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Percy Gloom
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Fantagraphics is proud to publish this original debut graphic novel from a director of big- and little-screen animated gems.
Cathy Malkasian has made the jump from animation to the printed page with a graceful, delicate leap. She deftly uses her pencil to create thick, expressive characters moving through the twilight of a shadowy Orwellian world. Humorous and bewitching at the same time, "Percy Gloom" is a unique gem of a story.
Occupying an unreal world of secret societies, benevolent families, and bureaucratic security, lazy-eyed Percy Gloom fights to overcome the loss of his wife, Lila, to a truth-pointing, lotharian cult-leader. Pursued by the muffin-throwing daughter of the city's important family and purposeless in life, Percy finds some security and meaning through a position testing various everyday items (such as hairbrushes and encyclopedias) for their danger potential. Approached by his doctor to help protect some special people and given advice by some talking goats, Percy comes to terms with his place in the gloomy world and finds himself reaching enlightenment (literally).
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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. " 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" "" Amazing, smart, heartbreaking, and beautiful. --Kevin Church" 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" 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" 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"

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