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Monday, September 30, 2013

Miriam Katin speaking at the New York's Comics Symposium tonight!

The delightful and insightful Miriam Katin will be speaking at the New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium tonight, Monday, September 30, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Find the symposiates at 2 West 13th Street, in The Bark Room (Orientation Room) of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, M101 at The New School. The talk is free and open to the public.

The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium is a weekly series organized by Ben Katchor (Hand-drying in America and Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer) for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work. For bonus details on tonight's panel, AND for a picture of Miriam as drawn by her son Ilan (who writes her blog), click here. Now get out there, y'all! Monday nights are for comics, after all.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Rookie is in stores on Tuesday! HOLLER!

This Tuesday! In stores everywhere! ROOKIE YEARBOOK TWO! And in Oak Park, at Unity Temple with our favorite bookstore The Book Table join Tavi and her fellow Chicago contributors to launch YEARBOOK TWO!

Four days of hometown lovin'!

Hey, Montreal! We've been around, sure, but we haven't forgotten where we're from. Everyone knows Pop is the most wonderful time of the year and we're going to spend it together. This year's Puces Pop is, for the first time ever, four days long. It started yesterday afternoon with a par-tay (sorry) and continues today and all weekend. Entrance is free, which is great, because you're going to want to spend your whole allowance at the more than eighty booths of local arts and delicious pickled things and handknits and ADVANCE BOOKS. That's right- not even in stores yet. All those books Tracy teased about in our recent post? We've got those for you. Hometown advantage.

It's all happening at Eglise St. Michel, 105 St. Viateur Ouest. Here's when you can come say hi:
Friday, 27 September: 12 noon to 8:00 pm
Saturday, 28 September: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, 29 September: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

If you're overwhelmed trying to keep track of all the great events this weekend, RSVP on Facebook and keep things organized. I'm really really happy to be exhibiting in my and our hometown and I hope to see your Pop-happy faces on one (or all) of the next few days. Love you, Montreal! 
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Peter Bagge in Seattle! Town Hall with Cienna Madrid! Glowing First Reviews!

Do not miss the fabulous Mr. Peter Bagge debuting his new graphic novel WOMAN REBEL to his hometown crowd tomorrow night, 7.30 pm, at Town Hall Seattle.

He'll present a slideshow, he'll be in conversation with Cienna Madrid and the whole event is co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest with books being sold by Elliott Bay. If that is not a winning line-up, I don't know what is. If you're still in the dark on Pete's great new book, check out these two reviews:

"I do not say this lightly: I think Bagge's new biography of Sanger, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, is the best work of his career."–Paul Constant, The Stranger

"I think Sanger also has a vague kinship with Buddy in Bagge’s Hate comics of the grunge era. She’s a rebel, per the title, and almost always outraged about one thing or another. Though the word didn’t exist during her early life, Sanger was a feminist who ever raged against injustice and orthodoxy."–Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly

 The Seattle PI spotlights the book and event here.

New Books! New Books! New Books! New Books!

Sometimes we don't get new books in the office for many weeks; sometimes I'm away for a day and come back and can barely get in the door because the boxes of new books have taken over the place, and then I find Jade trapped in a corner behind the stack of Woman Rebels and it looks like she's been there for at least a day and we all feel terrible and rush to grab her a glass of water. (This photo has zero relevance to this blog post.)

Here's awesome new intern Kate trying to hold all the new books at the same time. Hooray for new books! Hooray for Kate and her ability to do a very good job at everything while also being pleasant and enjoyable to be around. Really, Kate: You're awesome.

Here's some close ups of our bounty, in order of release date:

Rookie Yearbook Two! Edited by the inimitable Tavi Gevinson. In stores October 1! There's a whole lot of amazing stuff in this beauty.

Like these tarot cards, for example.

Next up, the tenth anniversary edition of Chester Brown's Louis Riel! In stores October 1! Have you ever seen a more stunning cover?

