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Classics Illustrated Deluxe #9: A Christmas Carol and Mugby Junction (Classics Illustrated Deluxe Graphic Novels) [Paperback]

Charles Dickens
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13 Oct 2012 Classics Illustrated Deluxe Graphic Novels (Book 9)
You may know the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future from Charles Dickens' beloved tale, "A Christmas Carol", but did you know this is not his only ghost story? This edition of "Classics Illustrated Deluxe" presents "A Christmas Carol" together with another Dickens treasure, "Mugby Junction," which also features elements of the supernatural and a protagonist to whom his future is revealed. Estelle Meyrand's expressionist artwork brings a rich palette and dynamism to these two classic Christmas tales by one of the world's greatest authors.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Papercutz (13 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597073458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597073455
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 16.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Classics Illustrated always had the goods. Looks like it still does." -- NEWSWEEK "Highly imaginative art and adaptations." -- DIAMOND GALLERIES SCOOP

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Rodolphe is the nom de plume for Rodolphe D. Jacquette, a French comics writer better known for his work in multiple genres. His work has appeared in the French magazines "Pilote," "A Suivre," and "Metal Hurlant," and multiple comics series including "Outsiders," "Le Vicomte," and "Cliff Burton." Estelle Meyrand has illustrated many children's books in France for leading publisher Editions Nathan. Her work includes comics for the French series "La Cour des Grands" and "Chansons et Poemes en Bandes Dessinees," both for the publisher Petit a Petit.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pardon my english if you are a good reader. 15 Dec 2012
I allow myself to write a note upon this comics as I made the artwork on this comics. (by the way I was forced to rate my book so I humbly gave it 5 stars !) I writte this note to give a tiny light on all the changes we made from the original text and story.
I was very glad to see this book published in english, but it was first made in french, for french readers. I had never read Charles Dickens before.
Rodolphe (scenarist) had read "a christmas carol" and many other Dickens books, and he wanted to make it "accessible" to young french readers. Dickens is not well known in french, exept for older readers who choose to read him, as no child read or learn about Dickens at school. There is no Christmas tale tradition either in our country (and I deeply regret that). So as Rodolphe wanted to make a "youth" comics version, he allowed himself to forget about the three ghosts just to keep Marley. For a simple reason : we had 46 pages and couldn't introduce each ghost !
At this point, we both agree that Scrooge could realize what his life was with " a little help from his friend", and Marley was the only one he ever had. I personnaly liked this strong relation and worked a lot on the ghost's expressions and gestures toward Scrooge. I don't consider it a betrayal to Dickens novel.
Of course, to "adapt" a novel can mean a "betrayal" to many people and this is an important debate. I don't have the feeling of stabbing Dickens in the back, I thing Rodolphe and I managed to keep the "spirit" of the novel and mostly inside his characters.
Concerning tne " "word balloons" are easy to read but looked a bit too "computerized" ", I just can tell that they were kept from the french version , and were not adjusted to fit the english translation.
Sorry if my english is sometimes bad, have a nice time reading this comics, and merry christmas !
Estelle Meyrand
also visit Rodolphe's blog : [...]
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4.0 out of 5 stars The classic "A Chrismas Caorol" plus an even better story as a bonus in newest Classics Illustrated Graphic Novel 22 Sep 2012
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
This is the latest in the revived "Classics Illustrated" graphic novels from the Papercutz publishing imprint. Back when I was a kid, Classics Illustrated were comic books and the term "graphic novel" had not even been created. The Dickens tale "A Christmas Carol" was first published in 1948 as "Issue 53" in the old comic book format. (I learned this from the informative page-long article by Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup in the back of the 96-page paperback.) It was adapted again in 1990 when First Comics was releasing THEIR version of the CI imprint. This third adaptation is by Rodolphe (the script) and Estelle (the artwork) Meyrand.

Papercutz produces two different series of CI books. This one comes from the "Deluxe Edition" because, in addition to the 51-page "A Christmas Carol", they have filled the remainder of the book with a second story "A Remembrance of Mugby" (a rarely mentioned Dickens tale that, frankly, I found more interesting and heartwarming.

As with most graphic novels, the artwork and illustrations are subjective in nature as to whether you like the book. I found Meyrand's illustrations a bit too "soft" in their outlines and it took me a few pages to actually differentiate the characters. The "word balloons" are easy to read but looked a bit too "computerized" for me. But the stories (well, particularly the "Mugby" one) captivated me.

I guess we need to use the term "graphic novel" these days to introduce children and teens to the great works of literature (and they are referred to the originals at the end of the book) so anything that grabs their attention deserves recognition. And I can recommend this book for that reason alone.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "God bless us, every one" 26 Sep 2012
By Frank J. Konopka - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed all of the Deluxe Papercutz Classics in this series, and this new one is also in the same league with its predecessors. The artwork is excellent, and the story easy to read.

The reason I gave the book 4 stars rather than the usual 5 I have given to the other books in this series is that I was rather disappointed that the story line for the Scrooge tale made some, to my mind at least, unnecessary changes. For example, Scrooge doesn't se Marley's face on his door knocker, and when Marley appears he's not dragging heavy chains connected to ledger books. Additionally, there are no three spirits of Christmas, but rather Marley escorts Scrooge to the past, the present, and the future.

