Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days

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Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days
Date 2009
Main characters Pim & Francie
Page count 240 pages
Publisher Fantagraphics
Creative team
Creator Al Columbia
Editor Eric Reynolds

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days is a 2009 book by Al Columbia. Subtitled "Artifacts and Bone Fragments", it is a scrapbook-like assemblage of illustrations, paintings, sketches, and unfinished comics featuring his Hansel and Gretel-like characters Pim and Francie, drawn over a period of more than ten years.[1] According to Columbia, the book's fragmentary vignettes "were all attempts [to] make a full-fledged comic and do things right - to put out comics regularly. But it just never really happened that way for me."[2]

Pim & Francie was enthusiastically received in the comics press.[3][4][5] It was named one of the best graphic novels of the year by The Village Voice[6] and the Austin American-Statesman[7] and garnered positive reviews in other venues including Publishers Weekly,[8] Booklist,[9] and The A.V. Club.[10] It also earned Columbia two Ignatz Award nominations, for Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Graphic Novel.[11]