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Thursday, March 28, 2013

MoCCA Mania!

So. MoCCA Fest is next weekend. I'm starting to feel the pre-con excitement building.... A springtime full of incredibly fun and inspiring books is very close on the horizon, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be sharing it with New York City next weekend!

Join us at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave, New York, 10010. Former D+Qer Fiona Duncan and I will be wearing ye olde D+Q colours (that's right, with a U) Saturday April 6 and Sunday April 7 from 11 am to 6 pm. And we're bringing some authors with us...

Miriam Katin
Adrian Tomine

And surprise last minute guest...

Lisa Hanawalt

Catch them signing at the D+Q booth, B34 & B35.

Saturday April 6:
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Art as Passion panel with Miriam Katin, Bob Fingerman, and Stan Mack, hosted by Dan Nadel
1 to 2 pm Miriam Katin signing
2 to 4 pm Adrian Tomine signing
4 to 5 pm Lisa Hanawalt signing

Sunday April 7 :
1 to 2 pm Miriam Katin signing

Guest of Honour Jillian Tamaki won't be signing at our booth, but she will be signing at the CBLDF table and we will have copies of INDOOR VOICE, her amazing Petit Livre, available for purchase. While we're on the topic, for the love of all things good, please do not miss her exhibit of artwork taking place in the MoCCA/SoI Art Gallery.

Last but certainly not least, we are kicking off the 2013 convention season with a lot of new books, which I cannot WAIT to handsell to you, fair stranger! Without further ado, let me introduce next week's VERY advance titles!

My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt 

Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez

The Property by Rutu Modan


I can't even get into how great each and every one of these books is for fear of ruining this blog post with too many superlatives. So just trust me, quantities are limited and you are not going to want to miss out on a single one! Come on down to the Armory next weekend! 
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

MARBLE SEASON is here!!!!



LOOK WHAT WE HAVE HERE!!!!! SO EXCITING!!!! NEW GILBERT HERNANDEZ!!!!

Gilbert hits the road very soon to talk about his new mid-career masterpiece Marble Season as well as some of his early comic book influences.
Monday, March 25, 2013

Anders Nilsen's Rage of Poseidon


Perhaps you were lucky enough to get your hands on the handmade edition of Rage of Poseidon last year? More likely, like me, you weren't, and now you're stuck with your hands in your hair asking WHYYYYYYY?! Well, don't sweat it, bro; we've got you covered. This fall we'll be releasing the title in a beautifully non-handmade edition. I know, not quite as cool, but it means that more people get to read this brilliant collection of short stories, so no one can really complain about that, now can they?

Julia wrote some really great copy for the book, so I went ahead and deleted all the inarticulate things I just wrote about it pasted her copy here instead:

Imagine you are Poseidon at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The oceans are dying and sailors have long since stopped paying tribute. They just don’t need you anymore. What do you do? Perhaps, seeking answers, you go exploring. Maybe you end up in Wisconsin and discover the pleasures of the iced latte. And then, perhaps, everything goes wrong.

Anders Nilsen, the author of Big Questions and Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, explores questions like these in his newest work, a darkly funny meditation on religion and faith with a modern twist. Rage of Poseidon brings all the philosophical depth of Nilsen’s earlier work to bear on contemporary society, asking how a twenty-first-century child might respond to being sacrificed on a mountaintop, and probing the role gods like Venus and Bacchus might have in the world of today.

Sounds incredible, right?

We'll keep you posted on the details of this book as we get closer to the release date, but in the meantime, here's some shots from an exhibit up at Fumetto in Luzern, Switzerland, that features some originals from the book. Anders is pretty good at blogging his travels, so if you're not already following his blog, get on it!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Nancy Volume Four! Plus a very happy birthday to the Great John Stanley!


It's been a while since we've had a John Stanley Library release, and although I'm thrilled to show off the fourth Nancy book to you today, I couldn't be sadder that it's the last in the series. When I started out as an intern at D+Q, I pretty much spent the whole summer touching up Melvin and Nancy comics (the office was a bit of a John Stanley sweat shop in those days), and in the process discovered the magic that is John Stanley, possibly the single greatest comics writers of all time. (Hmm?) So in addition to Stanley's work being among my favorite comics, there's also a bit of nostalgia for me. Don't get me wrong, that summer of Tom standing behind me yelling hot keys into my ear while I sucked back tears and shakily figured out how to read his mind was the worst summer of my life, but it had its moments.


And if the series had to come to an end, I'm happy we could do it on a strong note. This final volume of Nancy, and the ninth title in the John Stanley Library, has some pretty great moments.


Most notably, and very much to my delight, an abundance of Oona.


And things get pretty wacky, even by Oona standards.


And as always, Seth did a lovely job with the design of the book.


And here it is, guys: the complete set! Death-Ray Action Doll looks pretty bummed to see the series come to a close. Chin up, Andy, it was good while it lasted. Plus, just look at how handsome they are all lined up!


And you know what else? It's John Stanley's birthday today. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than stopping by your LCS and adding a few more volumes to your embarrassingly incomplete collections. Nancy Volume 4 will be in stores June, so hold your horses on that one for a bit, okay?
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Miriam Katin launches LETTING IT GO in NYC tonight!


Watch out, New York City, because Miriam Katin's got a book to launch. You can find her on the upper west side at Book Culture (536 W. 112th St), at 7 pm tonight! She'll be giving a presentation about her work and signing books. It promises to be a delightful evening.

And what about Letting it Go? Well Brigid Alverson of Comic Book Resources has this to say about it:
"Miriam Katin's Letting It Go is an unsparingly honest graphic novel that has real warmth to it... The ending is satisfying and funny, and not at all facile; it’s clear that Katin’s truce with Berlin is an uneasy one, but it’s a relationship she will be forced to continue working on."


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Scream it from the roof tops: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!


Maybe you saw this wonderful review yesterday from the best critic in comics the almighty Tom Spurgeon.  Tom's review is poignant, and really nails what Gilbert captures in the book with childhood.  And Tom ends his review by stating "Marble Season is a formidable work from one of the best cartoonists.  It's Beto's year."  Who doesn't agree with that?  So perhaps if you're still unconvinced, then you can just wait until Free Comic Book Day and pick up this excerpt.  Or maybe you are convinced and you can then just pick it up for a friend.  Don't forget that Gilbert is touring in April, and doing a slide show on the comics from his childhood that were influential.  Hello!  Who doesnt want to hear that presentation, meet Gilbert in person and get your book signed?!?!



And it wouldn't be Free Comic Book Day if there wasn't a high quality full color comic from Enfant.  The kind of comic you can assuredly give your child and they will adore! Anna, Froga and Pippi!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DO NOT READ (THIS MEANS YOU!!!)



Here's the final piece to that new 104-page special edition of Palookaville 21—Seth's rubber stamp diary. Seth kindly asked that we only read the portion necessary for the book but we couldn't help but look at every page. Here's what Tracy and I discovered: Seth has drawn a lot of pictures of his cat dressed as various characters from Downton Abbey—A LOT!; Much of the diary is written in a made up language that seem to just be Seth adding the suffix "toodles" to half the words (sample: "Itoodles inkedtoodles 2 pagestoodles todaytoodles."); a transcribed wikipedia entry for "antimacassar," and then, like, 100 pages of Bunheads fan-fiction.

Just kidding. That's what's in my diary. Of course, we didn't read Seth's diary.

Oh, this comes out in a few weeks (MARBLE SEASON cover!!)



Just made the final approval on the great Gilbert Hernandez's Marble Season. Man, this book is so good and now it's all coming together!
Monday, March 18, 2013

Miriam Katin in Boston tomorrow night!


Miriam Katin's second graphic memoir, LETTING IT GO, hits shops tomorrow, and in honour of its release, she'll be in Boston at the Brookline Booksmith. Join her for a signing and presentation about her work. Tuesday March 19 at 7 pm,  279 Harvard St. 

Clay Fernald has a short interview with Miriam in this week's Dig Boston, where he asks, "Were you compelled to write and draw these stories of your life for historical, personal or artistic reasons?"

"The stories my mother told me about the war, about our family and our survival were like a daily running narrative in my mind through my life. An uninvited, unwanted presence. They begged to be told. But I am not a writer (as I don’t have one language good enough to write a book with) and also I thought, "Who needs another Holocaust novel"? Then, when I discovered the comics for myself I knew that this way, with drawing and few words I can express myself."

A petite reminder to New Yorkers: Miriam will be in NYC at Book Culture on Thursday night. 
Friday, March 15, 2013

Dumontier & Farber (and the rest of that Royal Art Lodge)


I hear ya, my little chirpy friend. Me, too.

Montreal peeps!! These guys are in town. NOW. And they're opening the show called, AHEM, "After the Royal Art Lodge" tomorrow from 2pm to 5pm at Galerie Division (2020 rue William Montréal, QC, H3J 1R8. 514-938-3863).

Here's the full info:

Galerie Division is proud to reunite five of the original members of the Royal Art Lodge. This collective of artists was founded in 1996 by Michael Dumontier, Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, Drue Langlois, Jonathan Pylypchuk, and Adrian Williams in Winnipeg, and was known for its playful and caustic art works. Working especially on small format pieces during their weekly meetings, the members of the group alternated their interventions on the same media support and any topic was open to be explored.

Indeed the members of the group did not hesitate to tackle subjects as strenuous as death, religion or depression. They succeeded none the less in infusing a certain scathing sense of humour and naivety in their works, thanks to a style and iconography they achieved and made their own. The vivid and clear colors, the naive and almost childlike drawings and the texts inspired by popular culture and folklore reduced the heaviness of the subjects they approached.

The works of the Royal Art Lodge have been exhibited in England, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Korea, France and the United States, namely in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and at The Drawing Center in New York. Their works are part of many public and private collections, including that of Canada’s National Gallery which holds approximately 300 of their drawings.

The exhibition “After the Royal Art Lodge” will be held at Galerie Division from March 16th to May 11th and will feature the collaborative works of Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, as well as the individual works of Marcel Dzama, Adrian Williams and Jonathan Pylypchuk, who will hold a seminar open to the public on Friday, March 15th from 1:30 PM to 3PM. Pylypchuk will discuss the themes tackled in his body of works and how it has evolved since the end of the group.

Galerie Division invites the public to the opening of the exhibition on March 16th from 2PM to 5PM.

For more information, please visit our website: www.galeriedivision.com

Tom Gauld's You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack! Slapped between two hard covers, with some spot gloss for good measure.


I just adjusted a bookshelf at home so I now have a special spot just for tiny little books. Great timing, Trace! Advance copies of You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack are currently causing a bit of a stir around the office. Tom did an impeccable job with the design of this book. It's totally classic, and totally classy. It really couldn't be more handsome.


Classic endpapers to match a classic design.


Probably the best Eric Gill joke I've come across, and I'm a pretty big fan of joking about Eric Gill.


Defeatist jabs at the grim future of The Novel.


A week in the life of my dearest Ernest Hemingway.


And let's not leave religion out of this.

Beloved Readers! Did we mentioned how much we love Tom Gauld? If you live in the UK, why don't you go ahead and look at Tom's tour schedule? He's an absolute pleasure to talk to, so I'd recommend stopping by to say hello/get your copy signed/pat him on the back for a job very well done. Please give him an extra nod from me while you're at it.

You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack will be in stores May 14th over on this side of that giant ocean. Lucky readers in the UK should see it a couple weeks earlier.

Adrian Tomine Print Alert!


As reported on BoingBoing yesterday, Adrian-Tomine.com has new prints in stock! If you could buy each one for me, matted and framed and send them here to the office, I would be forever grateful.
Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Cat Is Out of the Bagge (Har Har!) D+Q's Fall 2013 List

Ladies and Gentleman, as our Fall list has officially been announced in the Farrar, Straus & Giroux catalogue, and we've uploaded these lovelies on to our website, so officially, let us introduce to you our Fall 2013 list. 


First up is Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by the one and only Peter Bagge. Peter is close to done on this title, and has been turning in pages for the past few months, much to the delight of the office. Margaret Sanger is fascinating, and Pete's take on her is fun, informative and without a doubt a totally accessible biography.


Next, as Tom teased last week, is Beautiful Darkness,  a complete departure for D+Q, and a book that really knocked Tom and Chris out of their socks.  It also seems to be a book that scares the bejeezus out of the poor interns. Today, we had a conversation that instead of referring to it as fantasy, we should really be referring to it as horror. Yup. Just when you think you have us all figured out.


Yes, new Anders Nilsen! Rage of Poseidon.  Anders and I discussed this book last September in Colombia and he asked if this could be done accordion style thinking that a mainstream printer could never do this, et voila, intrepid managing editor Tracy researched this and in your hot little hands you will have yet another gorgeous Anders book. Also, it's not comics...intrigued? 


Seth is back with a new issue of Palookaville FINALLY! This issue features 30+ pages of "Clyde Fans", 30+ pages of an autobiographical sketchbook story called "Nothing Lasts", and the debut of Seth's rubber stamp diaries (Seth has been keeping a disry for a few years now and since he realized that he might be redrawing some of the same figures over and over again he created rubber stamps as a time-saver. Oh, you will see.)


Next up is the first of a three volume set on Showa from the master Shigeru Mizuki. This volume deals with the period leading up to World War II, a time of high unemployment and other economic hardships caused by the Great Depression. As shocking as it was that Mizuki wasn't published in North America until 2011, we're making up for lost time now. Don't forget that Kitaro is coming out imminently: we are bringing it! And you benefit!



Reggie-12 is quite possibly one of my favorite serialized comics and will finally be getting collected in all its hardcover hilarity due this Fall.  Brian Ralph is very very funny, and fans may not know that from his books Cave-In and Daybreak.  Reggie-12 is pretty much very Brian. You're not fooling me Brian!


Another gorgeously haunting book of Leanne Shapton watercolors, Sunday Night Movies, which collects her illustrations from the New York Times. I like how each of Leanne's books is a completely different peek into her psyche, especially her latest book Swimming Studies.


Has it been ten years since Chester Brown turned the biographic genre upside down?  Yes it has, people. Has it been ten years since I started at Drawn & Quarterly?  Yes it has, people. Hence, the tenth anniversary edition of Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography.  See how I insert myself into comic book history?


I don't know about you, but I'm still amazed that Tom stumbled across the Finnish edition of these original Pippi Longstocking comics at the Helsinki Comics Festival in 2011, and two years later we will have two volumes out.  This Fall, Pippi Fixes Everything.


Speaking of Tom Devlin's genius, let's not forget that he also ushered in the Moomin Comics revolution, we've sold 100,000 units of this series and it is still rocking.  Moomin Book One just went into its eighth printing. Do you have the hardcovers?  Well, then give these spiffy flexicovers in full color as gifts.


For $10, you can share the melancholy wit of Tove Jansson. What's not to love?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Seth Originals in da Haus


Palookaville 21 is really shaping up! 30 pages of Clyde Fans just rolled though the door. Now, to scan and assemble all these lines and overlays...


Here's wintern Elaine hard at work.


PV21! PV21! See ya at SPX!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lisa Hanawalt's My Dirty Dumb Eyes: In the office and soaked in my drool.


We have so many great books coming out this spring, I don't even know how to go about playing favourites. Wait a sec, no, I love them all equally. Like children. Or little baby lambs. Because they kind of feel like my children. And adorable lambs. And here I am now, releasing them out into the world, timid yet excited, like a proud ewe watching her babies mature and enter the world independently, on newly sturdy little legs. Hoo boy. I need to eat lunch. Anyway, My Dirty Dumb Eyes is coming your way in May, which means advances just arrived at D+Q HQ. And look at it! Stunning. Just stunning.


A full view of the cover. Just look at that dog 'copter madness! Also please note that VERY impressive list of blurbs on the back. And because you probably can't read them very well from the photo, here they are:

“For years I’ve encountered Lisa Hanawalt’s comics and illustrations piecemeal—in various magazines and periodicals. They’re always a pleasant jolt. Now, they’ve been assembled into one thick, blazing bludgeon. I envy you getting walloped by them all for the first time. This is a Hanawalt assault. Succumb.”
—Patton Oswalt

“Lisa Hanawalt’s My Dirty Dumb Eyes is a fantastically vivid and whimsical playground, offering page after page of absurdity, humor, and charm. The artwork is stunning and the jokes are surprising and fresh. This book is a rare and wonderful invitation inside the surreal world of Hanawalt.”
—Kristen Schaal

“Lisa Hanawalt is as gifted of an artist as she is a hilarious writer, which is completely upsetting and unfair considering how untalented most people in this stupid world are. Her comics are brilliantly funny, gloriously weird, and visually stunning. I worship the chair she farts on.”
—Julie Klausner

“Lisa’s work makes me think of lots of words beginning with F: Fearsome, Fabulous, Ferocious, Funny. With very Fine drawing.”
—Michael Kupperman


Gosh. These endpapers. THESE ENDPAPERS.

And because Patton Oswalt did enough yapping about this book already, and did so more hilariously than I ever could, I'll just leave you with the below photos. SUCCUMB.





My Dirty Dumb Eyes will debut at TCAF; the rest of you can find it at finer bookstores and comic shops later in May.

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