praying drunk

My drawing buddy Farel Dalrymple has a new graphic novel out from First Second titled WRENCHIES. On the surface, it appears a post-apocalyptic adventure, but underneath it’s a meta, existentialist, psychedelic, and deeply personal epic. WRENCHIES explores religious upbringing, guilt, addiction, and self-destructive tendencies while leavening it with moments of child-like, nerdy bliss and the most endearing chubby kid in a homemade superhero outfit named Hollis. Haunting and glowing. If you’re in Portland, FLOATING WORLD is hosting a launch for the book from 6-10pm this Thursday, August 7th.
(The image on the left is Farel’s rendition of Dodola & Zam from FLOATING WORLD’s launch for HABIBI back in October 2011.)

Another book I NEED to endorse is Kyle Minor’s PRAYING DRUNK. My fervor for this book is almost religious; I went and ordered a bunch of copies directly from the publisher SARABANDE BOOKS to proselytize my loved ones. And yet I’m dumbfounded attempting to articulate the magic this book works — the blurbs on Minor’s site do a decent job – or you can wet your curiosity with a great interview with the author on my pal David Naimon’s literary podcast BETWEEN THE COVERS.  What I can say is this book shook me and humbled me and stays with me, and you won’t regret picking up a copy for yourself.

9 thoughts on “praying drunk

  1. All right, then. Already ordered Wrenchies, but hadn’t heard of Praying Drunk until now. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Craig,

    Thanks for posting this.

    I visited your site looking for a way to contact you about an interview– I’ve been similarly prostelyzing (sp?) about Blankets for years, and am working on a writing and teaching project which relies heavily on your book.

    But the really interesting part: I am a writer, AND have just finished a review of Praying Drunk for a magazine.

    Was amazed to see your zeal for the same book. I don’t share your feeling exactly, but I’d be happy to share my review with you, and begin a conversation. I grew up Pentecostal on a steady diet of DC Talk, and I am passionate that the conversation about conservative Christianity in America, its beauty, its bizarre cultural elements, and its nuclear-level fallouts, needs to keep being had.


    Amber N.

  3. Love these! Look forward to it! Please let me know if I can interview you for my Master’s Thesis on Muslim cartoons, a chapter of which will be solely devoted to Habibi. Please get back to me. I have been trying to reach you to no avail.

  4. Dear Craig,

    I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for the excellent suggestions for Wrenchies and Praying Drunk! I’ll definitely check it out =)

    By the way, I love your work! Habibi is awesome! I’m working on a manuscript right now that similarly explores Islam, Islamic culture, and especially Islamic lore.

    Do you think it might be at all possible for you to offer me any advice. ANY advice would be welcome =) Thanks!



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