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The “Bayou” of Heaven

I don’t have the energy to make new resolutions this year. All I’m willing to commit to is this: Whatever didn’t get right in 2009, try it again in 2010. I’m still motivated to find 15 minutes, still nudging Frieda to join us here in The Bottom more often (wink, wink), still resisting the urge to multi-task my life away.

But I also have an idea for the blog that I’ve been mulling over for a while.

Over a year ago, I wrote about my deep admiration and delight for the serial webcomic, Bayou by Jeremy Love. The comic has continued to earn critical acclaim since then, taking in five Glyph Comics Awards (including Story of the Year), and making the unusual leap from the web to print in a trade paperback series.

Beginning next week, I’d like to initiate an open-thread discussion about each section of Bayou, now in its sixth chapter online (and easy to access, free of charge), with the hope of attracting new and experienced comics readers to a story that I am eager to share. Seriously, I’m just a fan; nobody’s paying me to say this. Bayou is fascinating on so many levels: the plot’s use of southern history, its re-imagining of folklore and myth, a young female heroine and her mysterious otherworldly companions, Love’s brilliant artwork and Patrick Morgan’s coloring. I have a few criticisms of the story too, which should hopefully make for even more rewarding conversation. I’ll pose a couple of questions and offer preliminary thoughts, but I’m really interested in dialogue with the thoughtful, adventurous readers who visit TBoH (yes, I’m talking about you).

So we’ll begin with the first chapter – only 32 pages – next Thursday. My plan is to post a new thread once every two weeks until the Spring.

Start reading Bayou here.

TBoH Recommends: “Bayou”


I can’t say enough good things about the award-winning webcomic, Bayou, by Jeremy Love (writer) and Patrick Morgan (artist).

Bayou was one of the first serial stories to debut on Zuda Comics, the webcomics initiative by DC Comics. For anyone who still believes that comics are all capes and tights, these pages will introduce you to the breathtaking possibilities of visual storytelling. Love and Morgan draw on a wealth of black folk cultural material in their historical representation of racism and poverty in the South.

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