By (author) Chris Blain

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  • Publisher: FIRST SECOND
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 200mm x 14mm | 413g
  • Publication date: 21 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New Milford
  • ISBN 10: 1596431709
  • ISBN 13: 9781596431706
  • Edition statement: First.
  • Illustrations note: 192 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 279,535

Product description

In Gus, Blain plays on every trope of the classic Western. Perfectly blending caricature and cinematic pacing, humor and high-octane action, he delivers an exuberant graphic novel ode to men and women chasing each other, and to the bonds of friendship that tie together three unforgettable cowboys.

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Review in Publisher’s WeeklyWhat is it about the French and their interest in the western genre?  Generally, it’s a good mix, and often a great mix.  This book is the latter.  Cowboy Gus and his gang rollick though 13 interconnected stories, serial reels of sorts.  Gus and his two buddies are on the lam, but none can stand to be away from women – any and all women – so they all sneak off to town and find themselves on the run from both the law and their girls.  Blain’s drawing line is expressive and full of life, and the eight-panel structure reins in his loose style to great, calming effect.  This one-two punch of all-out energy and rigid formalism hurtles the reader through the stories, which often veer into romance, as Gus’s entourage takes turn bedding tough frontier women and hiding out from the law.  The most interesting flip comes at the end when one of Gus’s outlaw cohorts, Clem, begins to naviga