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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This weekend: the Festival BD de Montreal brings Guy Delisle to town


That's right, Montreal! Guy Delisle (Jerusalem, Burma Chronicles, Pyongyang) will be in town this weekend for the Festival BD de Montreal, which runs Friday May 31st through Sunday June 2nd. He'll be signing books and talking about his work as part of this weekend's festivities in the beautiful Parc Lafontaine. 

Here's his schedule.

Friday May 31:
4 - 5 pm Signing at the FBDM table

Saturday June 1:
10 am - 12 pm Signing at the FBDM table
2 - 3 pm Recontre d'auteur
3 - 4 pm Signing at the Librairie D+Q tables (9 & 10) 
4 - 6 pm Signing at the FBDM table

Sunday June 2:
11 - 12 pm Signing at the FBDM table
3 - 5 pm Signing at the Librairie D+Q table (9 & 10) 

At the Librairie D+Q tables, we'll also be hosting signings with Pascal Girard and Julie Delporte. Stay tuned to the store's blog to find out more about that. We'll have a whole lot of our bestselling comics on hand, too, including books by Chester Brown, Kate Beaton, Adrian Tomine, Lisa Hanawalt, Lynda Barry, Tom Gauld, and Dan Clowes.

Plus!


A few early copies of Guy Delisle's A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting will be available for purchase at the Librairie D+Q table ahead of their June 11th release date.

"A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting is the perfect book for both parents and their children."-iFanboy

For more about Guy's parenting techniques, cf. the below:



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rutu Modan Interviewed in Publishers Weekly! Reviews!


Be sure to check out this excellent in-depth interview with Rutu Modan and Grace Bello for Publishers Weekly where Rutu divulges her influences and it's not Herge! While Rutu was in Toronto, she also did this interview with Mark Medley of the National Post where she describes her relationship to Poland, the use of actors in her books and the epigraph! Read the book first!

Hillary Brown from PASTE weighs in with a review: "[THE PROPERTY] uses old literary mechanisms (a decades-old secret! a tragic love affair!) to make something simultaneously entertaining, thought-provoking and as beautifully specific as it is expansively relatable."

The Jewish Daily Forward has Tobias Carroll on the book: "Nearly every character has secrets, desires, and information that they withhold from others. The weight of history is nimbly evoked here, but Modan’s most impressive feat is numerous plotlines using art, dialogue and language."

Animals With Sharpies by Dumontier & Farber


More soon! In stores in June.
Monday, May 20, 2013

Are you ready to laugh, Brooklyn?


We had Lisa Hanawalt in town last week giving a presentation, and let me tell you: you are going to laugh and laugh and laugh, Brooklynites. So get on this New York City book launch for My Dirty Dumb Eyes, stat. After all, Slate just called it "the weirdest, funniest comic of the year."

Lisa Hanawalt will be at the PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO tonight! Monday May 20th, 7 pm at 37 Main St. in Brooklyn. There will be a reading, a Q&A, a signing, free wine, books for sale, prints for sale, and funny people to talk to. What more could you possibly ask for from us on a fine spring evening?

Plus, it's been spotlighted as a Voice Choice in this week's Village Voice, where Angela Ashman says:

"Did you know that Mario Batali’s Crocs can double as pasta-makers? Or that Anna Wintour takes power naps in a Louis Vuitton trunk? Or that Martha Stewart hot-glues dildos to her oven knobs when she’s drunk? OK, OK, none of that is true (that we know of). Rather, these hilarious scenarios are what Brooklyn-based illustrator and cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt has dreamed up in her first book, My Dirty Dumb Eyes... Get to know how her strange and brilliant mind works at tonight’s launch party."

Awright, no excuses. Get out there!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rutu Modan's The Property - in stores today!

It's been a little while since we've updated you on Rutu Modan's beautiful, funny, exquisitely plotted graphic novel The Property.


