Cathy Malkasian’s second Percy Gloom graphic novel is another fable that the author brings to vivid life through her lush and detailed pencil renderings, surreal humor, absurdist characters, breathtaking landscapes, and luminous storytelling.
Kindhearted, Candide-esque Percy wakes up from a 200 year nap and finds himself in a strange new land. Searching for his mother, lamenting his long-lost love and soul-mate Miss Margaret, Percy meets bizarre, wise, naive, and sometimes dangerous characters, encounters inspired inventions, and forges friendships, discovering a few unexpected verities along the way.
Not to mention the singing goats and furniture parades.
Praise for Percy Gloom:
2008 Eisner Award WINNER: Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award — Cathy Malkasian
2008 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Graphic Album — New
“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
“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
“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.” – The Comics Reporter
“A stunning debut, filled with striking, smart ruminations on the brevity of life and happiness and the sweetness of both.” – Harrisburg Patriot-News
“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.” – Sequart
“Of all the graphic novels I have read this year, Cathy Malkasian’s Percy Gloom is the one I have been consistently recommending to friends and family of all ages. Imagine Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth written by Tony Millionaire…” – “Favorite Graphic Novels of 2007,” Largehearted Boy
“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.” – Cory Doctorow
“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”
“This reads like a Kafka tale, had Kafka also been a cartoonist who trained under Edward Gorey, Richard Sala and Dave Cooper.” – Chris Reilly, Bookslut “Best of 2007”
“Most Promising Major Debut of 2007,” The Comics Reporter
“Percy Gloom is a moving, engaging, enlightening book. It’s exactly the sort of comic readers should be demanding – thoughtful and intelligent, a beautifully drawn narrative that unfolds its layers over the course of multiple readings. Cathy Malkasian’s produced two winning graphic novels, and she’s clearly a talent that deserves a far wider readership.” – Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama