Essex County Trilogy

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Essex County Trilogy
Main charactersLester, Lou LeBeuf, Anne Quenneville, Uncle Ken
SeriesTales From the Farm, Ghost Stories, The Country Nurse
PublisherTop Shelf Productions
Creative team
WritersJeff Lemire
ArtistJeff Lemire
Original publication
Published inTop Shelf Productions
Issues"Tales From the Farm" "Ghost Stories" "The Country Nurse"
Date of publication2008, 2009, 2011

Essex County Trilogy is a collection of three graphic short stories set in Essex County, Ontario by Jeff Lemire published in 2011 by Top Shelf Productions. The three short stories are "Tales from the Farm (2008)," "Ghost Stories (2008)," and "The Country Nurse (2009)." Two other shorter stories titled "The Essex County Boxing Club" and "The Sad and Lonely Life of Eddie Elephant Ears" are also included. The collection won the Alex Award, the Doug Wright Award, and the Joe Shuster Award. It was also a 2011 selection for Canada Reads: The Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade.[1] In addition, Essex County provided Jeff Lemire with a Harvey Award nomination for Best New Talent in 2008.[2]

Publication order[edit]

  • Vol 1: Tales From the Farm (2008)
  • Vol 2: Ghost Stories (2008)
  • "Essex County Boxing Club" (short) (2008)
  • Vol 3: The Country Nurse (2009)
  • "The Sad and Lonely Life of Eddie Elephant-Ears" (2011)
  • Essex County (Hardcover) (2011)
  • Essex County (Paperback) (2011)


On June 2011, it was announced that visual effects artist John Dykstra would direct an adaptation of Essex County entitled Super Zero.[3]

On December 2015, it was announced that First Generation Films had optioned the rights to Essex County to develop the graphic novel as a television series from Canada's CBC. Aaron Martin is set as writer and showrunner, as well as executive producing with Lemire.[4]

Neither adaptation has been released as of February 2020.


  1. ^ Quin, Sara. "Essex County". CBC Books. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  2. ^ "2008 Harvey Awards" Archived 2013-11-08 at the Wayback Machine. Harvey Awards.
  3. ^ "Jeff Lemire's 'Essex County' in Motion Picture Development as 'Super Zero'". ComicsAlliance. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Jeff Lemire's 'Essex County' Comic Headed to Television". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 September 2017.