This was a beautiful book. Buy it!
Trading Views: Pride Of Baghdad
A story about talking animals...
When I was younger my mom would read to ma a story about linos... a funny book that talked about friendship and morals and stuff... it was funny because I remember wondering if Lions really behaved this way, and if they were really like people in a way (I had this book and the Lion King movie... what do you expect?) but I became fond of lions because of this...
As you guys were talking about this I remembered those stories, so I am guessing I will like this!
I will definitely try to find this book to buy it...
Thank you both so much for reviewing this. I've always been curious about this book. I love Brian K. Vaughn's Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina and also have a real soft spot for animals (especially cats). I'm glad you said its good for people who dont read comics. I may get this for my girlfriend for her birthday. After reading Grant Morrison's WE3 recently I could really go for another talking animal book.
Pride of Baghdad is my go to example of a graphic novel. Not only because it's good but because it isn't a collection of issues like what most people call graphic novels. For example people would call Watchmen a graphic novel but it's really a trade. Don't get me wrong I call them all comics but for people on their high horse that only claim to like graphic novels I tell them that Pride of Baghdad is a example.
Great to see Trading Views again in such a long time.
And yes, this graphic novel is very different to what you guys have reviewed in the past.
As a massive fan of the lion king, I might check this out if i can borrow it, that is lol.
Great way to start things off again, guys!
This was required in one of my English courses a few semesters back at my old Jr. College. While I definitely did think the story is worth reading for a few different reasons, I'm not as enthusiastic about it as a lot of people. To me, the themes are introduced and resolved too abruptly.
I'd personally borrow it, but I'm in the minority.
Great review, guys.
I totally understand Babs' and G-Man's mutterings and talk-arounds and just saying "yeah it's good". Pride of Baghdad is one of those things like To Kill a Mockingbird, or Watchmen, that's so great it's difficult to put words to. Whatever your justifications or critiques or joys are, chances are it pales in comparison.
This amazing book, which was first published in september 2006, was also made available two months later in a french translation by Panini Comics. This later version of the book actually won the "2006 Critiques BD!" award for best graphic novel of the year:
Hopefully we will get to see more of Niko Henrichon's amazing work in the next few months!
Great entry for your most interesting feature in my opinion! Being one of those silly Europeans trade paperback is the only form I can conveniently read comics at all so I'm all about your coverage of larger stories or collections of single issues.
PoB seems very unconventional so I'll have to check it out. That and the Chew collection you talked about in an earlier episode.
Best original graphic novel EVER!!! I know so many people that have been lured into comics with this book. Actually, anything Brian K. Vaughn is a good way to get people into comics, but this self-contained story is a low commitment way for people to check out the medium. One of my favourite books of all time. Love love LOVE!!! Oh, and I may be totally off and making assumptions, but because the artist is from Quebec City, I think his last name is pronounced ON-REE-SHOW. But I could be way off on that.
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