Mr. Punch: (d.c. Comic Graphic Novel)

Paperback | September 1, 1995

byNeil GaimanAs told byNeil Gaiman

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/Dave McKean, illustrator In his grandfather's seaside arcade, a young boy encounters a mysterious Punch & Judy man with a dark past and a woman who makes her living playing a mermaid. As their stories unfold, the boy must confront family secrets, strange puppets and a nightmarish world of violence and betrayal. Second printing. Graphic novel format

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/Dave McKean, illustrator In his grandfather's seaside arcade, a young boy encounters a mysterious Punch & Judy man with a dark past and a woman who makes her living playing a mermaid. As their stories unfold, the boy must confront family secrets, strange puppets and a nightmarish world of violence and betrayal. Second printing. Graphi...

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/Dave McKean, illustrator In his grandfather's seaside arcade, a young boy encounters a mysterious Punch & Judy man with a dark past and a woman who makes her living playing a mermaid. As their stories unfold, the boy must confront family secrets, strange puppets and a nightmarish world of violence and betrayal. Second printing. Graphi...

Neil Gaiman, 1960 - Neil Gaiman was born in 1960 in Portchester, England. He worked as a journalist and freelance writer for a time, before deciding to try his hand at comic books. Some of his work has appeared in publications such as "Time Out,""The Sunday Times,""Punch" and "The Observer." Gaiman's first comic endeavor was the graphi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 11.62 × 8.63 × 0.23 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:DC Comics

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1563892464

ISBN - 13:9781563892462

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful and haunting read It’s common knowledge around these parts (that is, my house) that I am not a fan of dolls. This includes those cute (to some) little baby dolls girls get when they’re little, marionettes and puppets, expensive porcelain figurines or angels, and basically any kind of a doll in photographs or books. They’re all creepy to me. I’m crazy, I know. There was one instance I remember, back when I was just a wee gal, where I actually cried and cried because my best friend’s grandma hand-made a doll for me. Nope, no thank you from me, just crying, crying, crying. Naturally, I hesitated when I cracked open Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel, The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch. Right from the get-go, the little marionette Mr. Punch doll freaked me out. Of course, for the sake of literature, I put that all aside and read the darn thing. And you know what? I liked it. Being currently in the midst of reading Gaiman’s Sandman series, I had come to know what to expect when it came to his works: darkness, mystery, suspense, intrigue, fantasy, and a great story. Mr. Punch tells the story of a young boy who was sent to stay with his grandparents at their seaside home while his mother is in the hospital giving birth to his new sibling. While staying with his grandparents, he comes across a tent on the beach at his grandfather’s arcade where the Mr. Punch show is performed. Through this show and the Punch& Judy man, he learns secrets of his family and sees horrors not meant for young eyes. I was intrigued right from the start. The story is flowing and intriguing, dark and mysterious. Definitely nightmarish. Dave McKean’s illustrations only add to the awesomeness that is the story and, while I have faith in Neil Gaiman’s writing ability, I don’t think the story would be so amazing without the illustrations. Now, when I say illustrations, these aren’t your typical, run-of-the-mill children’s books illustrations. There’s no cutesy when it comes to Dave McKean (at least, not that I’ve found). In fact, these illustrations aren’t like any of the Dave McKean illustrations I’ve seen in any of the Gaiman works I’ve read. He seems to use a lot of mixed medium, incorporating drawings, paintings, photos, and who knows what else (I’m not an artist, obviously) in his portrayal of the story, and boy does it work. Put the illustrations and the words together (the words, I must add, are in a wonderful, complimentary font, rather than a tried-and-true too-normal font) and you get one heck of a story–one heck of a frightening story. Mr Punch is a must-read. It might be a little too intense for smaller audiences, but it’s something most people will be able to appreciate.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scrambled recollections Mr. Punch is a grisly tale told through a parallel with a circus puppet show, in which Mr.Punch throws a baby out the window. Why would kids want to watch a show like that is beyond my grasp, but this is a strangely good book. Dave McKean's illustrations fitted the subject very well, and the whole story is told through a little boy who watches Mr.Punch and the tale is woven from what he saw and heard during his stay with his grandfather. It gives you a sense of reality and yet leaves you with such characters as Al Capone in the cafe behind the curtains killing people. This is a book you have to read to understand, and love.
Date published: 2000-03-08

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/Dave McKean, illustrator In his grandfather's seaside arcade, a young boy encounters a mysterious Punch & Judy man with a dark past and a woman who makes her living playing a mermaid. As their stories unfold, the boy must confront family secrets, strange puppets and a nightmarish world of violence and betrayal. Second printing. Graphic novel forma