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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Have you met my friends?

In addition to D+Q's myspace page and Moomin's myspace page, there are other D+Q cartoonists on myspace including Adrian Tomine, Vanessa Davis, Joe Matt (be sure to check out his blog!), Keith Jones (I especially like the music on Keith's), Dan Zettwoch, Jeffrey Brown and Peter Thompson. Not to mention Lavender Diamond and a couple of cartoonists under various pseudonyms that I don't know if I'm allowed to divulge but maybe you can figure out. And of course, The Center for Cartoon Studies.

And while we're at it, some of our favorite comic book conventions are on myspace including TCAF, MoCCA and SPX. And where would we be without our favorite retailers: Quimbys, Giant Robot, Big Planet, Skylight, Family, Chicago Comics, Jim Hanleys, Luckys, Guapo, Skylight..you can find them on all on the D+Q page forgive me I don't have time to link to them all and I'm sure I have forgotten someone!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Why is Joe wearing a pirate hat?

And why is Gabrielle smiling? What did I miss at MoCCA?
Friday, June 22, 2007

New Lucky to Debut at MoCCA

We just received the printed issue of Gabrielle Bell's ongoing comic series Lucky in the office yesterday and it's fantastic. Pick it up at MoCCA and get it signed by Gabrielle on Saturday from 12:30-2:30 or Sunday from 3:45-5:15.

Gabrielle also has two panels this weekend, she and Anders Nilsen will present their slide shows from their West Coast tour at 11 AM on Saturday and on Sunday, Gabrielle will be on a panel with her drawing cohorts AWP at 12:50 PM. Gabrielle's slide show is from her minicomic My Affliction which is in the new issue of Lucky.
Thursday, June 21, 2007

What happened to the name Blondie?!?

Congratulations to Greg and Janet over at Fantagraphics on the birth of their daughter Helena Sophia Zura.

Never Underestimate James Sturm

Three years ago next month, I sat with James in the San Diego airport and he was telling me about the comics school he was opening, The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. I probably appeared pretty incredulous at the time, but lo and behold in the Fall of 2005, the school did indeed open. The first class has now graduated and now comes the good news that the school is officially able to offer MFAs. Congratulations to the staff and students at CCS!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Art Shows

If you're looking for something to do in New York Saturday night when the festival shuts down for the day, head on over to Giant Robot, for the opening of the art show "Free Ice Cream Day."

But don't despair if you're on the opposite side of the continent: you can still check out the "Panelists III" show at Giant Robot 2 in L.A., which features Anders Nilsen, Kevin Huizenga, Vanessa Davis, Sammy Harkham, Peter Thompson, John Porcellino, Keith Jones, Martin Cendreda and a lot more!

MoCCA Art Fest '07 schedule

By now you know that Joe Matt will be there, in all his glory, signing his brand-new book, Spent, but who else will be at the D+Q booth? All of your scheduling questions are answered here:

PANELS take place at the MoCCA gallery, 594 Broadway, Suite 401. SIGNINGS take place a couple blocks over, at the Puck Building, 293 Lafayette (at Houston), D+Q tables B11-14. The festival is open 11:00 am - 6:00 pm both days. Admission is $8 each day / $10 weekend pass (weekend pass only $5 for MoCCA members).

Saturday, June 23rd

11:00 - 12:15 D+Q Cartoonists Showcase panel with Gabrielle Bell & Anders Nilsen

11:00 - 12:30 Miriam Katin signing

12:30 - 2:30 Gabrielle Bell & Anders Nilsen signing

2:30 - 4:30 Joe Matt signing

4:30 - 6:00 Charles Burns & Adrian Tomine signing

Sunday, June 24th

11:00 - 1:00 Miriam Katin signing

12:50 - 1:55 AWP Roundtable panel with Gabrielle Bell & others

1:00 - 3:00 Charles Burns & Anders Nilsen signing

3:00 - 3:45 Joe Matt signing

3:45 - 5:15 Gabrielle Bell signing

4:00 - 5:00 "Spotlight on Joe Matt" panel

5:15 - 6:00 Joe Matt signing

DEBUTING AT MAF '07 we have Anders Nilsen's beautiful Dogs & Water hardcover edition, Gabrielle Bell's new comic book Lucky, Volume 2 #1, and Joe Matt's long-awaited Peepshow collection, Spent.

James Sturm in the blogosphere

Buzz is starting up for Sturm's collaborative Hyperion/CCS publication, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, coming at the end of the year. Publisher's Weekly describes it as "a compelling narrative, a strong voice, solid illustrations, and the perfect pacing to move the story along but keep you, in places, on the edge of your seat," and admires "its deeply human message" and "the window on American history that Sturm and Tommaso are opening for their readers."

