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Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites (edition 2010)

by Evan Dorkin, Jill Thompson (Illustrator)

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Member:PolymathicMonkey
Title:Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites
Authors:Evan Dorkin
Other authors:Jill Thompson (Illustrator)
Info:Milwaukee, Dark Horse, 2010
Collections:Read, Read but unowned, Connectivity!
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, 21st century, author:American, comic book, supernatural, anthropomorphic animals, library borrow, read:2012

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Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin

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A lovely series of short stories following a group of dogs (and one cat) who solve the mysterious and supernatural events plaguing their community. The stories are clever and engaging, filled with little bits of dialogue that made me smile or chuckle ("I feel safer already", the cat drily notes at one point after the dogs have run off to collect chicken scraps), and the artwork is superb. The author's notes included praise for the artist and the author's own confidence that the artist would capture a "storybook" feeling with her art, and it is easy to see that influence: the style is filled with lush colors and beautiful scenery. I often found myself lingering over a page to trace the autumn canopies of the trees, or the brief glimpse of starlight through the tips of the forest.

It is definitely a bit darker than expected, but that only serves to bring the supernatural elements from goofy comedy to a more haunting, genuinely eerie feeling, which is particularly impressive, as the cast being made of animals and the art itself could so easily have gone into too cartoonish of territory.

Definitely an enjoyable read. ( )
  kittyjay | Apr 23, 2015 |
Liked the dialogue, especially Pugs. Some of the stories lacked flow, though. ( )
  eenerd | Jul 30, 2014 |
Who wouldn't love a gang of dogs and a cat who solve paranormal mysteries? The stories in Animal Rites are satisfyingly creepy and sometimes violent, but they have real heart to them. The animals are more human than many human characters. Evan Dorkin's stories and Jill Thompson's artwork are perfectly paired. ( )
  LaneLiterati | Feb 17, 2014 |
I really wanted to give this graphic novel 4 stars because I really liked the art. But I had a few problems with the book. Mainly being the negative portrayal of witches and rats. If there hadn't been those horrible stereotypes I definitely would have enjoyed this more. But not a bad graphic novel overall. Though I found the ending a bit weak. ( )
  MerryMeerkat | Sep 26, 2013 |
This was cute and fun; a group of neighborhood animals dealing with the supernatural in their town. Snarky, silly, amusing, great art - fun read. ( )
  PolymathicMonkey | Dec 19, 2012 |
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Welcome to Burden Hill -- a picturesque little town adorned with white picket fences and green, green grass, home to a unique team of paranormal investigators. Beneath this shiny exterior, Burden Hill harbors dark and sinister secrets, and it’s up to a heroic gang of dogs -- and one cat -- to protect the town from the evil forces at work. These are the Beasts of Burden Hill -- Pugs, Ace, Jack, Whitey, Red and the Orphan -- whose early experiences with the paranormal (including a haunted doghouse, a witches’ coven, and a pack of canine zombies) have led them to become members of the Wise Dog Society, official animal agents sworn to protect their town from evil. This turns out to be no easy task, as they soon encounter demonic cannibal frogs, tortured spirits, a secret rat society, and a bizarre and deadly resurrection in the Burden Hill cemetery -- events which lead to fear and heartbreak as our four-legged heroes discover that the evil within Burden Hill is growing and on the move. Can our heroes overcome these supernatural menaces? Can evil be bested by a paranormal team that doesn’t have hands? And even more importantly, will Pugs ever shut the hell up?
Adventure, mystery, horror, and humor thrive on every page of Beasts of Burden -- a comic-book series that will capture readers’ hearts and haunt their dreams.
Award-winning comics creators Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) first introduced these very special investigators in The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings and the other Dark Horse Book of . . . anthologies, for which they won coveted Eisner Awards for Best Short Story and Best Painter. Those first tales are collected here, along with the comic series Beasts of Burden issues #1–#4.
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"Welcome to Burden Hill-a picturesque little town adorned with white picket fences and green, green grass, home to a unique team of paranormal investigators. Beneath this shiny exterior, Burden Hill harbors dark and sinister secrets, and it's up to a heroic gang of dogs-and one cat-to protect the town from the evil forces at work."--Amazon.com.… (more)

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