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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Magical World of Moomin

I feel I must repeat myself that we have shipped the entire first printing of Moomin The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip and more copies will not arrive until January. So be sure to pick up a copy when you see it or order it as part of our holiday sale.

If you are not familiar with the world of Moomin, you can visit the official website, if you are in Finland you can visit the theme park Moomin World but this intro is my favorite Moomin link as the song makes me plain happy.

We just turned in our catalogue copy for next Fall's Moomin Book Two where Mymble and Snorkmaiden fight over a man and Moominmamma meets her new neighbor, the Fillyjonk!

D+Q Online Holiday Sale!!!!

For the next few weeks, most of our catalogue is on sale for the holidays. We will also be shipping out an extra day in the week to accommodate holiday orders. Due to the fact that we have to rely on two postal systems to get your books to you, (if you live outside of Canada) if you don't order soon, we can't promise you'll get them by the holidays. But the savings are good so you should take advantage!

(Seth drawing from Christmas Days)
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mr. Claus vs. the Postal Service

In case you didn't notice the lights and Christmas music everywhere, yes, it's that time of year again. If you're planning to order anything from the D+Q website to give to your loved ones, sooner is better than later, especially in the face of postal delays and customs clearance. Even Air Mail takes 2 - 4 weeks to the States, depending on where exactly you live. So that means: your orders need to be in this week!! We go to the post office on Fridays, so place your orders before December 1st for the best chances of delivery in time for that magical morning.
Monday, November 27, 2006

Last Expozine News Report

While Gabrielle was here she spent most of her time drawing in her notebook. It was a bit unnerving actually. Here's a page she let me scan from her notebook featuring me, Peggy, and Randy Chang from Bodega sitting on the living room couch. There were pages and pages of delightful detailed drawings like this one.

Gabrielle Bell at Bryn Mawr this week. Next Week: Chicago & St Louis!

This Thursday, November 30th, Gabrielle Bell will be at Bryn Mawr's Center for Visual Culture and Department of History for their "New Frontiers in Cartooning and Graphic Novels: Jessica Abel, Alison Bechdel, Gabrielle Bell and Lauren Weinstein." The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Thomas Great Hall at 8 p.m.

Next week, Gabrielle will be at Star Clipper Comics on Wednesday, December 6 in St. Louis and at Quimbys on Thursday, December 7 in Chicago. Kevin Huizenga and Anders Nilsen will also be there!

Christmas Days

Last year, Seth illustrated a handsome little book of stories about Christmas in Canada called Christmas Days(House of Anansi Press.) It's filled with the usual beautiful Seth drawings including a seven spread intro and lots of historical details about everyone's favorite holiday (all right, it's not everyone's favorite holiday but my understanding is that it's very popular nonetheless.)

We've got a special sale here.

Weekend Update

Here are some headlines from this past weekend's news:

Our good friends at Rocketship spotlight Moomin in this week's Time Out NY gift guide and have sold out of their two initial shipments of the book! Get this book while you can we already shipped our entire first printing, with more due in January.

Over in the UK, where Moomin is now in stores, The Times states:"Drawn & Quarterly's beautiful reissue of the strip created for the London Evening News in the 1950s is an oasis of innocence.

The Boston Globe featured a wonderful solo review of Gabrielle Bell's Lucky in Saturday's paper.

And author Sarah Waters has good taste, she cited Shenzhen and Pyongyang as two of her favorites books this year in the Guardian.
Sunday, November 26, 2006

Live at Expozine

Wrong settings on my camera mean that of all the pictures I took last night only a couple came out. Here's Gabrielle and Rebecca rehearsing for their performance of My Affliction.
Monday, November 20, 2006

Moomin on Myspace!

Moomin is on myspace.

Gabrielle Bell and D+Q at Expozine in Montreal this Saturday!

This Saturday, join D+Q and Gabrielle Bell at Montreal's small press fair Expozine. Gabrielle will be signing copies of her new book Lucky at the D+Q table.

Expozine Details: Saturday, November 25, 2006 from 11 am to 6 pm, at 5035 St-Dominique, between St-Joseph and Laurier. FREE.

And because it's the fest's fifth anniversary, they will be having an evening party in the same location starting at 10 PM on Saturday, also free. Gabrielle will be performing a slide show from her new mini-comic, My Affliction, and signing her Lucky.

Expozine is one of our favorite small press shows as it features all of Montreal and beyond's independent book companies such as Conundrum Press and L'Oie de Cravan, and individual cartoonists and zinesters.

D+Q will be selling all books at the US cover price.
Saturday, November 18, 2006

This Just In!

Get your best Rusty Brown on, because come this Monday you'll want to scour your city looking for all four covers of Chris Ware's Thanksgiving-themed "narrative covers" for the venerable New Yorker. This is the first time the New Yorker has done such an event. The New York Times has the scoop.

Did we mention that ACME Novelty Library #17 has shipped and is on sale?

*** The New Yorker now has all four covers online.
Monday, November 13, 2006

Get Lucky This Saturday!

Sturm and Sikoryak in Newark!

Bob Sikoryak dropped us an email to let us that at the Newark Museum:

Featuring: Michael Kupperman, Jason Little, James Sturm,and Lauren R. Weinstein
Moderated by R. Sikoryak (Carousel, Nickelodeon Magazine, Drawn & Quarterly)

This multi-media presentation features cutting-edge cartoonists reading from their own work, discussing the current "Masters of American Comics" exhibit, and exploring new opportunities in form and content.
Friday, November 10, 2006

Ten Records That Changed My Life

Here's an essay and a strip that didn't make John's rigorous editing for King-Cat Classix (due in March 2007.) They'll likely show up in a later collection.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Two more of the best books of the year that are not Drawn & Quarterly books are released!!

