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Friday, August 30, 2013

Tomorrow! Brian Ralph and Lisa Hanawalt at Chapel Hill Comics!


Yes, REGGIE-12 is soon in stores, and Mr Brian Ralph the funniest man ever and people are excited! Brian is in Chapel Hill this week with Lisa Hanawalt and next week kicks off a whole West Coast tour starting at Fantagraphics in Seattle on Saturday September 7th.

Check out what the AV Club says:

"The titular main character is a robotic youth whose absentminded-professor of a creator helps catalyze rollicking gags and bang-pow adventures alike. But its teeming yet breezy absurdity gives Reggie-12 and his mechanized brothers and foes plenty of time to crack wise with puns, the sporadic fart joke, and occasionally some flashes of poignancy that never get too overwhelming."

And from Boing Boing:

"REGGIE-12 is the Fort Thunder member’s most playful book yet -- a lovely letter to the work of manga father Osamu Tezuka, most notably, the beloved Astro Boy. "

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rookie Yearbook Two in the office! Or, I got a masters degree and now I get to collage every day.


It seems like forever ago that Tavi and I were rooting through piles of clothes and old-timey paper junk while Jade scanned deliriously until 4am.


Three and a half months later, it's pretty amazing to see all that chaos transformed into a tangible object, and hold it in my hot little hands.


Like Rookie Yearbook One, Yearbook Two collects the best of the best from Rookie's second year on the web, plus some extra goodies, including brand new content from JUDY BLUME, LENA DUNHAM, GRIMES, and MINDY KALING! And if that wasn't enough, there's also many new illustrations and page after page of collage magic. The book is organized by month, each one having its own theme, making it very distinct from the next in both content and aesthetic. And the icing on each month's cake? A stunning opening spread by the talented and charming and beautiful Sonja Ahlers.

It's tricky to showcase the content too much here since those words are so tiny, but hopefully these images will give you a good taste of each month's vibezzzzz. Pictured above is a spread from June, or Paradise.


July: Freedom


August: On the Road


September: Drama


October: Play


November: Invention


December: Faith


February: Passion
(Yeah yeah. I forgot to photograph January. Use your imagination. 
The theme is Mythology and it's ICY.)


March: Mystery


April: Age of Innocence


May: Attention


Rookie Yearbook Two will be in stores October 1st! Feel free to head on over to Amazon and pre-order now, if that's your thing. Otherwise, why not hit up your local indie book shop on October 1st and make a day out of it?
Friday, August 23, 2013

Tom Gauld at Edinburgh Book Festival- tomorrow!

Hey, Edinburgh! How have you lucky ducks been enjoying The Edinburgh Book Festival? You say it's been great but you wish you'd seen Tom Gauld? Okay, you didn't say that, but humour me as I segue into this next bit of good news: Tom Gauld will be in conversation with Stephen Collins (The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil) tomorrow, August 24th, 12:30 pm at Peppers Theatre. The two will be discussing their quirkily funny strips and stories, and they're masters- you know how funny You're All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack is!

The event is part of Stripped, an amazing series that celebrates comics, graphic novels, and the cartoonists who create them. There were forty events this year at EBF: COMIX WORLD TAKEOVER!

Let me remind you of how nice it will be to see Tom with this smiley pic from Comic-Con:


Awwwww. Hurry and get a ticket here!



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rookie Yearbook Two has some pretty rad extras that we're so so excited about


A package just arrived for me full of these incredible stickers and I was instantly reminded of what a cool job I have. 


But not just stickers. Stickers that can be used to created your very own shrine. Rookie artist Beth Hoeckel made this super-cute base for you all to build your own shrine on top of. (JTT image not included. Sorry 25- to 30-year-old ladiez.)


And if following the rulez ain't your bag, baby, feel free to just turn your boss into a shrine. Hopefully they will be as eager to help out as Tom was. (I'm pretty sure what's left of his spirit died today, if there was anything left to begin with, which I'm pretty sure there wasn't.)



Rookie Yearbook Two will be in stores October 1st! There's so many more extras we'll be previewing here before then (and just more previews in general), so WATCH THIS SPACE if you know what's good for you.
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Leanne Shapton on tour for Sunday Night Movies!


