Sunday, July 12, 2009

Journey into Mohawk Country by H.M. van den Bogaert, illustrations by George O'Connor

This graphic novel, put together by George O'Connor, uses 23 year old Dutch explorer Harmen Meynderstz van den Bogaert's journal as its storyline. I didn't like the drawings, and the story didn't really go anywhere. O'Connor's artwork frequently supported van den Bogaert's colonial view of the Native Americans - and his observations failed to recognize their complex culture. Readers are better served by Chester Brown's excellent graphic novel, Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography.