The Dam Keeper


Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi

About this Series

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

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.

And if Pig fails in his job as dam keeper, the inhabitants of Sunrise Valley could fall victim to the world on the other side…

“With a startling sincerity and an almost alchemical use of light, The Dam Keeper manages to believably place very cute animals in an incredibly dark and complex world. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.”—Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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