Likewise, his release from D+Q later this summer has attracted the attention of Vulture, the arts & culture blog of New York Magazine, where one of the three stories collected in James Sturm's America, "The Golem's Mighty Swing," is excerpted this week.

Monday, June 18, 2007

the devil made him do it

Y'know, the masturbation marathons, etc... Brian Heater sums up a list of Joe's sins for the Daily Crosshatch, and also says that, "Spent includes some of the most telling glimpses into life's banalities since the glory days of American Splendor, and like some of Pekar's best work, the poor bastard happily invites us to laugh at him, rather than with him, knowing full well that, in life, we never get the last laugh, but if someone can get a few hearty chuckles or other comfort out of it, then maybe it was worth something, after all." You can also read his interview with Joe Matt here.

Thanks to Ray Pride for this snapshot of Joe Matt with Ivan Brunetti (and the aforementioned devil) at the Quimby's Spent launch on Saturday. The book is now available online from D+Q! Next up: Philly tomorrow & NYC this weekend.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Tintin!

NPR's On the Media explores the world of Herge's Tintin, cartoonist R. Sikoryak is a guest speaker. It's a great segment.

D+Q will publish a collection of R. Sikoryak's short stories in Fall 2008.
Friday, June 15, 2007

Joe Matt launches SPENT tonight in LA

That's right, if you're in the area, head over to Skylight Books to catch a Q+A and signing with Joe Matt. And Chicago, Philly, and NYC.. get ready!

Friday, June 15th, 7:30 pm @ Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Ave.

Saturday, June 16th, 7:00 pm @ Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave.
Q+A led by cartoonist Ivan Brunetti

Tuesday, June 19th, 7:00 pm @ Big Jar Books, 55 North 2nd Street

Saturday & Sunday, June 23rd & 24th @ The MoCCA Art Festival

Special Guest Event: "Spotlight on Joe Matt"
Sunday, June 24th, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
@ the MoCCA gallery, 594 Broadway, Suite 401

signing at the D+Q booth:
Puck Building, 293 Lafayette at Houston
Saturday, June 23rd, 2:30 - 4:30
Sunday, June 24th, 3:00 - 3:45 and 5:15 - 6:00

Festival open 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Admission is $8 each day / $10 weekend pass (weekend pass only $5 for MoCCA members)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007

good news and bad news

Just a couple of weeks ago, Daniel Robert Epstein interviewed Joe Matt for Suicide Girls, and the funny, yet depressing, and of course classic exchange was posted yesterday. Well, that's fabulous news, but just as I was about to blog it and remind you all about Joe's tour that kicks off this Friday in L.A., I heard the news that early this morning Dan Epstein passed away at the age of only 31... puts a damper on any excitement, to say the least.

Dan interviewed many of D+Q's cartoonists over the years, including Kevin Huizenga, James Sturm, Chester Brown, Seth, and Adrian Tomine. We'll miss him...

Monday, June 11, 2007

Please help our friends

Being that D+Q has had several distribution problems over the past decade, our hearts go out to any other small publisher who has to go through this terrible ordeal. Unfortunately, our friends at McSweeneys and the Believer now need your help. Please go buy their books.

The fundraiser starts tomorrow featuring special auctions on lots of their items and even specials like artwork auctions from Tony Millionaire and Chris Ware.

This just in

Someone recently asked me when they could expect the next D+Q Showcase and while it's several months away (February 2008?) it did remind me to ask Amanda Vähämäki about her cover. So here it is and she is äwesome. Word is, she may be coming to the MoCCA Arts Festival.

Joe Matt on Tour!

The infamous Joe Matt takes to the road with his new graphic novel Spent this month, with stops in LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. Later this summer, he will also be appearing at the San Diego Comic-Con and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Weekend Update From Toronto

Be sure to check out this group review of James Sturm's America, Spent, King-Cat Classix and Exit Wounds in the Globe & Mail Book Section.
Friday, June 08, 2007

A Reader Put Its All Together

So you have received your issue of this week's New Yorker, and perhaps you're wondering, "Well, I know it's Salinger the girl is reading, but which one...Catcher in the Rye or Franny and Zooey?" OK, maybe you aren't wondering that, but in case you were, this blogger puts it all together. Or does he...

New series & nice piece

Gabrielle Bell is the subject of a full-page feature in May's issue of Dazed & Confused. Keep an eye out for the new issue of Lucky, Vol. 2 #1, coming this month from D+Q. This article describes her previous issues (collected in the Lucky hardcover) as "a series of some of today's most sharp yet subtle vignettes of 20-something urban ennui."

