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Farel Dalrymple

Floating World Comics Downtown
Thu., Aug. 7, 6 p.m. 2014


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The only really effective way to explain The Wrenchies would be to physically hand you a copy of The Wrenchies—summarizing Portland creator Farel Dalrymple's singular new graphic novel is nearly impossible. Here are few possibilities: It's about a dystopian future where fierce bands of marauding children do battle against soul-crushing shadow men. It's about a delusional drug addict driven insane by childhood trauma. It's about a mad scientist's overcomplicated plan to save the world, with the help of a team of superheroes imprisoned in a magical amulet. It's about a sad, bullied nerd who finds consolation in comics and his imagination. The Wrenchies contains all of these occasionally contradictory storylines; at times I found myself trying to figure out which version of events was "true"—as though some fictional realities are realer than others. The Wrenchies is so resolutely multidimensional that it's tempting, upon finishing the book, to turn it upside down, or try to read it back to front, to see what other worlds it might contain. Reminiscent at times of Stephen King, TS Eliot, and The Warriors, Dalrymple's created a world where linear narrative is exploded for the artifice it is; all that's left is creepiness, humor, sorrow, and despair. If this sounds like a bummer... well, it kind of is, but in the best way. It helps Dalrymple's art is absolutely stunning, whether he's drawing the scowling faces of battle-worn children, the floor plans of elaborate buildings, or stark images of alcoholism and squalor. The colors are atmospheric and deliberate, and every panel contains just a bit more detail than you'd expect it to. If you're looking for a three-act narrative structure that ties up with a bow, give this one a pass—but if you're comfortable with things getting a little bit weird, The Wrenchies is a must-read. ALISON HALLETT

Floating World Comics

400 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Daily 11am-7pm

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  • Daily 11am-7pm
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This event is in the past.
  • Thu., Aug. 7, 6 p.m. 2014