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Thursday, April 17, 2014

D+Q Titles Nominated for Eisner and Doug Wright Awards!

Awards season has begun. Perhaps you didn't know that comics is a glitzy and glamorous business, but we've got trophies and medals too, okay? And we're very proud to announce that a whole bunch of Drawn and Quarterly titles have been nominated for Eisner and Doug Wright awards! Woo-hoo!

(Hot tip: purple books get nominated for awards)

The Doug Wright Awards take place at our beloved Canadian festival, TCAF. Both Geneviève Castrée's Susceptible and Seth's Palookaville 21 have been nominated in the Best Book category! Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place May 11th and 12th at the Toronto Reference Library. Keep an eye on this space in the next month for more info, and visit the festival's tumblr right now to peep the advances we'll have on hand (they call us "wild" and that's why we like 'em).

The Eisner Awards take place at the cartooning extravaganza that is San Diego Comic-Con (this year, that's July 24th-27th), and six D+Q books are up for prizes! Check it:

Best Short Story: "Go Owls" by Adrian Tomine, from Optic Nerve 13
Best Humor Publication: You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack by Tom Gauld
Best Reality-Based Work: Woman Rebel by Peter Bagge
Best Graphic Album (New): The Property by Rutu Modan
Best US Edition of Int'l Material-Asia: Showa 1926-1939 by Shigeru Mizuki
Best Comics-Related Book: Co-Mix by Art Spiegelman

Again, stay tuned for more info about Comic-Con. Clicking any of the titles above will give you a lil' preview of what they're all about, if you don't already own and adore these books. Congrats to all of our nominees!

And in honour of Throwback Thursday, here's Shigeru Mizuki with his 2012 Eisner for Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths:

Over Easy is in stores everywhere - catch Mimi Pond in Oakland tonight!

You've seen the previews, ogled the inspirational photos on Mimi Pond's instagram, and counted down the days 'til you could hold it in your hands-- but wait no longer, Over Easy is now in stores everywhere! And to celebrate the release of her fantastic, fast-paced semi-memoir about diners, drugs, and California in the 1970s, Mimi Pond will be in Oakland tonight, Thursday April 17th, at the restaurant that inspired the novel: Mama's Royal Café (4012 Broadway). There will be a reading and slideshow with signing to follow. See you at 7pm!

I'm trying really hard to not use any restaurant puns in this post, so instead, I will share with you some of the wonderful praise Over Easy has already earned:

"For lovers of tawdry tales from the ’70s, told with smarts and sensitivity, Over Easy is a gold mine." —Los Angeles Times

"Pond dishes up a memoir that’s light on the nostalgia and heavy on the humor as she chronicles her time as an awkward art-student-turned-diner-waitress in 1970s Oakland. The book feels like an honest time capsule from a city and era that don’t exist anymore...Her illustrated anecdotes about sexually liberated wait-staff mingling with pretentious punks serve as a sincere ode to the maligned city and decade. I wolfed it down and wished for a second course." —Bitch

"This affecting portrait is filled with well-observed characters... including poetry-writing cooks who are jumping into marriage, and wise-cracking, love-seeking waitresses commiserating over busted romance. This is no rose-colored memoir, though— ...Pond’s work is realistic enough that the characters are familiar, but cartoony enough that we can laugh at their foibles."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Pond is a gifted illustrator....she's also a very funny writer with a pleasingly sardonic voice."—SF Gate

"[Over Easy] functions as a character study, a humorous look into the inner dramas and realities of work, and a snapshot into life in the Bay Area during the late ’70s... the story and characters of Over Easy are bursting with color."—The AV Club 

Don't forget that Mimi's tour continues in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, and San Diego. RSVP on Facebook here for all the details!
Friday, April 11, 2014

MoCCA Arts Festival 2014 photo smatter

Does anyone do photo-reports from the conventions anymore? That seems so 2010. Well, here's a brief nostalgic trip down memory lane before we were all tumblring and instagramming our brains out.

Here we are on the floor of the MoCCA show. Good work, Society of Illustrators. The last time I found myself in the soul-destroying tomb of despair that is the 69th Regiment Armory, it was probably the single dullest convention of my life. Good news! It is no longer that. People who live in New York actually came out to the show. They stopped by and chatted! I-had-fun!

Oh, that photo above? It's the new "planking" with some "photo-bombing" thrown in. I call it "mirroring." You stand near someone and try to mimic their stance until they notice. James Sturm and Tracy do not know what's going on but they are about to and then LOOK OUT! Hilarity.

