"Kochalka channels his inner child as well as any comic book creator who has ever lived." -- Timothy Callahan, Comic Book Resources
"Kochalka's work makes me feel like I did when I was six years old. He brings the joy back to comics." -- Frank Miller, creator of Sin City, 300, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
"A novel mix of photographs and illustration, this unique little gem is chockfull of giggles... With its vivid palette and rampant silliness, this work should enrapture young readers. Effervescently bizarre." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Do four-year-olds need an oddball, absurdist, semisurreal, homemade comic book in their lives? Indie stalwart Kochalka thinks so, and he may just convince you... If it sounds as though it were hatched in Kochalka's backyard playing with his family, there's an excellent chance that's the case. But through Kochalka's guerilla, one-man-and-a-pen style of creation, it magically captures the exact sense of zaniness often discovered in such a playtime and found in some of the best TOON Book titles... and with huge panels and spare dialogue that will amuse kids and adults, it's also the rare graphic novel that makes an excellent read-aloud." -- Booklist
"Kochalka's off-beat humor works perhaps even better here than it does in his Johnny Boo books. He's found just the right blend of sarcasm, silliness, and action to appeal to both child readers and to adults reading this with their kids ... An excellent choice for school and public library collections." -- Snow Wildsmith, School Library Journal's Good Comics For Kids
From the fertile mind of James Kochalka (Johnny Boo, Pinky & Stinky) comes an all-new fantasy adventure for all ages!
Meet the Dragon Puncher, a cute but ruthless kitty in an armored battle suit, dedicated to defeating dangerous dragons wherever they may be. The Dragon Puncher and his would-be sidekick Spoony-E (a fuzzy little fellow armed with a wooden spoon) confront a gigantic, drooling dragon and have a ridiculous, hilarious brawl.
Boldly combining Kochalka's signature cartooning with hilarious photography, Dragon Puncher is also a unique visual treat. Kids will go nuts for this goofy backyard adventure.
If your child was playing make-believe, this story might just be something they would envision. The plot is silly and zany: Dragon Puncher is out to find a dragon when he comes across a little creature carrying a spoon. The creature wants to be friends with Dragon Puncher and go with him to find the dragon. But Dragon Puncher works alone and will have nothing to do with the creature and his spoon. The little creature follows him anyway, and, what do you know, together they take down a drooling, ugly dragon. The illustrations are a mix of cartoon and actual photographs. The characters have cartoon bodies but real faces. Dragon Puncher has the face of a cat and the creature has the face of a little boy. The dragon's face is of a male adult. At the end of the story the faces are identified. Little boys will enjoy this story; little girls will wonder if the next story will have a princess in it and adults will wonder where they can get it for half the price. Reviewer: Loretta Caravette