The Tale of One Bad Rat

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April 2010

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“An important landmark for graphic storytelling, demonstrating the medium's potential for providing an empathic, engaging, profound reading experience.” – Blog Critics

• 1996 Eisner Award Winner: Best Graphic Album Reprint

Helen Potter lived a happy life until she got lost in a nightmare of sexual abuse. Now she's on a journey, a journey which takes her through urban and rural England along the same path that another Potter, Beatrix Potter, once took. Across the decades, two lives touch, and Helen discovers that the strength of two is far greater than one.

Bryan Talbot constructs a very special story in
The Tale of One Bad Rat, which immediately endears the reader. The victim of childhood sexual abuse, Helen Potter becomes the armored knight before her own personal demons in this story of heroism and courage.

• This deluxe edition features a new foreword by Neil Gaiman, updated background material, plus entirely new color separations that better highlight the dazzling artwork of this acclaimed, Eisner Award winning graphic novel.

“A mature and powerfully moving tale of abuse, reconciliation and the superhuman ability to overcome any inner demons or suffocating prisons by finding strength from within. This is a once in a lifetime story that captures the human spirit that can burst forth from the darkness and oppression of man-made cages into the sunlight and freedom of new beginnings … Talbot tells this story with realistic and beautifully rendered artwork which vividly captures the subtleties of thoughts and emotions throughout the book.” –
Comic Critique

“A powerful tale, crafted to perfection, capable of bringing a tear to the eye and a glow to the heart.” –
Grovel

Please note this title is only available in North America

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Alan Moore

•Author of From Hell, Watchmen, A Disease of Language

“An ingenious, intertextual narrative that interweaves the charming, whimsical, and above all, the English vision of Beatrix Potter with a vision of England as it has become; the soft juxtaposed with the savage; Peter Rabbit lost in Cardboard City. Thoroughly excellent.”

Forbidden Planet

•Comics retailer

“Beautiful and moving … Talbot creates both real beauty and real sadness within the book as he takes the reader along with Helen on a journey to find a home, a sense of place and true happiness. Talbot’s art rose to another level with this book, his highly detailed pencils were allowed to flow a little more and the artwork becomes more fluid and expressive, ideal for this touching, human story.”

Neil Gaiman

•Author of Sandman and American Gods

“A lovingly crafted story about, in the end, the meaning and value of fiction and art, about what we take from the past, and what we bring to the future… A story of strength and pain and survival.”