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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Graphix (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545210283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545210287
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb 2011
Format: Paperback
Frank Gallows is a sloppy but effective agent of the Supernatural Immigration Task Force, responsible for tracking down ghosts lingering on Earth and sending them back to the netherworld of Ghostopolis. One day he mistakenly sends terminally ill (but still living) 12-year-old Garth Hale to the afterlife, a grave error that means he has to follow and extract the kid. Unfortunately, no one's been successfully extracted in more than twenty years... Nonetheless, Frank follows the boy in and adventures ensue as he tracks Garth down and they (along with Garth's grandfather and Frank's ghost girlfriend) get swept up in the machinations of the evil Master Vaugner, who's seeking to rule the afterlife. It's a classic plucky-kid-and-team-of-misfits-vs.-evil-baddie-and-his-many-insect-minions tale, but well told with plenty of humor and action. The mix of feel-good positive messages and action with creepy creatures makes it a winning combination for parents to safely read along with kids. I've only read a few of Tennapel's books, but his humor has always struck just the right balance of goofy slapstick and sharp wit for me. Great stuff with real heart to it!
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
Ghosts roam among the living on Earth, and it's up to Frank Gallows to go and catch them.

However, Frank isn't exactly the best guy for the task - he's lazy and messy and usually eats food in people's fridges after a successful catch. Nevertheless, he still gets the job done. That is, until he accidentally transports his ghost horse AND a human boy named Garth to Ghostopolis.

Now, it's up to Frank and his mysterious ex-fiance, Claire, to go back and return Garth to Earth.

There's one small problem: Master Vaugner controls Ghostopolis and won't let Garth - a boy who seems to have as much power as himself - go. So, not only does Garth have to get through mummies, zombies, and skeletons alongside his loyal bone-horse, Skinny, but he also has to fight a powerful dark master in order to return to his mother.

Doug TenNapel writes an intriguing story about the afterlife and where ghosts come from. His graphic novel is full of eye-catching illustrations and witty jokes that pull the reader in from the first line. GHOSTOPOLIS is recommended for anyone who's up for a quick and fun read; this book won't disappoint.

Reviewed by: Steph
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By S Fraser on 18 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
Doug's latest graphic novel is no exception to the quality of his more recent group of novels such as Tommysarus Rex, Black Cherry and Monster Zoo. There is a great understanding of the world and how to have something extraordinary happen without having it seem out of place and that all his books have a real soul to them and this is no different. I was first impressed by the overall quality and time that has been put into this production even daring to go full colour.

The book opens with a young boy named Garth who has a mystery illness which is killing him and he only has months to live. And also introduces a character Frank Gallows who can only be described as a ghost detective who is making sure no ghosts escape to the human world. One issue is he is very bad at it and in a pursuit of one of the escapee ghosts he prematurely sends Garth to Ghostopolis a city between world for spirits. He has now no choice but to rescue the boy and find out what mystery's this ghost city holds for the both of them.

I think its an enchanting read for young and old and is a good introduction to the other Novels or one to pick up if your already a fan of Dougs writing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A visual feast with a heart. 1 Sep 2010
By Joshua Drescher - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of Mr. TenNapel's work for many years. Books like "Gear" and "Iron West" are among my favorite graphic novels and my copies bear fuzzed corners and worn covers earned by countless loans to friends and family. The mix of funky (sometimes vaguely naughty) humor, dynamic action and underlying (and usually spiritual) moral lessons make for a potent, readable mix in most of his books.

In the interest of fairness, I must admit that I have, on occasion, been put off by some of the more blunt and humorless manifestations of political or religious messaging in some of his work. Most notably, "Earthboy Jacobus" - an otherwise rollicking and bombastic adventure - was ruined for me by the overt and mean-spirited political commentary that is shoehorned into the beginning of the book. It's the only one of Mr. TenNapel's books that I won't loan out. Thankfully, such lapses are rare.