If you're like me and adore Chester's colour work, specifically his covers, then this isn't a book to miss. Collected within are the original covers to the comics series, as well as some other extras, like a rare look at Chester's pencil work. Eeeep!

Palookaville 21 by Seth! In stores October 8! Wanna know more about Seth's childhood? Wanna read a very exciting chapter of Clyde Fans? Wanna have a peek into the day-to-day meanderings of the artist in question. Of course you do!

Palookaville 21 includes one of my favourite stories from Seth yet—the first part of Nothing Last, an autobiographical story about growing up in small town Ontario that is engaging and touching and revealing, among many other things. More here.

Sunday Night Movies by Leanne Shapton! In stores October 8! For all you movie buffs, or really just anyone that enjoys looking at beautiful images.

I immediately fall in love with everything Leanne does. This gorgeous book is no exception.

Moomin and the Sea by Tove Jansson! In stores October 8! 

This is my favourite colour Moomin yet. It's really pretty, non?

Moomin and the Comet by Tove and Lars Jansson! In stores October 8! 

Wait, is this my favourite one yet? Oof. So hard to choose. Wait, I don't have to. They're only ten bucks. What on earth or you waiting for?!

Woman Rebel by Peter Bagge! In stores October 15! A book about one of history's most important women by one of comics' most important cartoonists? People! It doesn't get any better than that!

But really there is nothing I can say that's more effusive than this, so just go read it, because it really says it all about this truly remarkable book.

Overwhelming, right? Think how Jade felt. And this is only just a fraction of what we've got in store for you this fall. Man, comics are great.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

When you travel with D+Q, you travel with comics

If I were a less foolhardy human, this blog post would have been broken up into chunks - one part about what it's like spending a few days with the delightful Rutu Modan, and the other a testimony to the awesome thing that is Art Spiegelman Speaking About Comics. Instead, you're getting all the goods in one blog post, dear internet.

Let's start it off in D.C. After the so-good-I-needed-to-sleep-a-thousand-years radness that was SPX, I headed to D.C. to visit a good friend who just moved there. We checked out some museums and wandered around.

Above is the one thing I saw and liked at the Hirshhorn modern art museum. One day after seeing Seth debut Palookaville 21 at SPX I couldn't help but draw a certain parallel. For those of you who haven't read Palookaville 21 yet, let me articulate it for you:

Rubber stamps Seth uses for his diary in comics form.
And that is how you make everything about comics.

After admiring a bunch of skeletons at the Natural History Museum, I headed up to the new NPR building, which, according to the person I was meeting there, resembles a "giant Apple store" -- she's not wrong. It turns out we are living in the future.

Since I arrived too late to snag any merch (why oh why would the NPR store only be open till 2 pm!), she graciously showed me around the building. Some consolation prize, amirite? Above you see the war room setup of NPR news, which is pretty darn cool and makes me suspect maybe NPR is preparing to take over the world. After that, I took another wander, and ate some ramen. But I'm trying to keep this thing on the rails, so let's fastforward to a little bit later...

When I spotted a preview of Enough Said on my friend's TV, I was psyched. You guys! If you're in a city where you can actually see new films, check this one out. What more could you possibly want from the world than Tavi Gevinson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and James Gandolfini? Well, maybe a copy of Rookie Yearbook Two, or the opportunity to meet Tavi face-to-face, but either way, the movie looks really good.

And rather than share any photos of the elegant meal Rutu Modan and I enjoyed on the train to New York City (think hummus, crackers, and carrot sticks, reaaaaal classy), I will spare you any more vacation blogging, and head straight to the action: Tuesday night, we hit the Society of Illustrators for a conversation between Rutu and Liza Donnelly (of the New Yorker) about The Property, Rutu's career, and other fascinating stuff.

Let's pause here to give a shout-out to SoI for hosting an excellent event and for being the wonderful people they are. Their space is beautiful and their audiences ask astoundingly good questions. Thanks to Anelle Miller and Katie Blocher of the Society (pictured above), for being so generous with their time and energy!