I had hoped to make this an all Brecht Vandenbroucke photo blog post but other people snuck in. Bah. Here's Brecht and Adrian, heads down, signing those books.

Oh, hello, my Belgian friend! Did you all just get lost in his eyes? I did.

Brecht is kind of enough to do his drawings in pencil so that if you don't like them you can feel free to erase!

Here's Brecht tickled pink that his book White Cube is on display next to Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix. Bill Kartalopoulos and New York Times art director Alexandra Zsigmond look on bemusedly and distractedly, respectively.

Look at that smile on Brecht's face. Hangin' with Art Spiegelman ain't no big deal.

Art had a brief signing on Saturday that was casual and he had a chance to chat with fans like this young man who had a couple of questions about the choices that Art made in Maus.

Little Boy: "But why pigs for Polish people? Do you hate Polish people?"
Art Spiegelman: "SIGNING OVER!!"

SUNDAY MORNING, I went to the High School of Art and Design, Art Spiegelman's alma mater, to see Art give a presentation on his stained-glass style windows in the cafeteria. It was long, hilarious, and discursive, like any Art Spiegelman talk. I swear I would love to hear Art talk on any subject, always funny and smart. Also, Richard Hell was there but I didn't take his picture because I thought he might punch me or something. I momentarily confused him with Mickey Rourke I think.

At the time, I thought that taking a picture of the cafeteria doors would open up a whole photo essay about modern schooling and public art and blar-de-blar but then I didn't take that many pictures.

The man, talking. At one point, Art called Joost Swarte up and Joost talked a bit about the number of stain-glassed window projects he had done in Europe and oh, man, that's a whole talk in itself. Fascinating. Art was very upfront in that he wanted a stain-glassed window like his genius pal Joost.

And here's a pic of Art and Elma Reingold, assistant principal, who was one of the people instrumental in putting the talk together. It really was a great event. Elma was just one of many people who were on it and made us all feel very well taken care of.

People, I am rusty. Look if you want trenchant commentary on the economics of the modern comic convention scene, head on over to Secret Acres. 

LA: Vanessa Davis, Anders Nilsen, and Mimi Pond come together this weekend at LA Times Festival of Books!

Hey, LA, this weekend's the amazing LA Times Festival of Books, and this year features an unmissable meeting of cartoonists! Mimi Pond, Anders Nilsen, and Vanesssa Davis will be joined by Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America) for Illustrating the Point: The Graphic Novel, a panel discussion about their respective experiences in the medium. The conversation will be moderated by Deborah Vankin and promises to be as insightful as it is funny.

Illustrating The Point: The Graphic Novel takes place tomorrow, Saturday April 12th, at noon, in room 123 of the Seeley G. Mudd building on USC campus. That's at the corner of Downey Way and McClintock Avenue. Reserve your advance tickets here.

from Mimi Pond's Over Easy
Illustrating the Point: The Art of the Graphic Novel
(Conversation 1072) - See more at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/fob-schedule/#sthash.qpuLY9an.dpuf

Mimi, Anders, and Vanessa will also be signing and have books for sale. This'll be your last chance to get a swanky advance copy* of Mimi Pond's Over Easy before it's officially released next Tuesday. Check out some of the advance praise it's already received: 

"[Over Easy] functions as a character study, a humorous look into the inner dramas and realities of work, and a snapshot into life in the Bay Area during the late ’70s [...Mimi Pond] easily and accurately nails down the many dilemmas and feelings familiar to anyone who has had a job. [...]the story and characters of Over Easy are bursting with color." The A.V. Club

"Characters are richly drawn and described, showing people the way they should be after stewing in thirty years of memories... Nothing is off-limits to Pond’s dreamlike portrayal of the world." Blogcritics

Plus, did we mention that she did a culture diary for the Paris Review about a week in York, PA? Or that Buzzfeed and Paste both have exclusive previews of the book up right now?? 

And of course, be sure to check out the interview with the fabulous Mimi in the LA Times. My personal favourite bit: "Always outfitted in fetching retro eyeglasses, Pond keeps up appearances these days but with certain rules. "I see some women my age try to keep up with the 20-year-olds and I think that's a bad idea. You can't wear a leather jacket when it's the same texture as your skin.""