"Ghostopolis" is a great read. It's filled with the kind of humor and heart and action that Mr. TenNapel is so adept at delivering. The story is a lot of fun and is certainly safe for young adult readers without pandering to them either. The initial set-up and establishment of the Ghostopolis as a setting are wonderful. The cast of characters is diverse and distinct and the reader will be hard-pressed not to feel invested in their adventures. That being said, after the rather luxurious trip through the first 3/4 of the book, the VERY end of the story winds up feeling a little rushed by comparison. A lot of loose ends get tied up in the final pages and it sometimes feels like things are being glossed over.

When the story gets "spiritual", it does so with an obviously Christian tone, but in a way that's quite moving - even for a reader like myself who doesn't share the author's beliefs. Mr. TenNapel delivers a Christ analog that only makes a couple of brief appearances, but in the process presents a clear and powerful portrait of what (I assume) the author finds attractive and compelling about his own faith. It's not a wishy-washy "Jesus-as-hippy" presentation, either. It has a macho kindness that really stood out and impressed me. If I HAD to believe in a God, I think I'd probably want it to be Mr. TenNapel's.

Artistically, it is (as expected) gorgeous. My only complaint is that the coloring detracts from Mr. TenNapel's fantastic illustration. It's a minor complaint, to be sure, but I strongly prefer to absorb great line-work directly - without having it muddled by post-production coloring and effects.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Loved It!!! Okay for preteens. 8 Dec 2011
By mrsszende - Published on
Format: Paperback
I totally enjoyed this book. Who can resist having a pet skeleton horse. It did not have too much violence. Just plain fun. The sense of humor in it was wonderful. I was looking for something for Christmas for a boy who likes "sci fi stuff" and I think I will get him this graphic novel. It's the first I have read of this author but I think I will want to read more!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel 11 Jan 2011
By Bridgit Scheide - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can't say enough about how much I love this graphic novel. It's the first book I've read by Doug TenNapel and I've been diving headfirst into the rest of his work ever since. The entire plot is an absolutely beautiful journey, the main story is about the rescue of a young boy from the land of Ghostopolis, but there are many other creatively developed characters and storylines that TenNapel so vividly weaves through the book. His inks are so full of life... one of my most favorite books by far!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Powerful story, not just for teens 17 May 2013
By Scothia - Published on
Format: Paperback
Doug TenNapel, the man whose imagination unleashed The Neverhood and Earthworm Jim, continues to be a force in the culture with this vision disguised as adolescent graphic novel. A young boy is mistakenly transported into a weird afterlife--call it whatever you like, he sees lots of dead people, including his own grandfather as a boy--and gets to ride a skeleton horse he names Skinny to an adventure beyond imagination. Assisting him in his quest are a ghost who has been successfully inhabiting the mortal world, and a mortal whose only redemption lies in returning to the ghostly one. Along the way are deep-fried tarantulas; a werewolf uncle; specular arrays; a creator named Joe; demon bugs; and a character who could only be portrayed in the live action film by David Bowie.

The artwork alone is stellar. The author/artist and his team of world-class colorists have given us a book that moves and impacts like a film. If a picture is worth ten thousand words, these could house their own library section.

Does this book have something to say? Not in the hamhanded way many such tales are presented, but in a much more visceral and powerful manner. Perhaps the age group Scholastic targets, not being as jaded as we older folks, is the most likely to move the world towards necessary change. One can only hope they are paying attention to Doug TenNapel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ghostopolis by Tennapel 12 May 2011
By Evan Day - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love Doug TeNapel's work, and was excited to see a full color book by him. Ghostopolis is a fairy tale of sorts. An officer in charge of sending ghosts back to the afterlife loses his badge when he accidentally sends a boy, who has a disease with no cure, into the ghost world, a place of spirits, skeletons and mummies and other creatures, which has been taken over by a shadowy figure.

In order to get the boy back, he enlists the help of his ex girlfriend, also a ghost. Meanwhile, the boy befriends a skeleton stallion, and another young boy, who turns out to be his grandfather.

It's a mixture of poignant, sad, funny, and action filled moments. I will say the toilet humor isn't really my cup of tea, but it's a small complaint amidst the fun characters and imaginative artwork. Those paying attention will catch TenNapel's Christian symbolism, a common theme in his books.

This is probably the best from TenNapel in awhile. Sadly, the youth of the boy may cause some older teens to lose interest, I'd say 6-9 graders and the young at heart, will be most receptive.
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