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The job of the skin is to keep things in.On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless.Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable... monster*!Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what,The job of the skin is to keep things in.On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless.Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable... monster*!Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave?The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl. It is about life, death and the meaning of beards.(*We mean a gigantic beard, basically.)...

Title : The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
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ISBN : 9780224096287
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil Reviews

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2018-10-04 13:29

    weird, quirky, & strangely wonderful.

  • Lee
    2018-10-11 15:23

    Shortly after finishing The Gigantic Beard that was Evil I lent it to my flatmate who, seduced by the title, wanted to give it a whirl. A few pages in she turned to me and said "So is this all a metaphor for the modern world? Is it about how the world is ever more connected yet we're all ever more alone? Is it about commercialism and capitalism and celebrity culture? Is it about our obsession with and terror of death?"Is it an illustrated beat poem (or more accurately a beat poemed series of exquisite pencil drawings) about ennui, about existential crises, about loss and fear and despair? Is it about the pressure to fit in pulling us inwards and the pressure to be different pushing us outwards until something has to give? Is it about the victimisation of Them because They are not Us and the fear of There because There is not Here? Is it about love and loss, birth and death, Life the Universe and Everything?""Um, no," I said. "It's about a beard that's gigantic. And evil."

  • karen
    2018-10-03 15:09

    OH MY GOD GIANT EVIL BEARD CUTOUT!!! BEST IDEA EVER!Beneath the skin of everything is something nobody can know. The job of the skin is to keep it all in and never let anything show.dave lives here. not here, in my studio apartment with me - that would be crazy. no, he lives in a place called "here," which is a tightly controlled walled-off urban island, where everything is impeccably, impossibly neat. the streets make up a perfectly-aligned grid, the trees are obsessively maintained, everyone is well-groomed and polite, and every person every day follows the same routine like clockwork.dave is a completely hairless individual, except for his eyebrows and this one stubborn hair under his nose that grows back immediately no matter what he does to remove it. he works at a&c industries, where his days are spent deeply immersed in charts and graphs and powerpoint presentations, organizing numbers and data into orderly rows. but he has no idea what the company actually does. and neither does anyone else working there. And every lunchtime, once he's conveyed all of the latest information in his careful brightly coloured, many-fonted presentation, Dave was always left with a nagging question at the end: did any of what he'd just said mean anything at all? And following the question, the familiar, disturbing suspicion that the real reason for all the data and the meetings for A&C even being here was fear.and fear of what, you ask?? fear of "there.""there" is what exists out past the boundaries of "here," out past the sea - a place of disorder, chaos and evil. i mean, reputedly. no one has ever actually been "there" and lived to tell the tale, but the mythology of "there" persists in urban legends - those who venture "there" undergo a painful reassembly where their bodies are turned inside out and dave's free time is spent in his chair sketching the view outside his window and listening to this song over and over to keep the questions and the fears and the "untidy dreams" at bay.until the day everything changes. that stubborn hair that has plagued him all his life begins to multiply and grow unstoppably and equally resistant to grooming or cutting. and all hell breaks loose. dave's beard upsets the natural order of here as it begins to grow and grow and eventually take over the town. at first he is a curiosity that people line up to gawk at through windows, but the beard's continued growth becomes alarming - this can't happen "here." anxiety breeds anarchy and the ordered foundations of "here" become vulnerable. the story becomes a funny and haunting commentary on everything from the stagnation of conformity to the flash fire spread of celebrity to the mutability of legacy. it is beautifully drawn, occasionally subtle and cautionary without becoming treacly. plus, it is one of the best titles ever.and it works in any language:do not resist the evil beard!

  • Manny
    2018-10-21 10:04


  • Raeleen Lemay
    2018-10-06 16:06

    This was such a beautifully bizarre graphic novel! The writing was very simplistic, yet poetic at the same time, and the story read sort of like a fairy tale. I was amazed by the way so many complex ideas were conveyed through such a simple premise as well. It didn't quite feel like a 5-star read for me, but believe me when I say this book is fantastic!

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2018-09-29 13:26

    I think it's strange how I haul so many books and say about them "I have no idea what this is about," but once I get to my review, the first thing I say is, "This wasn't what I was expecting." However, it's the case again with this book. I wasn't anticipating this would be set in an alternate/fantastical world, and surprisingly, it was focused around the town rather than the beard. I think it was an incredibly strange story that I was expecting to pack some humor, but it was trying to be this huge statement about conformity and weirdness, but it didn't really make sense to me in the end. What saved this book is that I think it is one of the most cleverly-constructed graphic novels I have ever read, and the art was AMAZING. I would definitely read a graphic novel by this person again, even if it didn't make any sense either.

  • Liz Janet
    2018-10-05 12:09

    This book is extremely important right now, pertaining to the Syrian refugee crisis as well as the whole Donald Trump idiocy that is no longer funny, but extremely scary. This short piece is a brilliant social commentary. It can be interpreted in so many ways, but the way I took it was "mistreatment of "Them" and "There" simply because they are not us, it is about xenophobia. This should be considered the children version of an anti-thesis to the racist, homophobes, transhphobes, Islamophobes, xenophobes, anti-semitic, et al types of discrimination. So do read please, and share, and make this into a conversation, a discourse that needs to happen with the elections next year.

  • Nat
    2018-10-10 16:25

    On the island of Here, livin's easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven-and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) beard growing on Dave's face.The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil was a book easy to get lost in, and was promptly finished in a couple of hours. However, after taking some time to think about it, the story wasn't quite as fascinating as I was anticipating going into this. And I felt indifferent to what was happening for most of the time.The art, on the other hand, was fantastic. It reminded me in some ways of Shaun Tan's wondrous The Arrival.Overall, I'm extremely glad I took the time to read The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil for its gorgeous drawings. Though it was a quick read, the storyline ended up lacking a bit for me, so that's why I lowered my rating.*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!*This review and more can be found on my blog.

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-09-21 13:29

    A hairless man called Dave lives in a place called HereA place that’s safe, neat, tidy with nothing for anyone to fearBut something uneasy lurks beneath the quiet and calm:A single tiny hair on Dave’s face that becomes a gigantic beard - and causes much harm!The beard can’t be cut, it grows back far too quickBecoming larger than Dave, much bushier and thickIt becomes enormous and engulfs the town, much to the Government’s displeasure So a solution is decided, for desperate times call for desperate measuresStephen Collins’ comic reads a lot like a Roald Dahl tale or modern day fableWhose message is very obviously displeased with 21st century society’s staplesOf conformity and uniformity, an alleged dearth of creativityThat manifests very pleasingly in this book with excessive beardityBecause modern life’s no funAt least not for someWho want something differentFrom the everyday humdrumCollins’ pencil art style is ambitious and charmingWhile the book itself is written with delightful rhymingAnd at times it reads like a Pixar short(Which is certainly a complimentary note!) Because it’s a dark and unusual, original bookThat any fan of graphic literature can’t fail to be hookedWith its unique imagery, style and toneWhen Collins created it, he must’ve been in the zone! And though it’s a hefty volume in page count and sizeThe narrative is enthralling and sure to mesmerizeFor, despite its themes and critiques that, on the page, are quite clearYou can also read it as a simple fun comic – about a GIGANTIC BEARD!

  • Ashley Brooks
    2018-09-25 17:20

    So silly, so much fun. I really really loved this! The art was perfect!

  • F
    2018-10-19 14:21

    Loved this.The art was amazing and the story was amazing.

  • Hershey
    2018-09-26 15:06

  • Miriam
    2018-09-22 17:23

    I ordered this as a gift for a formerly Bearded friend to discourage backsliding. Of course I read it before passing it on. It was okay.That's a little harsh.I quite liked Collins' writing.It was much more poetic than I expected.The illustration also was quite well done.It was the "point" the message that left me cold.It was so heavy-handed in its delivery.I knew from the start what he was getting at.Nothing that happened surprised me.That niggled at me even though I liked the text and art.But I would try something else by this author. To conclude: Beards are evil.

  • Annelies
    2018-10-17 14:20

    Beautiful drawn and a superb tale with lots of originality over a beard that grew and grew and disordered all the quiet and well ordered life on the island Here.

  • Ferdy
    2018-09-27 11:24

    SpoilersWasn't in love with the plot - in a way it was fairly interesting and unique with the whole giant beard that grew and took over the perfectly ordered island of Here (and slowly started to resemble the dreaded chaotic place of There). At the same time though the moral of the story was rather trite and all the characters were flat, the beard was the most fascinating character in the whole thing despite it not actually being a character. It was obvious what would happen to the residents of Here by the end, with the whole 'be individual' and 'don't be afraid of the unknown' messages running through the plot, it was all quite preachy and heavy handed, not to mention a little condescending.Liked the writing but didn't like the layout of it, most of the sentences cut off mid way through only to start on another panel/page, it disrupted the flow of the story.Loved the artwork, it was the best element of the novel. The illustrations perfectly captured the loneliness and fear the main character felt and the hum-drum, monotony, soulless and isolated atmosphere of Here.

  • Caleb
    2018-09-25 11:27

    Holy wow. The underlying themes of xenophobia, homophobia, and how the world looks at people who don't conform to the "ideal" society in this book was fantastic. Highly recommend to anyone who wants a fun graphic novel with a very important meaning.

