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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

In stores now: RAGE OF POSEIDON!

What's this wild thing? No, it isn't one of our brilliant Halloween costumes (we're saving those for later). This is Anders Nilsen's new Rage of Poseidon and hey guys- it's in stores now. It'll probably look a little more tame on the shelves of your local book shop, though, so here's a cover photo before I continue:

Pretty good-looking on the outside too, huh? Rage of Poseidon places the gods of classic myths in contemporary society, exploring their relationship with humans who just don't seem to need them anymore. The result is a dark, funny, masterful meditation on faith and religion in the modern era. From Publishers Weekly: "The book showcases Nilsen’s ability to play with the characters’ frustrations and hopes; it serves as a reminder of how durable the underlying myths and stories are, as well as how timeless human dreams and disappointments can be. The silhouette-heavy art is spellbinding [...], telling the strangest stories with the straightest possible face."

And the accordion format makes this collection a beautiful art object, too. Gift-worthy, I dare say. Yeah, let's keep looking:

I don't know quite how to express how thrilled we are to have this book out in the world; it's just such a pleasure to be able to present Anders' dark, cerebral wit in this beautiful edition. So please, go get it and figure it out for yourselves!

Tavi goes to Toronto and now everyone has sticky hands.

This past weekend Julia and I went to Toronto to party work really hard. Between the IFOA, a couple Rookie launches, and a whole lot of hanging out with cartoonists/authors, it was a pretty memorable weekend. This post is really just about the Rookie party at Magic Pony (because it would be a mile long if I tried to cover everything), but first…

Before the party began, I took a spin down to Harbourfront Centre to listen to Peter Bagge and Seth talk about their new books. (I swear I'm gonna tie this in with Rookie stuff. Just give me a sec…) Chester Brown and Michael DeForge came too. Just look how handsome they all are! Joanne (Peter's wife) and I accompanied these dashing fellas out for a couple o' drinks afterward. It was the exact opposite of the Rookie party that followed.

And it was also one of the best comics hangz of my life…

Because this happened. The Rookie party was a costume party (happy Halloween, everyone!). I dressed as Dick Tracy, but I was too lazy to google how to tie a tie. Luckily Seth was kind enough to offer his expert services. Incredible, right? Pete insisted I stop grinning and put my "man" face on. This was my best effort.

Okay, now onto Magic Pony. As always, they did an absolutely stunning job setting up for the event. Not only was there the most delicious dinner spread, but TO artist and Rookie Cootie Catcher maker Ginette Lapalme had her beautiful artwork up during the event (and it's up until October 31st! Go. Look at it. Bring a towel for your drool.)

The highlight of the event for me was Sheila Heti's interview with Tavi. Sheila dug up an old list of resolutions Tavi had made back in 2008 and confronted her about her failure to accomplish any of them. GENIUS.

Here they are again pre-interview. Tavi dressed as Garth; Sheila dressed as her 17-year-old self.

This is the face Tavi makes when she's saying something wise beyond her years.

Several Rookies did some readings, too. Pictured here is Rookie and Wornette (Wookie) Anna Fitzpatrick. She read this article, about not being afraid to make things, ever, and not worrying about what people will think of it.

Petra Collins read her recent piece from the Huffington Post about Instagram censoring her body. Seems like if she would have been dressed like Wayne in that bikini shot, all of this could have been avoided, non?

And our last reader, the oh-so-lovely satanist-era Jayne Mansfield (or, Marie Lodi) flew in all the way from LA to read about breakups.

And here's the fruity Magic Pony crew. Ain't they sweet?

Cake maker Corey Moranis (more on that below), Rookie artist Kendra Yee, Wayne, Garth, and Julia, doing her best attempt at a sarcastic Daria face. Julia being anything other than sincere? PLZ!

The back room was decorated with glow in the dark doodles, painted by Kendra.

And Tavi's super creepy signing station.

Okay, so that cake I mentioned. Incredible, right? I really wish I hadn't eaten like 12 donuts literally right before they brought out the cake because man this was hard to say no to. (I would have died you guys! That's too much sugar. How am I supposed to keep up with those sugar-huffing teens?

Cutest gals at the party? Yes. Yes they were. Sorry all you other adorable adolescent beauties. I know I should be building you up before I bring you down, but I just don't have the time.

And here's our office beauty, Hulia. Also pictured here is Anna and Julia's friend's little sis Kathleen photo-bombing the pants right off this thang.

While most of the adults were having boring conversations upstairs, this was happening on the dance floor. Each song was the perfect opportunity for another sing along. It was sweaty and incredible and almost in key.

