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The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel is a novel by Canadian author Drew Hayden Taylor published by Annick Press in 2007. The work is a novelization of Taylor's 1992 play A Contemporary Gothic Indian Vampire Story.

The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel is a novel by Canadian author Drew Hayden Taylor published by Annick Press in 2007. Sixteen-year-old Anishinaabe teen Tiffany Hunter struggles to adjust after her mother, Claudia, abandons the family to go live with a white man. The one bright spot in Tiffany’s life is her recent relationship with Tony.

Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibwa author, humorist and playwright who has also worked in film and television. The book was also recently adapted as The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel, from Annick Press. He resides on the Curve Lake First Nations reservation in central Ontario. One person found this helpful.

Drew Hayden Taylor is an author, columnist, filmmaker, lecturer, and an acclaimed playwright. Bibliographic Details. Title: The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel Publisher: Annick Press Publication Date: 2013 Binding: Hardcover Illustrator: Wyatt, Michael Book Condition: New. He is a member of the Curve Lake First Nations (Ojibwa) in Central Ontario, where he lives when he's not traveling around the world. 1. The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel. Hayden Taylor, Drew Hayden. Published by Annick Press (2013).

The Night Wanderer book. The story began life as a play by Drew Hayden Taylor, then became a graphic novel. It's a little over digital, so it lacks a bit on shading and warmth, but it serves the story well.

Illustrated by. Michael Wyatt. This book provides both creepy entertainment, beauty, and an authentic representation of a non-White culture that is alive and well in 2013. Drew Hayden Taylor created a unique and fascinating story which Michael Wyatt and Alison Kooistra have adapted into an excellent graphic novel that will appeal to a wide group of readers.

Newcomers to the Otter Lake native reserve don't go unnoticed for long. So it's no surprise that 16-year-old Tiffany's curiosity is piqued when her father rents out her room to a complete stranger. But little do Tiffany, her father, or even her insightful Granny Ruth suspect the truth about their guest.

The Night Wanderer : A Graphic Novel. A vampire story like no other. By (author) Drew Hayden Taylor. refreshingly smart humour. -Patty Lawlor"Quill and Quire".

In this stunning graphic version of the award-winning novel, artist Mike Wyatt brings a brilliant story to visual life. The Night Wanderer - Drew Hayden Taylor. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Annick PressReleased: Aug 15, 2013ISBN: 9781554515745Format: book. carousel previous carousel next. Dead White Writer on the Floor.

Annick Press, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 215 pages. A mesmerizing blend of Gothic thriller and modern coming-of-age novel, The Night Wanderer is unlike any other vampire story. A sleepy native reservation. A troubled teen girl. A vampire returns home. Nothing ever happens on the Otter Lake reservation. About the author (2007). Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibwa author, humorist and playwright who has also worked in film and television. Bibliographic information.

A mesmerizing blend of vampire thriller and coming-of-age story—now available as a graphic novel. Newcomers to the Otter Lake native reserve don’t go unnoticed for long. So it’s no surprise that 16-year-old Tiffany’s curiosity is piqued when her father rents out her room to a complete stranger. But little do Tiffany, her father, or even her insightful Granny Ruth suspect the truth about their guest. The mysterious Pierre L’Errant has a dreadful secret. After centuries roaming Europe as a brooding vampire, he has returned home to reclaim his Native roots before facing the rising sun and certain death. Meanwhile, Tiffany is deeply troubled—she doubts her boyfriend is being faithful, has escalating disputes with her father, and her estranged mother is starting a new life with somebody else. Fed up and heartsick, Tiffany threatens drastic measures and flees into the bush. There, in the midnight woods, a chilling encounter with L’Errant changes everything as Pierre introduces Tiffany to her proud Native heritage. For Pierre, though, destiny is fixed at sunrise. In this stunning graphic version of the award-winning novel first developed as a play in 1992, artist Mike Wyatt brings a brilliant story to visual life.

A supernatural coming of age story with a little social commentary added in. Enjoyed. Not heavy but gets the message across. Recommend.
Originally written for the Fantasy Literature Review Site: Comic Book Review Column.

See warning at bottom of review: At the time I am posting this review, Amazon seems to mix in reviews of the original prose novel with the graphic novel adaptation of it. The Graphic Novel has a picture of the teenage, female lead character on the cover -- the original prose-only novel does not.

The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor (text), Michael Wyatt (illustrations), and Alison Kooistra (adaptation)

This graphic novel is an adaptation by Alison Kooistra of Drew Hayden Taylor’s novel The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel. Since it’s a vampire novel — a genre of which I’ve about had my fill — I almost passed it by. But I was very interested in the Native American angle. I’m glad I picked this up — the book is only using the vampire genre to tell a Native American tale and make us look at an all-too-familiar tale in a new light. In other words, the Native American element isn’t added to come up with just another vampire story. The vampire story is secondary, and that’s the real strength of the comic book.

The story opens with the vampire of the story — a very healthy, fit Native American man with long black hair — standing on the rocky shores of Ireland. We hear his thoughts: “In more than three hundred years, this is the closest I’ve come to North America. To Home.” That drew me in fairly quickly, because this vampire is introduced not as violent but as contemplative and regretful for his past: “The Wawa-Tei are calling me to return. It’s time to deal with who I used to be. And with the monster I’ve become.”

