Essex County eliminated at Canada Reads

It’s Day 1 of the Canada Reads competition and the first casualty is the only book that the comics community cares about — The Collected Essex County by Jeff Lemire.

Alas, I don’t have a soundcard on my PC here at the office so I can’t listen to the show itself until this evening, but responses from the public have indicated that the panelists (other than the book’s champion Sara Quinn) went after it because it was a graphic novel and not a prose novel, that rather than discussing the book by it’s strengths and/or weaknesses they re-enact the old Sesame Street game of “one of these things is not like the others” and ousted it for being different. Classy.