And since then, we've put the book in a few reviewers' hands. Here's a selection of the advance press The Property has received:

"The Property [is] a stunning book about a family’s attempt to reclaim property lost during the Second World War. [Rutu] Modan’s drawings are precise and evocative, with rich yet restrained colouring and detail. The Warsaw she imagines, shaded with a mournful tone but full of vivid characters, feels alive on the page."—The Globe & Mail

"Modan adroitly captures the complexity of the Jewish relationship to Europe, where so many Jews built and lost families and fortunes. There’s a deep ache within The Property, as Modan’s characters think about what might’ve been, and decide to replace that sense of mourning with a sense of possibility."—Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

"Modan (Exit Wounds) 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.... A beautiful, fully realized story that’s as much “novel” as “graphic”."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"The book is tightly plotted, with a twist (or two) that feels entirely organic to the movement of the narrative. Modan is masterful at creating complex motivations, exploring the confusion her characters create in each other and, more fundamentally, in themselves."—David L. Ulin, The LA Times

As of today, The Property is available in great bookstores across North America. I'll leave you with these two beautiful, almost wordless pages. They give you a sense of the mood and ambiance of the book...


No joke, this may be my favourite literary graphic novel of 2013. Get out there and read this beaut!
Monday, May 13, 2013

Lisa Hanawalt & Michael Kupperman in Montreal tonight!

Yes yes, y'all! We're back from TCAF and we've brought two wonderful, funny cartoonists with us!


Join us for what will undoubtedly be a fabulous evening - I've seen these two talk, and if you ain't laughing, you're probably not paying attention (and it might be Monday morning at the airport). As Emily Raine at Cult MTL puts it in their interview, "Lisa Hanawalt is the shit."And as for Michael Kupperman, well, having taken one plane ride with him and read any number of his comics, I promise you that, he too is the shit.

So please: shake yourself off, ignore the semi-return of winter, and come out tonight, Monday May 13 at 7 pm at the Librairie D+Q (211 Bernard O.)  What better cause than to listen to some funny people be funny for you? There will be presentations from Lisa Hanawalt and Michael Kupperman about their work, a Q&A, and a book signing session.
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Does anybody remember laughter? {ANNA & FROGA: I DUNNO WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? edition}


Advance copies of the new volume of Anouk Ricard's Anna & Froga are here and I am telling you people that it is hilarious!! Is it as funny as My Dirty Dumb Eyes? Is it as funny as You're all just Jealous of my Jetpack? Is it as funny as Letting it Go? Is it as funny as Animals with Sharpies? Is it as funny as the new notes for The Playboy? Why you always got to be comparing? They're all funny in different ways.


When I think about it maybe the notes for The Playboy aren't that funny. But look at this awesome book!!!!


I've been trying to pay a lot of attention to my nails these days. Extra care. I think a lot of people look at them first so I'm trying to make a good impression. Also, dare I say that this volume is even funnier than the first? I dare not (who can pick a favorite?) but it is very funny!!

OPTIC NERVE #13


Debuting this September in Brooklyn. Story at the Comics Reporter.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

TCAF! Debut books and signings and panels, oh my!


This weekend is TCAF, which means the entire D+Q office is packing up and coming to Toronto, and we're bringing a whole lot of authors with us!

We'll have debut books by TCAF Special Guests Lisa Hanawalt, Gilbert Hernandez, Rutu Modan, and Art Spiegelman, as well as brand new paperback editions of Chester Brown's autobio works The Playboy and Paying For It.







Plus, Canadian darlings Marc Bell and Seth will be signing their books at the D+Q table both days.



Lastly, we are bringing a limited quantity of hot-off-the-presses books by Guy Delisle (A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting), Tom Gauld (You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack), and John Stanley (Nancy Volume 4).





And finally, what I know you've all been waiting for...

D+Q'S TCAF EVENTS, SIGNINGS, AND PANELS

A few notes: panels are in a variety of locations, including the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel (90 Bloor St. E.), the Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland St.), and the Reference Library's conference rooms (789 Yonge St.) Consult the TCAF site for more information about any of the below panels.