Leanne Shapton's new book, Sunday Night Movies, is sooo dreamy and beautiful. The paintings were originally collected on the New York Times Opinion Page, where Leanne did a number of "A month of..." segments. If you haven't already, treat yo-self and view them all here. (And um, can I please somehow transform "A Month Of... Wednesday Patterns" into my every-single-day wardrobe?) The softness of Leanne's paintings gives a remembered quality to the classics depicted in Sunday Night Movies, and she's done so many of my favourite films and your favourite films (I know you have great taste, readers!) that the collection just has a perfect nostalgia to it. It'll be in stores early September!

And, save the date(s): Leanne will be on tour in the US and the UK!

EDINBURGH: Monday, August 26th
Edinburgh Book Festival
in conversation with Rutu Modan

LONDON: Wednesday, August 28th
Lutyens & Rubinstein

in conversation with Craig Taylor of Five Dials
NEW YORK: Thursday, September 26th
Paris Review

The West Wing Starring Adrian Tomine!


I practically squeezed the life out of Adrian to get this photo in my hot little hands to blog (thank you Sarah!), and I feel like such a proud Mama! (I can't even imagine how his real Mom feels.) Here is Adrian shaking hands with the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama! Yes! Rock on! So exciting!

How did this happen you ask? Well, Mrs. Obama hosted a White House reception in June honoring the White House Historical Association and American Art. She invited a cross section of people involved in American art in all different ways: collectors, curators, artists, historians, etc. And Adrian was among them. I still can't believe it!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DeForge does Hanawalt


Good gravy what's going on here?!

I guess it doesn't really matter. I'm just going to assume DeForge really wanted to draw a moose character but knew that was Lisa's territory so the only way he could get away with it was to name the moose after the aforementioned talented lady. Anyway, Sticks Angelica is great and there's a new strip every Sunday so keep up, suckers. And now let's all take a moment to celebrate the fact that DeForge is a vampire who only sleeps standing up in 5 minute intervals every 3 hours and is therefore able to produce comics at vampire speed. HOORAY.
Monday, August 12, 2013

Autoptic Festival + The Jugglers Exhibit Opening!

Oof- August déjà ? Usually this month is a sunny daze when there's not much going on, but hell-o, Minneapolis! It's comic-books Christmas in your city this week!

Autoptic Festival, PFC4, and Co Exhibitions proudly present The Jugglers, a mammoth exhibition of artwork by ten participating artists from the U.S., Canada, France and Belgium-- including Drawn and Quarterly-ers Marc Bell and Geneviève Castrée! The show will open with a reception at Co Exhibitions (1101 Stinson Blvd NE #2, Minneapolis, MN) tomorrow, Tuesday, August 13th, from 7 pm until midnight. The evening will also feature music by two Autoptic cartoonists: Zak Sally's band Pretty Ladies and Geneviève Castrée's Ô Paon.

The Jugglers highlights work in tremendously diverse media by a number of contemporary cartoonists. Many of these artists are known just as well in the worlds of painting, music, animation and design as they are in comics, exemplifying the broad interdisciplinary focus of the Autoptic festival. The Jugglers brings viewers into conversations between songwriting and comics, between illustrated posters and experimental animation, and between painting and porcelain sculpture. The Jugglers tramples the usual fences between comics and the other arts.

The show is a special part of the week's events leading up to the brand-new-but-already-amazing Autoptic Festival (August 18th) and the experimental comics residency-laboratory PFC (August 12th-17th, masterminded by the lovely June Misserey). This edition of PFC culminates in a show and artists' talk on Saturday August 17th at MCAD (details here). We're real proud to have a bunch of great D+Q artists out there representin'-- go check out work by Geneviève Castrée, Marc Bell, Anders Nilsen, Kevin Huizenga, John Porcellino, and Lisa Hanawalt! I am going to leave 'check out' open to interpretation.  


And finally, let's stop and appreciate Anders Nilsen. The man has helped to organize the festival and these special accompanying exhibitions. And he designed this amazing, super limited edition poster-- which you can purchase here. Waddaguy!

Come on, Minneapolis, let me enjoy comic books Christmas vicariously through you. Please go have all the fun this week!
Friday, August 09, 2013

Tavi Gevinson's Rookie Yearbook Two!


You guys! It's almost here! Rookie Yearbook Two is almost a real object that you can hold in your hands, decorate your coffee table with, give to all the awkward teens in your life, or just hoard for yourself because why would you give something so incredible away?

If you're not familiar with Rookie, please stop reading this right now and go check out the website. You'll be better for it. And everyone you know will be better for it, because you won't be able to keep it to yourself, because it's just that good.


(We don't actually have copies of the book yet, just some unbound pages. The above pic is of a mock-up I made for press reasons, but I COULD NOT hold my horses because I'm SO SO EXCITED ABOUT IT. Plus, pretty good book dummying skills, right?)


We began production of Rookie Yearbook Two back in May. Before we could really get started with the art directing, we had to hit up neighbourhood vintage shop La (Found)erie. They have been crucial in the production of not only Yearbook Two, but also Yearbook One. Without their generosity in lending us whatever we wanted from the shop to scan as backgrounds for the books, both these titles would be a whole lot duller, visually anyway.

Pictured above are la lovely ladies of La (Found)erie Stephanie Bingham and Genevieve Champagne with Yearbook EIC/art director/coolest-17-year-old-maybe-in-the-world Tavi Gevinson.


If you live in Montreal and you haven't been to La (Found)erie, you really ought to. It's a lovely space with so many treasures. (And their changing room mirrors work wonders on your self-esteem.) 6596 St. Laurent! Go! Spend money! Look super fly!


YB2 will in store October 1st! We'll have some bound copies sometime soonish, so watch this space for some pictures of that and some giddy squeals from me.


Thanks again to Gen and Stephanie for lending us all their coolest clothes. Really, you're the very very best. And if you don't already have a copy of Rookie Yearbook One, now seems like a perfect time to pick one up. I can't think of anything better to read by the piscine.
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Peter Bagge goes on tour for Woman Rebel this fall!



We pulled out all the stops for Peter Bagge's tour for Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story. He will be heading to ten cities between Labour Day and Halloween, so get your planners (or your ical, or whatever you kids use these days) out and take note!

BALTIMORE, MD: Friday September 13, 6 pm - new time!
Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd

BETHESDA, MD: Saturday September 14 + Sunday September 15
Small Press Expo, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, 5701 Marinelli Rd

SEATTLE, WA: Thursday, September 26th, 7:30 pm
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Wednesday, October 16th, 7 pm
Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave S

IOWA CITY, IA: Friday, October 18th, 7 pm
Prairie Lights, 15 South Dubuque St

CHICAGO, IL: Saturday, October 19th, 7 pm
Quimby's, 1854 W North Ave

BOSTON, MA: Monday, October 21st, 7 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St.

PHILADELPHIA, PA: Tuesday, October 22nd, 7 pm
Locust Moon, 34 S 40th St

NEW YORK, NY: Wednesday, October 23rd, 7 pm
Book Culture, 536 West 112th St

BROOKLYN, NY: Thursday, October 24th, 7 pm
WORD, 126 Franklin St

TORONTO, ON: Friday, October 25-Tuesday October 29
International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre

Oh and now that that's out of the way, how about a quick look-see at a printed and bound edition of Woman Rebel?

Here's one way you can hold your copy of Woman Rebel.

Peter's rubbery, cartoony style is so good. I like to imagine my silhouette looks like these when I walk strut down the street.

and more Margaret! Find out who's who and what's what.

Peter will be presenting a slideshow about Margaret Sanger's social and political activism, and explaining how Woman Rebel came together, sharing early sketches from the book. Come join Peter at your local bookstore for the launch of this dazzling biography about a remarkable woman whose legacy is still relevant, important and inspiring.

Woman Rebel will be in stores across America October 15!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Beep, Beep! Just sent Michael DeForge's Ant Colony off to press.


And I couldn't be more excited. Man, this book rulez. So incredibly funny. So many delightful little moments. So visually interesting. And the colours! Good lord, the colours. What else do I need to say? Here's my new favourite comics character, Mr. B. Centipede:





Ant Colony comes out early 2014. So, I mean, I guess it sucks you guys have to wait so long. But it'll surely be worth every passing breath when the day comes and you're holding this stunning hardcover collection in your mitts.

In Stores Today: KITARO and the second ANNA AND FROGA!

