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Monday, April 29, 2013

It's all coming up Gauld!


Well looky here: yet more proof that those of us not in London missed out on a great night at Gosh! Comics last week. Photos courtesy of Gosh.

Tom's window display:


While we're on the topic of cool and awesome things, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack hits STORES in North America tomorrow! To celebrate, there will be a single strip from the book on the Paris Review website every day this week! Why not cheggitout?

And for those of you in or near Bristol, you get a chance to redeem yourself for missing the Gosh! event: Tom Gauld will be at the Here Shop & Gallery (108 B Stokes Croft) in Bristol this Sunday, May 5th, from 2 to 4 pm!
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tom Gauld in action! Edinburgh tonight!

Mr. Woodrow Phoenix sends along this photo of Tom signing his new book, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack yesterday at Gosh! Comics in London. Thanks, Woodrow!!

Tom Gauld's taking this show on the road. He's in Edinburgh tonight doing a talk and signing for the very fine people of Analogue Books. 39 Candlemaker Row, event starts at 7 pm! Get there post-haste!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MARBLE SEASON launch at Skylight Books in LA!

Okay, you know the drill by now, so I'm just going to let the LA Weekly's David Cotner handle this one:

"Oxnard-born cartoonist Gilbert "Beto" Hernandez has for more than 30 years taken his experiences from life and punk rock and distilled them into an ever-evolving universe that readers ignore at their peril... The co-creator of the nigh-unto-perennial Love & Rockets comic book tonight presents his memoir, Marble Season (Drawn and Quarterly) -- and, as a special bonus, will present the slideshow "From Funnybooks to Graphic Novels," which shines a light on the childhood comic books that fueled his growing confidence and vision. The main character Huey, based on the artist, is the middle child in an extended family making its way in the SoCal suburbs of the '60s. Illustrator Howard Chaykin once observed, "What's the Golden Age of comics? Twelve!" -- and Hernandez is no stranger to the truth of this particular quip, his adolescence shot through with an unfolding imagination that moves readers the world over, far from the strawberry fields of beautiful downtown Oxnard."

In case you couldn't tell, it's a Critics' Pick! 7:30 pm tonight, Wednesday April 24th at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tom Gauld on tour in the UK, Miriam Katin on tour in Canada this week!

Look, it's not often we get to have three authors on tour in three different countries during the SAME WEEK. Why don't we bask in it a little bit?

While Gilbert's talking comics in America this week (Wednesday in LA, Friday in Fort Worth, people!), Tom Gauld and Miriam Katin will be doing the same in the UK & Canada, respectively. Oh, to be in three places at once!

Tomorrow night in London, England, join Tom and the wonderful people of Gosh! Comics for the Official Jetpack Launch Party. People of London, this is a great chance to get your book signed, snag a sweet bookplate edition of You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, and drink beer with our very nicest British cartoonist. Don't miss it! 7:30 to 9 pm on Wednesday April 24 at Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick St in London. 

And the following day, Thursday April 25 at 7 pm, you'll find Tom in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he'll be giving a talk and signing at Analogue Books, 39 Candlemaker Row in Edinburgh. 

Finally, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack was featured in this weekend's Times, where Tom Gatti says: "Each single-page piece is a clever, funny, slightly bonkers riff on a literary theme... Gauld's graphic novel Goliath, published last year, was a sublime Beckettian take on the Bible. With Jetpack, he mops up everything else."

Miriam Katin, on the other hand, will be hitting the Canadian book festival circuit. On Friday April 26, find her at the Ottawa Writers Festival. Mark Medley of the National Post will be moderating a panel called "Writing Your Life" with Miriam Katin, Amber Dawn, and Iain Reid. Friday at 6:30 pm at the Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St), tickets $15 in advance and $17 at the door.

On Sunday April 28 at 1 pm in Hotel 10 (10 Sherbrooke O.), Miriam will be giving her slideshow presentation at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. D+Q's Chris Oliveros is going to be there to introduce and help out with the Q&A session. Admission is free, so we hope to see all a few familiar faces in the audience.

P.S. Did we mention? Our pals at Cult Mtl and the Montreal Gazette have both included Miriam's talk as a 'highlight' of the fest!

All right... You know what to do, citizens of London, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Dallas-Fort Worth, Ottawa, and Montreal! Happy international D+Q event week!

Adrian Tomine at Williams College of Art today!

Attention Comics fans of Western Massachusetts! Adrian Tomine will be speaking today at 4:30 pm at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass! John Seven of the North Adams Transcript caught up with Adrian. No slight to the Berkshires, but how often does this happen? People, get over there!