Dickens wrote some great lines in this tale, and the adaptation leaves out almost all of them, especially the sentence that, I believe, encapsulates the entire story, the one Tiny Tim utters, and that I used as the title for this review. A young reader coming upon this book for the first time will be missing out on some wonderful scenes and dialogue. It reminds me of the controversy that swirled around the original Classics Illustrated, when educators complained that these "comic books" were being used by students as sources to write book reports. In response to the outcry, the publishers changed endings in several of their issues ("Les Miserables" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" come to mind) so that if reports were exclusively based on these books, it would be obvious from where the students obtained their information.

As to the second tale, I don't know anything about it, so I enjoyed reading it. This was, perhaps, the shortest book in the series, and I congratulate the publishers in reducing the price. Not many companies would do that.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Kids Reading Classics With These Graphic Novels! 17 Dec 2012
By This Kid Reviews Books - Published on Amazon.com
Two great Classic Charles Dickens Christmas stories in one AWESOME graphic novel!

You probably have read or saw a movie version of "A Christmas Carol" and Scrooge changes from a...scrooge to a caring, giving person, but have you ever read "Mugby's Junction"? "A Remembrance of Mugby" is a version of "Mugby's Junction". It is a tale about a man searching for a true home. He finds himself in Mugby, a town with railroad tracks going out in all directions. He tries each of the tracks, going to wherever it takes him. Each time he returns to Mugby, vowing to try another track. Both of these Dickens tales are told in this graphic novel.

I must say, I really like "A Christmas Carol" and this graphic novel was really great! I liked the expressions on the faces in the illustrations. In fact, the illustrations added so much more to what was written!

I had not heard of "Mugby's Junction" before, and was intrigued by what happened in the story. Very, very nice story. I know a lot of parents would want their kids to read the "real" book, but now that I read "A Remembrance of Mugby" in graphic novel form, I want to read the full version!

**NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaarles Dickens Originals in a Fun Format 17 Nov 2012
By Sue Morris from Kid Lit Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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Scrooge: A Christmas Carol & A Remembrance of Mugby
Charles Dickens
96 Pages Ages: 8 and up

Scrooge is actually two books in one. In addition to the traditional Dickens classic A Christmas Carol there is also another Charles Dickens classic, A Remembrance of Mugby. Chances are good you have not read the latter story, but it is a classic Dickens story that is sure to please. Estelle Meyrand illustrates both stories. Each panel of these graphic tales looks like they were destined for a museum.

The first story is the well-known and well-told Dickens classic A Christmas Story. The year is 1740 and the setting is a busy London. Scrooge works in a dingy sparsely lit and sparsely heated office with a clerk named Bob Cratchit. Scrooge is everything you have ever heard about the man. He is stingy, mean, and selfish. Christmas to Scrooge is a "time to pay bills, not throw money away on gifts." The law states Christmas is a paid day off and Scrooge is not happy about this. Nothing can cheer the old man, not even a cheerful invitation from his only relative, nephew Fred.

The tale takes its classic turn when the spirit of Scrooge's business partner arrives to show Scrooge a Christmas past, present and, future. When Scrooge returns to present day London it is Christmas day and he does not know if what he just experienced was a dream or if it was real. It matters not and Scrooge changes in ways that will positively affect the entire town.

A Remembrance of Mugby is a classic Dickens's Christmas tale that most have probably not heard of before now. I had not. The story is about Barbox Brothers. Barbox Brothers is actually the name of a now closed business. The owner has traveled to a small, seemingly deserted town with railroad tracks leading out of town in five different directions. Barbox Brothers takes the train in each direction, one day after the next, in hopes of finding the one place he can settle down and be happy. The first destination leaves him numb and he returns to try the next train. In the end, Barbox Brothers finds that the place he was looking for had been there all along. He returns to Mugby one last time and settles down to a wonderful life with his new family.

I like both stories. A Christmas Carol was much bleaker than the other versions I have read or heard. It is the Charles Dickens I am used to and expect. His stories start out dreary and dark, then brighten up as the happy ending comes into view. Scrooge, the vilest man in the city learns not only his own fate, but that of those around him. It is that ripple effect we most often do not consider when taking an action or making a decision. This is the six-degrees-of-separation we all have with one another. At Christmas, people tend to remember this little fact more than any other time of the year. Scrooge learns to be careful of this ripple all year long, and the entire community is better for it.

I also liked A Remembrance of Mugby a tale I had never heard before reading this graphic novel from Papercutz. The man is anonymous and could be any of us looking for the place we belong. In the end, he finds he was there all along. It reminds me of a song, whose title I cannot recall, with the lyrics "love the one you're with." When Barbox Brothers allows himself to be open to possibilities, he gains an entirely new world for himself. That is the classic Christmas wish: to be happy.
Reading these in the form of graphic novels allows the illustrations to say much more than they might in a picture book format. Several montages on each page moves the story along at a fast pace, yet not so fast that you get lost.

The illustrations are extremely detailed. A change of color can express a change of mood and set the tone of the story. Mood changes can be seen in the eyes of the characters. Boys and girls will enjoy reading these classics turned comics. The graphic novel is a less threatening medium and kids will dive right into stories they may otherwise avoid.

Scrooge is a beautiful book to own. Papercutz has a series called The Classics Illustrated, which features stories like A Christmas Story and A Remembrance of Mugby. If the other editions of The Classics Illustrated are as good as Scrooge, these are books destined to be cherished by families and collectors for years to come.
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