The dynamic duo of brothers Jacob and Arnold Pander are known for their colorful and graphic style as comic book artists and innovative filmmakers.
“Whether it’s a big painting or a 100-page or 200-page graphic novel, you can’t even see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes,” Jacob said.
“And having someone to work with most of the time makes it easier.”
Now, they’re bringing their graphic novel storytelling sensibilities to the antique walls of the Rialto — Portland’s 100-year-old billiard parlor.
“It brought a story into the space,” Jacob said. “There’s all these stories going on with the customers so it’s cool to have something that is reinforcing that feeling like this is a place where people to come to be a community.”
Stories appear in every corner of the work, hinting at the interior lives of the thousands of people who’ve stepped into this storied, downtown poolroom. And after a century of winning, losing and just having fun, the game continues.
“It’s kind of an honor to have a piece that is in a historical building like the Rialto but also to become part of the continuing history of Portland for years to come,” Arnold said.