Jeff Lemire is one "Crazy Canuck" or should I say sly. He burrows into his past life of Essex County, Ontario in a rural town that could be a stunt double for any other little town all over North America and gives us a pleasure trip into the innocence of childhood and pristine fantasy. Taking a page from Ontario’s other hero Seth, who reveled us with It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken. With a hint of Montreal’s Mordecai Richler’s Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang and Jeff’s recounting of his purloined youthful latency. Jeff has a winning story here and is worth reading.
Xeric Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire (Lost Dogs) illustrates the tale of Lester, an orphaned 10-year-old who goes to live on his Uncle’s farm. Their relationship grows increasingly strained and Lester befriends the town’s gas station owner, and damaged former hockey star Jimmy Lebeuf. The two escape into a private fantasy world of super-heroes, alien invaders and good old-fashioned pond Hockey. Tales from the Farm is the first volume in a trilogy of graphic novels set in a fictionalized version of Lemire’s hometown of Essex County, Ontario.