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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ROOKIE weekend in LA!

Our ROOKIE weekend in LA is shaping up to be a real doozy, in the best sense possible! Readings! Workshops! Live Music! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Adrian Tomine Hits the NYT GN List Two Weeks Running & More Press

Adrian's NEW YORK DRAWINGS has made the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List two weeks running! And yesterday, the Paris Review ran an interview with him by Peter Terzian where Peter has clearly done his homework by studying Adrian's covers, and connects the dots most of us have missed. Also, Adrian opened up his sketchbook on his first New Yorker cover for his British Publisher Faber & Faber's blog The Thought Fox, offering the above goody of which he says "The idea here was, basically: a needy author trying very hard to be recognized in public. Which is not at all autobiographical in any way." Ha.
Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Julie Morstad! Julie in Vancouver at Luckys!

What's this a Julie Morstad event at everyone's favorite comic shop in the 'Couv Lucky's next week, Saturday Nov 3rd?  Well, yes, for her gorgeous new artbook from D+Q called THE WAYSIDE.

A gorgeous hardcover befitting of Julie's beautiful artwork, complete with several gatefolds (also in honor of D+Q's year of the gatefold).

I can stare at Julie's artwork all day. I find it simply enchanting.
Julie will also have events in Toronto at TYPE, and at the Librairie D+Q in November.

Brecht Evens makes a mural

I've seen mention of this in a couple places but never saw any good pictures and didn't bother googling for better. Well, it would seem that Juan José Fernández at Crinkled Comics is doing the hard work for me. Above is 7 minute video with lots of great images and commentary in, as my friends to the South would say, "the wrong language."
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tavi Gevinson Launches ROOKIE in Toronto! This Saturday!

GET READY TORONTO! Tavi Gevinson will be with her Canadian Girl Crew this Saturday at Indigo Yorkdale at 2 PM and then at Magic Pony at 7 PM, where you must come in costume!

 "She still doesn’t fancy herself a revolutionary: She’s just a girl, inside her bedroom, creating a world out of things she loves. Rookie is like a teenage girl’s bedroom turned into pixels and code, an imperfect collage of adolescent experience."–Toronto Star

Cave~In back in print (Also, interns are said to be awesome.)

Thirteen years after Brian Ralph's Cave~In made a splash at San Diego Comic-Con (that's 1999, people!), this wordless classic that spawned a whole raft of imitators gets a new cover and comes back into print. Look at this tidy perfect little comic. More to come when this book is hitting stores. January? Somewhere around there. Also, at that time look for a softcover edition of Daybreak. Why maybe there'll even be a Reggie-12 collection by the end of 2013 (or as we affectionately call it The Year of the Ralph.)

Also, EVERYONE, say "hey" to one of our current awesome interns, Vanessa. She is the best. The Best!
Monday, October 22, 2012

Gilbert Hints at MARBLE SEASON

Gilbert and Jaime are interviewed at the AV Club for the 30th anniversary. And he spills some deats about MARBLE SEASON. I have read almost the entire book, and Gilbert totally and magically captures that creative play kids do of world building and role playing. Oh, I know not fair! It's not out until next April! But I'm not *that* mean, so I give you the above page.

AVC: And then Marble Season? You’ve been talking about that semi-autobiographical graphic novel for a while now.

GH: Oh, Marble Season I’m working on. That’ll be coming out next spring just because of scheduling problems. That’s interesting, because I’ve never really gotten that close to doing autobiographical comics. I’ve dabbled here and there, but this is actually the closest I’m doing to stuff that happened to us as kids. Now, I say semi-autobiographical because a lot of the stuff that people will read, [they’ll] think this is my life story. It really isn’t. It’s only part. A lot of things that say happened to Jaime, I will apply to the main character. Something that happened to another kid, I’ll apply to the main character. It sounds like he had this eventful life going on, but some of it’s mine, some of it is Jaime’s, some of it’s my older brother’s, some of it is kids’ in the neighborhood. It’s the closest to actual things that happened, but I’m still changing it up.

AVC: It’s not like a memoir.

