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Thursday, August 30, 2012

21st century Nipper playground

The Doug Wright Park looks to be almost completed (its official opening will be later in September). The park is located in Burlington, Ontario (kind of a suburb of Toronto), the city where Wright and his family lived for decades after leaving Montreal in 1966.

My first choice would have been to have Seth design "teeter totters" and jungle gyms and other 1960s-era equipment. But this would be my second choice. This actually does look pretty great, and it certainly is a fitting tribute to Wright's legacy. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Why We Love Anders Nilsen: well, a couple of the reasons, anyway.

A couple months back we asked some of our cartoonists to pull out their old high school sketchbooks in the hope that we could print some old work in a "Cartoonists' High School Sketchbook" section of Rookie Yearbook One. The timeline for that project was pretty tight, and there just wasn't enough time to get this element of the Yearbook set in time for the press date {sorry everybody}. Anders Nilsen was one of the cartoonists that was kind enough to go digging through old boxes. At first I felt bad for making the request and then having it bare no fruit, but, indeed, these blog posts of Anders's old sketches are gold! And I'm happy I made the request. Go, I beg you, take a look. {You can't see it, but I'm standing up for effect here.} And while you're there, take a look at everything else on his blog--it's one of my favourite sketch-blogs out there. Regularly updated, always a pleasure to read/look at.

And while we're on the topic of Mr. Nilsen and his impressive skills, did you know that we have a new hardcover edition of Don't Go Where I Can't Follow coming out this fall? Here's the new cover:

Barring any production disasters, we should have copies available at BACKFAT in November. Stay tuned for more deets.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Late to the party

It's been said time and time again--Frank Young is providing one of the great internet services with his Stanley Stories blog. Trenchant commentary on all phases of the great John Stanley's cartooning and writing careers would be enough but Frank also does some serious detective work and constantly discovers new Stanley material in the nooks and crannies of the Dell catalog. Easily my favorite historical comics website.

Okay, so I titled this post "Late to the Party" because I'm at least three months late with this post to celebrate Frank's amazing achievement--A comprehensive bibliography of John Stanley's 1940s comics work. For me, this is one of the great comics nerd resources out there. Check it out. Go buy it--$2.99us, come on, that's crazy cheap. Do it!!
Friday, August 24, 2012

Adrian Tomine On Tour This Fall for NEW YORK DRAWINGS

It's that time of year again. The Fall book season! Et voila, a ten-city tour for Adrian Tomine's beautiful new book NEW YORK DRAWINGS. This book will make its debut at SPX where Adrian will be in conversation with the always astute Dan Kois on Sunday, Sept 16th and in NYC at the powerHOUSE Arena on Thursday Sept 20th where Adrian will be in conversation with his editor from the New Yorker Jordan Awan as a "book end" event to the Brooklyn Book Festival and will be in stores on October 2nd, where Adrian will then kick off a tour of slide shows and signings. All I can say is, check back for more updates because we will have more to announce!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Landmark Occasion! Full-length Genevieve Castree

My word! Chris just sent this book, SUSCEPTIBLE, to the printer and we are all crossing our fingers that we will have advances to debut at SPX next month! Genevieve created one of the most beautiful, poetic short stories to grace our Showcase series, and this book is just as eloquent. SUSCEPTIBLE will be in stores officially in October and Genevieve will be making select appearances across North America. Stay tuned!
Monday, August 20, 2012

To The Good Life

The D+Q office & librairie are closed today for a staff holiday to La Ronde, to celebrate the staff's hard work this past year and to let off a little steam before we head into both a busy season for the office (Tomine! Rookie! Longstocking! Castree! and more!), and the store (Byrne & Butler! Gomeshi! Goldstein! Tomine, Ware & Burns! and more!), this Fall. And over the weekend, Mimi Pond (right) sent this great photo of her and Miriam Katin (left) drinking wine by a drawing table in NYC, where Mimi has been hard at work on Over Easy, her graphic novel for D+Q, and Miriam has been finishing up Letting It Go, her 2013 D+Q graphic novel.  Are we in a glorious age for graphic novels, or what?  It is a cause to celebrate.  Cheers!
Friday, August 17, 2012

Rookie Yearbook One! !! !!! !!!! !!!!!

Behold! Tavi Gevinson delightedly holding a year of hard work in her hands!

While I was meandering around Europe over the past couple weeks, critiquing the production work on the Book of Kells, spying on Nobrow, and falling in love with Bruce Lacey, a lot happened around the office. I don't think there could have been a better welcome back than a freshly-bound copy of this very special book sitting on my desk.