At the feet of a master

Well, Julien beat me to it but we had a great visit by Gilbert Hernandez here in Montreal last week. Here he is at our store giving a presentation on his favourite comics from when he was a kid. This is a Jack Kirby spread of female superheroes and Gilbert pointed out that Kirby was such a great designer and his imagination was so fertile that he could draw a spread like this and you wanted to read a comic about every single character in that double page spread. That ability to remember how he felt as a kid is just one of the talents that Gilbert brings to his new D+Q book Marble Season.

Right after I dropped Gilbert off at the airport, I picked up Julio's Day and I have to say that Gilbert is clearly at the top of his game. Two books, so different, so brilliant, released a week apart. WHO DOES THAT?!?! When has that ever happened? This man is thirty one years into his career and he just released the two of the most complete serious graphic novels of his career. Phenomenal!!
Monday, April 22, 2013

Gotta Love It. Miriam Katin About Town.

Well, a photo like this doesnt happen every day! L-R: R. Sikoryak, Peter Kuper, Al Jaffee, Miriam Katin, Bob Fingerman and Dean Haspiel, altogether at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art on the panel BLAME IT ON NEW YORK. Read this charming Wall Street Journal write-up of the panel by Bruce Bennett and Miriam's reaction to moving to NYC. Also! Event Alert! Miriam Katin is in Canada this weekend! On Friday, she will be in Ottawa at the Ottawa Writers Festival. And on Sunday, she will be here in Montreal at Blue Metropolis. Yes! Two D+Q authors in two weeks in Montreal, Spring is here people!
Friday, April 19, 2013

Gilbert Hernandez at Powell's Sunday night!

Sunday night in the great city of Portland, OR, Gilbert Hernandez launches Marble Season. From the Portland Mercury: "Hernandez's all-ages characters are curious, thoughtfully nuanced, and full of the vivid expressions and body language of his adult worlds, as if the Riverdale of Archie Comics suddenly acquired a previously unknown depth. Or Little Archie & Co. came face to face with the fact that it's super frustrating to be a kid..Hernandez revels in the simple pleasures of a neighborhood where little girls swallow marbles, war games prevail, and comic books are king."

Gilbert will be giving his epic, fun, slideshow tribute to the comics of his childhood, and then there'll be a Q&A and a signing. Sunday April 21st, 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books at 1005 W. Burnside. 
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Why You Should See Gilbert's Slide Show In Person.

  As soon as Gilbert sent us his list of images for his MARBLE SEASON tour slide show, it took EVERYTHING in us to not immediately blog or tweet to tease all the great comics. And since Gilbert is half way done with his tour, and I got to see him do the slide show last night, I'll tease you this Little Archie page. Why? Because Gilbert made the astute point that "old ladies were running it in those days, and where are the old ladies now [in pop culture]?" And he remarked, can you imagine a kids comics with two old ladies on the same page? As someone who will admit to worrying about how comics will treat her when she is an old lady, I loved it. Also: HAVE NO FEAR FANBOYS! Us D+Q ladies will still be running this *H&T in 30 years! The Beat also loved the show!

Promotion! Adrian Tomine's Workspace

I believe we have posted the fromyourdesks write-up of Adrian's drawing table. Well, I am doing it again because it was picked up by Buzzfeed as part of a 40 Inspiring Workplaces. Let's just say that Adrian is a lot tidier than Martin Amis but not as tidy as Virginia Woolf.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Yippee! Advance Praise for Upcoming Books!

In two weeks, we have the new book from Tom Gauld releasing in North America, YOU'RE ALL JUST JEALOUS OF MY JETPACK while in Tom's native UK, the book is in stores, and his tour starts next week, with a launch at the fantabulous bookstore Gosh on Wednesday April 24th; an event the following day in Edinburgh at Analogue Books on Thursday the 25th and a Bristol event at HERE on May 5th.  Here's what people are saying!

"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!!!!

Interns are ossum possum (Chester Brown edition)

There are so many softcover editions of old D+Q faves coming into the office these days I need to do a separate post but these two books rolled in today and I feel compelled to give them their own post and also why don't we celebrate our latest intern Emily!

The Playboy is the FIRST Drawn & Quarterly graphic novel (published way back in 1992--in fact, we asked Emily to wear her best "grunge outfit" and honestly we thought it would be a babydoll dress but whatevs.)

AND, if one autobio classic wasn't enough, we now have the paperback version of Chester's most recent masterpiece, Paying For It.

{Special note: The Playboy has been reformatted and RELETTERED by Chester. He's also rewritten a couple balloons and taken out a few panels (panels that he shows in the now patented Chester end note section which, of course, is all new and AMAZING!) Paying For It remains the same, just softer.} {UPDATE: Chester rewrote The Playboy in its entirety. POV shifted, tenses changed, conversational tone dropped. PHEW!!}
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Brian Ralph's Reggie-12!

Well, lookie what we have here! The final cover for Brian Ralph's Reggie-12, which will be collected in one classy edition and available for purchase this fall. Just imagine all those gears inside Reggie are a spot gloss. MERCY. Man I love these strips.

Where is that KITARO?!?!?

Last spring, we released Shigeru Mizuki's Nonnonba which is easily one of my favorite mangas we've ever published. Tracy, Julia, and I slaved over the edits on that one and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. "So where's the follow-up?", you ask. "Where is our Kitaro?" It's delayed, people! Sorry, we're working on it. It's a delicate balance over here with the schedule and sometimes we lose our balance. I'm finishing up the editing of the text RIGHT NOW and then we'll send the book off to press and it should be in stores on July 23rd. Debut at the Comic-Con International in San Diego. Sorry about that and please be patient! It'll be worth it.
Monday, April 15, 2013

Gilbert Hernandez in Baltimore tonight!

Gilbert Hernandez kicks off his tour for Marble Season in style! Tonight he's at John Hopkins University, in Mattin 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building. Free entry! It's a top pick in this week's Baltimore City Paper, so be there by 5:30, y'all!

As we may have mentioned, Gilbert will be presenting a slideshow about the silver age comics he read as a kid, and their importance in shaping his own artistic growth. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear a comics legend tell you all his favourite things about his favourite comics from his childhood. Isn't that like everyone's dream? Ok, now get down there! And don't forget, he'll be all over the place this week and next, so stay tuned, people in NYC, Montreal, Chicago, Portland, LA, Fort Worth, and Toronto!

Tavi on the cover of Adweek!

The one and only Tavi is on the cover of Adweek for their kids issue. Here's a Q+A from the interview:

Q: It must have been a huge jump for you to go from writing Style Rookie on your own to managing a business.

 A: Oh, yeah. I didn’t sleep all of sophomore year.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Help Reading Frenzy Celebrate their 20th Anniversary!

Now, I know Reading Frenzy has been around forever, so much so we can take it for granted (especially in a city brimming to capacity with great shops)to which I apologize to the proprietress Chloe Eudaly. Chloe is an amazing force, puts on awesome events (let's say sold 200 copies of Lynda's PICTURE THIS at her launch) and is one of the most vital voices in retailing and self-publishing. Just how long is forever? In this case, Reading Frenzy has been around for 19 years! And in those 19 years they have done events with a range of authors and artists as diverse as Lynda Barry, Joe Sacco, Billy Childish, Dave Eggers, Anders Nilsen, and an amazing host of others. Also in this time, Chloe helped find the Independent Publishing Resource Center where we will be having the launch for Lisa Hanawalt's My Dirty Dumb Eyes this June.

But! Between now and then, we have to help Reading Frenzy move to a new location because they lost their lease. Chloe has created a kickstart campaign, and I think offering pretty much the best incentives I have seen in a campaign. Now, people, if Veronica Mars can raise $4 million for a movie, can us book, comic and zine lovers raise the money to make this institution sticks around?! I think so!

Anders Nilsen's Rage of Poseidon is super long.

We received dummies of Anders's next book, Rage of Poseidon, today. It's a hardcover accordion book, and man is it ever long! This book is going to be drop-dead gorgeous (just like its author? Hmm? Too far? Yes. Too far. I'm sorry.)

This is a pretty revealing photo of the office. I tried to content-aware fill away a lot of the garbage/embarrassing things, but it got far too complicated. Whatever.

Watch for Rage of Poseidon in stores this fall, and watch this space for many, many more updates as we get deeper into production on this special number.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Lisa Hanawalt's (MY) DIRTY DUMB (EYES) Tour!

Yes you guys, it is that time of the spring when we get to announce another tour of unmissable events in lucky cities across North America.  This time it's the delightful... the hilarious... the magnificent... Lisa Hanawalt! 

It's pretty easy to tell why this is one of the spring's most anticipated books. (And not just according to us, Publishers Weekly thinks so too! Plus, did we mention that we sold out of our advance copies within two hours at MoCCA? Oh, we did.) Get yourself psyched for its May release by reading some excerpts of My Dirty Dumb Eyes here and here.