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Book Expo America report

Just got back from BEA in New York City and I thought I'd drop a brief report now that I've had time to mull over the proceedings. This is the third year in a row that D&Q has attended as part of the Farrar, Straus, and Giroux booth and this may be the first year that something significant occurred--namely not a single librarian or bookseller came up to me and told me how little they care for graphic novels. I'm not sure if this a sign that they're admitting defeat to a "sub-literate artform" or if they're actually realizing that there's a place for comics in their organizations. I can only guess why this is. Perhaps there are better educated buyers who know how to stock a shelf based on what the clientele will actually want, or perhaps the high-profile successes of OGNs and anthologies have made them realize that there's something more going on than franchise-placeholders and tween-baiting. I rode on an airport shuttle with a 50-year-old librarian from Wichita who was well-versed in Lost Girls for crackin' ice! Another striking thing was very few people mentioned teen-oriented manga or superheroes while talking to me about graphic novels. It was almost as if they were able to make the distinction in genres, kind of like how the FSG rep selling the new Denis Johnson book doesn't have to talk about Nancy Drew or cookbooks, I'm guessing. Some folks still think it's all about manga and there's no place for the experimental or literary but more and more folks are realizing that there just may be something there for the people who like to read comics that are similar to the books they read. Hurray for you and me.

Top photo: Dan Nadel and Eric Reynolds pore over a map trying to figure out how to get to Lavender Diamond so that Eric Reynolds can experience the greatest love of all.

Bottom photo: Chris in our booth talking to Eric Lorberer from Rain Taxi.

Inkstuds interviews John P.

Today at 2pm pacific time, John Porcellino is on the air with the Vancouver radio show, Inkstuds. You can listen to the broadcast on CiTR or catch the podcast later on the Inkstuds website.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Q+A with Adrian Tomine

This week's PWCW features an interview with Adrian Tomine about his upcoming graphic novel Shortcomings. (Photo Copyright Peter Stanglmayr)

Three Reviews of Exit Wounds..."the most gripping graphic novel of the year"

Hot on the heels on the book's Quill nomination and glowing Entertainment Weekly review are three more reviews of Exit Wounds.

Matt Madden reviews the Exit Wounds in Bookforum and offers the following praise: Modan's storytelling is likewise rich with subtle detail and nuance; the Observer states Exit Wounds is the most gripping graphic novel of the year; and the Independent declares produced in lavish full colour, Exit Wounds is an enormously attractive book, with an added bonus of also reviewing Seth's It's A Good Life.

An excerpt of Exit Wounds can be found here here.
Monday, June 04, 2007


I thought this blog about Adrian at BEA was very sweet.

D+Q's Harvey Award Nominees

Nominees for this year's Harvey Awards include a handful from D+Q:

Congratulations Kevin Huizenga & Yoshihiro Tatsumi! And to the ghosts of Frank King & Tove Jansson...


Jaime Hernandez | LOVE & ROCKETS | Fantagraphics
Kevin Huizenga | CURSES | Drawn & Quarterly
Don Piraro | BIZARRO | King Features Syndicate
Don Rosa | UNCLE SCROOGE | Gemstone Publishing
William Van Horn | WALT DISNEY COMICS & STORIES | Gemstone Publishing


ABANDON THE OLD IN TOKYO | Yoshihiro Tatsumi | Drawn & Quarterly
KAMPUNG BOY | Lat | First Second
MOOMIN | Tove Jansson | Drawn & Quarterly
ODE TO KIRIHITO | Osamu Tezuka | Vertical


COMPLETE PEANUTS | Fantagraphics
EC ARCHIVES | Gemstone Publishing
POPEYE: I YAM WHAT I YAM | Fantagraphics
WALT & SKEEZIX | Drawn & Quarterly

Bored of Tourism

Adrian provides the gorgeous artwork for this week's Summer Fiction issue of the New Yorker.
Saturday, June 02, 2007

Weekend Update From NYC

This photo of Adrian, Tom and Chris was taken by ace reporter Heidi MacDonald of the Beat. New York Magazine's Vulture snapped a pic of Adrian and Julianne Moore at BEA yesterday and a stuffed animal named "Bully" has a surprisingly thorough take on the comics scene at BEA.

Also, some great news came out of BEA this weekend, two D+Q books have been nominated for "Best Graphic Novel" by the Quill Awards "honoring the year's most entertaining and enlightening titles," Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds and Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie's Aya. Congrats to Rutu, Marguerite and Clement!! We'll see you on NBC!!


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