Is A Picture Really Worth A Thousand Words? Ryan Carey Reviews THE MARCHENOIR LIBRARY by Alex Degen - SOLRAD
From the ICYMI files, we play catch-up with Marchenoir and Solrad, whose Ryan Carey takes a turn at deconstructing and reconstructing A. Degen’s latest, the Marchenoir Library. Ryan starts by applauding Degen’s “audacity” in sticking to sticking to his guns at his new home here at Secret Acres. We agree with Ryan that “that’s likely the best way for anyone to be introduced to Degen’s ouevre, given that compromise has never been part of his repertoire. Time and spatiality and narrative simply work differently in his comics, and never more so than here, where he tells the story of titular character Marchenoir.” There’s no getting around the Marchenoir Library, a cover gallery from a non-existent sci-fi mystery romance series; you just have to go through it: “The inherently fragmentary nature of his admittedly loose narrative gives the project a dreamlike quality to it that’s pitch-perfect given that Marchenoir herself is a guardian (of sorts, at any rate) of both dreaming and waking life.” Yes, the Marchenoir Library is a comic, but more than that. Ryan puts it best, describing this book as “a present-day exploration of a past phenomenon,” in which “the very phenomenon of identity itself is even subtly called into question in these pastel-hued pages.” We swear you’ll have a good time at the Marchenoir Library. As Ryan writes, “you may find that hard-and-fast solutions are a lot less fun than simply pondering the myriad of possibilities that Degen lays at your doorstep.” Thank you, Ryan and Solrad!
Ryan Carey takes some time today to explore the fragmented nature of THE MARCHENOIR LIBRARY by Alex Degen, published by Secret Acres earlier this year.