Translated by Helge Dascher
CONUNDRUM 25 Collection
60 pages, 4.25 x 6.25 inches
b&w, trade paper
Canadian bookstores only
With great power comes great… misfortune?
Dutilleul lives a quiet life, spending his days in the office and evenings reading the newspaper. Until one night, when the power goes out. When the lights come back on, he finds himself in a strange situation—he’s standing in the hallway, locked out of his apartment. After a few tentative experiments, Dutilleul discovers he’s developed the ability to walk through walls. Perplexed by his newfound talent, he visits the doctor, who prescribes a cure. Unfortunately, Dutilleul doesn’t quite follow the directions—and before long, he’s in over his head.
In this graphic adaptation of Marcel Aymé’s 1943 short story “Le passe muraille,” Obom has produced a gentle, absurd story about a man who gains sudden, unexpected power—and the trouble that follows.
Born in Montreal in 1959, Diane Obomsawin spent the first twenty years of her life in France. After studying graphic design, she returned to Canada in 1983 and turned her attention to painting, comics, and animation. Here and There, an autobiographical film about the artist’s rootless childhood, has garnered numerous prestigious distinctions. Over the years, Obomsawin has developed a unique style, achieving a balance between humour and seriousness, naivete and gravitas, realism and poetry. She has published two books with Drawn & Quarterly: her first, Kaspar, is about the life of Kaspar Hauser, and was accompanied by a short film of the same name; her second, On Loving Women, is about women’s coming out experiences.
About Conundrum 25
CONUNDRUM 25, a landmark series of gem-like volumes, presents masters of the graphic short story form at work in a range of styles. From precious rediscoveries to gender-playful fictions, fabular futurism to uncanny imaginings, there are stories by a new generation of Conundrum artists alongside classics of the form. Bringing together past, present, and future in our 25th year and beyond, CONUNDRUM 25 is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.