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Friday, April 27, 2012

Michael Cho's Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes

It's been a hectic week, but hey everybody, grab a cup of coffee, take a little break, and sit yourselves down for a nice read. Tom Spurgeon over at the Comics Reporter has posted a lovely interview with Michael Cho about his new book.

Michael Cho has been drawing Toronto alleys and laneways for six or seven years now, and his forthcoming D+Q book, Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes, is a collection of those drawings. As a Tronno native, the images inspire in me quite a fair bit of nostalgia for the Victorian row houses and ramshackle sheds of my childhood. Even if you're not from Canada's most hated (a.k.a biggest) city, however, the beauty of Michael's artwork is undeniable. The book is divided by season, and Michael's opted to use different color schemes for each season. The drawings are presented very simply, punctuated only by occasional comments on the place depicted or the techniques used.

Stay tuned -- the book will be in stores next month, and we're having what promises to be a 100% fun-guaranteed book launch (and exhibit of art from the book). For now, just save the date: Wednesday May 23rd, 6 to 8 pm at Type books (883 Queen St W) in Toronto. 
Thursday, April 26, 2012


Well, lookee here, a three-page profile of Mr. Delisle in Maclean's Magazine. And here's an interview with Guy in the Washington City Paper in anticipation of his Politics & Prose event tonight. And a glowing review in Paste Magazine: "Smart and fun, 'Jerusalem' is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year in comics."
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

MOCCA Fest: Gauld, Forsythe, Sikoryak, debuts!

Yes, it's convention time, which means three things: panels, signings and book DEBUTS! As Peggy mentioned, creative director Tom Devlin will be manning the D+Q booth, with help from awesome ex-Librairie staffer Fiona. Drawn & Quarterly can be found at B5, C5, and C6.

First off, here's our MOCCA Fest signing and panel schedule. Follow the link for more details about all the panels.

Saturday April 28th
11 am - 12 pm R. Sikoryak signing
11:15 am "Kids Comics" panel hosted by Sarah Couri of the New York Public Library. Matthew Forsythe, Jorge Aguirre, P. Craig Russell, Colleen AF Venable. Room A.
12 - 1 pm Matt Forsythe signing
12:15 pm Brian Heather interviews Tom Gauld and Nicolas Mahler. Room B.
1 - 3 pm Tom Gauld signing
3 - 4 pm Matt Forsythe signing
5:15 pm "Carousel" hosted by R. Sikoryak with Michael Kupperman, Domitille Collardey, Shannon Wheeler, Leslie Stein, and Lauren Weinstein. Voice actors: Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, and Scott Adsit.

Sunday April 29th
12 - 2 pm Matt Forsythe and Tom Gauld signing
4:45 pm "Euro-Comics: Kiki de Montparnasse and the French comics scene" with Jose-Louise Bocquet and Doug Wallace. Room B.
5:15 pm "Animation from Augenblick Studios and Ugly Americans." R. Sikoryak with Aaron Augenblick and Devin Clark. Room A.

Now, I know we're all itching for this part so without further ado, our MOCCA debuts!

Shigeru Mizuki's NonNonBa, the first manga to win Best Album at the Angouleme International Comics Festival! NonNonBa is a poetic memoir detailing how Mizuki's childhood experiences with yokai (spirit monsters) influenced the course of his life and oeuvre.

Anouk Ricard's Anna & Froga, a hilarious contribution to the D+Q Enfant imprint. These stories are funny funny funny and the characters are as imperfect as real kids (or grown-ups). Ricard's characters are sweet without being precious, and always eager to find an opportunity for a laugh at one another's expense.

And last but not least: Yoshihiro Tatsumi's Fallen Words. Fallen Words is a collection of eight stories inspired by the centuries-old Japanese storytelling tradition of rakugo. In fusing this comedic, performance-based art form with the visual language of manga, Tatsumi reaffirms that he is still one of the medium's foremost innovators.

But enough of me! Get out there this Saturday and Sunday, New York (and surrounding environs)! These books won't be in stores until June!  It's all taking place at the 69th Regiment Armory at 68 Lexington Ave, between 25th and 26th St. 11 am to 6 pm this Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th.

But don't forget our Friday night event: Matt Forsythe & Tom Gauld are participating in the almost-too-fun Desert Island International Comics Party with Nicolas Mahler, Jason, and Olivier Schrauwen. Facebook deets here, 540 Metropolitan Ave, 8 pm on Friday April 27th.

