Hilda (graphic novel series)

Hilda (also known as Hildafolk[1]) is a British children's graphic novel series written and illustrated by Luke Pearson and published by Nobrow Press. A television series adaptation was released on Netflix on 21 September 2018. Following the success of the Netflix series, several story book tie-ins were published.

ContentEdit

The graphic novels are set in a fantastic world resembling a late 20th century Scandinavia. They draw inspiration from Scandinavian folklore and the Moomins.[2] The titular character is a small girl, who in the first two books lives with her mother in a cottage on a plain surrounded by mountains and forests, but later moves to the city Trolberg. Hilda's world is inhabited by regular people as well as fantastical creatures like trolls, giants, elves and spirits. In the fourth book, Hilda joins Trolberg's Sparrow Scouts.

Main charactersEdit

  • Hilda - The main heroine, a headstrong, smart, kind and curious girl, keen on exploring the world around her with an open mind. Even though she interacts with her classmates and fellow scouts, she mostly keeps to herself, preferring to explore and make friends with fantastical creatures.
  • Twig – Hilda's faithful pet deerfox (half deer, half fox).
  • Johanna – Hilda's mother is caring and supportive, but often worries for her daughter. In her youth she was a Sparrow Scout, a fictional Trolberg equivalent to scouting groups.

Publication historyEdit

Year Original Title Writer and illustrator Publisher ISBN Format Notes
2010 Hildafolk Luke Pearson Nobrow Press (London) ISBN 978-1907704048 comics re-released as Hilda and the Troll in 2013 by Flying Eye Books (London), ISBN 978-1909263147
2011 Hilda and the Midnight Giant Luke Pearson Nobrow Press (London) ISBN 978-1907704253 graphic novel
2012 Hilda and the Bird Parade Luke Pearson Nobrow Press (London) ISBN 978-1909263062 graphic novel
2014 Hilda and the Black Hound Luke Pearson Flying Eye Books (London) ISBN 978-1909263185 graphic novel
2016 Hilda and the Stone Forest Luke Pearson Flying Eye Books (London) ISBN 978-1909263741 graphic novel
2019 Hilda and the Mountain King Luke Pearson Flying Eye Books (London) ISBN 978-1911171171 graphic novel
2019 Hilda and the Hidden People Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies, Seaerra Miller Flying Eye Books (London) ISBN 978-1912497881 story book Hilda Netflix Tie-In 1
2019 Hilda and the Great Parade Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies, Seaerra Miller Flying Eye Books (London) ISBN 978-1912497294 story book Hilda Netflix Tie-In 2
2019 Hilda and the Nowhere Space Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies, Seaerra Miller Flying Eye Books (London) ISBN 978-1912497430 story book Hilda Netflix Tie-In 3
2020 Hilda and the Time Worm Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies, Victoria Evans Flying Eye Books (London) ISBN 978-1912497102 story book Hilda Netflix Tie-In 4
2020 Hilda and the Ghost Ship Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies, Sapo Lendário Flying Eye Books (London) ISBN 978-1838740283 story book Hilda Netflix Tie-In 5
2020 Hilda and the White Woff Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies, Sapo Lendário Flying Eye Books (London) ISBN 978-1838740290 story book Hilda Netflix Tie-In 6

The Hilda graphic novels were released in locally translated versions in several other countries, including France,[3] Germany,[4][circular reference] Italy,[5] Spain,[6] Poland,[7] Sweden,[8] Norway,[9] Czech Republic,[10] Serbia,[11] Croatia[12] and Russia.[13]

Reception and awardsEdit

Critical receptionEdit

The series was highly praised by critics and fans alike. The New York Times review by Pamela Paul of the volume Hilda and the Bird Parade draws comparisons between Pearson's fantastic worlds and the creations of Hayao Miyazaki, further stating: "In Hilda’s world, daytime is drawn in burnt orange, maroon and drab olive, and the night is an icy, eerie wash of dark teal and minty blue. Each landscape contains its own tantalizing visions."[14] Alexandra Lange's article about the whole series for The New Yorker also stresses the similarities with Miyazaki's works and talks about the complexity of Pearson's creations and their appeal to kids and adults alike: “Pearson’s aesthetic is sophisticated for the often candy-colored world of children’s animation, and the plots fit neatly into a number of present-day parenting preoccupations.”[15]

