I read this graphic novel once at least seven years ago. All I remember is that the protagonist is a young boy, maybe 10-12 years old, and his family takes him to visit his grandfather's remote home. I think I remember that the house is similar to how Dr. Strange's house looks with odd adornments and strange relics. The grandfather is absent, or has died, or something, because we never see him. I feel like the family is there to assess his estate or sell the house...

The key to the whole thing is that the boy discovers the grandfather's library or inner sanctum. In it, he finds some evidence that his grandfather is/was Santa Claus. And if I remember the very ending, that meant that the kid's father now inherited the role, or maybe the father is a disbeliever and it's the kid who now gets to be Santa.

Any help would be much appreciated! I've been trying to find this every Christmas for the past three years with no luck.

  • Do you possibly remember if it was one of the big publishers, I lied, Santa is on-topic – Edlothiad Jan 5 '18 at 21:44
  • @Edlothiad - The top answer says that Santa is off-topic. Questions about fantasy novels where a fictional Santa appears are just fine. – Valorum Jan 5 '18 at 21:51
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    @Valorum potatoes potatoes. I meant in this context anyways. – Edlothiad Jan 5 '18 at 22:00
  • @edlothiad I don't know if it was a big publisher, but it was well done with glossy pages (I think B+W, but maybe color) and nice artwork. Not a newsprint/ashcan affair. – Headblender Jan 5 '18 at 23:01

You might be thinking of Herobear and The Kid by Mike Kunkel.

  • Can you explain how this matches the question, so people can evaluate the answer without following the link? – MissMonicaE Feb 9 '18 at 19:36
  • THANK YOU! @VBartilucci I'm sure this is it. This has to be the book I remember. I'll get a copy. Much, much appreciation to you! – Headblender Feb 14 '18 at 20:46

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