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Adventures of Julius Chancer: The Rainbow Orchid Volume 1 Paperback – 4 Aug 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; 01 edition (4 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140524853X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405248532
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 21.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book mixes adventure, legend, history and fun and comic book lovers won't be able to get enough of it." -- "[Uniontown, PA] Union-Standard"

About the Author

Garen Ewing’s The Rainbow Orchid series was first serialised on his website at rainboworchid.co.uk and later self-published before it was picked up by his publishers, Egmont. Garen’s books, which follow the adventures of Julius Chancer are reminiscent of the world-famous Adventures of Tintin by Herge and they have gained critical acclaim among the comic book community. With over a million hits to his website prior to publication, his graphic novels are set to become future classics. Garen's love of drawing and writing goes back to when he was very young, and had to spend a lot of time in hospital, so his mum supplied him with plenty of comics to read, and pencils and blank paper to draw with, and he's been making comics ever since!

Winner of the Young People's Comic Award at the 2013 British Comic Awards.


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By RD on 10 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
Beautifully drawn, elegant, and with a good cracking adventure, a really good read. If you like Tintin, or Blake and Mortimer, this is drawn in the same style, known as ligne claire, or 'clear line', and the adventure story is similar as well, though also reminds me of the Indiana Jones films or the Professor Challenger adventures of Conan Doyle.

Ewing is clearly an up-and-coming star in the British comic establishment. And so he should - this is an imaginative and nostalgic comic of a sort not published since the 1960s!
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Consciously taking his inspiration from Hergé, E.P. Jacobs and others in the ligne claire school, Garen Ewing has just released The Rainbow Orchid Volume One. Originally a black and white self-published strip that first appeared in 1997, which then evolved into a webcomic, and is now finally published--as it should have always been--in a full-colour album. The years Ewing has spent honing his craft and storytelling have paid off in spades. Set in the 1920s, the story chronicles the adventures of WWI veteran Julius Chancer, an assistant to Sir Alfred Catesby-Grey an "antique collector", in the same way that Dr. Indiana Jones is an archaeology professor. The two get mixed up with a British actress, Lily Lawrence--recently returned from Hollywood--her publicist, Nathaniel Crumpole; and her father, Lord Reginald Lawrence; who is faced with losing his estate to the mysterious--and wonderfully named--Urkaz Grope.

The principle macguffin--the search for a mythical bloom--the Rainbow Orchid--so that they can win a flower show and save Lord Lawrence's estate--is an obvious red herring, and great fun is derived from trying to second-guess the villains' true nefarious intentions. The story has it all, from lumbering henchmen; a sexy--but devious--"flapper"; and sumptuous country houses, to classic cars and a well thought-out mystery.

While each page initially appears dense and packed to the gills with panels and prose, it's to Ewing's credit that he keeps the pacing and storytelling tight, and the tale tears along at a pace. If there was any "criticism" it was that I read it too fast and can't wait for the next two volumes!
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There was much pre-publication hype for this on the comic blogs so I was an eager early reader. Maybe the hype is a bad thing for it raises expectations high.

The artwork is good, very well crafted, but never stunning, often a little clumsy and always suffering from hard to suppress comparisons with Tintin. This very unfair since the Tintin we know was heavily reworked for colour while this is one man's hard work and a labour of love.

Had I discovered this on a bookseller's shelf I'd probably be raving about it, proclaiming a talent to watch. And on balance, that is my view. It's a good start and I am genuinely looking forward to the next instalment. The plot and characters are promising and, like the artwork, they will probably benefit for a bit more development.

I heartily recommend this book, just avoid the hype.
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I got this today, and have rattled through it. It's essential reading for Tintin or Indiana Jones fans. Get back to work Mr. Ewing, I want the next volume!
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Having previously purchased Tintin books, Amazon sent me an email about this book by Garen Ewing. I initially thought is was another book written years ago. However I was intrigued enough to read further and found out it was brand new. I read more about it and its author on its dedicated website and thought it looked like fun. And it is !
Yes it's in the same style as Tintin, but it's one man's labour of love to great a brand new series- this is the first in the trilogy. The story moves along quickly and is both funny and adventurous. The drawings are excellent.
I thought my son might like it also but I think it's more suited to slightly older children- say from about age 11 onwards- boys and girls- as well as adults. I'm no expert on graphic novels- I just appreciate the charm of the Tintin stories- but it is great to see that there is now a new author taking on the same style but with his own mark. I look forward to reading the next two editions !
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By Henk Beentje TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2010
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Seduced by the comparisons to tintin and Blake & Mortimer, I bought this on Amazon - but can't say I share the enthousiasm of the other reviewers. Yes, the storyline is comparable to the good graphic novels/strips from the 1950s and 1960s. The cover and endpapers are fine and make me think, indeed, of good Belgian comics.
But I can't really love the drawing style of the main story - detailed persons against a vaguer background. The combination of fore- and background makes it look as if the two have been drawn by different people on pieces of film, and combined... and the faces don't do it for me - too bland and trying-to-be-funny at the same time.
Not my cup of tea.
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