Liza Donnelly did a really wonderful job moderating the talk, drawing out some of Rutu's influences, like Edward Gorey (see above), and touching on the different periods of Rutu's career. Rutu's thoughtful and often wry comments made for a great discussion of the place her comics occupy in Israeli comics history, and brought out a lot of subtle stylistic and formal choices I hadn't been aware of in The Property.

Rutu signing for some fans - apologies for my poor camera skillz.

And this is the point in the evening where we made poor Marc Sobel (The Love & Rockets Companion) hold six different cameras and take photos of us - L-R: Liza Donnelly (moderator extraordinaire), Ulli Lust (Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life), Rutu Modan, and me. It was a very pleasant surprise that so many comics folks turned out for an event so soon after SPX.

The next day dawned beautiful and sunny, so we headed down to DUMBO where we met an old friend...

Adrian Tomine! We gorged on pizza and beautiful views. Wanna see what lunch looked like from Adrian & Rutu's side of the table?

Yeah you do! I'm going to go ahead and call this the most picturesque lunch spot in all of New Yahk. That backdrop looks downright fake. I'm told Adrian and his daughter Nora (aka The Cutest Girl in All of Park Slope) often do takeout pizza and rides on the carousel.

Afterwards, we ambled over to the PowerHouse Arena, where a certain Brooklyn illustrator's images were up on the wall...

Beautiful, n'est-ce pas?

Then, after a quick jaunt along the High Line, it was finally time for the launch party of Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: a Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps at Fort Greene's justly beloved indie bookshop, Greenlight.

Store owner and manager Jessica Stockton Bagnulo handled the introduction beautifully, and then it was on to the main affair.

Art Spiegelman is an incredibly articulate thinker-about and maker-of comics. It was really wonderful to spend an hour soaking in his heady, hilarious commentary about his own career, and its place within comics history.

Okay, but seriously, look at this rapt audience. There's no other word for it! Perhaps by this point, Art was explaining the funniest response to this New Yorker cover: "It's cool that for the 130th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, you decided to portray Abraham Lincoln kissing a slave."

After that, it was time for the signing. A seriously long line formed and people patiently waited for their chance with the man of the hour. Meanwhile...

A gaggle of new and old friends settled in nearby. From L-R: Francoise Mouly, David Prudhomme, Ricardo Liniers, Rutu Modan, and Ulli Lust. It was nice to have such an international group of artists visiting, and it was startling just how many of the event attendees were coming from farflung locations - Paris, Poland, Westchester, etc.

Back to ye olde signing line! This couple (sorry, I didn't catch your names!) had just shown Art their wedding cake topper, which included, NO JOKE, a Garbage Pail Kids card! And then they busted out the 9/11 New Yorker, which Francoise was kind enough to sign too.

Watching Art sign books is a real treat - he's kind and thoughtful with his fans, gracious with his time, and his drawings in the books are often downright funny. I adored the fact that he would "co-mix" / hybridize his self-portrait on the splash page of Co-Mix, creating a centaur Spiegelman. Peep that two-story (no pun intended) Maus!

Once the signings were over, Liniers charmingly and shyly mentioned that he had brought along his copy of Funny Aminals, if Art wouldn't mind signing it. In exchange for that, we made Liniers buy us all dinner. Just kidding!

Then it was off to dinner, where I only took two photos - one very unflattering one of Rutu and Ricardo examining his watercolor pen and this one of Art examining the product of the pen - Liniers' beautiful tour sketchbook. But trust me, we had a very nice time!

The next morning, it was off to the airport with me, where I heeded my father's advice and had a farewell-to-NYC-breakfast-pretzel.  So long, New York!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Art Spiegelman CO-MIX launch at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe tonight

Good morning! Now I know some of you are still getting over your SPX /  BBF / WOTS hangovers (oh wait, that's just me), but please lissen up! I've been able to see Art Spiegelman speak twice in my short life, and people, it is a not-to-be-missed experience.