Excited about all this? Perfect! Don't forget about the rest of the dates on Mimi's tour! Oakland, LA, Toronto, and New York, here's looking at you!

*swanky advance copies are not different from the regular book, but you do get to brag to your friends.
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Adrian Tomine's NEW YORK POSTCARDS: in stores (and mailboxes) now!

I think we've teased you enough: Adrian Tomine's gorgeous postcard set, New York Postcards, is now in stores and ready for you to share with friends or keep for yourself. The set comes in a beautiful keepsake box and features thirty of his best-loved images (so far). 

Check out an extended preview from Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing.

Jason Diamond at Flavorwire weighs in with a short interview too: "…It’s difficult to think of Tomine as anything other than a New York artist. His work for The New Yorker and New York magazines capture the everyday look and feel of contemporary New York City, with single scenes begging you to fill in the blanks for the rest of the story…"

And Oakland, listen up! Adrian is part of a group exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California that opens April 19th. SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking magazine with work from fifteen of its most influential artists. The show will be on view until July 17th, so start planning your Bay Area vacay.
Thursday, April 03, 2014

D+Q Acquires World Digital Rights to Lynda Barry’s ONE! HUNDRED! DEMONS! Now on Kobo!

Continuing its foray into the digital market, D+Q has recently acquired world electronic rights to Lynda Barry’s classic graphic novel One! Hundred! Demons! The book is now for sale from Kobo and can be read on the Kobo Arc as well as the Kobo Aura and family of apps across the iOS, Android, and Windows 8 platforms.

The beloved, genre-defying work of “autobifictionalography” One! Hundred! Demons! exploded the comic book medium in its original release, ending up on “Best Of” lists from Time Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. In these seventeen vignettes that touch on the scent of people's homes, why babies are the best dancers, and how pretentious ex-boyfriends are like head lice, Barry brings her demons out to be exorcised. Described as “brutally honest, thoughtful, and soulful” by Nick Hornby in the New York Times, One! Hundred! Demons! takes on Barry's childhood with humor and poignancy.

"One! Hundred! Demons! is, hands down, one of my favorite  books in any medium, and it is nothing short of an honor to be able to publish it digitally,” said Peggy Burns, Associate Publisher of Drawn & Quarterly. “Since we first released Chester Brown’s Paying For It and Louis Riel on Kobo, they have proven to be a supportive partner willing to work with us to ensure that the digital version is just as dynamic as the original. We have a full slate of graphic novels planned for 2014 with Kobo. Stay tuned!”

For more information, please contact Julia Pohl-Miranda, publicity@drawnandquarterly.com, 514 279-2221 ext 225.

From Lynda Barry's One! Hundred! Demons!

Pascal Girard's Petty Theft stole my heart

Sorry for being cheesy, guys. I promise that Petty Theft isn't. It is funny, charming, witty, heartfelt— but then this is a Pascal Girard book we're talking about, after all!

Here's an advance copy of Petty Theft hanging out with our awesome intern Ivan, who's been doing some terrific work with us. Today is his last day and we're all kinda bummed. Thanks for everything, Ivan!

Petty Theft tells the story of a fictionalized Pascal, who's in a real rough spot: he's out of work, newly broken up with, and forbidden from his favourite activity, running, because of a back injury. To distract himself, Pascal passes the time reading. While at the bookstore one day (do you recognize it, Montreal?) he notices a young woman pick up his own book- but then she rushes out of the store without paying! Pascal is determined to find out why she did it, and what unfolds is a truly Girard-ian romantic comedy-of-errors.

Petty Theft will be in stores everywhere May 27th (launching at TCAF), but you'll be able to get your hands on sizzling' hot-off-the-presses advances THIS WEEKEND at MoCCA in New York City. Careful you don't burn your fingers! MoCCA Fest takes place at the 69th Regiment Armory this Saturday, April 5th and Sunday April 6th, and Drawn and Quarterly is at booths A24, A25, and A26. Check out our full programming right here.

"Fine cartooning by Girard enhances an already lively and agile plot, and his plainspoken but funny urban characters."Publishers Weekly, starred review

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Art Spiegelman Week in New York!

Alright, so that may be unofficial, but you do have three- count 'em- opportunities to see the legendary Art Spiegelman this weekend, New York! Do you mind sharing?