In July 2013, Hilda and the Midnight Giant was featured in The Best 7 Books for Young Readers list released by Deutschlandfunk, the German public radio.[16] Hilda and the Midnight Giant was also nominated in The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Graphic Novel of the Year: 2012 Shortlist in Slate's The Cartoonist Studio Prize in 2013.[17] The same year in November Hilda and the Bird Parade was included in the list of Notable Children’s Books of 2013 by The New York Times.[18]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Book Status Award
2012 Hilda and the Midnight Giant Won British Comic Awards, Young People's Comic Award[19]
2013 Hilda and the Bird Parade Nominated Angoulême International Comics Festival, Sélection Jeunesse[20]
2014 Hilda and the Midnight Giant Won Max & Moritz Prize, Best Comic Book for Kids[21]
2014 Hilda and the Midnight Giant Won Gran Guinigi, Best Book Series[22]
2014 Hilda and the Bird Parade Nominated Eisner Award, Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12)[23]
2014 Hilda and the Bird Parade Nominated Eisner Award, Best Writer/Artist[23]
2015 Hilda and the Black Hound Won Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics[24][25]
2017 Hilda and the Stone Forest Nominated Eisner Award, Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)[26]
2017 Hilda and the Stone Forest Nominated Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics[27]

TV adaptationEdit

The TV production and licensing company Silvergate Media launched an animated series based on the graphic novels exclusively on Netflix on 21 September 2018 to widespread acclaim.[28][29][30] The series' second season was released on 14 December 2020,[31] and a feature film adaptation of Hilda and the Mountain King was released on 30 December 2021.[32] The series has also inspired other media including a mobile app[33] and several tie-in novels.[34]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Luke Pearson & George O'Connor discuss Hildafolk". YouTube. Strand Bookstore. 8 May 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Manga.tv (11 March 2015). "[Interview] Luke Pearson - Hilda". Retrieved 1 May 2018 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ MAGNERON, Philippe. "Hilda (Pearson) - BD, informations, cotes". www.bedetheque.com (in French). Retrieved 1 May 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Luke Pearson" (in German). 17 March 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018 – via Wikipedia.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Luke Pearson" (in Italian). Bao publishing. Retrieved 28 October 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "luke pearson - Casa del libro". www.casadellibro.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 May 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Książki z cyklu "Hilda"" (in Polish).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "luke pearson - Adlibris". www.adlibris.com (in Swedish). Retrieved 1 May 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  10. ^ Zachoval, David. "Hilda - ComicsDB". comicsdb.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 1 May 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Hilda | Laguna".
  12. ^ "Luke Pearson".
  13. ^ "Приключения Хильды".
  14. ^ Paul, Pamela (10 April 2013). "'Hilda and the Bird Parade,' by Luke Pearson". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  15. ^ Lange, Alexandra (15 June 2016). "Here Comes Hilda". Retrieved 1 May 2018 – via www.newyorker.com.
  16. ^ "- Die besten 7 Bücher für junge Leser". deutschlandfunk.de. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  17. ^ "The Cartoonist Studio Prize: The Shortlists". Slate. 2013-02-01. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  18. ^ "Notable Children's Books of 2013". The New York Times. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Winners of the first British Comics Awards are announced". cbr.com. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  20. ^ dessinée, Festival International de la bande. "Sélection Jeunesse - 45e Festival de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême". bdangouleme.com. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  21. ^ Erlangen, Kultur- und Freizeitamt. "Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen". 2014.comic-salon.de. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  22. ^ "ALBO D'ORO". LuccaCrea. Archived from the original on 15 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  23. ^ a b "2014 Eisner Awards: Full List Of Winners And Nominees". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  24. ^ Michael Cavna, "Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics shortlist announced", The Beat, 2018-05-03
  25. ^ Luke Pearson
  26. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (2 May 2017). "The 2017 Eisner Award Nominees Revealed". ign.com. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  27. ^ Rob Cave, "Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics 2017 Nominees Announced", Comic Book Resources, 2017-05-25
  28. ^ "Silvergate Media". silvergatemedia.com. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Silvergate's 'Hilda' Headed to Netflix". awn.com. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  30. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2018-06-12). "Netflix Renews 'B: The Beginning' For Season 2, Sets Premiere Date For New 'Hilda'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  31. ^ "Hilda on Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  32. ^ "Hilda on Twitter: "Hilda and the Mountain King Movie : Official Trailer. Coming to Netflix December 30th". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-12-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  33. ^ "BIGUMAKU — Hilda Creatures".
  34. ^ "Nobrow Press - Hilda and the Hidden People".

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