Here is why it is awesome to live in Montreal--you can walk down the street and see Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade riding their bikes in circles and then walk into a bar and see Brian Chippendale and Julie Doucet celebrating the release of their new books, Ninja and Elle-Humour, at Zoobizarre (6388 St. Hubert, Montreal). The book signing is on Wednesday, November 15th from 7 to 9pm and at 10pm Brian's solo act, Black Pus, will play, along with Yomul Yuk (who are my favorite Montreal band.)

Please note that I cannot guarantee that you will actually see Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade riding their bikes on your way to this show. Still it will be a good show. These are the latest two books by art comics titan Picture Box and everything they do looks great. Also, Picture Box chief Dan Nadel will be there but that's not so much an attraction as a sort of bonus feature of the entire evening.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006

More love for Kevin Huizenga

Douglas Wolk pens a must-read two-page review of Kevin's new book Curses for salon.

Curses & Abandon Make 2006 Best of Lists

Barely into November, and the "best of" list are already coming out! Not that I'm complaining, as Publishers Weekly selected Kevin Huizenga's masterful short story collection Curses to be on of their year end list while Amazon.com chose Yoshihiro Tatsumi's Abandon The Old In Tokyo to be on theirs. Both are available in our shop.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Like a cicada

Peepshow #14 (Diamond code:SEP063279) hits comic shops this week. My math may be all wrong here but I believe it's been over fifteen years since the last issue which was some sort of crossover with Ed Brubaker's Lowlife and Arn Saba's Neil the Horse. Check out this "record-breaking" issue at your local shop tomorrow.
Monday, November 06, 2006

Boy Oh Boy!

Congratulations to Sammy Harkham and his wife Tahli as they welcomed a baby boy into the world this past Thursday! A new store and a new baby...busy busy busy. (Tom suggests "Herschel Gordon Harkham.")
Friday, November 03, 2006

A fan responds:

"I do think Kevin Huizenga is one the best cartoonists in the world. Why? Because he uses his own forces and because he is a curious mind. For some time (as i read in a recent interview) Huizenga worked at Xplane, a company which explains different processes using graphs and words. When you read his comics you notice he is using the knowledge that he learned at that job. Most of us, when drawing comics, are influenced from other comics, novels, film, or any other 'artistic' source. If we have a day job counting money in a bank, for example, we will try to forget everything about that, when we sit at the drawing table at night. But Huizenga would use his day job to his own benefit, perhaps telling a story constructed around a mathematical formula, or something like that. He may get his inspiration from an encyclopedia, from a religous book, etc. Look at his blog, The Balloonist, and you will understand what i am talking about. And i think that this is what makes him so interesting. He is being himself every time, he is true to his interests. While some people (including Huizenga in his early work) are doing comics about their own life, Huizenga is doing comics about his experience in with general--well documented--knowledge. It is not strange that Glenn Ganges frequently goes to the library in his comics or appears reading a book. Huizenga is a person who may analyze the panel construction and design from a single page in Tezuka's 'Metropolis' or investigate the life and death of a strange African insect nobody knows about. That doesn´t mean he is making intellectual comics. I think he is making more like 'academic' comics, but very heartfelt. They are not cold stories--only full of facts. He is making every story a journey for knowledge: the kind that you may find in a library, but also the kind of knowledge you learn by your own experience in the street. I think that's what makes his comics so special and turns him into one of the best cartoonists of his generation.

Pablo Holmberg
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)


Is Kevin Huizenga one of the best cartoonists out there or what? I'm not sure that anyone else out there captures the largest part of the U.S., that suburban sprawl strip mall kind of world, like he does. Kevin's concerned not only with what's going on in his own head but what's going on around him. He's not so busy staring at his own shoes that he doesn't notice that giant flock of starlings overhead. I've been thinking about Kevin's comics alot lately after spending most of the summer working on his forthcoming (any day now, I swear) graphic novel story collection, Curses. It's pretty amazing how all his seemingly unrelated stories from the past five years or so tie together so well.
Thursday, November 02, 2006

Gabrielle Bell News & Party!

As mentioned yesterday Lucky is shipping to stores imminently. If you need a Gabrielle fix before that, be sure to check out the October issue of Jane where Gabrielle is the "Superstar Illustrator of the Month."

On Saturday, November 18th at 8 PM, Rocketship in Brooklyn, NY will host a party and launch for the book. Another reason to live in NYC.

Gabrielle will have several other appearances all over the country in the next few months. On November 25th, she will be in Montreal for Expozine signing at the D+Q table. In December, she will be appearing at Star Clipper Comics in St Louis, MO on Wednesday, December 6th and then in Chicago at Quimby's on Thursday, December 7th, both appearances with Kevin Huizenga (debuting his own Curses) and Anders Nilsen (who has a new Big Questions and Don't Go Where I can't Follow). And, in early 2007, all three will be taking a road trip on the West Coast.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006

This just in (Acme 17!!!)

We just received advances of the latest installment of Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library and it looks amazing! It's the same size as the last edition but is designed to look like a school text book with textured cover and embossed images.

Also, just in: Lucky, the first in a series of diary strip collections from Gabrielle Bell.

Lucky and Acme will be shipping to stores in November.

Oh Skin-nay! The Days of Real Sport

Sometime early next year, we'll be releasing our facsimile reprint of Clare Briggs' Oh Skin-nay! The Days of Real Sport. Briggs is one of those old masters who doesn't get talked about much anymore. He did thousands of strips during the first quarter of the 20th century under many different titles. There several books of his worth reprinting and we chose this one because of the alluring format (9-1/2" x 12" landscape) and the brilliant detailed drawings of a long-gone period in American history. I'll pop a page up here every now and then. Click on the image for a readable version.


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