The cover to Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso, featuring the title in teal and the author's name in brown against a cream background. An illustration of a person with what appears to be the stem and leaves of an artichoke on their head shakes off water in a stream or river with some small land masses in the background.
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Megan Kelso

Artichoke Tales

On sale date: December 20, 2022

Megan Kelso's acclaimed graphic novel, in a new paperback edition.

Prior to cartoonist Megan Kelso's long-awaited 2022 release, Who Will Make the Pancakes, Kelso spent six years creating her first long-form graphic novel, 2010's Artichoke Tales. The book, a fantastic family saga spanning three generations and an entire continent, was a critical smash named to many "Best of 2010" lists. Fantagraphics is proud to bring this perennial classic back in print with a new paperback edition.

Artichoke Tales is a coming-of-age story about a young girl named Brigitte whose family is caught between the two warring sides of a civil war. It takes place in a world that echoes our own, but whose people have artichoke leaves instead of hair. Influenced in equal parts by Little House on the Prairie, The Thorn Birds, Dharma Bums, and Cold Mountain, Kelso weaves a moving story about family amidst war. Kelso's visual storytelling uniquely combines delicate linework with rhythmic page compositions, creating a dramatic tension between intimate, ruminative character studies and the unflinching depiction of the consequences of war and carnage, lending cohesion and resonance to a generational epic.

The first 150 orders of Artichoke Tales include an exclusive bookplate signed by the author! Order now to claim yours.


"Surprising and wonderful... Kelso's ligne claire artwork is consistently sweet and airy… The approach provides a likable surface for a story with much darker and stickier depths, about a land whose cultural heritage is rotting away in the aftermath of a civil war." — Douglas Wolk - The New York Times Book Review

"A coming-of-age story about a young girl from a family caught between sides in a civil war, set in a world similar to ours but where people have artichoke leaves instead of hair. ... Its delicate, rather impish black-and-white linework comes from the creator of the subtle and poignant Squirrel Mother." — Martha Cornog - Library Journal


Paperback / Softback
6.5" × 8.1"