There's still one long, sunshine-y month of summer vacation left, and to celebrate we have two terrific new titles in stores today: Kitaro and the second Anna and Froga, I Dunno...What Do You Want To Do? Now is the time to read all the books you're really interested in before school starts up again. (But hey, these books aren't just for kids. If you're working despite the beautiful weather, these'll brighten up your day.)


I was drawn to Anna and Froga because I love Richard Scarry, and Anouk Ricard's illustrations reminded me of those happy books from my childhood. I figured the book would be enjoyable even just for the pictures, but was thrilled to find out that Anna and Froga is actually so, so funny. And my love for wise-crackin' animals surpasses even my affection for Scarry. Anna and her colourful cast of friends always have a trick up their sleeves, and it's nice to see mischief and jokes being included in a book that is enjoyable to all ages while still being appropriate for children.

And there are these beautifully-textured one-liners in between the comics-style stories!

 
And Kitaro. Finally. In stores. Today. Right now. Kitaro was originally created in 1959 and has inspired dozens of TV shows, video games, and films. If you're not acquainted, it's time you met the one-eyed boy who can blend into his surroundings and whose hair acts like an antenna. The satisfying 396-page volume also includes a yokai glossary, explaining the supernatural monsters in the story. I always really enjoyed the additional maps and mythical encyclopedias in my YA novels, so the glossary was a really cool addition.
Two sneaky peeks for ya. Enjoy your summer reading!
Thursday, August 01, 2013

GIDDON THE BUS: The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival


Pascal Girard and myself were lucky enough to be invited to speak at the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in Nelson, BC, earlier in July. I grew up just six hours away from Nelson (I realize to non-North American readers this is very far, but if you live in the vast abyss that is Canada, this is sugar-borrowing distance), but for whatever reason, had never been. Needless to say, the adorable little town, tucked away in the glorious Selkirk mountains, charmed the pants right off of me. Literally. By the end of the weekend I was dancing around a fire nude playing a pan flute.

Pictured above is the town's main street.


Here's Pascal outside of the church turned yoga studio turned literary festival venue. I tried to squeeze a few sideways crane poses in, but there just wasn't time. Just kidding. Can anyone actually do those?


Here's Pascal at one of his panels, with authors Camilla Gibb, MG Vassanji, and Terry Fallis. Pascal was in very fine company; all these very talented authors were a pleasure to listen to.

I forgot to give my mom the camera (yeah, that's right, both my parents came to hang out with Pascal and me while we were there and it was really sweet of them to buy me all those dinners and nice coffees), but Pascal and I also had a panel on comics, wherein we talked about comics to a bunch of people who had wildly varying interests in the medium, but Pascal was so charming that they were all on the edges of their seats, eating up every word while staring into his sparkling French soul. I'm pretty sure every woman in Nelson (including my mother), and even a couple Canadian Literary dynamos, completely fell for Pascal. And I'm all like, come on! What's he got that I don't?


Pictured above is the endlessly helpful and kind festival director Lynn Krauss and festival star Pascal Girard.



Look, if you're not familiar with the beautiful town of Nelson, here's something you should know, if you hadn't figured it out already: Nelson is full of hippies (not that there's anything wrong with that). I saw a knock-off Merry Prankster bus drive by earlier in the day, and then when it drove by again, I noticed that Pascal was specifically not making eye contact with the bus or anyone in it, which seemed odd because it really was quite something to look at. Pascal later casually mentioned that someone from the bus had approached him earlier and given him this card, along with some very warm eye contact and a promise to have him back on solid ground by 10 pm.


This picture is not from Nelson at all, but stunning, right? I drove back home (read: childhood home, this dust-bowl of a city called Kamloops) for a quick break between EMLF and Comic-Con. At one point in the drive the highway just ends and you have to sit around and wait for an hour to catch a ferry over this lake, and then you carry on your way like it was no hassle at all. We timed it just right, and spent our hour starring at this sunset and skipping stones, which was followed by a dark ferry ride where my dad toured me around the boat pointing out hydraulics and motors and other manly things that he knew a bunch of facts about and I enjoyed every second of it.

Thanks so much, Lynn, for all your hard work putting the festival together, and for the very appreciated invitation to join. And thank you also to all of the helping hands that made the festival possible.

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