Dull Margaret
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Jim Broadbent, Dix

Dull Margaret

On sale date: June 26, 2018

The Academy-Award winning actor collaborated with a Guardian cartoonist to create a graphic novel inspired by the Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Dulle Griet (1561) painting.
Inspired by Dulle Griet (aka “Mad Meg"), Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s 16th-century painting of a “strong, intense woman striding determinedly across a violent landscape," Dull Margaret is the first graphic novel by Academy Award winning-actor Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and artist Dix (perhaps best known for his Roll Up! Roll Up! comics in the Guardian newspaper). The Dulle Griet painting shows a breastplated woman with a sword in one hand in front of the mouth of hell, and Broadbent uses that single, vivid image as a launching point to explore what the rest of Dull Margaret’s bleak existence may have been like.


“Greed is unquenchable in this bleak meditation on vengeance and desire by Dix and Academy Award–winning actor Jim Broadbent. ... The ruthless, brutal Margaret proves a satisfying antiheroine for this vicious morality play.” — Publishers Weekly

“Dull Margaret is a powerful read that’s open enough to take multiple interpretations, with the space to grow over several rereadings. If you enjoy dark, literary graphic novels, Dix and Broadbent have dished up a treat.” — Grovel

“Dull Margaret is a dark, vicious reimagining of 16th century peasant life with a remarkable main character.” — Sequential State

“Enticing and loathly, this sorry soggy fable abounds with rich mordant humor and powerfully seductive sentiment, all compellingly realized by Dix’s muted palette and amorphous, soft-edged designs.” — Now Read This

“An intense incantation filtered through a fever dream.” — The Beat


7.4" × 10.3"