The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

A Romance

Book - 2014
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"A dark and frightening fully painted novella, Mr. Punch tells the tale of a young boy's loss of innocence results from a horrific confrontation with his past. Spending a summer at his grandfather's seaside arcade, a troubled adolescent harmlessly becomes involved with a mysterious Punch and Judy Man and a mermaid-portraying woman. But when the violent puppet show triggers buried memories of the boy's family, the lives of all become feverishly intertwined. With disturbing mysteries and half-truths uncontrollably unraveling, the young boy is forced to deal with his family's dark secrets of violence, betrayal, and guilt. Written by New York Times best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman, with unwordly illustrations by artist Dave McKean, MR. PUNCH - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION is the new deluxe cut of this landmark original graphic novel. Includes bonus material"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, DC Comics,, 2014
Edition: The 20th anniversary edition
ISBN: 9781401251420
Call Number: GN GAIMAN N
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Mr. Punch


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May 28, 2018

I picked this one up as a end to my goal of reading more graphic novels this year. Another motive was to get a chance to read behind the darkness of a "Punch and Judy" story; as they are referenced so much and the stories behind them are quite dark in nature. It was a good story but at some points the art was the most enjoyable part as I skipped ahead admiring the work and then going back to read the text. It is definitely going to go down in the "Interesting" list of mine.

KateHillier Dec 02, 2014

Not quite sure what to make of this one. I almost feel like the story would have been fine has a traditional novella and the art would have been fabulous with less text to distract from it. The art is gorgeous and appropriately frightening in all the right places but you're constantly distracted from the art by great chunks of Gaiman's prose. I suppose that's not really much of a criticism in the end. It's an appropriately dark and fantastical story even considering that Punch and Judy shows are pretty dark on their own.


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