Eartha

Eartha

Malkasian?s stunning landscapes and depictions of nature, gestural character nuance, and sophisticated storytelling are on display in her latest graphic novel. For a thousand years, the unfinished dreams?sex fantasies, murder plots, wishful thinking?from the City Across the Sea came to Echo Fjord to find sanctuary. Emerging from the soil, they took bodily form and wandered Malkasian?s stunning landscapes and depictions of nature, gestural character nuance, and sophisticated storytelli...

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Title:Eartha
Author:Cathy Malkasian
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:Eartha
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Eartha Reviews

  • Mir
    Jun 23, 2017
    Graphic novel equivalent of one of those Literary novels that I can't manage to find interesting or enjoyable despite conceding that they are probably well executed. ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Aug 18, 2017
    Eartha is a 2017 Ignatz-nominated graphic novel that is 255 way-oversized pages. A fantasy comic, a kind of allegory about Earthly happiness, it focuses on Eartha, a very large and very sweet Earth-mother kinda woman who is kind and sweet and doesn?t find happiness through the attain...
  • Madalene
    Jan 25, 2018
    I love the art and the central character - the original idea, that dreams are visible and pop up in one world by agreement with another looking to have them removed, was really interesting. However, it turns dystopian in a way that felt like the reader was being scolded without showing...
  • Martin
    Jul 18, 2017
    I really liked the tone of this, but ultimately either I didn't get it, or there just wasn't enough there for me to feel like it was complete. It felt like a prose poem that somehow got expanded to a really long graphic novel. The art was pretty decent, some nice architecture stuff. Th...
  • Jeanne Morigeau
    Apr 12, 2018
    A constant barrage of "news" creates pessimism and hopelessness People in power blame abuse others because they can't handle the urges of the self-imposed self-control. Messages get distorted and bastardized by people when taken out of context People will sacrifice everything that's...
  • Molly
    May 31, 2018
    I'm glad Cathy Malkasian is winning awards, because I do not feel like I hear enough about her from the comics community at large. Her stories are surreal and beautiful and this one is certainly no exception. Dreams have started to disappear from the land where Eartha lives and she is ...
  • eHawk
    Oct 29, 2018
    The story is really precious and poignant. The art is beautifully whimsical, reminding me a bit of Shaun Tan. ...
  • Raina
    Nov 19, 2018
    I wasn't sure if I would like this story. At first glance, the art didn't blow me away, and, once I started reading, the world took some getting used to. I'm glad I persevered, though. This world is a bit bizarro, but has plenty of thematic parallels to (my) world, and the story goe...
  • Esme
    Nov 14, 2017
    The first thing I noticed when I opened this up is the quality of the art. It's not your average cartoony comic book (though there's nothing wrong with cartoony). Eartha has lush settings and the characters have detailed, unique faces. The prose is worthy of the illustrations--beautifu...
  • Michael
    Oct 05, 2018
    Eartha is an interesting book, very well drawn, with a bucolic, casual charm. That casual approach to pacing doesn't always work for it, as it does drag at times, but the interactions between the characters (despite sometimes being a bit too expository when connections between characte...
  • Jason
    Mar 28, 2018
    A singular story (and a fairly transparent allegory, at times) with a memorable, irrepressible protagonist. Malkasian's soft lines and color palette set a dreamlike aesthetic that matches that narrative well. My biggest complaint is that it lacks depth---perhaps this is by design, ...
  • laura (bookies & cookies)
    Sep 13, 2017
    Super meh for me. The art and ginormous size of the book (I had to lay it out on my lap to read, it was too large to hold) drew me in, but the political satire of a city obsessed with bad news did not hold my interest. Eartha's big heart and her hopes for the dreamers were endearing (a...
  • Blue
    Oct 06, 2017
    Eartha is beautifully drawn. Paneling can be a bit confusing at times, but the pastel colors and especially the pastoral drawings contrasted with intricate city drawings make up for it. The story is maybe trying to be too many things at the same time. On the one hand, the story of huma...
  • Erin
    May 22, 2018
    While I appreciated the allegory of happiness, creativity, and the ability to dream, boy did it take a long time to get there! ...
