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Wake Up, Percy Gloom Hardcover – July 5, 2013

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Malkasian’s gentle pencil drawings, reminiscent of Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman and Gentleman Jim, are simultaneously magical and reflective of aspects of humanity. Allegorical, surreal, and thoughtful, this book is recommended for readers who prefer comics with philosophy as a side. (Ingrid Bohnenkamp - Library Journal)

Starred Review: The absurdist nature of the landscape Malkasian creates is reward enough in itself... But more than just absurdism is in play, and both the book’s spellbinding illustrations and charming narrative are wonderfully evocative. ... Impossible to overlook... is how charming this love story is ― never saccharin or conventional or recycled. It’s not an easy thing to create a sequel to a story that was lauded for its originality, but this work makes us think it is. (Publishers Weekly)

A quiet fable of immortality, hope, longing and singing goats, Wake Up, Percy Gloom captures the wonderful and unpredictable nature of our lives. It reminds us that much of what we are is actually the connections, both good and bad, that we share with others. ... In a graphic novel filled with exceptional art, lush dreamscapes and characters of rich beauty, Ms. Malkasian brings simple moments to life that show us the depth of someone’s heart. (Mark Squirek - New York Journal of Books)

Wake Up, Percy Gloom is a treat for anyone who grew up with a steady diet of Nickelodeon cartoons. ... Malkasian decorates the tale with surreal and absurd dressing (reminiscent of the land of Oz, more than anything else), and plots with twists and turns that are almost impossible to anticipate. ... If L. Frank Baum, Jim Henson, and Jeff Smith wrote a comic together, it would feel (and look) a bit like [Wake Up,] Percy Gloom. (Josh Christie - iFanboy)

About the Author

Cathy Malkasian is an animation director and cartoonist. Her credits include Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys film (for which she received a British Academy Award nomination), and most recently, over 20 episodes of Curious George for PBS since 2008.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (July 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160699638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606996386
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,090,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The wonderful Percy Gloom ("slow to courage, quick to nausea") returns to learn more about his seemingly immortal life and to discover romance with the beatifically rumped Miss Margaret.

Despite being hundreds of years old, Percy Gloom is delightfully naïve. He's a bit plain looking, too. A little simple-minded, too, but there's nothing wrong with that. In this second volume, he is coming to terms with his extreme longevity while also falling far Margaret, to whom he's given not only his heart but also a trinket that was handcrafted by his mother. But when he falls into one of his centuries-long slumbers, he finds himself waking up in a strange new world...one without Margaret.

It's clear from the beginning that Percy Gloom's story is a fable, and as such, the joy here is in watching Cathy Malkasian's gentle, humorous, and heart-filled story unfold with simplicity --- and also with profound truths. Of course, you will come for the beautiful story, but you will probably linger for the gorgeous artwork. Malkasian's deft touch draws the reader seamlessly from page to page, eyes filled with wondrous sights. You'll fall in love with Percy Gloom.

-- John Hogan
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