‘Abigail and the Snowman:’ Trade Paperback Review

Eisner and Harvey Awards recipient Roger Langridge brings readers an uplifting tale filled with imagination, humor, and sensibility. Abigail and the Snowman, trade paperback edition, showcases Langridge’s ability to craft an award-winning story alongside characters rich with sincerity and likeability.

Langridge’s creativity is aided by his fun illustrations, which are superbly colored, adding to the cheerful presence throughout this trade paperback. Colorist Fred Stresing provides a multitude of varying colors reminiscent to childhood years, where vivid colors were brought to Saturday morning cartoons. One brilliant technique includes bold backgrounds to highlight emotional responses, emphasizing the moment for the reader.

Humor is blended flawlessly as Langridge captivates the audience with perfect timing. Panels without text allow the characters, and the readers, to fully appreciate the dialogue and appropriately laugh at Abigail’s father or two dim-witted “shadow men.” Jokes aren’t forced upon the reader as they’re intertwined with personal anguish of the main characters, Abigail and Claude (the Yeti). Their interactions demonstrate the quality a friendship can truly represent, despite limited interactions or social media.

Trust is quickly formed and the two consider each other’s feelings first ahead of their own disappointments that might come along. Langridge’s Abigail and the Snowman generates plenty of deep, heartfelt emotion aimed at a wide-ranging audience. Abigail, her new “invisible dog,” and the father are exceptionally pleasant reads, and even the DWAs (dim-witted agents) have a certain endearing quality about them - almost a slapstick approach reminiscent to thoughtful glares seen with Laurel and Hardy. The main villain is despicable and his evil intentions further enhance the positive message of this comic book.

This remarkable story thrusts its readers back to earlier years, where forming bonds, acceptance at school, and personal loss greatly form the inner makings of each individual. Abigail and her father have moved to a new town because of work, and she must somehow find new friends even if they’re imaginary. Despite youthful taunts and a father too busy for birthday trips to the zoo, Abigail doesn’t let these moments deter her imagination, ultimately letting her find friendship in the unlikeliest of characters. The “snowman” in this story isn’t your typical abominable creature. Claude wants to find a home after years of a tortured past, and despite his impressive ability to hide, he cannot go unnoticed to what Abigail has been searching for: a familial kinship.

KaBOOM!, part of BOOM! Studios, introduces this collection of the four-part series aimed at all ages. The lovable story is genuinely felt from the cover page – a young, little girl in a pink, hooded winter coat holding hands with a gigantic abominable snowman wearing a small orange hat and matching scarf. Their joyful expressions seem to represent, not only their close bond, but the happiness of simply being together in the midst of falling snow. Truly magical.

The Abigail and the Snowman trade paperback is currently available in print and digital form.

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