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Comics & Graphic Novels Literary

The Man Who Walked Through Walls

by (artist) Obom

translated by Helge Dascher

Conundrum Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
Literary, Humorous, Adaptations
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
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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.

About the authors

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.

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Editorial Reviews

"A fun read that definitely finds its own way to interpret Aymé's iconic tale, employing artwork that is flat, angular and open."--Carousel

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