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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.
Amazing, smart, heartbreaking, and beautiful.--Kevin Church Malkasian's art is absolutely lovely--filled with curving, collapsing architecture rendered in sepia colored pencils.... Malkasian delivers a positive message about the ephemeral nature of life. --Dick Hyacinth ""Best Comics of 2007" " There's a sense of joy and creepiness on every page, and Malkasian keeps the story lively and even suspenseful as she slowly unravels the story's themes, twists and turns. The result is a new kind of 'fairy tale' with abundant charm and surprising depth. " Amazing, smart, heartbreaking, and beautiful. --Kevin Church" I love this book! Cathy Malkasian's Percy Gloom swirls with echoes of cartoon landscapes from the past and present. You can almost hear Percy Gloom's meek, docile little voice. Her writing is so full of wit and charm that we, like the title character, walk dutifully to the edge and fall in. And like Percy, we are rewarded equally with night terrors and secret treasures. --Jeff Smith, creator of Bone" If Percy's world were any gloomier or softer-toned, it would be irritating, but Malkasian invests it with enough wit and slyness to maintain a quick, quirky pace. " This all has the charm of something like Howl's Moving Castle or Yellow Submarine, and Percy and his friends are drawn in a lovely, old-timey way that made me smile on every page. This is a big, solid, handsome hardcover. --Cory Doctorow" Malkasian's art is absolutely lovely filled with curving, collapsing architecture rendered in sepia colored pencils.... Malkasian delivers a positive message about the ephemeral nature of life. --Dick Hyacinth ""Best Comics of 2007" "" Malkasian infuses the book with a mythic spirit that fits just right. The appealingly grotesque look curved buildings and endless staircases has a solidity that helps the strange world make sense on its own terms. The tinted duotone makes the book look like an instant antique. ... it's easy to appreciate how good this book is. " Percy Gloom is one of the best books out this year... I can't imagine we'll see a more assured and surprising debut this year. --Tom Spurgeon" A stunning debut, filled with striking, smart ruminations on the brevity of life and happiness and the sweetness of both. This reads like a Kafka tale, had Kafka also been a cartoonist who trained under Edward Gorey, Richard Sala and Dave Cooper.--Chris Reilly ""Best of 2007" " Cathy Malkasian's Percy Gloom shines a light on a hidden world, using language and ideas that are daringly naked and vulnerable, evoking something real, rare, and relevant. Such exquisite drawing, in the service of such rich ideas, sustained for such a long, lovely dance! The world looked differently to me after I'd finished reading it. --Jim Woodring"