Julia already told you about all the amazing goodies inside this beast, but there are so many other impressive things. Here's a preview of some of my favourite spreads, with neck-wrenching nods to Tavi for her unbelievable job art directing this book and to Sonja Ahlers for her impeccable collaging, lettering, watercolour washing, etc, etc. And one more giant nod to Anaheed Alani, editor extraordinaire, for making every word in this book just right, and of course to everyone else at Rookie who invested so much time into creating this content over the past year. You are all aces.

(Pro tip: Put a pillow on the floor now so that when your jaw drops you don't get a nasty bruise.)

Forest fairies, gems, and embroidery, courtesy of Gen at Founderie!


Glitter, bacon, and John Waters!

Sky Ferreira and glitter hearts!

Sequins and David Sedaris!

Your very own cut-out crown from Meadham Kirchhoff!

Stunning opening month spreads from lead artist Sonja Ahlers!

Backstage shots from Meadham Kirchhoff fashion shows!

Backstage shots from Meadham Kirchhoff fashion shows, again. These guys are incredible!

Appendices! That's right! Featuring John Stanley and daisies!

And lastly, endpapers! With hotdogs, kisses, and yearbook signatures from
very special friends of Rookie!

We'll be launching Rookie Yearbook One in New York on September 9th at McNally Jackson. The celebration starts at 7:00 PM. (OMG WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?!) Be there or be square.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Moomin keeps on (Volume 7 in the office!!)

I go away from vacation and come back and dig through the piles of books and proofs on Chris' desk and, lo and behold, a bound copy of The Complete Moomin Comic Strip: Volume 7!! This is the second Lars Jansson collection and, dare I say it, is the book where Lars really comes into his own as a cartoonist. More details as this one hits the stores in September!!
Monday, August 13, 2012

The Wayside by Julie Morstad

Here it is, folks. A nice new hardcover collection of Julie Morstad drawings! This one is called The Wayside. Julie's previous petit-livre (the fabulous Milk Teeth) was a sleeper hit for us (first petit-livre to go back to print) and even before that we knew we needed to get another book out of her.
Delicate lines, soft watercolors!
Dreamy scrubs.
Creepy collages.
Is Julie the master of the balanced, spring Gothic tableau? {Yes.} Coming to your store in just a few weeks.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Rookie Mania

Let's get one thing out of the way first. Did y'all catch this New York Times profile on Tavi & Rookie Mag? No? Read it now!

So, the real reason for my post is because August is the most fun month. Last week Pippi moved in, and today we got the F&Gs of Rookie Yearbook One. Myyyyyy gosh, you guys! This is one purty book! Let me take you on a little (unbound) tour!

Exhibit A from L-R: back cover, spine, front cover... peep those gems! That crown-shaped ISBN! The 'tude of those cover ladies!

Exhibit B: A big pile of signatures splayed out for your curious eyes. Page after page of great content, beautiful design, and hilarious stories.

Exhibit C: I know we told you about the paper crown designed by Meadham Kirchhoff, but did you know about the flexi-disc insert? Oh NBD, just an all-new Dum Dum Girls song and a Rookie theme song written by Supercute! on a format I am not cool enough (or old enough, according to Tom) to have ever seen before! Shiny! Red! See-through! What more can you want?

Well maybe you want more?

How about...

Exhibit D: A sticker sheet!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, there is a BACON STICKER on this sheet. Also there's a rhinestoned female gender symbol. And a bunch of extra rhinestones and bows for all rhinestone/bow sticker emergencies you may encounter. Phew, amirite?

Rookie Yearbook One hits bookstores September 4th, less than a month from now! Stay tuned -- we will have bound copies any day now and more exciting news on the way!
Friday, August 03, 2012

Pippi Moves In!

Oh my gawd I can't believe it is finally here! A few advance copies just rolled through the door and this book looks AMAZING!! Sorry the rest of you have to wait another couple of months to see this thing in person.
Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Long Good Bye

I've know the news for a few months now, we even had a going away party for her, but I can say that I have been in complete denial that today would ever come. We just had our last office lunch with our dear "former" coworker Jessica Campbell. Sniff. As astute industry watchers already know from Spurgeon's Sunday interview, Jessica is leaving us, Montreal (and even Canada!?) to attend the masters of fine painting program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She's our one employee who has been able to do everything in every department in the whole company, and has been with us through thick and thin. She is a true friend, and we will miss her charisma, intellect and droll sense of humor that has kept us all in stitches the past six years. She's an extremely talented painter, so she truly is off to bigger and better things. Congrats, Jessica, we wish you the best! (don't forget about us when you're famous)


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