Since reading the laudatory review in Entertainment Weekly (sure not this), I've been wanting to read this book. I immediately added it to my Amazon wishlist (buy me something!) where it sat until I picked it up on the cheap recently to fill out a Powell's order and get free shipping.
Sadly, I hadn't gotten around to reading it before the Con because Jeff Lemire was there with the new collected Essex County, signing and sketching in them and they were at a discount and I really really wanted to get one, but I hadn't read volume one yet and what if I hate it and then I'll be stuck?
Plus I was running on a budget of $0 (though I made an exception getting one book for the wife and one for the kids). But if I knew I liked Essex County I would have broken the rule and bought one book for the self as well.
And I do like Essex County. I like it a lot.
I've added the collected version to my wishlist.
The story is of a young orphaned boy in rural Ontario living with his uncle.
The art is marvelously melting ink.
The sense of melancholy and the toocloseness of a small community --- both are perfectly captured.
Run don't walk.
And if you see Jeff Lemire, have him draw in it for you.