Review – Evelyn Evelyn: A Tragic Tale In Two Tomes Books One & Two

Evelyn Evelyn: A Tragic Tale In Two Tomes Books One & Two
As Told By: Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley
Drawn By: Cynthia von Buhler
Afterword By:  Neil Gaiman
Published By: Dark Horse

To start with, if you do not know who Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley are, go find out.  Go get their music now, seriously, now, I will wait! Okay, now that your mind is blown by all their goodness, on to the Evelyn Evelyn review.  Evelyn Evelyn is the brain child, er children, whatever, of Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley.  They “discovered” these conjoined twins via a social networking site and decided to produce their album.  The album is eerie, unique and fabulous, as is, spoiler alert, this book!

The book tells the tragic tale of talented and sweet sisters Evelyn and Evelyn.  From birth, tragedy strikes these girls over and over again.  Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do.  Terrible people, terrible circumstances and terrible luck seem to follow the girls around,  yet somehow the story manages to remain hopeful and the girls are so spirited that by the end they can handle anything.  Throughout the story they do occasionally make some good friends, but that never lasts long, as it is just not in the girls fortune to have good luck.  They continue on in their journeys and never seem effected by all of the misfortune that has been bestowed upon them.  Through this tale of catastrophe there is a message of resilience and strength.

The art is wonderful.  Cynthia von Buhler really captured the darkness of the story but manages to make Evelyn and Evelyn bright and optimistic. She really makes this story come alive with her images and really puts the final touches on a superb piece of work.  There is also an afterword by the amazing and legendary Neil Gaiman. This is an all-star collaboration and absolute must read for all!

Release Date: September 21, 2011
Price: $24.99