Special Edition Podcast

Booksplode #19 – Roughneck

Show Notes

It’s back! Thanks to our awesome Patrons, we’re proud to present another Booksplode!


What’s a Booksplode you might ask? It’s a bi-monthly special edition show in which we take a look at a single graphic novel or collected edition, something we really just don’t have time to do on the regular show.

This month we are reviewing Roughneck by Jeff Lemire!

Running Time: 00:25:06

“The Whole World’s Got the Blues”
Crystal Shawanda


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  1. Great choice for a book guy. I’m one of the few people that actually knew this book was coming and have been anticipating it so much (Essex County is easily my favorite comic ever, and I have you guys to thank for talking about it back in the day) so I was so excited to see there was a Booksplode about it.

    In the Booksplode a couple times Josh brought up the point of what does Lemire have to say about the First Nations people in Canada. Ron brought up the other book he just put out, Secret Path, which was a collaboration with Gord Downie. I just wanted to point out since it sounds like none of you guys have had a chance to check it out that that book deals with a lot those same struggles and I’m sure working on that had a huge impact on Roughneck.

    From Wikipedia: “The project is a concept album about Chanie Wenjack, a young Anishinaabe boy from the Marten Falls First Nation who died in 1966 while trying to return home after escaping from an Indian residential school. All proceeds from the album and book are being donated to the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation project”

    Thanks again guys, keep up the good work!

  2. Yah, breezed through it in a couple of hours. I certainly enjoyed it and immediately made me think of Aaron’s Scalped. He’s also exploring epidemics we see today with drug use, low income jobs, and effects those have on families. This could have easily been set in Michigan or Pennsylvania. I think setting this in Canada allows for that extra setting of the snow. I noticed that the snow itself was a character in some way as it would be the only thing you would hear in many scenes. Almost to the point of it driving you crazy. Al mentions how much Derek makes too much noise, but it’s really the snow. Some hidden facets to explore in this book for sure.

    I also just finished A.D. as well. Lemire is definitely touching on the feels with these books. I haven’t read Essex County, so I guess I have some more reading to do.

    RATINGS: 4.5
    Sticking with it: Deserves a place on the shelf for sure.

    Thanks guys, until next time…

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