The Abominable Charles Christopher is the worthy predecessor to Smith’s graphic novel, Bone. It has a similar vibe, with adorable talking animals and good humor wrapped around an epic fantasy story that is unfolding at a slow and easy pace.
Unlike Bone, ACC is a print version of a web comic with a really pretty book, though pricey, well worth it in order to support an independent creator. The web comic medium means that each page feels like a complete moment but these moments add up and the pacing is right on.
That said, I want more and I want it now. If I had any gripes, it would be that the first graphic novel felt a little light for the money and the antagonist’s presence is felt, though it doesn’t yet have any kind of a face or a real presence just yet, other than some off-screen humans.
If there is a hole in your graphic novel reading that is curiously shaped like a stupid, stupid rat creature, The Abominable Charles Christopher is the way to start filling it.