GH: No, it’s just more like looking back at what was great about being a kid. Because normally, in Palomar, especially, and Love And Rockets, it’s looking back at how rotten it was to be a kid. [Laughs.] So, I decided to do a valentine to the past. Because there’s enough fun stuff about the past growing up that fills a book. And I left a lot of stuff out.

ROCK THE VOTE, Rookie-style.

"You Don't Own Me" PSA- Official from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

APE 2012 (Please DO tell me about your complicated relationships!)

First off, I like San Francisco a lot and if this were a food blog I would totally go into the salt cod fried rice from Mission Chinese or the Nokedli at Bar Tartine or the Hot Beef served food cart style in a very filthy dive bar but while I am boring I am not THAT boring.

As it turns out, the place I was staying was right around the corner from Kayo Books which is an amazing used pulp bookstore and sure enough there was a big fat stack of old undergrounds and 50s Dells. I passed on a couple of old faves from the late UG period--such as Tim Eagan's ALL-NIGHT COMICS and so many Kim Deitch titles--and grabbed the above POGOs (great), LITTLE RASCALS (terrible), RUFF AND REDDY (should be better), and a Justin Green's SHOW AND TELL (for Pascal Girard). Tattered and cheap--perfect. Oh, waitI I am THAT boring.

Friday night, I took the Bart out to Berkeley for Adrian Tomine's signing at Pegasus Books. It's a cute store and the events coordinator Marlon was on top of things. The place was packed.

People, this is a graphic novel section! To my eye, the jerky unicorn comic is the one that seems to pop the most so there goes $100,000 for graphic design school down the drain for the rest of us.

I encourage EVERYONE to do this very thing!!! "It looked a lot more like you before we cooked it," said the creator. Later, while watching Adrian's slideshow I absent mindedly ate half of his face. Sorry, Adrian!!

I love these out of print and valuable comics displayed above the shelved books--I meant to fully capture this shelf but accidentally cut off that copy of LUCKY priced at $400.

The place was picked! A number of us stood on the lower level and craned our necks and cupped our ears in order to see/hear Adrian.

Adrian gives his wry account of breaking into the New Yorker illustration game. I don't think I've ever heard so much audience laughter at an author event.

Saturday morning and I am armed with my McSweeneys intern Ilaria. That's right, I call up McSweeneys and ask for interns to work the show. And they have them. Ilaria had just arrived from Italy two days prior. She was great and was out of her mind excited when I told her that Adrian would be signing later that day.

Oh, here's our pals from Yam Books--Ken McIrish, proprietor Rina Ayuyang, and featured artist Tim Hensley. Rina just published Tim's new book Ticket Stub which I find impossible to describe. Oh, all right--brushy precision and stream of consciousness hilarity. See I can't do it. Also, best die-cut ever on the cover/entire book.

It was a light signing show for us. Adrian was the only person touring and he signed for a couple of hours on Saturday. The folks came out and the always professional APE/Comic-Con staff was right on top of the line and things ran smoothly.

So guess what? I hate taking pictures with the iPad apparently and this is it. It was good to see the usual convention pals like Janice, Mike, and Brett. And to visit with my McSweeneys (and former McSweeneys) peeps like Eli, Russell, Walter, Brian, Sam, Chelsea, Laura, Sunra, and Andi. I think I had the longest chat with Brett Warnock from Top Shelf that I've had in years. Brief talks with Jon Vermilyea and Tom Kaczynski from Uncivilized Books and Gabrielle Bell. Also, awesome to meet Lee Binswanger and see Caryn Leschen again. I love those ladies!!

PEOPLE! Saturday was my birthday and I celebrated it by eating leftover pizza and looking at the pages for Dan Clowes as-yet-unnamed in-progress graphic novel. AMAZING! Also, I held a copy of Fantastic Four #1 in my hands.

Ah, one last photo: Here I am with intern Gretchen who helped me out on Sunday. I said please wear plaid and she complied. {Special thanks to Chris Diaz for the photo and his friend Graham Willcox for color correction (he "pinked up" my usual blotchy ashen pallor, added some distinguished grey highlights to my hair, and gave my rheumy eyes some "blue sparkle."}
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Multi-Story Building (an errata)

Have you had a chance to read Chris Ware's new, monumental Building Stories yet? We've all been gushing over it here in the office, in complete awe of what Mr. Ware has been able to accomplish.

Did you know that there is a companion piece of sorts to Building Stories? Yes, Multi-Story Building Model will be arriving soon (by about November 7th) in "select" comic book stores. In conjunction with its release, Mr. Ware has asked us to issue the following Errata as an aide of sorts to construct the model. Any errors in conception are for the most part relatively minor (ex: "All three of the porch columns are 1/16" too long from the top down and must be shortened to fit.") and will not prevent you from completing the project (you'll only be sweating it out just a little more). In fact, we had our very own version constructed last month by our intern, Shauna Eve, and what follows below are additional photos.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

D+Q Girl Gang Gets Real in NYC: Rookie Edition

Image courtesy Alyssa Laurel Ringler: http://alyssalaurel.photoshelter.com/
Okay so I left all the "punctual" blogging in Tracy's capable hands (cf SPX and NYC fun posts), but I'm finally back on the job! Shout-out to Trac for the post title.

During our week in New York, Tracy, Peggy, and I had the delight of attending not one but two magical Rookie parties, meaning we got to hang out with the incredibly awesome Rookie team several times. The first event was a book launch at McNally Jackson, one of Manhattan's most charming indie bookshops. There were a whopping ten or twelve readers, I believe, but Rookie MC Amy Rose did a flawless job of introducing every one. Most were Rookie contributors and staff writers, but there were guest appearances from Dave Hill, Lena Dunham, and Sarah Sophie Flicker. Lena & Sarah both made speeches that made (I swear) half the audience tear up. More on that later.

Even more exciting was the fact that this trip, as Tracy alluded to, was the first time we got to meet the Rookie team IRL (if you will). Tavi, Steve, Berit, Anaheed, Lauren, all the rest of the Rookie staff writers and contributors: it was a complete and utter pleasure to get to meet you. We've loved working with you, we're so so thrilled to be publishing Rookie, and we look forward to everything else you've got up your communal sleeve! Sonja, we'd definitely met you before, but it was great seeing you too!

So, Sunday afternoon... Everyone knows that to get a party going, you need a LOT of candy and soda pop. Our first stop was at the latino grocery near where we were staying. We scooped up all the brightest-colored sodas we could spot...

...and headed down to the LES, where we hit Economy Candy Market and blew all our funds for the week.

With that taken care of, adorned in candy necklaces and ring pops, we headed down to McNally, where a throng of the most stylish, most charming young women you have ever seen was already starting to form. And they just kept coming. There were people everywhere! We were set up in the basement to maximize space, and by the time the reading started, there was no space downstairs. Over the course of the reading, even the stairs filled up - a new definition for standing room only!

The delightful and multi-talented Fiona Duncan, former D+Q employee, current McNally Jackson employee, introduced the evening with a beautiful explanation of the Rookie MO.

And then Amy Rose took it away. As I mentioned above, her introductions were chatty, enthusiastic, and extremely gracious. I sort of wish she could host all of our events.

The readings were powerful, and the feeling in the room was so warm and supportive. Here's Rookie staffer Arabelle reading from a piece about coming out.

One of the most moving moments for me was Lena Dunham (Girls, Tiny Furniture) giving a speech about the importance of Rookie. She not only attended the book launch, and gave a reading of a piece composed to her younger self, but also spoke at length about how she had never wanted to have children, but now she wants to have a daughter, if only so that she can get her daughter to read Rookie. I'm ruining it here by transcribing it, but she spoke eloquently to the role of Rookie as a venue for young women to express things they've never been able to share with one another before.

Lena Dunham!
Finally, Tavi read one of my personal faves in the Rookie Yearbook: "How to Not Care What Other People Think of You."

After that, all the Rookie staffers and contributors  got up and answered questions from the audience.

Photo by Alyssa Laurel Ringler.
Then we brought a bunch of Rookies into the kids section, sat them down next to If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and got them to work signing, assembly line style.

L-R: Jenny, Arabelle, Petra, Tavi, Amy Rose, Laia, and I think that's the tip of Joe's nose
The signing line went all the way up the stairs for over an hour, as people patiently waited.

