Mr Punch – Neil Gaiman

This is a part remembered, part imagined childhood memory. It beautifully illustrates the fog of youth created by the uncertainty of recollection and the mystery of adults. There is something important and possibly tragic going on in the world of grown-ups yet the small boy who witnesses it won’t comprehend what he sees until he grows up.

The accompanying art does not seek to illustrate the tale faithfully but invoke the spirit of a childhood remembered long after the fact. There are photographs, collages, drawings, models and script all smeared into a fantastic reminiscence of the past.

This does a great job of portraying how memory works. How small details dominate events and become larger than life. And also how much of the real world is retained unconsciously as a child only to be deciphered later in life.

Thumbs Up!

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Tomorrow: Divine Right: The Adventures of Max Faraday Book One – Jim Lee

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