The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr PunchPaperback
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- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Paperback | 96 pages
- Dimensions: 220mm x 294mm x 8mm | 459g
- Publication date: 16 October 2006
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0747588449
- ISBN 13: 9780747588443
- Sales rank: 67,986
A young boy stumbles across a Punch and Judy show at the pier one day and thus enters a world of extraordinary magic. A story unfolds in which the boy is forced to confront family secrets, strange puppets and a nightmarish world of violence and betrayal in this dark fable of childhood and growing up.
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Neil Gaiman is world famous for his extraordinary stories told in graphic novel and traditional forms. He lives in the USA with his family. Dave McKean similarly is held in the highest regard as an artist and film maker. He lives in Kent, England with his family.
By 365 Graphic Novels 17 Apr 2013
This is a part remembered, part imagined childhood memory. It beautifully illustrates the fog of youth created by the uncertainty of recollection and the mystery of adults. There is something important and possibly tragic going on in the world of grown-ups yet the small boy who witnesses it won't comprehend what he sees until he grows up.
The accompanying art does not seek to illustrate the tale faithfully but evoke the spirit of a childhood remembered long after the fact. There are photographs, collages, drawings, models and script all smeared into a fantastic reminiscence of the past.
This does a great job of portraying how memory works. How small details dominate events and become larger than life. And also how much of the real world is retained unconsciously as a child only to be deciphered in later years.