Also! A few signings (Gilbert Hernandez and Art Spiegelman's) are taking place NOT at the Drawn & Quarterly tables. These signings are marked with double asterisks (**)

FRIDAY MAY 10 

TCAF Tenth Anniversary Kick-off Event Featuring Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
Friday May 10, 2013 | Doors: 7 pm | Talk: 7:30 pm
The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
RESERVE FREE TICKETS HERE 

Come kick off the Tenth Anniversary of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival with us on the evening of Friday, May 10th! TCAF will welcome to the stage alt-comix legends Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, as they engage in a lively career-spanning conversation with The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon! Both artists will also sign autographs and meet with fans at the event. Selections from their complete comics library will be available for sale at the event.

SATURDAY MAY 11, 9 AM TO 5 PM
10–11 am Gilbert Hernandez signing
10–12 pm Rutu Modan signing
12–4 pm Chester Brown signing
12–1 pm Lisa Hanawalt signing
12:15–1:15 pm Gilbert Hernandez's Marble Season Spotlight Panel (Marriott Forest Hill Ballroom)
12:30–1:15 pm TOON Books Storytime Celebration with Art Spiegelman, Rutu Modan, and Francoise Mouly. (Novella Room, Library)
1:30–2:30 pm Gilbert Hernandez signing (B1 Signing Area, Library basement)**
1:30–2:30 pm Art Spiegelman signing (B1 Signing Area, Library basement)**
1–2 pm Seth signing
2–3 pm Lisa Hanawalt signing
3–4 pm Marc Bell signing
4–5 pm Comics & Politics panel with Rutu Modan, Sarah Glidden, Matt Bors, and Josh Neufeld. Moderated by Nicole Marie Burton. (Marriott Forest Hill Ballroom)

SUNDAY MAY 12, 11 AM TO 5 PM
11–12 pm Art Spiegelman Spotlight panel, moderated by Seth (Marriott Forest Hill Ballroom)
11–12 pm Gilbert Hernandez and Rutu Modan signing
12:15–1:15 pm Art Spiegelman signing (Marriott Hotel)**
12:15–1:15 pm Seth signing
12:15–1:15 pm Queer Comics panel with Gilbert Hernandez, Justin Hall, Erika Moen, Jaime Hernandez, Chip Kidd, and moderator Zan Christiensen. (Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland St.)
12:15–1:15 pm TCAF's Debut Books panel with Rutu Modan, Michael DeForge, CF, Jess Fink, Matt Kindt, and Patrick McEown. (Marriott Forest Hill Ballroom)
12:15–1:15 pm What’s Funny in the Funnies? Comics & Humour panel with Lisa Hanawalt, Ivan Brunetti, Michael Kupperman, Bill Amend, and Danielle Corsetto. (Marriott High Park Ballroom)
1–4 pm Chester Brown signing
1:30–2:30 pm Lisa Hanawalt Spotlight panel, hosted by Kate Beaton (Learning Center 1, Library)
1:30–2:30 pm Judge a Book by its Cover: Designing Comics panel with Tom Devlin, Chip Kidd, Matt Kindt, and Fawn Lau. Moderated by John Green. (Marriott High Park Ballroom)
2–3 pm Marc Bell signing
3:30–5 pm Lisa Hanawalt signing
4–5 pm Gilbert Hernandez signing (B1 Signing Area, Library basement)**

And, since we're kicking it TCAF-style all the way through the end of the show:

SUNDAY MAY 12, 5 PM TO 8 PM
Rutu Modan’s The Property: Special Presentation
Sunday, May 12, 2013 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave
NO TICKETS REQUIRED, FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED

Rutu Modan is one of the most exciting cartoonists of our generation, which makes this special presentation of The Property something that you should definitely not miss. The Property, Modan’s second major graphic work (and a TCAF debut), is a triumph of storytelling and fine lines. After the death of her son, Regina Segal takes her granddaughter Mica to Warsaw, hoping to reclaim a family property lost during the Second World War. As they get to know modern Warsaw, Regina is forced to recall difficult things about her past, and Mica begins to wonder if maybe their reasons for coming aren’t a little different than her grandmother led her to believe. Presented in partnership with the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and the Israeli Consulate.

Now you have all the tools you need for a magically D+Q weekend, so please! Join us for the tenth anniversary of our beloved festival! It all takes place this weekend, Saturday (May 11, 9 to 5) and Sunday (May 12, 11 to 5) at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St, just north of Bloor). TCAF is one of the year's/world's/and definitely Canada's best comics festivals! TCAF! TCAF!

