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Comic Book Reviews: Snow, by Benjamin Rivers

Shops closing down? Landlords upping rent to drive out existing tenants? Vibrant and lively areas of the city being needlessly gentrified? Sound familiar? Unfortunately this isn’t a problem that’s unique to Leeds. In Snow (£9.99, self-published by the author) graphic novelist Benjamin Rivers delivers a melancholy, mystery tale set against the backdrop of Toronto’s Queen Street West, an area previously buzzing with book shops, record stores and independent clothing boutiques. Slowly, one by one, these much loved businesses have closed down or moved out to make way for generic, bland corporations like Nike, Gap or Canadian chain store Roots.
While the book could be overwhelmingly gloomy, Dana, a book store worker and the star of the book, stands up for herself and makes a positive decision about her future, reminding us that things can get better. But we can’t just stand by idly waiting for it. We’ve got to make our cities better ourselves.

 


Posted on Wednesday 16th November 2011
Jared Myland

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