And here are all those dates once more for good measure:

TORONTO: Sat May 11 and Sun May 12 
TCAF, Toronto Reference Library 

MONTREAL: Monday May 13 
Librairie D+Q, 211 Bernard O.
With Michael Kupperman!

BROOKLYN: Monday May 20 
PowerHouse Arena, 37 Main St. 

BERKELEY: Wednesday May 29 
Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave. 

PORTLAND: Friday May 31 

PORTLAND: Saturday June 1 
Live Wire, Alberta Rose Theatre
With Dan Savage and Kristen Schaal! Buy tickets here.

LOS ANGELES: Monday June 3 
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.

CHICAGO: Sat June 15 and Sun June 16 
CAKE, 3656 N. Halsted

SAN DIEGO: Thurs July 18 through Sun July 21 
Comic-Con International, San Diego Convention Center

Edit: And MINNEAPOLIS: Sun August 18
Autoptic, 105 N.  1st St.

Consider yourself warned, North America. SUCCUMB NOW (and go to some book launches)!
Monday, April 08, 2013

Animals with Sharpies!! {IN THE OFFICE.}

Our second petit livre from Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber has arrived!! Animals with Sharpies is another collection of divine and hilarious paintings from our Winnipeg pals. Look for this one in stores late May/early June.

Praise for Gilbert's MARBLE SEASON!

Last month, the almighty Tom Spurgeon turned in his review for Gilbert Hernandez's-in-stores-and-on-tour-next-week MARBLE SEASON:

"It's a benign, lovely, encouraging view of that time in our lives, and a tribute to those that have made this journey before Hernandez did. Marble Season is a formidable work from one of our best cartoonists. It's Beto's year."

And now we have a starred review in Publishers Weekly that praises the childhood magic Gilbert perfectly captures in the book:

"A sublime and soulful portrait of childhood...This lyrical, memorable book stands alongside the sequential work of Stanley’s Little Lulu, Fitzgerald’s Dennis the Menace comic books, and Schulz’s Peanuts as a masterful, involving, funny, and real portrait of kids and their wide world, unlimited by reality—until, at least, it’s time to go home for dinner."

And how could this get any better? Well, maybe just seeing Gilbert talk IN PERSON about one of the above classic comics and the influence and effect it had on him as a child and an artist. I'm not saying any more people! But Gilbert's tour is going to be fabulous, almost as fab as the book itself.

Spotted! Beautiful Adrian Tomine Illustration for Terrence Malick's To The Wonder

Is there a more perfect pairing than an Adrian Tomine illustration for a Terrence Malick film? (Yes, I know I said this when I saw Adrian's illustration for Moonrise Kingdom) I think not! It's in this week's New Yorker.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Artist Holding His/Her Book: Gilbert Hernandez + Marble Season edition

Gilbert just got his copies of Marble Season and his oh so lovely wife, Carol, sent this picture along. Amazing! Attention all wives, husbands, lovers, and moms of D+Q cartoonists: please do this. Merci bluh pleh.

Gilbert will be hitting the road to promote this treasure in less that two weeks. We're squealing like excited pigs over here. Here's the dates again, in case ya missed 'em:

Monday April 15th, 5:30 pm
101 Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Tuesday April 16th, 7 pm
Housing Works, 126 Crosby Ave.
New York, NY

Wednesday April 17th, 7 pm
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard O.
Montreal, Canada

Thursday April 18th, 7 pm
Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL

Sunday April 21st, 7:30 pm
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside
Portland, OR

Wednesday April 24th, 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Friday April 26th
Texas Library Association, Forth Worth Convention Center
Fort Worth, TX

Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th
TCAF, Toronto Reference Library
Toronto, Canada

See you all there! I'll be the one covered in dirt and eating scraps in the front row. 

Miriam Katin made a fun thing for you to look at!

Did you miss Miriam Katin's fabulous New York City book launch for Letting It Go? I did, and while I was sad at the time, the illustrated review of the launch (!) she just penned has made me seriously regret it. But don't worry, because this funny and evocative review does its job so well you'll hardly remember you DID miss it: now it's like you were there and I was there and we all had a wonderful time at Book Culture on W. 112th.

So... without further ado...

Don't forget! You can still meet the woman behind the magic IRL, and perhaps even catch a similar presentation! She'll be at MoCCA Fest in New York this weekend, and then at the Writers Fest in Ottawa and the Blue Met Bleu Literary Festival in Montreal later in the month.


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