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Mouse Guard. Legends of the guard.
Other title(s):
Legends of the guard


Publication Information:
Los Angeles, CA : Archaia Entertainment, ©2010-
Physical Description:
volumes : color illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Mouse Guard created by David Peterson.

Additional pages by David Petersen; additional lettering by Dave Lanphear.
Vol. 1. The battle of the hawk's mouse & the fox's mouse / art & story, Jeremy Bastian -- A bargain in the dark / art & story, Ted Naifeh -- Oleg the Wise / art & story, Alex Sheikman ; colors, Scott Keating -- Potential / art, Sean Rubin ; story, Alex Kain -- The shrike and the toad / art & story, Terry Moore -- Worley & the mink / art, Gene Ha ; story, Lowell Francis -- A mouse named Fox / art & story, Katie Cook -- The critic / art & story, Guy Davis -- The ballad of Nettledown / Nate Pride -- The raven / art & adaptation, Jason Shawn Alexander -- The lion and the mouse / art & story, Craig Rousseau -- Bowen's tale / art & story, Karl Kerschl -- Crown of silver, crown of gold / art & story, Mark Smylie -- Epilogue / art & story, João Lemos -- Cover legend gallery -- Storytellers of the Inn -- June Alley Inn floorplan -- Map of the territories -- Creator bios & sketches.
"Inside the June Alley Inn, located in the western mouse city of Barkstone, mice gather to enjoy the renowned hospitality of June herself. On one particular evening, the subject of unpaid drink tabs leads to a contest. Whichever patron can weave the best tale for June's ears will have their past tab cleared entirely. With such an alluring prize up for grabs, the eager patrons begin telling fantastic stories, spinning their yarns throughout the evening contest. Join David Petersen as he opens the Mouse Guard universe to a group of handpicked, superstar creators for this anthology filled with adventure, mystery and heroism."--Jacket.
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Call Number
TEEN GRAPHIC Mouse Guard v.2

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Inside the June Alley Inn, located in the western mouse city of Barkstone, mice gather to tell tales, each trying to outdo the other. A competition, of sorts, begins. The rules: Every story must contain one truth, one lie and have never been told in that tavern before. With the winner getting his bar tab cleared, fantastic stories are spun throughout the evening. Legends of the Guard is a new Mouse Guard anthology series featuring the work of artists and storytellers handpicked by series creator David Petersen, including Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Alex Sheikman (Robotika), Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things), Gene Ha (Top 10), Sean Rubin (Redwall), Guy Davis (B.P.R.D.), Katie Cook (Fraggle Rock), Karl Kerschl (Teen Titans: Year One), Craig Rousseau (Impulse), and Mark Smylie (Artesia).

Author Notes

David Petersen was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David was the 2007 Russ Manning Award recipient for Most Promising Newcomer, and in 2008 won Eisner Awards for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 & Winter 1152) and Best Graphic Album - Reprint (Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 Hardcover). He received his BFA in Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife Julia. They continue to reside in Michigan with their dog Autumn

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Creator Petersen turns to the tested and reliable bar story as a framing device to allow other writers and artists to play in his Mouse Guard universe, where heroic mice heroes are set in a world of epic fantasy. The June Alley Inn attracts a colorful and varied clientele. One night barkeep June decides to take advantage of this and stages a story-telling contest. What follows are thirteen tales of danger and adventure, as protagonists contend against the predators around them and the flaws that divide mouse from mouse. Armed with medieval technology but vulnerable due to their tiny size, the mice are as daring as any human, and as determined as any full sized protagonist. Petersen's selection is skillful and apt; each writer and artist brings skill and respect for the source material to the individual stories, illuminating Petersen's world rather than using it as a mere palimpsest on which to indulge their own obsessions. Legends is an example to other creators interested in shared worlds. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

A slew of guest artists and storytellers tell brief yarns set in and around the grimly valiant Mouse Territories of Petersen's Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 (2007) and Winter 1152 (2009). The foundation and connecting mortar are found in the form of an innkeeper who challenges her patrons to a storytelling contest, rewarding the winner with a cleared tab. The art styles of the ensuing stories are all over the map, from the elegant, tapestry-worthy The Battle of the Hawk's Mouse & the Fox's Mouse, by Jeremy Bastian, to the joltingly cartoony A Mouse Named Fox, from Katie Cook. In substance, the stories are equally varied, but all champion the heroism of the noble mouse warriors and even include a couple clever takes on classics, like The Lion and the Mouse, from Craig Rousseau, and The Raven, from Jason Shawn Alexander. More than just supplemental material, this book broadens Petersen's magnificently imagined miniature world and is a welcome addition for any collection that values quality, all-ages graphic novels.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist