"The dark humour of Tom Gauld...pokes fun at literature...not to mention futurism, religion, modern art and human hubris and frivolity."–Mother Jones
"The ironic takes on key moments in in history and literature and will certainly elicit a few laughs."–Vogue UK (print edition)
"YOU'RE ALL JUST JEALOUS OF MY JETPACK bristles with Tom's acerbic wit, casting his critical gaze on everything from abattoirs to British literary guests...they're seriously funny."–It's Nice That
"Describing Gauld's little figures can't possibly do them justice. He has a way of taking the rudiments of geometry and making characters that are hilariously recognizable."–AV Club
On May 14th, after her TCAF appearances, Rutu Modan's THE PROPERTY will be in stores. Rutu will have a full slate of appearances at TCAF, but note that her official solo spotlight will be Sunday night at 5 PM at the Miles Nadal JCC right down the street from the TPL. Check it, Toronto is so excited the Globe & Mail has already reviewed the book!
"A stunning book...Modan's drawings are precise and evocative. The Warsaw she imagines...feels alive on the page."–Globe & Mail
"Modan has proven to be one of the most accessible of graphic novelists, with a cinematic presentation and the ability to capture the complexity of larger human experience within smaller family dramas."–Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Modan's dialogue is smart and nuanced to match a drawing...[a] gratifying work of comics realism."–Booklist
And lastly, check out this wonderfully in-depth thoughtful review by everyone's favorite librarian and writer, Francisca Goldsmith:
"A tightly crafted, accessible family story in which history and the present inform each other."–School Library Journal, Starred Review
And on May 30th, Lisa Hanawalt's MY DIRTY DUMB EYES is in stores but lucky urbanites in Toronto, Montreal and NYC can get advance copies at TCAF May 11th & 12th, her event at Librairie D+Q on May 13th and her powerHouse Launch on May 20th. She is also going on a national tour after the release, including an event with Kristen Schaal and Dan Savage...say what? that's right! So back, to press, can we start with the best pull-quote ever?
"Dude you have to read this, I don't want to have to cajole you again."–Comic Book Resources
"Imagine a grown-up Richard Scarry turned absurdist social commentator."–Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"The subject matter in MY DIRTY DUMB EYES ranges from the bizarre to the commonplace, and Lisa's art can be jaw-droppingly beautiful and purposely hideous...But what matters most is that she is very very funny."–AV Club
"[Hanawalt's drawings are] bright, bizarre and often crammed with textile-clad animals partaking in anthropomorphic activies. They're also, of course, very well drawn and designed."–It's Nice That
I don't want to get too geeky publicist on you all, but gotta love the well-deserved advance praise!!!!