Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Comics from Canada - Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws

Let's be realistic here - people from Canada can be pretty funny and this comic strip by Chad Solomon and Christopher Meyer is no exception. Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws is a delightful little comic about two mischeivous brothers and their humorous pranks.

Initially, I was attracted to this comic at Comic-Con because it looked like it was kid-friendly. Then I found out it was from Canada and had a pretty interesting concept as well. I was completely sold. I purchased the first full color graphic novel, The Sugar Bush, and was not disappointed. This book is kid-friendly, fun to read, has great illustrations and is also educational (which I love.) The fun continues with their second graphic novel, The Voyageurs, where our young mischeivous heroes experience the trials and tribulations of being a Voyageur.

Set in 18th Century colonized North America, the book follows the two mischievous Ojibwa brothers, Rabbit and Bear Paws. With the help of traditional Ojibwa medicine (spirit powder), which tranforms them into animals, the pair gets caught up in a pretty funny situations. The stories are based on the Seven Grandfathers, which promotes virtues such as respect, bravery, wisdom, love, humility, honesty, and truth. I love the books' simple charm as they teach us to respect nature, help animals, and respect our neighbors. We also learn a lot about First nations history, culture and tradition. A map and a description of the characters included at the beginning of each book is appreciated and sets the tone for the adventures to follow.

You can purchase Rabbit and Bear Paws and learn more at their website. There are sample pages from the different graphic novels, and every Monday there's a new strip to read. This is a unique, all ages North American Indian comic that's both entertaining and informative. It's a great read and I look forward to reading more of their creations in the future.

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  1. When I was watching "Beauty and the Geek" last night while I was stamping, I thought of you...they went to Comic Con, made up their own hero/villan, and their own costumes for their comic...it was quite entertaining I thought :)

  2. O.k., that book looks nicey nice! I am going to look into it. Thanks for the scoop!


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