And no wonder the partay was so bopping—it was DJed by the Collins sisters, Petra and Anna. Look how cute Anna's foxy outfit is.

And I'll leave you with my favourite four ladies of the night—T dazzler, her proud mom Berit, the lovely Ginette Lapalme, and Julia. Beauts, right? (Berit was a big fan of Ginette's work. They talked forever. I'm pretty sure they were sisters in a past life.)

Oh, and if you can't read, here's a video recap of what happened, made by Daniel Goodbaum.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Glug glug!

In perfect world all beer labels would be designed by cartoonists (and not have goofy names like Dr. Hofsteder's Drowsy Butler Extreme Triple Ale) but it is not a perfect world so we have to settle on the occasional sweet design by one of our favourites (off the top of my head: Ron Rege, Jr., Mat Brinkman, CF, and i don't know, didn't Ralph Steadman do wine labels?) So here is Mr. Marc Bell dropping some brew design science for a local Guelph, Ontario brewery, Wellington Brewery.
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pay Attention, Toronto!

Cuz boy oh boy do we ever have a lot in store for you! This weekend we are all up in your grill, with events at the Toronto Reference Library, Magic Pony, and Harbourfront Centre's International Festival of Authors. We're invading your town with Rookies and cartoonists, so hold on to your hats.

Toronto Reference Library's Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St
Saturday October 26, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Panel with Rookie contributors Petra Collins (repping Toronto), Tavi Gevinson (all the way from Chicago!), Marie Lodi (all the way from Los Angeles!), Lola Pellegrino (all the way from New York!), Kendra Yee (repping Toronto), hosted by Serah-Marie McMahon (WORN Fashion Journal).

Registration is full for this panel!

Magic Pony, 680 Queen St W.
Saturday October 26, 6 - 10 pm

There are two parts to this evening celebrating Rookie Yearbook Two! From 6 to 8 pm, join Magic Pony for an intimate conversation between Rookie E-I-C Tavi Gevinson and bestselling author Sheila Heti (How Should a Person Be?). After the conversation, there will be readings by Rookies Petra Collins, Anna Fitzpatrick, Marie Lodi, and Lola Pellegrino. The readings and interview are followed by a book signing session. Tickets for this part of the evening have already sold out!

From 8 to 10 pm, Magic Pony will host their second annual Rookie Halloween Dance Party, complete with art installations by Ginette Lapalme, Kendra Yee, and the Magic Pony Pals! Celebrate Rookie's sophomore year with us as we dress up and dance the night away with guest Rookie DJs, the Collins Sisters, a spooktacular magic cake by Corey Moranis, and delicious treats from Gloryhole Doughnuts. Entry is free with purchase of a copy of Rookie Yearbook Two or $10 for the becostumed, and $20 for the non-costumed. You know you wanna come in costume!

Harbourfront Centre's York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Join us for a trio of events with legendary cartoonists Peter Bagge and Seth this weekend and next as part of the IFOA.


Peter Bagge and Seth will be in conversation with Brent Bambury, host of CBC's Day 6. They'll read from their newest books, and talk comics. This panel takes place in the Studio Dance Theatre.

Buy tickets here! Tickets are $18, $15 for supporters, or FREE for students/youth 25 and under.


Does form or idea dictate narrative? Bestselling fiction writers Nadeem Aslam (The Blind Man's Garden), Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins), Peter Bagge (Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story), and Sam Lipsyte (The Fun Parts) discuss. Hosted and moderated by Siri Agrell (Bad Bridesmaid). This panel takes place in the Brigantine Room.

Buy tickets here! Tickets are $18, $15 for supporters, or FREE for students/youth 25 and under.


Authors Chris Eaton (Chris Eaton: A Biography: A Novel), Bernice Eisenstein (Correspondences), Anne Michaels (Correspondences) and Seth (Sunshine Sketches of a Small Town) discuss the influence of technology and other people—both living and dead—on their work. Hosted and moderated by Emily M. Keeler (editor of Little Brother magazine). This panel takes place in the Studio Dance Theatre.

Buy tickets here! Tickets are $18, $15 for supporters, or FREE for students/youth 25 and under.

Now, if you've paid attention, you'll see it's possible to attend all these events with nary a schedule conflict amongst 'em. How thoughtful are we?  Hope to see you there (and in Halloween costumes, please!), Tronno!

New York! Peter Bagge is in town tonight for WOMAN REBEL!