Miriam Katin came to visit and it was LOVELY (plus bonus illustrated report!)


A scant few weekends ago, when Canada was still very tentatively emerging from hibernation, the delightful Miriam Katin came to our Northern shores for two events - one in Ottawa at the Writers Fest and one in Montreal as part of Blue Met Bleu Literary Festival. She was greeted (as she well deserved) with crowds in both cities!


In Montreal, she gave a stirring, joyful, and often belly-laugh-inducing talk about her life as a cartoonist, also reading from her new book Letting It Go. D+Q's Chris Oliveros hosted a Q&A after the talk, which ranged in topic from her use of coloured pencil to being-the-eldest-on-the-payroll-at-MTV to how she got involved with D+Q. It was a standing-room-only crowd, and they loved it!


After the signing, we all went out to feast on our successes...


It was such a treat to meet Geoff (Miriam's husband, co-star in Letting It Go, and photographer at all her talks!), who took this opportunity to visit too! From L-R: Julia, Miriam, Tracy, Marina, Chris, Geoff, and new office staffer Jade.

We talked a little politics, a lot of gossip (I'll never tell!), and, most importantly, about the American Ambassador's Tea that Miriam and Geoff attended while in Ottawa. When we found out Miriam had been invited to the Ambassador's Residence, we insisted that she make a report for us of all her findings, and she very graciously acquiesced. So with no further ado...

A Cartoonist visits the Embassy of the United States, and reports in diary-form:






That's all she wrote, folks! And thanks again Miriam, for the report, for the visit, and for all the great stories.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Chris Ware Covers the New Yorker For Mother's Day.


I love Chris Ware's Mothers Day cover for the New Yorker, but I think I love his essay on Mothers and same sex marriage more.

This Man Will Be In Chicago.


The one and only Daniel Clowes will be in Chicago on June 29th, in conversation with Susan Miller who is the curator of Modern Cartoonist: The Art Of Daniel Clowes. Yes, lucky Chicagoans will be able to escape the heat this summer by checking out Dan's original art in the amazing show, which will be at the MCA.
Monday, May 06, 2013

Lisa! Lisa! Lisa! On the Road! And in Brooklyn!


Hey! Have you seen the Slate Book Review this month? Drawings by Lisa Hanawalt. The esteemed Mr. Kois reviews the book and states:

"It is exactly as weird, obscene, hilarious and gross as you might expect. It is awash in penises, butts, poop, and pudenda...absurdly smart and sharp."–Dan Kois, Slate.

Have you seen this Vice review? Have you seen this AV Club review? 

Wanna laugh in Lisa's face? Then check her out this weekend in Toronto, Monday in Montreal or Monday May 20th in Brooklyn. Or check out her whole tour including the West Coast here.

Listen to NY Times Bestselling Cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez On the Radio


Happy to say that Gilbert's MARBLE SEASON landed at #2 on this week's New York Times Graphic Novel bestseller list.  Huzzah, Beto!  And the Times' comics beat writer George Gene Gustines has this to say: 

"In this semi-autobiographical tale, Mr. Hernandez captures the wonder of childhood – the joy of imagination, an appreciation for comics books and all the ultimately petty but seemingly world shattering trials and tribulations of friendships during that time  in one's life...reminded me of Sunday newspaper comic strips which I devoured in my youth." 

Want to hear Gilbert talk in detail about the book?  Listen to his KPCC or KNPR interviews, or wait for this Friday when he appears on PRI/CBC's Q with Jian Ghomeshi in advance of TCAF! 
Friday, May 03, 2013

Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Cooooooooooooooooomics!


Go to your "LCS" and get our Free Comic Book Day issues of Marble Season, Pippi Longstocking and Anna & Froga. Yup, D+Q bringing you the BEST FREE COMIC DAY COMICS YEAR AFTER YEAR. Yes, I am boasting because it's true. Check out you local comic store and see for yourself. And if your LCS doesn't have our comics, get a new LCS.

Hubba Hubba


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