You have one more chance to see legendary cartoonist (and downright inspiring talker) Art Spiegelman speak about what he calls "The Great Retrospection" in honour of his brand-new-just-hit-stores book Co-Mix: A Retrospective of  Comics, Graphics, and Scraps. And by George (or Jove, or whoever you prefer), you oughta do it! Mr. Spiegelman is one of the most thoughtful and articulate people you can imagine on the topics of comics, art, story, and most especially on the relationship between all of these things.

And if you don't believe me, the New Yorker has my back on this one, spotlighting the launch. For added Co-Mix talk, please take a listen to this NPR Weekend Edition interview. Now that you're appropriately riled up, take note of the facts, and gather your wits about you for the launch: Tuesday September 24th at 7 pm! Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby St, New York, NY, 10012)! Art Spiegelman in conversation with Dan Nadel of The Comics Journal!
Friday, September 20, 2013

Your Pete Bagge/Margaret Sanger moment

I just wanted to share this particular sequence from Pete Bagge's Woman Rebel. I think of it as classic Pete Bagge and it's one of the moments from Margaret's life that points out why Pete is such a perfect person to do a book on this amazing woman. This conversation takes place right after Margaret makes the acquaintance of noted sexologist, Havelock Ellis. Mr. Ellis has informed Margaret that he is basically impotent although there is one thing that can arouse him…

Yes, perfect.

This Sunday, September 22, D+Q will be in three places at once!

When you work in comics long enough you're granted certain special powers, and because of that, Drawn and Quarterly is going to be in New York, Toronto, and Washington this Sunday, September 22! Here's the break-down, in case you're also capable of time-travel:


Hey Brooklyn! Anders Nilsen, Adrian Tomine, Art Spiegelman, Lisa Hanawalt, Rutu Modan, Miriam Katin, and Leanne Shapton are all going to be signing and speaking on panels on Sunday! The BBF takes place in historic downtown Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza (209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201) from 10 am to 6 pm.

Drawn and Quarterly will be at booths 141+142! Here's who's signing when:
11 am: Miriam Katin and Rutu Modan (until noon)
12 noon: Anders Nilsen and Lisa Hanawalt (until 1pm)
1 pm: Adrian Tomine and Rutu Modan (until 2pm)
2:15 pm: Art Spiegelman (until 3pm)
3 pm: Miriam Katin and Lisa Hanawalt (until 4pm)
4 pm: Adrian Tomine and Leanne Shapton (until 5pm)
5 pm: Art Spiegelman (until 6pm)

and be sure to catch 'em at these panels:
11 am: Anders Nilsen in MYTH, HISTORY, FABLE
11 am: Leanne Shapton in FOUND: WRITERS ON LOSS
12 noon; Rutu Modan and Adrian Tomine in THE WORLD (ACCORDING TO CARTOONISTS)
1 pm: Lisa Hanawalt and Miriam Katin in MUNDANE/PROFANE/PROFOUND
3 pm: Adrian Tomine in THE FACES OF BROOKLYN

Panels are not at the D+Q booth- check details and locations right here! And visit the BBF website for full programming, maps, and to organize your stay in Brooklyn!


Toronto! Word on the Street is that magic time once a year when Queen's Park turns into a big literary playground, rain or shine, and you spend all your allowance. This Sunday, Chester Brown will be there and signing - come celebrate the tenth anniversary of the classic Louis Riel!

Drawn and Quarterly will be at booth 204. Here's a map and all the festival details!


Lastly-but-not-leastly, Washington, we've got Lynda Barry and Gilbert Hernandez for you at the National Book Festival, taking place at the Library of Congress! You want details? You got 'em: 

12 noon: Presentation in GRAPHIC NOVELS AND SCIENCE FICTION (until 12:45 pm)
1 pm: signing! (until 2pm) 

12:55 pm: Presentation in GRAPHIC NOVELS AND SCIENCE FICTION (until 1:40 pm)
3 pm: signing! (until 4pm)

Additional festival details are available on their website.

We hope to catch you at one of these fine festivals! If we seem a little out-of-breath, you'll know why. 


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