Thanks for being patient, New York. As a reward you've got two chances one chance left to see Peter Bagge talk about his new bio-comic Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, and those opportunities start tonight. So cancel your other Thursday night plans, people. Don't just take my word for this: it's a Voice Choice: "With his new graphic biography, Woman Rebel, cartoonist Peter Bagge reveals activist Margaret Sanger as fascinating and fallible in her pioneering work in disseminating birth control information and techniques. Despite the constant threat of censorship and incarceration that loomed over Sanger, Bagge’s humor and rubber-armed style make this unblinking account a brisk, buoyant read."

Here are those deets:

Thursday, October 24th (tonight!): Word, Brooklyn, 7pm
With writers Thomas Page McBee and Karolina Waclawiak and pro-voice activist Kassi Underwood.  Here's their Facebook event.

In all earnestness, NYC/Brooklyn, Peter Bagge is extremely fascinating when he talks about his work and you will leave feeling smarter and completely inspired. Go go go.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's Louis Riel's birthday! Celebrate with Chester Brown in Winnipeg tonight

The Manitoban turns in a post about the event, including a short interview with Professor Candida Rifkind who is hosting the conversation with Chester tonight. Check it out: it totally makes me wish I could teleport to Winnipeg for the evening, because Professor Rifkind promises to be an insightful interviewer for comics and non-comics fans alike:

“[Brown] depicts [Riel] as a complex man and doesn’t shy away from representing his religious mysticism and messianism,” says Rifkind. “[Brown’s book] shows the complicated situations Riel faced, both within his community and outside it, and so goes beyond the usual caricatures of him as either ‘traitor’ or ‘hero.’”

And at CBC's Scene blog, Andrew Friesen recounts that Chester was inspired to create Louis Riel during a visit to Winnipeg:

"On a trip to Winnipeg in the mid-'90s, the acclaimed cartoonist and some of his American friends were discussing history when the topic turned to Riel. Being the only Canadian in the bunch, Brown was asked to explain why Riel was such a significant figure. “I drew a blank. I knew almost nothing,” laughed Brown. Acknowledging his ignorance, the cartoonist decided to research the Métis leader and soon realized just how fascinating and complicated a character he was."

So! 7 pm tonight at the McNally Robinson located in Grant Park Shopping Centre! Interview and presentation to be followed by a book signing with the one and only Chester Brown! One night only in Winnipeg. 

Tonight's event is co-presented by the Saint Boniface Museum.

D+Q to publish The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, & History of What We Wear edited by Serah-Marie McMahon in May 2014

Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights to The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear edited by WORN Editor-In-Chief Serah-Marie McMahon, it was announced today by Peggy Burns, Associate Publisher of Drawn & Quarterly. In-house editor is D+Q Managing Editor, Tracy Hurren.

To be released in Spring 2014 and collected from sixteen issues published over the past eight years by the Toronto-based magazine, The WORN Archive is a manifesto on why fashion and clothing matter. With its prescient, intelligent articles penned by a host of unique contributors (academics, writers, curators, and artists), WORN strives to address diverse issues like gender, identity, and culture with openness and honesty. WORN asserts that fashion is art, history, ideas, and most of all fun, presenting style as a personal experience that need not align with the fashion industry. The WORN Archive will have an introduction by noted fashion historian Valerie Steele.

“Along with selling the WORN Journal in our bookstore, we have been long-time personal fans of the publication—it’s a fashion magazine for people who don’t necessarily read fashion magazines, but are still interested in our visual culture,” states Peggy Burns. “As well, Serah-Marie’s story is remarkably similar to Chris Oliveros'. A young Montrealer with a particular obsession realizes there’s nothing quite like it in the marketplace, and undeterred, sets out to bring their crazy idea to life.”

"I could not be happier to be partnering with Drawn & Quarterly on this project," says Serah-Marie McMahon. "They really understand that WORN expresses ideas on fashion not only through words, but also through photography, illustration, and design. The WORN Archive is as much a re-imagining of WORN’s first years as it is a recollection. The first thing I did when I started WORN was to hang flyers in the neighbourhood that said, 'Do you love fashion but are frustrated by fashion magazines?' I hope that with The WORN Archive, we are showing people a view of fashion that isn’t just about trends or commerce, and that fashion can be a celebration of who we are and what we wear."

Serah-Marie McMahon is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WORN Fashion Journal and a freelance Creative Director and Writer. WORN has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for Best Cover of the Year; McMahon was named by Jane Pratt as a "Say: 100 Voices That Matter" in the style category and by NOW magazine as a Fashion Hero.

