The Dam Keeper   

Dam Keeper, Book #1

By Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi   

ISBN: 9781626724266

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra                   


Life in Sunrise Valley is tranquil, but beyond its borders lies certain death. A dangerous black fog looms outside the village, but its inhabitants are kept safe by an ingenious machine known as the dam. Pig’s father built the dam and taught him how to maintain it. And then this brilliant inventor did the unthinkable: he walked into the fog and was never seen again.

Now Pig is the dam keeper. Except for his best friend, Fox, and the town bully, Hippo, few are aware of his tireless efforts. But a new threat is on the horizon—a tidal wave of black fog is descending on Sunrise Valley. Now Pig, Fox, and Hippo must face the greatest danger imaginable: the world on the other side of the dam.

Based on the Oscar-nominated animated short film of the same name, The Dam Keeper is a lush, vibrantly drawn graphic novel by Tonko House cofounders Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. (Goodreads)


The Dam Keeper is a story of a young pig and his adventures while keeping the town safe from the fog by an ingenious machine known as the dam. 

A read which I am sure many will find entertaining. Pig is the new dam keeper (following in his father’s footsteps). Pig is thrown into a situation with Fox (his best friend) and Hippo (a bully to Pig). They are thrown out beyond the dam and are in unknown territory and feeling vulnerable as they try to make it back behind the dam, to the safety of their town.

I found the graphics okay, at least the ones that were not so dark it was hard to make out what was going on.  I realize this is part of a bigger, ongoing series, but it seemed to me that there was not much storyline other than getting lost and trying to get home. Nothing to prompt one to another book.

Though I did quite enjoy the three meeting up with “Van” – he was an interesting addition to the story. Actually added enough to the story to keep me entertained enough to finish the story.

Sadly, this particular graphic novel was just not my cup of tea.