Wake Up, Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian

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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.
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The immortal little man with the light-up head returns in Cathy Malkasian’s new graphic novel, which can be read as a sequel or a standalone book.

Cartoonist and animator Cathy Malkasian follows up her 2007 graphic novel Percy Gloom (a minor classic) with the further adventures of the small, immortal man with a light-up head. In Wake Up, Percy Gloom, kindhearted Percy awakens from (what he thinks is) a 200-year nap and finds himself in a strange new land. As Percy goes on a quest to locate his mother, he encounters many inspired inventions and bizarre, and sometimes dangerous, characters and situations, such as singing goats and furniture parades. Through it all he pines for his long-lost love and soul mate, Miss Margaret―but his love may not be as doomed as he thinks. Malkasian’s lush and detailed pencil drawings, surreal humor, absurdist characters and stunning visual storytelling ensure that fans of the first graphic novel will find the sequel just as fantastical, touching, and hilarious; new readers will discover a gorgeously rendered world of luminous landscapes, gentle humor, and a cast composed variously of wise, naive, and flawed characters in a wide-ranging story that stands on its own. Two color illustrations throughout
 

About Cathy Malkasian

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Cathy Malkasian is an animation director and cartoonist living in Clovis, CA. 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.
 
Published June 12, 2013 by Fantagraphics. 200 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 08 2013

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.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Squirek on Jun 15 2013

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.

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