Neil Gaiman by Kimberly Butler. Art Spiegelman by Enno Kapitza-Agentur Focus

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Art Spiegelman and esteemed friend of Drawn and Quarterly, Neil Gaiman, talk about cartooning and writing, working across artistic mediums, friendship, identity, and more. In case that didn't register with you: Art Spiegelman and Neil Gaiman. In the same place, discussing brilliant things, while you listen in (!)

The event is happening this Friday, April 4th, at Bard College's Fisher Center, Sosnoff Stage, 7:30 pm. Discount tickets are available for Bard students, faculty, staff and alumni. Click here for more details.

From Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps

Manhattan, NY: Art Spiegelman will be at this year's MoCCA Fest, for one day only- this Saturday, April 5th

From 2pm until 3:30pm, join Art Spiegelman in conversation with Joost Swarte, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos. The pair will discuss their careers, their shared histories, comics, and more. Catch them in Programming Room One.

From 4:30pm until 5:30pm, Art Spiegelman will be signing at the Drawn and Quarterly booths- A24, A25, and A26.

MoCCA Fest is taking place at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Avenue). Click here for Drawn and Quarterly's full MoCCA programming and signing schedule.

Image via High School of Art and Design

Manhattan, NY: A rare chance to join Art Spiegelman (class of '65) for coffee, carbs, and juice as he gives a personal guided tour of the 50' x 8' two-sided glass mural he designed for the school. Secrets-literally-behind the window will be revealed!

And he'll have special guest Joost Swarte on hand, showing slides of his own stained glass windows in the Netherlands!

The tour begins Sunday, April 6th, at 10:30 am, at the High School of Art and Design cafeteria, 5th floor. That's 245 East 56th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Get your tickets here now! Tickets are $20, but $15 for those of you with a MoCCA pass, and free for current A&D students! Proceeds go to the Alumni Association to benefit the students of Art and Design.

So now you've got something to look forward to to get you through the week, New York! Visit one or visit them all! (I'd go with all).
Thursday, March 27, 2014

D+Q at MoCCA Fest 2014: debuts and signings galore

Whoo-eey! New York, we're coming your way next weekend for MoCCA Fest, with three hot-off-the-presses debuts (check 'em out below), and a whole slew of authors who will be speaking on panels and signing for you. Come say hi to Adrian Tomine, Miriam Katin, Art Spiegelman, Michael DeForge, and Brecht Vandenbroucke, who's in town all the way from Belgium!

MoCCA Fest is happening from 11am-6pm on both Saturday, April 5th, and Sunday, April 6th, at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Avenue). Drawn and Quarterly will be at booths A24, A25, and A26, by the 26th Street entrance. Here's a handy map- click to see it full-size.

Overwhelmed by all the goodness? Here's a breakdown of what's happening on each day so you can plan your schedules:

11 am to 1 pm: Michael DeForge signing
12 pm to 1 pm: R. Sikoryak presents Carousel for Kids with James Kochalka, Trade Loeffler, Neil Numberman, Melissa Mendes, and Colleen AF Venable. (Room One)
12 pm  to 2 pm: Adrian Tomine signing- today only!
1 pm to 2 pm: Brecht Vandenbroucke signing
2 pm to 3:30 pm: Drinking Ink: Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in conversation, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos (Room One). This panel is free, but due to limited seating, please reserve tickets online.
3 pm to 4 pm: Brecht Vandenbroucke signing
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Art Spiegelman signing- today only!

12 pm to 1 pm: Brecht Vandenbroucke signing
12 pm to 1 pm:  Form, Materials, and Expression panel with Sam Alden, Frederic Coché, and Michael DeForge, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos (Room Two)
1 pm to 2 pm: Michael DeForge and Miriam Katin signing- today only!
1 pm to 2 pm: Comics, lllustration, and the Conceptual Image panel with Marion Fayolle, Joost Swarte, and Brecht Vandenbroucke, moderated by New York Times art director Alexandra Zsigmond (Room One)
2 pm to 3 pm: Brecht Vandenbroucke signing
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Live Drawing: Comics in Concert with Scott Campbell, Miriam Katin, Danica Novgodoroff, and Ville Ranta creating new, projected drawings to music performed by Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta (Room One)

All signings take place at Drawn and Quarterly's booths- once again, that's A24, A25, and A26!

DEBUTS- don't forget to pick up one of each of our three hot debuts so you can make all your friends jealous! Here's what we're bringing:

Adrian Tomine's New York Postcards, in stores everywhere April 8th.