The WORN Archive (978-1-77046-150-5, 6.5 x 8.5”, paperback, 496 pages, full colour, May, $29.95) is the first book to be collected from the magazine and will be supported by a full-scale North American promotional campaign. It will be distributed in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. International rights are represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Praise for WORN:

"It’s a mag for the fashion diehard who’s fed up with the usual glossies, and for the feminist theorist who never imagined herself picking up a fashion magazine." —Ashley McAllister, Bitch

"In essence, [WORN is] the non-fashion fashion mag, and I can't recommend it highly enough."—Sadie Stein, Jezebel
Monday, October 21, 2013

Peter Bagge in Boston (okay, Brookline!) tonight

Massachusetts! Tonight! Monday October 21st at 7 pm, you can catch Peter Bagge giving a presentation on the origins of Woman Rebel and on Margaret Sanger's fascinating, who-knows-how-she-did-it-all life. That's at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street in Brookline, MA. 

Read a chatty, fabulous interview in two parts over at DigBoston (Part 1 and Part 2):

Clay Fernald on behalf of DigBoston: The most obvious question, and the one you are probably getting a lot, is why Margaret Sanger?

Peter Bagge: I wish I had a short snappy answer to that question! For a while now I’ve been doing nonfiction pieces, mainly for a publication called Reason magazine. Short journalistic comic strips, most recently I’ve been doing short biographical strips. It felt like it was starting to build up to the possibility of doing a book-length one. I ran a bunch of names by this one particular publisher who I thought would be interested, and they were the ones who published it, Drawn and Quarterly.

One of the names I ran past was Margaret Sanger. What was interesting was the other subjects I had in mind were all literary figures for the most part. I was very interested in women writers from the mid-twentieth century, from between the two wars. The reason I was interested in them, besides liking their work, was that they lived very autonomous, independent lives. Though these women weren’t the least bit masculine, they lived their lives as if they were men.
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hey, Chicago! Peter Bagge is at Quimby's tonight for WOMAN REBEL!

Hi Chicago! Happy Saturday! If you didn't catch Paste's glowing review of Woman Rebel, I encourage you to read it. Of seasoned cartoonist Peter Bagge, they say: "He retains his visual DNA here: mouths gape or frown dramatically; eyes either widen in delight or squint in anger; lines of expression, whether conveying enthusiasm, anger, frustration, or surprise, surround his characters. No one emotes subtly or stands up straight. Spaghetti limbs bend every which way. It’s a rich illustrative vocabulary that makes use of the classical comic forms of exaggeration. The overblown aesthetic also fits perfectly with the story of a woman who pissed off everyone she knew on a regular basis."

The Chicago Reader quotes Peter Bagge as saying, "There were so many stories. The book could've been 1000 pages long." In about a tenth so many pages, Woman Rebel jam-packs the stories and achievements that made Margaret Sanger such an influential, controversial character. And Peter Bagge's classic style is perfect for illustrating the woman rebel's enthusiasm. I especially like when she's drawn with fiery, determined eyes. See:

So, you're intrigued? Well, Chicago, Peter Bagge is going to be at Quimby's tonight, Saturday October 19th, at 7pm! If you're the Facebook type, their event is here for the attending.
Friday, October 18, 2013

Chester Brown celebrates Louis Riel's birthday AND Louis Riel's birthday in Winnipeg next week!

Join Chester Brown for a conversation with Professor Candida Rifkind of the University of Winnipeg at McNally Robinson Grant Park on Louis Riel's 169th birthday, and in honour of Louis Riel's tenth anniversary! Brown and Professor Rifkind will discuss Louis Riel ten years on and the memoir's place within contemporary Canadian literature. The conversation will be followed by a short Q&A and book signing session. Event co-presented by Le Musée de St. Boniface Museum and Drawn & Quarterly.

And catch Chester Brown live on Terry Macleod's Weekend Morning show! Tomorrow!

Once more, the event is Tuesday October 22nd at 7 pm at the McNally Robinson located in Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave.

Hey, Iowa! Peter Bagge is at Prairie Lights tonight for WOMAN REBEL!

In the "Why Sanger?" section that ends master cartoonist Peter Bagge's new book Woman Rebel, he explains that he chose to tell Margaret Sanger's story because she lived the lives of ten people, and that "all I could think of was 'comic book!' whenever I read of her exploits." Woman Rebel is the story of a bad-ass protofeminist done up in Bagge's signature rubbery style. Guys, this book is obviously exciting.