My only fear in turning the page was that the contemplative mood would be broken by violent scenes and bad, derivative writing. But I was pleasantly surprised by The Night Wanderer: The dominant mood of the book remains quiet and thoughtful, a study of characters, and the writing is solid. In fact, the drama, the most dynamic scenes, usually come from the teenager in the story, our other main character. And our vampire is heading her way.

This young Native American teenage girl — oddly named Tiffany — is not happy: In fact, she is angry — with her mother, father, and boyfriend. She lives with her father and grandmother, and as the story opens, our heroine is not getting along with her father, largely because she blames him for her mother’s having left them to be with a white man. More angry than thoughtful, Tiffany doesn’t realize that she is hypocritical in her anger at her mother, particularly for being with a white man while she herself is dating a white boy in town and neglecting her life-long Native American friends to go to parties where she is ignored not only by her boyfriend’s friends, but also by her boyfriend himself, who seems incapable of acting naturally around both “native” girlfriend and “white” friends. Tiffany, however, is rightfully angry that he mainly wants to spend time alone with her instead of being seen in public together. If, like me, you enjoy a good coming-of-age story, this aspect of the graphic novel is one of the ways that The Night Wanderer is more than just another vampire story.

Tiffany finally gets the news that sends her over the edge into self-righteous anger. She must give up her room and move into the basement because her father needs to take in a boarder for financial reasons. And, of course, we know who that boarder is: Pierre L’Errant, our wayward, morose vampire.

Ultimately, the book is about Pierre and Tiffany each facing a private crisis that they aren’t comfortable telling each other about, but through the course of the story, each of them finds a certain resolution that is satisfying to them and to us as readers. The Night Wanderer is a well-crafted tale.

There isn’t much violence, and I certainly enjoy a vampire book that isn’t about violence, and what little there is doesn’t seem very graphic since the book is in black-and-white. Some of my favorite passages in the book are the flashbacks in which we get to see the young Pierre remembering what the land around him used to look like before he left his home and family over 300 years ago.

I think the only potential weakness of the book is the art. It didn’t immediately appeal to me, and it’s still not my favorite comic visually, but as a means to tell the visual side of the tale, the art is certainly effective and communicates most of the nuances of the story quite well. I only wish the characters’ faces in certain scenes were less blocky and more subtly expressive. But overall, this comic is a rare one: A coming-of-age, Native American Gothic graphic novel. For this uniqueness alone, it’s probably worth picking up for many readers. I highly recommend it for a YA audience or anyone interested in Native American literature.

Note: Be careful not to confuse it with the prose-only version of the novel if you purchase via Amazon. I’ve tried to put in the correct link, but I think Amazon mixes up the reviews of the prose novel with the graphic novel version (which doesn’t come out until August 2014 from what I can tell). The problem seems to be that Amazon is not distinguishing between the two as separate products; instead, Amazon is listing the graphic novel as another buying option of the SAME item: Kindle, paperback, hardback, or graphic novel. I hope Amazon gets this problem fixed. I’ve already seen one complaint from somebody who accused a reviewer of putting his review in the wrong place when the problem seems to be on Amazon’s end.
Pierre L'Errant has traveled from Europe to Otter Lake, Ontario. He boards in the home of Keith Hunter, Keith's mother, and Keith's rebellious daughter. It is soon clear that Pierre lived there before, generations earlier. Why has he returned? Maybe he's on a spirit quest, or maybe he wants his eyes can go red so he can devour racists.

The rebellious daughter undergoes teenage drama that stems from her broken family and local antagonism toward Native people. She's more interesting than L'Errant, who is a fairly standard version of a not-quite-human Native who can use the standard spiritual powers to do standard spiritual things. He is an underdeveloped character. Stereotypes (or, more charitably, traditions) are substituted for characteristics of personality that might have made him interesting.

Fortunately, the intersection of the two characters holds some interest. Still, this is a "message" story and the message is a little obvious, although it might resonate well with alienated young teens.

The art didn't knock me out but it isn't bad. Standard, like the story. I would give the overall effort 3 1/2 stars if I could.
The Night Wanderer is a graphic novel adaptation of the book by Drew Taylor. The story is about a native American (Canadian) vampire named Pierre who returns to his home 300+ years after he was turned in France. He comes to stay on the reservation with a native family whose family was broken by their mother leaving to Edmonton to live with a white man. The father, grandmother, and very bitter teen daughter are barely making ends meet, both financially and emotionally, when they open up one of their rooms to the European boarder. What follows is Pierre's final journey home and what he finds in the current state of his ancestors at Otter Lake.

The novel is in black and white with a touch of red at the end. It is in a modern digital illustration style with minimal backgrounds and focus on the details of the characters. The artist does a good job of capturing the nuances of the characters from the original book. It is easy to follow and the story is smooth in its translation to a graphic format.

If I have one complaint, it's that the teens are rather one dimensional. The overwrought teen with the jerk boyfriend has really been done and there aren't a lot of reasons to feel for her. As a female myself who did go through those teen years (and with a tween daughter), I kind of had to roll my eyes quite a bit - which took me out of the story. Teens girls may look irrational and contrary on the outside but it's a different perspective inside that I felt the author completely failed to realize. As such, there's no empathy or sympathy for her - not even in an anti-hero sense.

But other than that, an enjoyable and quick read with some nice native American insights. Received as an ARC from the publisher.