Reviews – The Slings & Arrows Graphic Novel Guide

The most excellent review site, Slings & Arrows has posted a nice review of book three!

“The cartooning is a delight, loose and expressive, with Fajardo really putting in the effort, regularly featuring several people per panel, and frequently as full figures. When needed, he’s great with movement, the cast having a real life to them when in action or running, and Fajardo also gives character to the pig that accompanies Beowulf.”

They have more good things to say and have given high praise to the first trilogy. The crew of Slings & Arrows knows their stuff too as they’ve reviewed over 7500 comics and graphic novels! I especially appreciate their point of view coming from Europe, since many of my own comic influences come from that tradition.

REVIEW – Fuse 8 & The School Library Journal

After sitting down and thinking long and hard about it, I came to the shocking realization that Fajardo likes three-dimensional characters. That shouldn’t be all that shocking, actually. Lots of authors do. But consider the format here. We’re dealing with an epic quest graphic novel series. I mentioned Bone and Amulet earlier and if there’s one thing those stories have in common it’s bad guys that sulk about without so much as a sympathetic hair on their heads. Kid Beowulf is different.

That’s from Elizabeth Bird’s review of the book from her column Fuse 8 at The School Library Journal. It’s a really in-depth review, the sort an author craves because she takes her time with the text and touches on many of the themes and elements I was playing with. Check out the full review for great analysis!

Review – Kirkus

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The first review for the newly colored and relaunched Kid Beowulf: The Blood-Bound Oath came in from Kirkus Review and they gave it glowing praise!

Told in richly imagined comic panels, this offering is visually arresting, with an array of eye-popping colors that positively demand attention from readers.

What Rick Riordan did for the Greek gods, Fajardo has done for “Beowulf”: magnificent.

I’m positively glowing myself! You can read the full review here.

REVIEW – San Francisco Chronicle

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Detail from Kid Beowulf and the Rise of El Cid, photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle

This piece by Jonah Raskin originally ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2010 but it’s such a darn good piece of writing about me and KidB. I wanted to give it a permanent link on the blog.

During the day, as a mild-mannered employee at the Charles Schulz Studio in Santa Rosa, he oversees the production of the ever-popular Peanuts comic books. At night, ensconced in his own cave-like work space, he hunkers down and follows his own creative spirit, turning out graphic novels about the Anglo-Saxon epic hero Beowulf, who battles hideous monsters, including his own twin brother.

Check out the rest of the article here!