Just cuz we can, here are some pics of other people at the launch. Below: Rookie Editorial Director Anaheed + an adorable Rookie reader whose name I tragically do not know!

Here are Librairie D+Q fave Emma Straub (author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and Other People We Married, not to mention a Rookie contributor) and writer-about-art/awesome person Naomi Fry (Frieze, Art Forum, n+1, and more):

After the last happy customer got the last copy of Rookie signed (did I mention we sold out of books??), we headed with the Rookie posse to a nearby restaurant, where Tavi gave a gracious and funny speech thanking everyone, the final beautiful speech in an evening of beautiful speeches. Here she is blurry and happy.

The next night, it was our delight to turn on the tube, and watch Jimmy Fallon learn to bitchface from a pro.

On Wednesday we headed out with Tavi and Steve for some stock signings, and what was the first thing we saw?

Yes that's right, y'all! Rookie was front and center at the Union Square Barnes & Noble when we arrived for the stock signing. PLUS, we did not capture this moment, but when we were in the secret signing room, a staff member knocked on the door to request a copy of the book because someone was asking for it in the 15 minutes Tavi took to sign their big stack of books!

After the B&N stop, we continued on to the Strand, where Kate (below) arranged things beautifully, setting Tavi up in a gigantic & shiny leather armchair, in the heart of the Strand's gorgeous rare books room.

Best of all, though, (and completely unphotographed) was when we arrived at our distributor FSG's offices for our stock signing there, and there was a table completely submerged in copies of Rookie. Awesome!

After that we said goodbye to Tavi & Steve, and headed back to Brooklyn to put our faces on for the party later on that night at the Ace Hotel. It was Rookie's One Year Anniversary, and my did we have a blast! The evening was peppered with readings and great tunes. This was a book launch, but mostly it was a party to celebrate all the great stuff and staff that make up Rookie, and we were glad to be able to participate.

Almost all photos below should be credited to the wonderful photographer Alyssa Laurel Ringler who snapped beautiful photos at both Rookie parties. Check her work out here.

Here's Rookie Managing Editor and incredible multitasker / fun lady Lauren Redding:

Image courtesy Alyssa Laurel Ringler.
The readings at both Rookie events were,  one after another after another, unendingly great. Inspirational, insightful, funny, wise. Here's Kevin Townley on stage at the Ace: 

Did I mention that everything was splendiferously glittertastic? The Rookie team showed up hours before the event, and draped the Ace hotel in glitter and sequins. 

Since the venue was pretty dark and crowded, we didn't manage to snap too many photos of the readings, but here's Tavi, kicking off the official dance party segment of the evening.

Apart from the glitter, the Ace was also decorated in the prettiest pastel coloured cupcakes you ever did see.  Me oh my were these cupcakes - the apex of cupcakedom, I'd say. Thank you Babycakes! These may have accidentally served as my supper. And a fine supper it was, too.

Image courtesy Alyssa Laurel Ringler.
Oh yes, and after the sugar high from the cupcakes, some of us may have gone wild with the photo booth, forcing innocent bystanders to join us in embarrassing photo ops. 

L-R: Sonja Ahlers, Lauren, Berit, Tracy, me, dear Librairie D+Q employee Julien, Fiona!

Image courtesy Alyssa Laurel Ringler.
 L-R: yrs truly, Sonja, Tracy, Julien, Fiona, Adrian Tomine!

Image courtesy Alyssa Laurel Ringler.
But the D+Q staff weren't the only folks to take advantage of the awesome set-up!

L-R: Anaheed, Laia, Ira, Amy Rose! 
Image courtesy Alyssa Laurel Ringler.
And to cap it all off, here the best group staff photo I've seen in a long time. Congrats on being one year old, Rookie! To many more!

Image courtesy Alyssa Laurel Ringler.
A final postscript: don't forget that we're bringing Rookie fun to Toronto at the end of the month. Tavi and a handful of Toronto Rookies will be hitting the Yorkdale Mall Indigo and Magic Pony on Saturday October 27th.  We hope to see you there!


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