The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple
At BEA in the month of last May i was asked more than once what audience and age i was intending this book for. It was never my intention for this to be a children’s book though I am not opposed to children of a reasonable age reading it with their parent or guardians full awareness of it’s subject matter and dark tone.
So let’s say i made it for people who like psychedelic metaphysical wackiness and existential horror.
I also made this book for the outcasts, the misfits, the screw-ups, the deluded, the desperate and confused, the obsessives, the braniacs, the freaks, spazzoids, the burnouts, punk rockers, heshers and metal heads, the conspiracy nuts and free thinkers, the disturbed, the deranged, the degenerates, the broken and socially awkward, the shamens and clerics and misanthropic wizard warriors and ultimate fighting champions of this dark and dreary world.
I created the Wrenchies for the misunderstood, the marginalized, the frustrated and fitfully unsatisfied, for people who like trippy fantasy and challenging storytelling and for people who never even read comics. I also mainly made this book for me.
So fair warning, there is a lot of swearing and gory violence and drug use and just general grossness in The Wrenchies.
I know this book is a weird one, and will probably offend more than one person, and I am most grateful to my publisher for believing in me and taking a chance on such an odd comic book story.
I really like the review Kirkus gave the book:
“Children must fight a complicated evil in this dark, disturbing sci-fi tale.
… full of reaching sci-fi leaps into other times and dimensions, creating a brain-aching nonlinear plot. … beautiful, dreamy and nightmarishly violent. Think of this as an insidiously macabre Coraline-esque tale meets Charles Burns.
Morbid and discomfiting; not for the faint of heart, but what a ride for those who go with the flow.“
Here’s what some creators I deeply admire and respect are saying about the Wrenchies:
- “Incredible. A deeply personal epic…a book that calls for re-readings.” — Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi)
- “AMAZING. Beautiful drawing and painting, great characters–it’s pretty much everything I could want a graphic novel to be.” –Mike Mignola, (Hellboy)
- “I’ve been a very enthusiastic admirer of Farel Dalrymple from the first moment I was introduced to his wonderful work. Now here comes his most epic work with THE WRENCHIES! This book is a stunning and original piece of work. The characters are richly authentic and their world is simultaneously exciting and horrific, filled with hauntingly beautiful detail. THE WRENCHIES is a masterpiece that will knock yer socks off!” –Michael Allred (Madman, Silver Surfer, The Atomics, Red Rocket 7)
“Tremendously masterful, as to be expected of Farel Dalrymple. A work of art with fevered imagination and lush nightmares that should haunt every reader.”–J H Williams III (Sandman, Batwoman, Promethea)
- “The Wrenchies is no soft re-imagining of sci-fi tropes, Farel has created his own absolutely-fetching world. If you are not sucked in you have mediocre taste.” –Nick Bertozzi (Rubber Necker, Persimmon Cup)
- “The years of love dumped into The Wrenchies is apparent on every page, every panel a work of high art. Lush worlds and fascinating characters drenched in originality and childhood nostalgia. The story is heartfelt, wildly imaginative and engrossing as Farel achieves something all too often lost in comics–pure fun. The Wrenchies is a game changer. I couldn’t love anything more.” –Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class)
- CCS (Vermont), 9/11
- SPX (Bethesda, MD), 9/13 – 14
- Politics & Prose GN Panel (Washington, DC), 9/14, 5pm
- Locust Moon Event (Philadelphia, PA), 9/16 7:30pm
- Greenlight (Brooklyn), 9/17
- Million Year Picnic (Boston), 9/18 5:00pm
- Brooklyn Book Festival, 9/21
- Floating World Comics (Portland, OR), 9/24, 5pm
- Powell’s Art Exhibit (up through October), 10/1
- Powell’s First Thursday Reception (Portland, OR), 10/2
- Elliot Bay bookstore (Seattle) 10/3 7pm
- Locust Moon Fest, 10/25
- The Miami Book Fair, (Miami, FL) NOV 21st – 23rd
- more to come on the west coast and midwest