Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cardboard: A graphic novel review
Graphix, copyright 2012
When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.
Cam's down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it's the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!
Unable to afford a birthday gift for his son Cam, Mike stumbles upon a side-of-the-road salesman who offers him an unusual present idea, a cardboard box. Mike and Cam quickly find out that this is not your usual, run-of-the-mill kind of cardboard and the imagination can be a powerful, and terrifying, thing.
Loved Ghostopolis...LOVE LOVE Cardboard. Doug TenNapel is a genius. He crafts an amazing story and follows it up with beautiful illustrations. The "villain", Marcus, reminds me a lot of Sid from Toy Story. He's a little demented and creepy, but, unlike Sid, he's not sadistic. And Cam is full of heart and spunk. I liked everyone including the amazing cardboard creatures that fill each page.
If you're looking for a truly fun story with a lot of heart, check out Cardboard by Doug TenNapel.