Kevin Huizenga's Gloriana

A sleek little package arrived in the mail today. Inside I found something I've been looking forward to for a while: Kevin Huizenga's Gloriana!!!

Kevin did an impecable job designing this hardcover edition; it includes extra content—planning notes and doodles, reproductions of the original Supermonster and Or Else covers that Gloriana first appeared between, some brand-new content, and more! Plus my favourite: a hilarious index that guides the reader to perhaps the best pun ever crafted. I won't spoil it here.

And diagrams! One of my favourite things about Kevin's work.

And, because 2012 will go down in D+Q history as the Gatefold Spring, a double gatefold:


Watch for Gloriana in stores late June.

Monday, April 23, 2012

D+Q's NY State of Mind! Tom Devlin on the Road.

FIRST UP: Tomorrow night in Manhattan, the all star line up of Guy Delisle debuting his anticipated award-winning graphic novel JERUSALEM: CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY at Housing Works at 7 PM with books being sold by the always awesome Desert Island. Guy will present a slide show, and be in conversation with Benjamen Walker of WFMU's Too Much Information.
SECOND UP: As Guy heads off on his tour, Tom Devlin gets the party started for MoCCA, kicking off an all star party at Desert Island on Friday night with with a stellar line-up: Matt Forsythe, Tom Gauld, Jason, Nicolas Mahler, and Oliver Schrauwen! Hello!
THIRD UP: MoCCA! Tom Gauld, Matt Forsythe, R. Sikoryak, Jose-Louis Bocquet and D+Q Creative Director Tom Devlin at MoCCA all weekend long. Tom *should* have his shirt on. Map, Signing and panel schedule to come.
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tom Gauld! Matt Forsythe! On tour!

Well looky here, it seems we have a petit tour coming up! With not just one, but two totally awesome D+Q dudes (authors, I guess if we're being "accurate.")

Tom Gauld (Goliath) and Matt Forsythe (Jinchalo) will be hitting Brooklyn, NYC (MOCCA Fest), Providence, and Toronto (TCAF) together. Plus Tom Gauld will be doing a solo launch for lucky lucky Montrealers at the Librairie D+Q on Wednesday May 2nd!

But why am I blabbing when I could be picture-is-worth-a-thousand-wordsing?

Now that's off my chest, let me mention a few things. First off, Matt just won a prestigious illustration award from the Canadian Library Association! For his first children's book, no less! A well-earned congratulations Matt!

And second of all, I've been slacking on sharing the sweet praise Tom's been receiving from a huge swath of different readers -- The School Library Journal, The Comics Reporter, and the Large-Hearted Boy to name a few! I lovelovelove those playlists! Did you know that Matt also did one?

Signings at TCAF and MOCCA TBA, stay tuned!

Oh, here it is, ANNA & FROGA in English!

PEOPLE! I am very excited about this book! And here it is in its completed glory! So far, our Enfant kids book line has just been the Moomin picture books by Tove Jansson (The Book About Moomin, Mymble, and Little My and Who Will Comfort Toffle?) but this year we decided to step it up with three new import series--Anna & Froga by Anouk Ricard, Pippi by Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Vang Nyman, and our new color Moomin series featuring colored versions of the comic stories from Tove and Lars Jansson.

So the first of those books has arrived and it is called Anna & Froga: Want a Gumball?. Translated by our gifted long-time translator Helge Dascher, Anna & Froga is a smart funny kids comic about a group of friends who are not always nice to each other or conscious of feelings or interested in providing support for one another--in other words, friends.

There are 3 more books in the series (in French) so far (with another volume coming soon) so this promises to be a long beautiful relationship. Look for our first volume in stores in July!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's Loller Time: Jillian Tamaki's SuperMutant Magic Academy

Jillian Tamaki's been getting a lot of praise for her ingenious webcomic, SuperMutant Magic Academy, and I'm feeling left out. So, let it be known: Jillian, you make me laugh at my desk a couple times a week. And then Tom inevitably looks over and sees what I'm reading and then we jam on just how succinct SMMA is, and how amazed we are with the quantity of Jillian's output, and its unfailing quality. It just keeps getting better and better. Her most recent comic is a perfect example. That single tear on Danny's cheek is going to be popping into my head for weeks, making me laugh at what will surely be inappropriate times.

If you haven't already read every single one of these and aren't hitting refresh on your google reader obsessively in hopes of a new SMMA being posted, then you're doing it wrong I'd recommend you change your ways, posthaste!
Friday, April 13, 2012

Holy Smokes! The Conference to End All Conferences.

