Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic

4.83 out of 5
(12 customer reviews)

9,9919,99

What if the pandemic of 2020 was just the beginning for humanity… the last in a long line of warning signs that we were heading towards almost certain oblivion?

“Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic,” tells the story of the 2020 pandemic as an initiation event for humanity. A wake-up call forced upon us with a humbling ultimatum—face and heal our wounds or be dragged into the gutter by some insidious force hidden deep within each and every human being alive. It’s the age-old battle of “Love Vs. Fear” made fresh with sprinkles of humour and wit.

Read the first chapter free HERE.

This is a digital version of the book that can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed in your browser as an interactive “flipbook”.

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What if the pandemic of 2020 was just the beginning for humanity… the last in a long line of warning signs that we were heading towards almost certain oblivion?

“Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic,” tells the story of the 2020 pandemic as an initiation event for humanity. A wake-up call forced upon us with a humbling ultimatum—face and heal our wounds or be dragged into the gutter by some insidious force hidden deep within each and every human being alive. It’s the age-old battle of “Love Vs. Fear” made fresh with sprinkles of humour and wit.

Note: the digital version can be downloaded as a PDF, EPUB or viewed in your browser as an interactive “flipbook”.

Read the first chapter free HERE.

 

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Digital PDF, Paperback

12 reviews for Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eoin Cronin

    Kieran has done a great job in taking complicated topics and layering them into a digestable thought provoking story.
    The story is portrayed through some fantastically compelling graphics.
    The book is guaranteed to be unlike anything you have read before – filled to the brim with originality and creativity.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pam Neville

    This book explains, in easy to understand words and exceptional pictures, what is happening to this world. It also shows how we can spiritually heal things. Thank you Kieran for writing this book. I will be purchasing another for a friend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Really enjoyed this book. Excellent illustrations. Challenging messages behind the humour.

  4. 5 out of 5

    V. O’Regan

    ‘Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic: A Bedtime Story About Waking Up’ is a graphic novel by Kieran Butler.

    On the cover the words ‘for big kids’ is inserted after ‘Bedtime Story’ indicating that despite its bright cartoon-like cover, this graphic novel is not suitable for children.

    Kieran Butler is an Irish artist and author. His stated aim was to convey timeless wisdom in an accessible and fun way. On the whole I felt that he succeeded.

    ‘Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic’ explores the idea that the 2020 pandemic was a wake-up call for humanity with respect to their collective relationship with Mother Earth as well as the toxic nature of fear, symbolised within the graphic novel as ‘FearZilla ‘.

    I found Butler’s artwork whimsical and very colourful. I was a little disappointed that the pandemic didn’t feature more prominently though the situation became so politically charged that it was likely wiser to focus on the abstract.

    The conflict between fear and love is symbolically portrayed by FearZilla’s allies, the Minions, versus the awakened seekers known as the LightSabers.

    Overall, with ‘Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic’ I felt that Butler created a thought provoking graphic novel that utilised his distinctive artistic style and humour to convey its important message.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cormac Lynch

    A wonderfully illustrated and written piece that will keep you interested and question the world around you. A beautifully deep message amd definitely a book that I would recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shadow

    This book was designed with such beautiful vibrant colours and characters which makes it a very easy read. The question that may be asked who is it for what age well my niece picked it up on my kitchen table she is 25 and I am let’s say 40 plus and she loved it needless to say she will receive this as part of Christmas gift🎄🎁. It’s for the open minded. Well worth purchasing 📕📬.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Frank L

    Interesting read. Very deep but humourous outlook on what is unfolding in front of our very eyes!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mulla

    Good read capturing the current state of our world with ways we can heal with excellent illustrations !

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A thought-provoking, sobering story that is not only about the pandemic but human nature.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kim Lockhart

    This captivating graphic novel (for adults, btw) is not so much about the pandemic, as it is about reconnecting to who we are, a lesson which can be learned from the pandemic. This plague has surprised us by giving us time to stop and reflect. One epiphany is that we should not derive our identity from what we *do* (baker, plumber, teacher) nor should we measure our worth based on what tangibles we produce in goods or services. The author is not necessarily explicit in these concepts, but rather, Butler gives us the tools to understand ourselves and the wisdom to recognize our collective worth.

    Though centered on the work of healing from within, this illustrated guide is very focused on how to better see others as having equally intrinsic value. Psychologists and psychotherapists may bristle at the overt oversimplification of the author’s approach to trauma, but it is intentionally general. Butler emphasizes that the average person, each and every one of us, is carrying trauma, most of which we’ve been taught to ignore, in order to demonstrate our mental and emotional toughness. Butler is not talking about complex PTSD. The author does not suggest that therapy for complex trauma is contraindicated, quite the opposite. That is why he asserts that you can take your personal baggage with you. It is subtle, but it is a definite nod to the fact that recognizing personal trauma may only be a first step, but it is an important one.

    The author also exposes the toxicity and addictive nature of hate and fear, as well as the role of each in severing our connection to others and ourselves. We have been manipulated to compete with each other, to divide into groups of winners and losers, instead of realizing that true victory comes from us all working together to make a better society, a healthier planet, and a brighter future. That may sound “pie in the sky” cute, but have we ever really tried it? Seems like now would be a good time to start over. It’s not too late to make a real difference with real effort. The key lies in the individual. We cannot heal as a group, as an ecosystem, as an interconnected part of the whole, until we heal individually. The author realizes and addresses the anxieties of the current age. And not content just to diagnose the problems, he offers concrete solutions. This is a book to read twice, in order to begin to process what a healing world might look like, and how we can get there. Many thanks to The Captain’s Log Press and #NetGalley for providing an early copy of this graphic novel for review

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne O’Reagan

    From Goodreads:
    My thanks to The Captain’s Log for a digital review copy via NetGalley of ‘Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic: A Bedtime Story About Waking Up’ by Kieran Butler.

    On the cover the words ‘for big kids’ is inserted after ‘Bedtime Story’ indicating that despite its bright cartoon-like cover, this graphic novel is not suitable for children.

    Kieran Butler is an Irish artist and author. His stated aim was to convey timeless wisdom in an accessible and fun way. On the whole I felt that he succeeded.

    ‘Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic’ explores the idea that the 2020 pandemic was a wake-up call for humanity with respect to their collective relationship with Mother Earth as well as the toxic nature of fear, symbolised within the graphic novel as ‘FearZilla ‘.

    I found Butler’s artwork whimsical and very colourful. I was a little disappointed that the pandemic didn’t feature more prominently though the situation became so politically charged that it was likely wiser to focus on the abstract.

    The conflict between fear and love is symbolically portrayed by FearZilla’s allies, the Minions, versus the awakened seekers known as the LightSabers.

    Overall, with ‘Once Upon A Time In A Pandemic’ I felt that Butler created a thought-provoking graphic novel that utilised his distinctive artistic style and humour to convey its important message.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vladyslava

    First of all, I love the story as a whole. After reading it, I have a feeling similar to what I feel after reading “Little Prince” or “Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman (which are my two favorite books by the way). It is full of love and with a beautiful message.
    I also really like the sense of humor with which this book is written. Sometimes jokes appear unexpectedly, and I always smile.
    About the text itself. I am not an expert in texts and to be honest I didn’t notice any excess paragraphs or sentences to cut. As a reader, I enjoyed the book as it already is.
    The only possible “imperfection” I noticed – is the absence of the main hero so there is no person to associate with. But anyway this story is one of those where everyone is the main character since they are all one.
    I think we all need more of just kind books, through which we can see human and human nature.
    I recommend this book for all to read!

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