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RIP, M. D. Paperback – October 18, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Rip M.D.
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606993690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606993699
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Eleven-year-old Ripley "Rip" Plimpt is into monsters--really into monsters. He desires nothing more than to meet one and let the misunderstood creature know someone out there cares. His wish comes true after he mends the injured wing of a helpless bat, and supernatural entities begin to seek him out for medical and therapeutic help. Becoming a "monster doctor" practically overnight, Rip finds his world turned topsy-turvy as a zombie--affectionately dubbed "Dead Guy"--a gay werewolf with self-esteem issues, and an amorphous blob named Oozy invade the mundane world of Rip and his very supportive family. But while he attempts to balance the realities of elementary school with the responsibilities of his nocturnal vocation, his efforts are observed by an evil family intent on removing Rip and his folks from their house by any means necessary, including persuading the neighborhood that Rip's monster pals are a genuine threat. Angry Beavers creator Schauer displays a knowledge and fondness for the old-school culture of monster movies, and the art has a nice balance between the macabre and the absurd. Although billed as all ages, some of the story elements are more suitable for older children. All ages. (Oct.)
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Grade 7 Up—Despite its promising, if familiar, premise, this graphic novel falls short on almost every front. Ripley "Rip" Plimpt is a monster-loving boy who finds himself tangled up in a world of monsters and intrigue. The storytelling is erratic and overly reliant on exposition. Grammar and spelling mistakes occur throughout. The artwork is uneven; with his big head, stubby limbs, and chubby cheeks, Rip doesn't seem to belong in the very story that bears his name. The mix of traditional hand-drawn and computer-aided art yields unpleasant results. Characterization is inconsistent, both visually and within the narrative. The target age also seems to vary: Rip looks like a preschooler, yet the story itself would be just about right for "Goosebumps" fans, while bizarre lapses into off-color language would suggest a teen audience. The author has extensive experience in the field of animation, and this seems to be an attempt to bring the liveliness of that medium into print. One can't help but wonder what the book could have been had it had some clearer direction.—Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Rip is a weird kid who's obsessed with the dark side of life (and death). Luckily for him, he lives next to a cemetery, so he has plenty of opportunities to feed his bizarre interest. He stalks the grounds every night (careful to be in by curfew, because when his parents get mad, then he's really scared), looking for otherworldly figures.

He gets his wish one night, when he runs into first a scary bat and then an honest to goodness dead guy, whom he brings home to stay. Mom and Dad are surprisingly open to this new houseguest, and that's even before things get really strange. Ghosts and werewolves and other ghastly creatures make their way to Rip and his family, and then Rip must rise to the occasion and become a hero to save the day.

Suffice to say, Rip M.D. is a bit silly, but it's offbeat and funny too. It's got the kind of gross-out humor that kids will love (Rip and his uncle have an awful lot of fun repeatedly knocking the head off the dead guy, for example--it's a Weekend at Bernie's kind of fun, which some can take or leave, so be warned if that's not your thing). In some ways, the book could be said to be disrespectful of death and the occult (which I'm mentioning only for the benefit of those who, say, order books for a library in a very conservative community; for those people, you might want to check the book out first to make sure it's appropriate for you). For most kids, though, the zany antics and sly facial expressions of Rip will be enough to make them laugh and enjoy the storyline.

The art by writer Mitch Schauer is very nice, and he's ably assisted by inker Mike Vosburt and the dark, subtle coloring of Michael Lessa and Justin Yamaguchi. End notes explain how the creators were striving for a cinematic feel for the book, and they certainly succeeded. While the book has its own somewhat silly logic, it also has a tremendously engaging look and feel that's all its own.

-- John Hogan
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A must read for those who are into comics and for those who have never read one. Love the book and definitely recommend to all. The visual imagery is magnificent.
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Great graphic book. Fun all the way. You could read it to your kids if they're not afraid of the dark.
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