Mimi Pond's Over Easy, in stores everywhere April 15th.

and The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal About the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear, edited by Serah-Marie McMahon. This one's not in stores until April 22nd in Canada, and May 6th in the USA!

UPDATE! We'll also have Pascal Girard's Petty Theft, not in stores until May 27th!!

See you on Saturday, New York! 

And once you've been charmed by Brecht Vandenbroucke at MoCCA, be sure to visit his exhibit at Flanders House (620 8th Avenue, 44th Floor). The show is a collection of work by ten terrific Flemish illustrators, including some of Brecht's wonderful paintings. 

The WORN Archive launch parties in Toronto, NYC, Montreal, and Ottawa!

You read right: you've seen the proof(s), you've heard the praise (from Design Week), now here's your chance to meet the Worn team at events in Toronto, New York City, Montreal, and Ottawa later this "spring."

TORONTO, ON - Saturday May 3rd, 9 pm to 2 am
Adelaide Hall, 205 Adelaide St. W., with TYPE Books
Secondhand Prom
*Tickets will be available from TYPE Books (883 Queen St. W.) as of April 21st

NEW YORK, NY - Wednesday May 14th at 7 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. with WORD
Panel Featuring Strong Female Leads

The appearance of women in publishing is often regarded as a new scientific phenomenon: categorized, ranked, identities reduced to pie charts in the name of diversity. But the lack of diverse voices seen on bylines isn't a new problem; likewise, the emergence of women-run magazines, mastheads, and imprints is not an overnight phenomenon. Women have always been active consumers and producers of all kinds of written media. They've developed strong communities, engaged loyal readers, and built substantial archives - achievements that cannot be measured in numbers and statistics.

Join WORN Fashion Journal and Drawn & Quarterly for a panel discussion featuring Ayesha A. Siddiqi, Laurie Henzel, Marjon Carlos, and Serah-Marie McMahon. Our panelists come from various kinds of media - from independent print publishing to brand new digital platforms. Together with moderator Fiona Duncan, they'll discuss their thoughts, experiences, opinions, and goals as women creating space for original kinds of publishing on their own terms and measured by their own standards.

MONTREAL, QC - Thursday May 22nd at 8 pm
La Sala Rossa, 4848 Boul. Saint-Laurent with Librairie D+Q
Secondhand Prom

OTTAWA, ON - Saturday May 24th, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Victoire, 246 Dalhousie
Cocktails and vintage record listening party

In other words, we've got a whole lot of great stuff lined up for you, and that's not even counting this GREAT book Serah-Marie, Alexandra, Haley, and the rest of the Wornettes put together for you.

I don't think we've shown any photos of the *final* book all bound and purty on the blog, so here are a few as a parting shot…

Be still my beating heart, amirite?

See you soon, Toronto, NYC, Montreal, and Ottawa!
Monday, March 24, 2014

Adrian Tomine's New York Postcards: hitting your mailboxes this April!

It seems like just yesterday that Adrian Tomine's collection of illustrations New York Drawings waltzed through the door and into people's homes, and we all oohed and aaahed and appreciated Adrian's finesse with the language of images.

Because really, is anyone better than Adrian at crafting a compelling / funny / intelligent / observant / telling-about-the-zeitgeist single panel story? And that's leaving aside his design sense, his deft eye for colour, &c. &c. As you can tell, I'm thrilled to be here showing you a few snaps of New York Postcards, our box set of thirty gorgeous Adrian Tomine postcards.

Here's the top of the box, bevelled edges et al. 

New York Postcards is a greatest hits (so far) compilation of Adrian's most distinctive illos; you'll recognize most of them from New York Drawings but it also includes a few of the popular illustrations Adrian has done in the intervening years since NYD came out. For example, New Yorker covers like the one you see topping the stack here: "Determination", which appeared on newsstands the week of November 12th, 2012 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

We leave it at your discretion how you choose to display your postcards - stacked neatly in the box or swirled around so you can see all the images at once...

And a little view of the postcard functionality. There is just no way that receiving any one of those lovely little fellas in the mail would fail to make my day one hundred percent more awesome. Not even if, say, I were stuck in the middle of the world's longest winter...

New York Postcards will be in fine book, comics, and stationery shops on Tuesday April 8th, 2014. Also, please note that New York Postcards is debuting at MoCCA Fest! And while Adrian won't be doing any official book launches for the postcard set, he will be signing at the D+Q booth at MoCCA Fest, so keep your eyes on this space for our signing schedule!


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