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"Based in part on his own childhood memories, "Mr. Punch" is Gaiman's most personal comics work and arguably McKean's greatest illustrative achievement (at least on paper), combining line art, photography, design and other disciplines to create the deeply idiosyncratic 96-page graphic novel about a man's fractured recollections of a boyhood summer spent at a seedy seaside arcade."--Comic Book Resources 

"Cinematic."--LA Weekly

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best-selling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods and Stardust (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) and the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children, as well as the creator of the most critically acclaimed comic series of all-time, The Sandman. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; 20 Anv edition (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401251420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401251420
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.5 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Dave McKean's deliciously sinister illustrations provide the perfect complement to Neil Gaiman's hypnotic tale of a boy visiting his grandparents in an English seaside town. Now an adult, the narrator looks back at his dreadful summer and tries to make sense of the adult world around him. Befriended by a sly "professor" who works at his grandfather's failing arcade putting on a Punch and Judy show, the boy is fascinated as the man explains the show's traditions in mythical terms.

Most of the adults in the book have unspeakable secrets involving violence, insanity and/or illicit affairs of both the romantic and business varieties. But the boy is aware that adults can't be trusted, and the adult he becomes is aware that his boyhood perceptions were limited. Gradually the reader realizes the extent to which the cruel or victimized characters of the Punch and Judy show, a puppet comedy for children, mirror the tragedy of the grown-up characters in the "real" story.

Years later, comprehension eludes the narrator when each relative he questions as an adult has a different explanation, a partial explanation or a couple of explanations for him, just as the maze of mirrors in his grandfather's long-defunct arcade distorted his own image in myriad ways.

Finally, still mesmerized by the world of Punch and Judy, the narrator rejects an opportunity for a full unraveling of his family's past. Now he knows that a complete understanding would banish the mystery from the heart of his childhood, and where's the adventure in that?
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I have read this book, cover to back, 4 times in my entire lifetime - at age 16, 22, 31 and as again a few months ago at the age of 36. The dark fable of Mr. Punch, as woven by the masterful narrative by Neil Gaiman and the dreamlike artwork of Dave McKean, still packs an emotional punch after all these years and readings. The story has always left me deeply disturbed about my own childhood, even when I was 16, but moreso when I am 36. The last time I read this book, I had to just put it down and not think about the echoes of my past. The tale is that powerful. It draws you in, and before you know it, you begin to question YOUR own past. Here's to another 20 years of this masterpiece. I hope to relive this book again (for maybe the 9th time?) when I am 56.
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I've just recently started to delve more into the world of Graphic Novels, and so far I've read mostly Neil Gaiman's work. Did I enjoy this book? Yes, absolutely. But did I think it was amazing? Not really.

I was a little confused with the storyline, I was never sure where it was going or what was happening half the time. It did come off as very creepy and sinister, which is what it was supposed to be, so it gets points for that. However, the storyline overall seemed to lack something. I didn't feel satisfied with the ending, because I wasn't sure what happened or how it got there. I expected more. More creepiness, more violence, and perhaps more closure at the end.

It all seemed like a hazy dream/nightmare that you wake up from halfway through, not knowing what happened or why it happened, and when you try to go back to sleep to finish it off, it eludes you until it is completely gone and you're just left with the remnants of that vague dream you awoke from.

That's basically how I felt about this book. Might get around to reading it again sometime in the future, and maybe then I'll pick up on things I missed out on this time around.
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Stylistically I think this is the most beautiful graphic novel collaboration of Gaiman's I have seen. This is more of a multmedia effort than straight graphic novel and it really adds a lot to the story. I didn't care for the plot as much, but that is just personal preference.
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Laurel and Hardy, bacon and eggs, beans and rice, Gaiman and McKean. Some combinations just work for reasons (thank you Messr. Pascal) that reason can not know.

The text, taken by itself. expresses the utter bafflement of a child trying to understand the adult world - a topic that's been done, over and over, but remains as fresh and urgent as every child you'll ever see.Then, it carries the confusion of the grown child asking other adults what really happened, and getting answers less useful than none at all. It's not much of a plot, more a series of scenes, perhaps the way your own memory of your own childhood comes back to you.

But the imagery, like Bantock's best, conveys a story of its own. very often, the words and images align. McKean's illustrations, including the effort spent in creating the puppets photographed, reach your eye in layers - not just layers of imagery,like seen through a reflective window, but layers of meaning, too.

I see this more as memoire than story. But, either way, illustrated in nightmares that I've had or will have..

-- wiredweird
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It is by Neil Gaiman, so of course I love the story. Did not know much background on Mr Punch, so was glad to learn about the puppet. Good coming of age story.
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