This beautiful comic series showcases TOBY, with his Magic Pencil, on amazing adventures in surreal lands, time’s past, present and future, into lands that our imagination has forgotten, as well as his hilarious domestic adventures. TOBY thunders a beautiful art of storytelling that you cannot miss. Join us on an adventure you and your children will never forget.
Being chosen by your father to receive the coveted family heirloom (a magic pencil) at first might seem the most desirable thing in the world. For Toby, big brother of Garth, trouble quickly arises from his very first sketch. Almost immediately, the boys are drawn into an incredible adventure, set across strange and colourful lands filled with characters from their own wild imaginations. Toby draws himself into trouble and has to draw himself out of trouble.
In Gary Dellar’s Toby & the Magic Pencil #1 from Reverie Publications, Toby is also charged with the responsibility of caring for their father’s portfolio. It contains the living entities of his life’s work. Watched by a group of neighboring mobsters, Toby immediately sets out to create his first character, Top Hat. Toby and his family are set upon by the mobsters, hungry for the magical pencil. Toby hastily sketches a superhero to save his father, then a fire breathing dragon to save himself. Trying to escape, Garth frantically battles Toby for the pencil, accidentally breaking it into two unique halves. Garth draws a door into Doodle World, and leaps through with Toby and Top Hat in close pursuit. They find themselves in a very strange land with very different rules, hunted by the same dragon but now feels abandoned.
Once the characters are established, the reader can be drawn into this world and the sibling rivalry as they battle for responsibility over the magic pencils, and pursue clues to their mother’s whereabouts. Along the way, they do neglect responsibility for their own creations. Will this change? What can happen as the adventure continues?
All in all, a simple yet pleasantly entertaining read especially for all ages. Also a good start for the young reader in regards a introduction into comic reading!
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