  • Story
    Jan 10, 2018
    I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. The art is gorgeous; it's what drew me to this book in the first place. The soft lines that look like colored pencil, the very understated color and use only of brown/purple, just simply gorgeous. The characters have a solidity of gesture, ...
  • Isa
    Oct 22, 2017
    Ahhh, amazing! I loved everything about this! ...
  • Charn Singh
    May 23, 2017
    A metaphoric tale simply and well told. Had nice artwork too. ...
  • Tracy
    Nov 07, 2018
    I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Eartha has some people in her life who really take advantage of her kindness and treat her disrespectfully. There are some sexual moments in the book that feel out of place because they seem much more adult. There's also casual groping. I was in...
  • Kate
    Jul 21, 2017
    It looks like I took a long time to read this book, but actually it sad on my floor for a couple weeks and then I read it in an hour. There is a lot to love about this book. The illustrations are dreamy and beautiful, the facial expressions are just lovely, and I love Eartha as a prot...
  • LeAnn Suchy
    Sep 16, 2018
    I don?t know about this one. I almost stopped reading it at one point, and I skimmed certain parts, but it does have some interesting things to say about happiness and our obsessive culture. This follows Eartha who lives in a land where the people capture the dreams of city folks ...
  • Celia
    Feb 02, 2018
    This graphic novel had a beautiful color palette and adorable drawing style. It was touching how Eartha would spontaneously pick people up and carry them like children. Nice to have the kind and loving characters be such a big part of the story. There was some disturbing imagery I didn...
  • Jarrah
    Jul 31, 2019
    Eartha is the story of a large, gentle but extremely strong young woman from the country who goes on an adventure that forces her to confront corruption and violence in the city. The titular character is an inspiring figure and I was really charmed by her story and the relationships be...
  • Emily
    Feb 15, 2019
    This book takes you on a beautiful journey. The character development was really well done, especially with so many characters and such a short amount of time/space within which to develop them. I sometimes have a hard time following each panel of a graphic novel, but Malkasian does a ...
  • Taylor Leatrice Werner
    Mar 23, 2019
    Everything Malkasian does is so lucid and magickal, and Eartha was no exception. The characters have the childlike, buoyant personalities that I love her other books, and the story is a fable about the value of being fully alive. Her work is intrinsically optimistic, without being afra...
  • Amy
    Jun 19, 2018
    The art work is kind of ethereal (and monochromatic), which is interesting at first, but it's also unchanging so that got a little boring. The first ~190 pages (out of 255) of the story was kind of weird with the dreams "growing" out of the ground, and the city people and their news bi...
  • Rachel
    Aug 02, 2017
    What in life really matters? Knowledge? Status? Power? To the kind and comforting Eartha, these are just foolish. But to the people of the city, the people from whom dreams sprout, they are not. At least, that's what they think after the war. Eartha doesn't know about the woes of the c...
  • Ms. Arca
    Dec 21, 2017
    2.5? I think maybe I?m one of the people who didn?t get this book... I can?t say I enjoyed reading it as a whole. BUT there were moments warmth or just gentleness that I could feel which I think is special in a book. Beyond those moments though, it was a bizarre read that maybe ...
  • Laura
    Sep 09, 2017
    I don't really know yet how I feel about this book. The art is stunning with a shifting spare color palette used to excellent effect. The story is...a lot. And there were a couple really big turnoffs that I don't know whether they were necessary. Still processing. May update. ...
  • Deepa Nirmal
    Oct 28, 2017
    Weird book that I wanted to like better than I did. I think the author was going for a dystopian situation but wandered all over and began beating the reader over the head with it. Could have done with a bit of ruthless editing and been cut down to half its size, that would have helped...
  • Lauren Dushay
    Apr 19, 2018
    The first thing about this graphic novel is that the art is gorgeous. The second thing is that there are too many themes, motifs, and plots to even try to interpret without a long-winded spoilerific examination. Suffice it to say that this book will make you think about capitalism, hum...