Wrinkles

Wrinkles

Graphic Novel - 2016 | First Fantagraphics Books edition.
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Admitted to a home for the elderly because he suffers from Alzheimer's disease, Emilio's community life feels like an ordeal. But soon he accepts his new environment and decides to fight to escape from giving in to his awful destiny. Even as his memory flutters, he and new friend Miguel, an overconfident ladies' man, invent creative ways to enliven their daily routines and strike a blow for personal freedom. It all culminates in a foolhardy, madcap, nightime joyride... of sorts.
Publisher: Seattle : Fantagraphics Books, 2016.
Edition: First Fantagraphics Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781606999325
160699932X
Branch Call Number: FIC ROCA
Characteristics: 93 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Mena, Erica - Translator

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angelabcomics
Nov 06, 2017

I loved the quiet pace of this comic. The art is so clean and lovely with a good choice on color palette.

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mclarjh
Mar 31, 2017

I saw the film before I read the book. Good drawings, but dull story; the movie was better.

forbesrachel Jan 31, 2017

Among comics, Wrinkles is quite unique. Instead of playing old age up for laughs, or relegating seniors to bit parts, it places them, and their reality up front and centre. It is brilliantly told, but not an easy read, and frankly it is not meant to be. In order to get us to empathize with these characters, Roca makes us feel perturbed by the thought of slowly losing our identity, he makes us think about the kind of society and people we are when we "abandon" our parents, and he confronts us with the nature of our mortality. There is some cynical humour mixed in to lighten the almost sombre tone of the book, and cynicism in general is embodied by the good-natured Miguel who persuades the other seniors to part with their money. The friendship that Emilio and Miguel form is at the heart of the story, and it is wonderful to see how this affects both their lives by the end. Roca's art helps us enter into this world. The palette is washed out, but with some warmth in it, the character models have some realism to them, and whenever an individual has a reality-altering illness, we get to see a glimpse of what they see. Wrinkles does not shy away from the uncomfortable aspects of old age, but neither does it claim that this is all that is left to life. There are new friendships, there are moments of purely fun spontaneity, there is a past to look back at fondly, and a future to look forward to.

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