  • Connor
    2018-09-24 13:28

    I didn't quite realize what I was getting into with this one, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This tackles some awesome topics that make you think but also keeps it upbeat enough to feel light and fun. I could see myself lending this to a lot of people.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2018-10-11 09:18

    I enjoyed this well enough and the art was beautiful, but I can't lie and say this blew me away. It was just okay tbh

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-10-05 10:11

    This is a sort of surreal modern or postmodern fairy tale. Think: The Giving Tree or The Little Prince but with a gigantic beard… that was evil. So it's darker, right, Roald Dahl is more like it. It has a moral, it would seem, about conformity in modern life, or about specifically Here, the place where everyone is pretty alike and happily conforms… as opposed to There, which is out there, chaos, so it's all about difference in modern society, which is not a new point, but still…conformity is a problem. Especially as observed by an artist, who is probably almost never a conformist... ...and our man Dave is like this, too, conforming. He's bald and hairless, a good and predictable worker, until one day a hair sprouts on his face and then its very quickly a gigantic beard that takes over the neighborhood and the little town and it keeps growing and at first it is fascinating but then fear takes over and then it is the Tea Party, it is Westboro Church and people wearing t shirts inscribed, not with "God Hates Fags," but with "God Hates Beards" so that connection seems clear, and they need to do something about it, damn it, we can't have these BEARDS everywhere threatening our way of life. One thing that seems out of the ordinary about previously conformist Dave that may connect to memoir work for the artist is that throughout the growing period he draws things, keeps a constant journal, not of the process of the beard growth, but of the world around him, and the more he draws, the more the beard grows.And then, later, (I'm skipping a couple key plot events so as not to give EVERYTHING away!) the whole experience must be turned into a media event with lots of books and tv shows and documentaries to make sense of it, and later, the primary scholar and historian of the Beard discovers scraps of drawings from Dave…. and he tries to piece all the art scraps together as some kind of coherent narrative of Dave's life, and you know, he can't, which is central to the (sort of postmodern) moral of the tale. You know, the melancholy effect of the story is not unlike the effect of Matt Kindt's 3 Story, the tale of a man who grows and grows and grows and grows like this beard and just becomes alienated from everyone else… that's the kind of surreal story this is, having at least something to do with the potentially alienating effects of art for there artist, and you know, the total effect is something like a reminder of Kafka. So it's sort of a fairy tale, fantasy, and part horror, though there's a kind of melancholy streak running through it, too. Great stuff!

  • Sarah Actually
    2018-10-07 15:32

    I completely loved this. Gorgeous art, amusing yet poignant storytelling.

  • Camilla
    2018-10-04 10:24

    Loved, loved, loved the art, but the story kind of bored me at times.

  • Pan Radek
    2018-10-03 11:34

    quite interesting story with intriguing plot onset good developing and not bad conclusion. lots of still frames, dark humor and kafkaesque twists. if the plot is lacking the drawings make up for it. pleasure to read.

  • Leslie
    2018-09-30 14:06

    This was great! I loved it. The art in this book is just amazing and I had so much fun reading this.

  • Kirsty
    2018-10-05 10:10

    I love beards, and I love this book.

  • Coleen (The Book Ramblings)
    2018-10-05 12:15

    The Gigantic Beard that was Evil is a graphic novel with Dahl and Burton-esque, about the island of Here, where everything from the lawns to citizens are tidy, neat, and in order until a single hair sends the island into an uproar. Dave, who is bald, but for a single hair, begins to grow a massive, unstoppable beard. I finished reading this graphic novel a week ago, and it's stuck with me ever since. Stephen Collins' The Gigantic Beard that was Evil is whimsical, offbeat, darkly funny story with quite a bit of social and political themes and issues throughout. I was expecting a quirky, quick-read, but it was so much more, and the only graphic novel that I’ve read so far to be bold, and thought-provoking. It is beautifully illustrated with the story-telling narrative similar to fairy-tales, but in a way that adults and children can both enjoy. This graphic novel is by far my favorite to date, and one that I will be discussing for years to come.I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

  • Figgy
    2018-10-22 14:08

    Review to come.

  • Lama
    2018-10-07 13:21

    This impulse buy was the best decision i ever made.

  • Rissa
    2018-10-11 10:15

    Get the hairdressers!

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    2018-10-14 15:29

    I loved loved loved this hilarious graphic novel, and then the end left me flat. I hate those poignant, leave-you-hanging, no closure endings that are supposed to be all philosophical and crap. Bleh. There is no resolution and I hate that! The artwork is beautifully detailed, but still gives this impression of space on every page. It really draws your attention to these little changes and reflects the mood of the story perfectly!I adore the writing style, the prose and almost poetry, that makes every word count. It's just perfection!The plot is hilarious and the weird and wild things going on just put the characters into stark relief before this background of a war between chaos and order.I was laughing and weirded out and thoroughly enjoyed it.... except for the end.

  • Holly the Infinite Book Dragon
    2018-10-04 15:18

    Beneath the skinOf everythingIs something nobody can know.The job of the skinIs to keep it all inAnd never let anything show.A tension filled graphic novel about conformity & the beauty of the perfectly imperfect. Quite a lovely book, both inside & out. I may or may not have rubbed my face all over it a time or two ;)(For stories are such necessary lies.)