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Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 1: Courtney Crumrin & The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin Tales) Paperback – September 8, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Courtney Crumrin Tales (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; 2 edition (September 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929998600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929998609
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Fantasy Book Spot:

"[Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things] has a magnificent depth of character and setting thanks to the immaculate pencils and script done by Ted Naifeh."

Ninth Art:

"It seemed that [Roald] Dahl's mixture of mirth and menace died with the man. That is, until Courtney Crumrin came along."

"[Courtney] is some of the most wicked (and wickedly funny) fantasy comics of the last several years, the sort of stuff that can have you shivering in your seat on one page and cackling evilly on the next."

"The volumes of COURTNEY CRUMRIN are some of the best and darkest fantasy on the market."

"It's a great all-ages book, with the edge of darkness that makes for a really satisfying children's story."

"For those who miss the mixture of mirth and menace that Roald Dahl used to provide, look no further than the twisted woods of Hillsborough."

iComics:

"Like the creature under your bed, Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things waits until you're complacent before grabbing your ankle."

"Courtney herself is a great character, with just the right level of sarcasm and sass that makes her someone that you'd want to hang out with."

"Naifeh's dark sensibilities have created a story that wicked people of all ages will adore."

Customer Reviews

The writing is good, the illustrations are good.
claire de lune
Courtney is a fun character and the combination of magic/magical creatures/creepy house is creative and fun.
K. Eckert
This is a great book for a teen or an adult to read.
Christine N. Ethier

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By claire de lune on January 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
This series was the first series I ever bought in comic book form and it was a great way to start off too. Ted Naifeh, who has done illustrations for Gloomcookie and the Nocturnals, started his own series.
Courtney Crumrin moves to her great uncle's house with her parents. The house is located in a suburb, which gives Naifeh the opportunity to mock suburban life through clever writing and very well done illustrations.
There are four stories in this volume,
the first is our introduction to Courtney, her great-uncle, and parents and the neighborhood.
the second, Courtney secretly begins to practice magic
the third, Courtney has her first babysitting job and her first journey into Faerie
the fourth, maybe a story that would make more sense after reading the first three
Looking back on what I've written, I don't know if I've really conveyed what I liked about this miniseries. The writing is good, the illustrations are good. Courtney starts out not being the most sympathetic of characters, she's sharp tongued and generally pretty grumpy and doesn't much like people. However, as the plot progresses you grow to like her which sets this series apart. The stories are told with genuine heart, and there is emotion, danger and character development.
As in any good fairy tale, there's also the hint of violence beneath the surface. And there are a few people who do get eaten, Naifeh's world is dangerous as well as magical. On the whole it's one of my favorite series. Check out Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics, which is even better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate on November 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
This all-ages comic is relatively good. While it is not going to revolutionalise gothic-esque comic genre, it is better than Lenore and most others of its counterparts.

While the manga-style art is just lovely, particularly the frames when Courtney enters the non-human/faery world, the plot is a little meandering and quite weak and basic at times. While I have not read the follow-up works, which may include this element, I would have like to see Courtney explore her own magic a little more. Additionally, there was minimal interaction between Courtney and her grandfather, and yet we are meant to imagine that they had become close allies.

I did however feel that the character of Courtney was quite interesting and completely identifiable. Similarly, the parental characters were suitably ghastly and disinterested.

This is a short but cute enough read. If only there were more comics examining the same topic of magic and childhood isolation, just slightly more adult and fleshed out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henriksson on March 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Courtney Crumrin can be compared to Harry Potter, but it's not really the same thing. Read this if your into the more gothic parts of magic and also have a sense of humor. The only thing I want to complain about is that the book is too short - I read it from cover to cover and immediately wanted to read the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SomeRandomGuy on September 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
The first volume in the Courtney Crumrin series introducing us to her and setting the stage for the epic, dark fantasy stories to come. More than some goth-emo wanking, this story goes back to the old legends of Faries and magic to spin a story of a young alienated girl's journey of self-discovery and adventure. More refeshing and much to Ted's credit, Courtney is no Mary Sue who cake walks through all dangers and is loved by all without and who can do no wrong. She is flawed and snotty like any other kid, mostly unpopular, and she winds up getting into more trouble than she solves while attempting to use the magic spells she discovers in the musty old books found in her Uncle's study. Needless to say, her uncle winds up having to bail her out a couple of times, and she goes away a bit more humble for the experiance. Courtney in turn befriends her uncle and helps him on his road to a kind of redemption. Ted's artwork is engaging, original and evocative without being derivative, dark without being overwhelming, and sweet without succumbing to being execessively saccharin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Right from page one the graphic work impresses. Moody, with a nice attention to detail. Very expressive characters. Good set pieces, but also a nice sense of action in some of the panels.

I was much less impressed by the story. Grumpy girl, with foolish parents, makes obvious wisecrack comments, has trouble fitting in and just spreads gloomy sourness around. Her creepy uncle is a "type"; the rich girls at school are all "types"; the oblivious parents are "types", and the wisecracks were all predictable. It all felt very been-there, done-that.

But, half way through the novel just takes off. SPOILER ALERT. Once Courtney starts to interact with her great-Uncle the narrative begins to perk up. The trip to the Goblin market really fills out and sells the fantasy side of what was, up to then, just a grumpy teen grumble fest. This is where the best and most detailed graphic work really shines. And best of all, once that episode wraps up and it feels like the tale is winding down, a whole new chapter starts up. This second independent tale very slyly turns the tables on the whole sour Courtney angle, wakes up the Courtney character, and builds momentum for and interest in the next Crumrin volume.

So, while I can't pretend to be a graphic novel connoisseur, it certainly seems like this effort is toward the high end of the genre, and would be a very nice place to start if you are in the mood to sample or experiment.

Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
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