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The Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch – Review

The Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch is a stand alone Neil Gaiman comic about a man remembering a childhood summer with his grandparents in England. Sent away for the summer because his mother was about to give birth, the narrator spent a majority of his summer engulfed in the violent tale of malicious Punch and poor Judy.

The story of Punch and Judy is really violent. The story traces back to the 1660’s originally from Italy making its way to England in the 18th century.  A script for Punch and Judy was written by John Payne Collier in 1828 under the title “the Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Punch and Judy.” In the story Punch happily kills their baby, kills Judy, kills the police, the judge and the devil that come after him for his crimes. In true Neil Gaiman style, there is an air of mystery, and paranormal in the story. The images are not traditional cartoon comic book style. They are instead a combination of photographs and drawn images, dark and dreary that cast a melancholy shadow over the story.


Although I’m a bigger fan of Neil Gaiman’s prose, this one is a really good introduction into the dark shadows of his mind.

The Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch
by Neil Gaiman
Harper Collins,
ISBN 1563892464


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Living in a graphic novel world

Browsing through the Juvenile books section at the library today, I came across the J Graphic Novel section. I’m surprised to see so many of my favorite childhood classics transformed into newer, edgier versions. When I was little, there was only Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. Now it seems like any book that was popular with kids is now a graphic novel.  Not that I’m complaining. I like comic books and graphic novels. Its just interesting how reading is evolving for kids. First there were no children’s books, then slowly children’s books began to evolve and develop. They were broken up into sections: picture books, easy readers, chapter books. And now they all seems to merge into comic book form.

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea The Demon of River Heights (Nancy Drew Graphic Novels: Girl Detective #1)

Mad House (Hardy Boys Graphic Novels: Undercover Brothers #3) (No. 3)