Says The Gazette: "This event-packed and frequently heartbreaking book gallops through the years — many final, right-hand-page panels conclude with a surprise reveal or a plot twist, soap opera-like. But, then, this is a comic book, hard-bound though it is. And Bagge’s intentional quick pacing gives us a feel for Sanger’s own breathtaking life and accomplishments."

So, Iowa! I'm telling you this because it's the weekend and Peter Bagge is going to be presenting Woman Rebel at Prairie Lights tonight, Friday October 18th, at 7pm! Here's a preview of the 'tude you can expect:
(But don't worry, Peter Bagge is very friendly.) Prairie Lights's Facebook page is here.
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wisconsin Book Festival Does Comics: Barry, Brunetti, and Ware

Good morning, Madison! The Wisconsin Book Festival begins today and I have to say, you folks are in for a treat this weekend. A treat that looks a little like this:

Does the Wisconsin Book Festival know how to stack a lineup or what?! Join Lynda Barry (The Freddie Stories), Ivan Brunetti (Aesthetics: A Memoir), and Chris Ware (Building Stories) as they discuss their most recent works this Saturday October 19th at 4 pm in the Madison Central Library's Community Room (201 W Mifflin St).

What can I say to make you see how wonderful a talk this will be? These are three of the most generous-with-their-wisdom, insightful-about-humankind, fascinating-in-their-creativity cartoonists around, and it would be an absolute pleasure to hear them riffing about their comics. Here's what I can say: over here in the D+Q offices, we're wholly jealous of you this weekend, Wisconsin.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hey, Minneapolis! Peter Bagge is at Magers & Quinn tonight for WOMAN REBEL!

Hi, Minneapolis! The sun is shining (says the internet), Woman Rebel is finally available in stores, and comics legend Peter Bagge is in your city. The award-winning author is kicking off a multi-city tour at Magers & Quinn tonight, Wednesday October 16th, at 7pm. Did you know that today is, thanks in large part to Margaret Sanger, the 97th anniversary of Planned Parenthood? 97! To celebrate,  Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota will have a table at tonight's event. 
I know we shared Slate's recent review of Woman Rebel on Monday, but I have to add this line from the article: "The book is a fascinating testament to the ability of one person to make a difference in this world, as long as she’s a huge pain in everyone’s ass." Margaret Sanger was an infuriating, inspiring bad-ass, and Peter Bagge definitely captures that in his book. Peter also found time to illustrate all of October's Slate Book Review, and you can check all of those pieces out here.

See you tonight, Minneapolis. Why not join the Facebook event and invite all your friends?

Anders at APE! Or, D+Q heads to America.

America: Land of the free. Always a pleasure to visit your highfalutin shores. I was in San Francisco this past weekend for APE, and it was just so lovely to be in that amazing city, and even more swell to get to sell comics there.

The convention centre where APE takes place is nice because it's wood instead of cement. That turns my convention frown upside down, if you know what I mean. (But come on SF, there's no way this building is actually earthquake proof.)

And another booth shot. Handsome books. The handsomest, I'd say.

Along for the sweet ride was salty dog on shore leave Anders Nilsen.

Anders was there to move units of his new beaut of a book, Rage of Poseidon.

Did we mention it's an accordion?

Here's Anders again, with a long line of adoring fans. What's notable about APE is how hardcore the fans are, if you can forgive me for using that word. These two gentlemen up front had Anders sign pretty much everything he had ever made, touched, coughed on. Later I saw someone hurriedly moving toward the booth holding a piece of trash. He claimed it was Anders's used napkin from lunch and requested an autograph. Anders politely declined, consummate professional that he is.

(Photo cred: Chris Diaz) Here's the beautiful Ilaria. Ilaria is a McSweeney's intern and she was nice enough to help out for the weekend, as well as provide me with many burrito recommendations. INDIAN BURRITOS. THANK YOU ILARIA!

Here's Anders again, at a panel talking about Rage, as well as future projects. It's always a pleasure to hear Anders talk—he's eloquent and smart. (I'm pretty sure his booming voice makes him sound even smarter, not that that's necessary.)

And that's all. I have a million more photos of Anders but I'm saving them for my personal collection how many photos of Anders do you really need, anyway?

Anders has some nice sketches of his time in SF up on his blog. Go clap your eyes. And then go pre-order his new book on some website, or, better yet, make a date with your cutie to go to your local bookstore on October 29 to pick up a copy or two IRL.

Big thanks to everyone at APE and Comic-Con for putting on the show, especially Gary and Justin. Your hard work was evident, and appreciated.


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