Trickster

Trickster

[Native American Tales : A Graphic Collection]

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Collects twenty-one short stories in graphic novel format of tricksters from a variety of Native American traditions.

Perseus Publishing

All cultures have tales of the trickster?a crafty creature or being who uses cunning to get food, steal precious possessions, or simply cause mischief. He disrupts the order of things, often humiliating others and sometimes himself. In Native American traditions, the trickster takes many forms, from coyote or rabbit to raccoon or raven. The first graphic anthology of Native American trickster tales, Trickster brings together Native American folklore and the world of comics.

In Trickster more than twenty Native American tales are cleverly adapted into comic form. Each story is written by a different Native American storyteller who worked closely with a selected illustrator, a combination that gives each tale a unique and powerful voice and look. Ranging from serious and dramatic to funny and sometimes downright fiendish, these tales bring tricksters back into popular culture in a very vivid form. From an ego-driven social misstep in ?Coyote and the Pebbles” to the hijinks of ?How Wildcat Caught a Turkey” and the hilarity of ?Rabbit’s Choctaw Tail Tale,” Trickster provides entertainment for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Along with compiling and editing the book, artist Matt Dembicki illustrated one of the featured trickster tales. Dembicki is the founder of D.C. Conspiracy, a comic creators’ collaborative in Washington, DC, and has won acclaim for his nature graphic novel, Mr. Big. He currently works as an editor for a higher-education association.


This extraordinary graphic novel depicts traditional Native American trickster tales with inspired artists and native writers.


Independent Publishing Group
All cultures have tales of the trickster--a crafty creature who uses cunning to get food, steal valuables, or simply cause mischief. With vivid, diverse narratives and artwork,Trickster adapts more than twenty popular Native American trickster tales into comic form.


Publisher: Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub., c2010
ISBN: 9781555917241
Branch Call Number: YA GX TRI
Characteristics: 231 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dembicki, Matt

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AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

Very cute stories, a wide range of artistic styles and an authentic feel.

AL_JOSHUAS Oct 09, 2016

It's a mixed bag in both story and art, but still a fun read.

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amoby
Oct 04, 2016

I really love these stories.
I wish the art was more adult but alas it is for children.
The first story in this book is a graphic novel masterpiece and is in other format books.

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Setoak
Sep 26, 2013

This book was okay but I felt it was suited for a younger audience. It had multiple short tales but it was not my cup of tea.

universalPuppy May 13, 2013

I enjoyed the variety of the stories & most of the art in this graphic (novel) anthology. However, it will not be entertaining to "readers of all ages" as Perseus Publishing suggests. A majority of the stories are so simplistically told and drawn, that they will appeal to only very young readers.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 20, 2012

This isn’t just a graphic novel and it isn’t just a pairing of smart writers and great artists. Dembicki has come up with a way of collecting a wide variety of Native American folktales into a single source, done in such a way that kids will find themselves enthralled. When was the last time a book of folktales enthralled one of your kids anyway? It’s remarkable.

theorbys Aug 31, 2012

A big anthology by different writers and artists telling Native American tales about Trickster, usually in an animal form, in a huge variety of styles. Probably best read a few at a time.

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graceling3
Jun 30, 2012

Fascinating and adorable! First of all, this collection is in graphic novel form (instant plus!) with many unheard of traditional Native American stories and legends-- almost like a fairy tale collection. This is easy to read, with beautiful comic style artwork, and unique endings, all focused on the recurrent trickster theme.

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kalio
Dec 13, 2011

Native American stories are often overlooked in literature; even more so in the graphic novel boom that has swept book publishing the last few years. But Trickster: Native American Tales remedies all that?and does so in an intelligent, artistic, and truly delightful way. Collecting various interpretations of the Trickster character and myth just as it collects different artists and authors to tell the tales, Trickster is a unique and authentic anthology. The artwork ranges in style from bubbly cartoon rabbits to realistic raccoons to black-and-white inked coyotes and ravens; the tales are drawn from many cultures to emphasis the distinct differences between North America?s tribal groups. But it?s not only educational information about a too-often-ignored history; Trickster is as genuinely funny as it is thought-provoking. Whether he?s a coyote creating stars in the sky or a rabbit out-witting bison, there?s something for everyone in the tales of the Trickster.

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Setoak
Sep 26, 2013

Setoak thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 11

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 20, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 20, 2012

Twenty-one Native American storytellers are paired with twenty-one artists. Each storyteller tells a tale about a trickster type character. Coyote, raven, rabbit, raccoon, dog, wolf, beaver, and wildcat all have their day. The sheer range of storytellers is impressive, calling upon folks from Hawaii to the Eastern shore, from Alaska to Florida. Sometimes the stories are told traditionally. Sometimes they utilize a lot of modern terms (you don’t usually run across the term “crystal cathedral thinking” in a book of folktales these days). The final result is an eclectic collection, where each story plays off of the ones paired before and after it. Though oral in nature, editor Matt Dembicki finds a way to make these tales as fresh and spontaneous on the printed page as when they were told to generations of eager listeners.

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