imprint of DC Comics) back around late 2007/early 2008 to find Bayou as a webcomic that was released bit by bit in a series of posts.  However, I'm really not so good at patience or at visiting a site over and over again on a regular basis just to get one chapter of a story at a time. My brain really needs to have it all at once or I end up forgetting what happened before, then get confused where I am in the story. So I followed for a while but got distracted. 

This year I realized that Bayou is now published and volume 1 came out in 2009 so I was able to snatch it right up. I love this crazy, almost mythical story set in 1933 Charon, Mississippi. It follows Lee Wagstaff, the daughter of a black sharecropper wrongly accused of a crime, and is uniquely written to feel magical, just like mythos of "the South". So check out the Zuda website and the webcomic Bayou at or look for the print version in bookstores. I'm looking forward to getting volume 2 when it's finally released in January 11, 2011. 

It truly is an amazing piece of work!


  1. You are SO right about this title. I picked it up on a whim and have been hooked ever since.
    Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff, full of a strange spirituality.
    Really looking forward to Volume 2!

  2. Oh wow, what a great post :) I'm coming from the Sunday Blues meme - thanks for posting about this.
    Love graphic novels, don't get many here in India, and those that are available are too expensive.

    Will be reading the comic now *waves*
    e-Volving Books

  3. I usually don't read graphic novels, but this one looks interesting! Thanks for the heads up, as I'll definitely check it out!

  4. I'm a fan of graphic novels and I'm always looking for new ones - hadn't seen this one :) Thanks for the review!

  5. I am a huge fan of graphic novels and this has been on my tbr list for ages! I can't stand waiting to read webcomics either so just wait for the books. I didn't know Book 2 was coming out so soon. I must get to this soon! Thanks!

  6. I am dying to read this one! I am a big lover and advocator of graphic novels. When I started working as an elementary librarian last year, the first thing I did was start a graphic novel collection. The kids dig them. I can't wait to read this one. If I could recommend just one other GN for you to read it would be Castle Waiting by Linda Medley.

  7. thanks for the rec, I put Castle Waiting on reserve for myself at the library :)