Society of Illustrators Gold Medal-winning cartoonist Farel Dalrymple has been producing his own comics since 1999 after graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He was the artist on omega the unknown (marvel), with writer Jonathan Lethem; and Bizarro World with writer Dylan Horrocks (DC). Farel’s own comic book, Pop Gun War (Dark Horse), was originally published with the help of a Xeric grant. Farel is a co-founder, associate editor, and contributor to the comic book anthology, Meathaus.
He is working on his next book, The Wrenchies, for First Second Books. The Wrenchies are children in a post-apocalyptic future. They are all orphans along with the rest of the children in that future. The wrenches are also an older group of 21st century superheroes. They join forces in the future to overcome the evil Shadowsmen that are controlling the post-apocalyptic world.
“Farel Dalrymple is one of the finest young draftsmen to quietly sidle into comics in a long time. And one of the field’s most gifted storytellers.” — Walter Simonson
the Wrenchies for first second.
DD: What is your artistic Process?
i usually draw in pencil, ink with a brush and/or pen then color with watercolors. then scan and post.
DD: When are story illustrator, how involved are you in the writing?
depends on the project. if it is my own story i do it all.
DD: What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
go go monster by Taiyo Matsumoto
DD: What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
3 shadows by cyril pedrosa
How involved are you with the illustration, the look and feel, of the books you write?
depends on the company i am working for but usually as much as i am allowed to be
DD: What skill would you like to learn?
how to play the guitar
DD: What's the most important thing you've learned?
how to draw. i am still learning.
DD: Do you have a collection? If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
i have a small collection of books and records i cherish but nothing that would be really impressive to others. i try not to stockpile a lot of things
DD: Do you have an Ipad? If so what do use it for the most.
DD: What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
any star trek tv show. david lynch movies
DD: How does the Portland comics culture shapes your work
it is an inspiration to work harder
DD: What was your first comic convention?
DD: What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
hanging out with fellow creators
DD: If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
maybe a fine artist painter guy?
DD: Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
the farm on burnside.
DD: How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
5 years. i had friends here and it seemed pleasant.
DD: What is your favorite part of Portland?
all the trees and good green things.
i still haven't been to the hot springs
DD: Would you like to Illustrate for another media? or conversely, how would you feel about Illustrate a comic of a character from a different media, for example, Dr. Who, James Bond? What would you explore?
sure. i haven't drawn doctor who yet. i'd love it.