Top Ten Irish Comics: Mr. Amperduke
If you are going to do a Top Ten Irish Comics, I think this one HAS to be on your list. Bob Byrne’s Mr. Amperduke is a “silent” masterpiece that few other Irish comics have equalled. Sherman Amperduke is a retired senior citizen whose hobby is creating and tending to the miniature world he has created and keeps in his basement. Amperville is built with Lego bricks, and its inhabitants resemble Lego figures, but are in fact living beings encased in a plastic casing. The stories are told without dialogue or narration – aside from sound-effects, the storytelling is done entirely visually. The graphic novel tells how, one summer, Mister Amperduke’s grandson Scampi, while his grandfather is in hospital, throws a voracious little creature from the garden, the Nechradon, into Amperville, and the creature wreaks havoc among the terrified inhabitants of the mini-utopia.
Bob Byrne says in the introduction to the graphic novel that his main theme is the limitation of our understanding of the inner pain of others, and how we are incapable of recognising “the hidden agony when somebody’s world ends”.
Full of depth and emotion it it is a must read for fans of the medium as well as other creators.
Here’s a sample:
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Story description and quotes from Irish Comics Wikia.