Monday, February 7, 2011


Rest in Peace Mr. Jacques
Today's blogpost comes a day early to mark the passing of Brian Jacques, author of the wonderful children's series of Redwall novels. The series focuses on the medieval goings on of generations of animals who live in and around Redwall Abbey. Mr. Jacques was the lead torch holder in keeping anthropomorphic characters alive and prospering after such other greats as Aesop, Rudyard Kipling, & Kenneth Grahame.

Redwall was as much an influence on Mouse Guard as it was an anti-influence. It was while I was developing the ideas for my own group of mouse rangers I was handed the first book in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed Brian's writing, and his gift for including vocal accents into the text. It charged in me even more desire to pursue my love of animal stories and medieval cultures.
However, I knew instantly that I could never top what Mr. Jacques was doing. So when I say his books were a counter influence, I only mean that I had to set out in a different path from what he was already master of.

In honor of a great and prolific author who scouted the road and opened the doors of the modern market for tales of mouse heroes, I humbly thank him and wish his family peace.

above: the trio from Mr. Jacques' 2nd book Mossflower mourning their creator

10 comments:

TwiceBorn said...

Aw, that's terrible news. I have many fond memories of reading those books as a kid. I like your rendition of Gonf.

alicehatt said...

It makes me happy to see so many people posting up tributes to Mr. Jacques! Yours is sweet. Brian Jacques was a huge influence on me as well. (My own post at http://bit.ly/eQ1CUN )

I'm glad so many of us fans can come together by blogging about his greatness. :)

tyler said...

jacques books helped this "special" kid learn to love reading. Long live redwall.

Max West said...

I only found out about Mr. Jacques passing away less than an hour ago.

I actually had the honor of meeting him about two years ago when he made a live appearance in Manhattan. I told him he was a big influence on my own work. He replied by saying "You made a happy man feel very old." That British wit...

rklllama said...

Thanks Dave, it is very sad news indeed. Jacques practically taught me to read as a kid and inspired me to start writing on my own. I'm so glad I got to meet him and get a couple of books signed. I was twelve in 2001 and Taggerung came out September 10th. It proved to be an enormous comfort on the 11th, I remember reading it in my parents bedroom that night.

What's more, I did 4H for years and while I got plenty of blue ribbons I only ever received honors for one project - a watercolor I did of Redwall Abbey. He was such a charming old man and an endearing storyteller.

Mayhem said...

Although I've not read anything Redwall myself, I know it was an influence on Mouse Guard, and I know quite a few people who have enjoyed the books, and were saddened to hear the news. The tribute was quite fitting David.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that wonderful tribute. Mr. Jacques will greatly be missed, and I will always cherish the series that has captured my heart.

indieuke said...

It's a sad time in fantasy lit. to see Mr. Jacques go, indeed. Thank you for your artwork from mossflower, I'm happy to see it, and it looks amazing. His final book should be coming out in may, I believe, so we still have that to look forward to.

tomasio said...

what a wonderful painting. I like to have that one engraved on my tombstone.

Rhett said...

I wanted to thank you for your post. Brian Jacques, is and will always be my hero. He has been a great encouragement to me in my own writtings and though I am still very amiture in both spelling and grammar, I love the influence his life has left me, other kids my age and even my two little sisters as i read redwall to them at night. This was a very nice post and I would love to continue following this blog.

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