First off, the month of May marks our store director's, Jason Grimmer, one year anniversary at Drawn & Quarterly. Under his tutelage the store has grown leaps and bounds, with not only an increased fourth quarter in 2012 and a fantastic December but outstanding growth in the first three months of 2012. The above photo is by photographer Alexi Hobbs who photographed the store for the international edition of TIME Magazine.
Time Magazine was featuring Montreal's literary scene timed to the Blue Met Bleu Literary Festival. To see more photos from the shoot and of the store visit Alexi's site. Of D+Q, the writer Hillary Brenhouse said:
It may have begun as a magazine anthology in late-80s Montreal, but Drawn & Quarterly has grown into an internationally renowned indie publishing house and come to define the literary-comics genre. Down the street from headquarters, a small and exquisitely curated flagship shop deals in D& Q titles and other finely printed matter. The crowds go for launches, live readings and workshops to the best in design. Just in is Goliath, a graphic novel that draws a gentler giant from British cartoonist Tom Gauld, who visits the store on May 2. The English translation of Shigeru Mizuki's wellloved manga and memoir NonNonBa on his childhood forays into the spirit world also arrives next month.
And we were able to open up our Young Adult and Kids section which came in handy last Saturday for Free Comic Book Day.
The new shelving allowed us to give our "total besties" McSweeneys their own section as well as deservedly expand our bandes dessinées sections.
So that's that! In honor of the store's fifth anniversary this Fall, check back to the Librairie D+Q blog for updates on some major headlining events this Fall, both comics and prose, and hopefully from all of our sections including kids, DIY, music and nonfiction. And once again, thanks to our fantastic customers and fans from around the world, who make fighting the good fight every day totally worth it!