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''Ghostopolis'' is a graphic novel written and illustrated by DougTenNapel. Clocking in at 272 pages, it ties with ''Earthboy Jacobus'' for being his longest book. Unlike most of his comics, this one is published by Scholastic's Graphix imprint rather than by {{Image}}. Along with ''ComicBook/{{Gear}}'' and ''Solomon Fix'', it's one of his few comics that's been printed in color and the first one that was not initially published in Black and White.

Basically, it tells the story of a young, terminally-ill boy named Garth Hale, a cynical paranormal investigator named Frank Gallows, and the fateful day their lives intertwined... and the madcap adventure that resulted.

Apparently, HughJackman is either a fan of [=TenNapel's=] or got an advanced copy because, before the book was even released, it was reported that he'll be producing and starring in a feature-length adaptation. [[SarcasmMode If this is true, he'll almost certainly be playing Garth]].

Despite the similar title, it should not - in any way - be confused with ''GhostWorld'', nor should it be confused with the tropes GhostTown or GhostCity.

!!This work contains examlples of:

* AbusiveParents
* TheAlcoholic: Cecil
* TheAtoner:
** Cecil
** [[spoiler:Frank's boss]]
* AuthorTract
* [[spoiler:AwesomeMomentOfCrowning]]
* BerserkButton: Don't turn down Claire's uncle for tea - unless you want to be eaten.
* BigBad: Vaugner
* BlackMarket: A very unique one too.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Skeleton Horse]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Cecil and Frank are probably the two most noticeable examples.
* ConstructedWorld
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover ''kind of'' makes it look like it'll be a supernatural western. It's not.
* CreatorThumbprint: Like many [=TenNapel=], yarns, this one's got monsters, and the obligatory scene with a cat.
* CrystalDragonJesus: Joe
* CuteGhostGirl: Claire
* DarkAndTroubledPast:
** Cecil
** Garth's mother
** Vaugner, and it turns out [[spoiler:to have been far worse than his problems with Clair]].
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Inverted. Vaugner was '''alive''' all along.]]
* DemotedToExtra: [[spoiler:Skinny starts out as Garth's sole companion, but then gets pushed to the sidelines until the end of the story]]
* DisappearedDad: Grandpa Cecil left his daughter (Garth's mom) when she was a teenager, which he currently regrets. Garth's dad also left his family and moved to Florida.
* TheDragon: Lockjaw
* EldritchAbomination: Any still-living person who winds up in Ghostopolis has the potential to be this, not that they all do, though.
* [[spoiler:FallenHero: Vaugner claims to have once been a well-intentioned young boy like Garth]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots of it, spread [[FridgeBrilliance ''very'' subtely]] throughout.
* FreudianExcuse: Vaugner
* GentleGiant: Joe, the Tuskee Airman who built Ghostopolis
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Benedict
* HeroicBystander: Defied. The Mummy Boy wanted to be one, but his dad wouldn't let him.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Frank. Also, Claire was willing to make one to save Garth, but he ended up saving himself.]]
* HiddenDepths:
** Frank's boss
** Cecil
** The Bone King
** [[spoiler:Vaugner]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Benedict Arnold
* HistoricalInJoke: Pretty much every thing Benedict does, [[{{Flanderization}} which is, of course, a flanderization of how the real Benedict was]].
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler:Frank treats Garth as one during the final battle]]
* IHatePastMe: Cecil.
* IncrediblyLamePun
-->'''Mummy Wife:''' (sees [[spoiler:a section of buildings, now turned into a huge monster, walk by her window]]) "There goes the neighborhood."
* KidHero: Garth
* LittlestCancerPatient: Garth
* MagicalGirlfriend
* MeaningfulName: Frank Gallows
* MonochromaticEyes: Vaugner
* MrExposition: Cecil and (to a lesser extent) Clair.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Twice!
* NotSoDifferent
** Frank and [[spoiler:his unsympathetic boss]]
** Garth and [[spoiler:Vaugner]]
* OccultDetective: A whole agency of them.
* [[spoiler:OneWingedAngel: Vaugner...and Garth]]
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Keep in mind, this is Doug [=TenNapel=] we're talking about.
* ThePlace
* PsychicPowers
* PunnyName: Clair Voyant.
* RedRightHand: Vaugner.
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath]]: Frank
* TheReveal
** [[spoiler:Vaugner isn't dead]]
** A minor one occurs near the beginning. When [[spoiler:she first appears]], it isn't immediately clear that [[spoiler:Claire is actually a ghost...until she suddenly starts floating]].
* {{Revenge}}: Vaugner wants to kill Garth, regardless of whether-or-not he's an actual threat, because that's the best way he knows of to hurt Claire.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Not much is ever revealed about Claire's personality other than that she has conflicting feelings for Frank.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Claire.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Frank and Claire.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Vaugner.
* ShoutOut: Specifically, [[spoiler:the video game version of [[Film/TheMatrix Neo's final fight with Agent Smith]].]]
** Maybe unintentional (or even preceeding the myth), but Vaugner is [[TheSlenderManMythos tall, skinny, scary as hell]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and ]][[BadassInANiceSuit well-dressed]].
** Vaugner also looks a bit like [[WesternAnimation/AeonFlux Trevor Goodchild]].
* SlapSlapKiss
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Aside from the government having the technology to make round-trip expeditions into the afterlife, Garth and Frank's world really isn't anymore different or advanced than our own.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting
* WrenchWench: Claire haunts a garage and built her own Plasmapod.
* XMeetsY:
** Real World scenes: ''Film/BladeRunner'' meets ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
** Afterlife scenes: ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' meets ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' meets ''Film/DarkCity'' meets [[spoiler:''Series/{{Ultraman}}'']].