This one is a doozy people. The University of Chicago is hosting an academic conference, Comics: Philosophy & Practise at Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry from May 18-20th . With whom you ask? Let's list it: Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Phoebe Gloeckner, Justin Green, Ben Katchor, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Francoise Mouly, Gary Panter, Joe Sacco, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Carol Tyler, and Chris Ware. @#$%* !!!!!

We have been lovingly referring to this as Hillary-Con, as it is organized by the dynamic academic Hillary Chute. Books will be sold by Quimby's and 57th St Books. And some swag will be provided by yours truly, D+Q.

Oh wait, you're still reading? Well, good, because 40 lucky attendees will be able to attend a workshop with the MS! LYNDA! BARRY! HELL YES PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! This may be the most epic meeting of the cartoonist mind ever. Personally, I'm just happy that all of these artists will be able to see each other, and spend quality time with each other. Oh to be a fly on the wall during these conversations!

We heart you too, McDQ!

McDQ forever.

Right back at you, guys.

I would like it if all publishing blogs referred to our ongoing love affair with McSweeneys, as McDQ, right up with Bennifer, Brangelina....

Lynda Barry's BLABBER in the NYTBR

"Lynda Barry’s excitable, bittersweet cartoons and collages are practically a cultural fixture, like little black dresses or 'The Simpsons.'"–Douglas Wolk, The New York Times Book Review

Congratulations Anders! Winner of the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize.

Well, it's always exciting when one of our cartoonists wins a prize, but it's even more exciting naturally when that prize comes with actual prize money! Congratulations are in order to Anders, as BIG QUESTIONS won the 2012 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize awarded by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book at Penn State. Couldn't have been awarded to a more deserving, talented cartoonist. The fact that a graphic novel as singular as BIG QUESTIONS has so wonderfully found its audience and admirers outside of comics is one of the most rewarding aspects of working at D+Q; a testament to Anders' amazingly gifted and intelligent storytelling and art; and a great reminder on a Friday morning that I work with the best artists in the world.
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Free Comic Book Day 2012

The sun is shining in Montreal—it's finally starting to feel like spring, and in the real way, not the too-good-to-be-true-freakishly-hot-March way. And you know what that means, Kids: Free Comic Book Day is just around the corner. FCBD comics are always a blast to put together; this year was no exception, as it includes two upcoming Enfant books that I'm real excited about, Tove Jansson's Moomin Valley Turns Jungle and Anouk Ricard's Anna & Froga.

We knew Moomin in colour was going to be incredible, but our jaws all hit the floor around here when we saw it in print. Stunning. Big thanks to (incredible) winter intern MJ for her help with the production of this beauty. The full-length edition of Moomin Valley Turns Jungle will be released early this fall.

And then there's the delightful Anna & Froga. Anouk's a comic genius, making it impossible—even for adults—to not love everything about her work. Here's what two such well-respected adults have to say about it:

"I nominate Anouk Ricard to redraw all of reality itself; so that we may live in a world where every line and every sentiment convey beauty, humor, and/or insanely cute perfectly designed dogs."—Ben Jones, from the internet's Paper Rad, and television's The Problem Solverz

"Anna & Froga are the pals we wish we'd had when we were kids. Their adventures are certain to brighten our days as they never fail to make us giggle. Beautiful, touching and hilarious, Anna & Froga is the must-book for all little and big kids."—Cathy Olmedillas, publisher of Anorak magazine

Anna & Froga will be in stores this June.

Free Comic Book Day is May 5th. Be sure to stop by your local comics shop and score some freebees. And for those of you in Montreal, swing by Librarie D+Q at 211 Bernard. (I'm not making any promises, but last year there were juice boxes, ON THE HOUSE.)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

And ANOTHER thing about Dan Zettwoch...

All right, sorry for all the posts, but holy heck have you seen this print that Dan put up a few days ago? Now, I don't claim to know about or care about baseball (hey, I am in Canada, after all), but this thing is incredible. I want one! Hurry and get yours before I buy all of them! SPORTING EVENTS!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Well, HELLO there, Dan Zettwoch!

Well lookie here at what the cat dragged in! An advance of Dan Zettwoch's BIRDSEYE BRISTOE. Look at those spreads! Look at that gatefold! Look at that cover!

Pick this guy up in stores in June.

Guy Delisle On Tour Spring 2012! Jerusalem! Foreign Policy Excerpt!

Guess who's coming to town in two weeks! Guy! Guy! Guy! Mark your calendars for the dates below, and meanwhile read a nice lengthy excerpt on Foreign Policy.

NYC Tuesday, April 24th 7PM Housing Works with Desert Island

BOSTON Wednesday, April 25th 7PM Harvard Bookstore(Cambridge)

WASHINGTON DC Thursday, April 26th DC 7:30PM Politics & Prose

LOS ANGELES Saturday, April 28th LA 5:30PM Skylight Books

IOWA CITY Monday, April 30th 7PM Prairie Lights

MINNEAPOLIS Tuesday, May 1st 7:30PM Magers & Quinn

CHICAGO Wednesday, May 2nd 7PM At the Oak Park Library with Book Table

TORONTO Thursday, May 3rd 7PM Carlton Cinema with TCAF

TORONTO Saturday, May 5th & Sunday May 6th Toronto Comics Art Festival

“Neither Jewish nor Arab, Delisle explores Jerualem and is able to observe this strange world with candidness and humor...But most of all, those stories convey what life in East Jerusalem is about for an expatriate.”–Haaretz

“Engaging...[Delisle] highlights the very complex lives of Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign residents.” –Publishers Weekly starred review

"Delisle brings his own wry point-of-view to bear here...whenever Delisle finds a peaceful spot to have a coffee or to stare at the ocean, the sense of freedom he feels makes the persistent inhumanity elsewhere in the city seem all the more shameful."–The Onion AV Club
Thursday, April 05, 2012

Well, Well, Well

It appears that the Johnny Depp of comics, Joe Ollmann, is working on a new comic. That art is hot! (Joe has not approved the practise of me calling him the Johnny Depp of comics, nor does he probably want this photo posted)
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Ed the Happy Clown is here! {Interns are awesome edition.}

I can tell you exactly where I was when the first issue of Yummy Fur came out. I was standing in the back of the Harvard Square branch of Newbury Comics. I had just taken the comics guy job there. The cover was a puzzler but when I looked inside, it was all over. Something was going on here but I just didn't know what. Now, of course, the "Ed the Happy Clown" storyline is acknowledged as an influential masterpiece from that second generation of underground cartoonists--praised by just about everyone. So why has it been out of print for so long, you ask? That is a good question! I-don't-know. BUT IT IS HERE NOW!!! Right there in new intern Kate's hands (she is awesome by the way, totally great, love her.) Okay, so the book is a little ways away from being in your local comic or bookstore but it exists. Of course, this being Chester there are tons of notes and even a little bonus strip that has nothing to do with Ed really. And since people have asked, this is what Chester considers the proper Ed the Happy Clown story. There isn't extra work and in fact some of those later Vortex issues are not included. Feast your eyeballs!!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Sing it, Mimi!

Mimi Pond tells us how cooking saved her life on Sauveur.com this week. This series is pretty much just The Best. As a frequent birthday cake baker-and-bringer-to-partiest, I can swear to you the shocking truth of this panel (and its potential positive impact on your popularity as a human):

But don't worry, Mimi's not going to teach you how to make some boring cake...

But seriously folks, read it for yourselves. It's not very often you get a great recipe comic from Mimi Pond!
Monday, April 02, 2012

Who could that be on this blog?

Well, I'll give you a hint: Lemony Snicket gets all the awesome artists involved in his projects (viz. Stephin Merritt's soundtrack for the A Series of Unfortunate Events film).  And now Seth has covered the first book of Lemony Snicket's new series, All the Wrong Questions. I'm thrilled to report that he's also doing interior illustrations for the book. 

Congratulations Seth! And all you Sethy Snicket fans, the book's coming out this October, so you have official permission (from me, anyway) to start getting excited!

Burma In the News! Congratulations Daw Aung San Suu Kyi!

Photo credit Adam Ferguson for the New York Times

So maybe you saw the headlines this weekend about Myanmar and that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi winning a seat in Parliament, thereby making history. The Nobel Peace laureate, peace advocate and fighter for democracy who was under house arrest for 15 years, as documented in Guy Delisle's book BURMA CHRONICLES:

You pull the book off the shelf, dust it off, and think to yourself that maybe Guy's portrait of this totalitarian society will one day be just a portrait in time, and that the changes the country has slowly made the past few years will push this country into democracy. Official results are expected in a few weeks, and we can only hope.


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