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Friday, January 31, 2014

Be SUSCEPTIBLE and Join My Graphic Novel Club!

Following the direction of many great stores across North America who host their own book clubs, I decided "Hey I'm already in two book clubs, my daughter is in 2, so why don't I do another at the store on comics?" So please join me on Wednesday, February 26th at 7PM at Librairie D+Q at our first official Graphic Novel Club to discuss the wonderful SUSCEPTIBLE by Genevieve Castree. I read an early advance of this book in Fall 2012, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Beautiful, deft, with such a skilled hand detailing a childhood in turmoil. When asked what book I wanted to discuss I knew right away!

And you can come back every month or so, and discuss another graphic novel, drink a class of wine, eat a piece of fromage with a fine D+Q staffer!

Halifax! Michael DeForge launches Ant Colony tonight at Strange Adventures!

Good morning, Halifax! It's the last day of January, which means there are only approximately five months of winter left in Canada. In other good news, Michael DeForge is launching Ant Colony tonight, Friday January 31, at 7pm, at Strange Adventures! (That's the Halifax storefront, at 5110 Prince Street).

We had a terrific time in Montreal last night- Michael presented his slideshow and answered questions from a packed house, then signed and handed out these spiffy (good word?) Ant Colony trading cards. There are many more to collect so please, come out and collect 'em. Tonight's event, which promises to be just as wonderful, is featured in The Coast! Start your weekend off right, Halifax.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Just in: original Gilbert Hernandez artwork!

Can this day get any better? First Chris brings us the most delicious donuts for Tracy’s (happy!) birthday. Then, lo and behold, we get a huge batch of original Gilbert Hernandez Bumperhead artwork! GILBERT HERNANDEZ ARTWORK PEOPLE! Being a mega Hernandez fan, I can’t even begin to express how exciting and absolutely stunning these pages are. 

But wait, it gets even better! Look who stopped by this afternoon before his big event at the store tonight. Michael Deforge! Too much genius in one picture I tell ya (Tom get out of there!)

Bumperhead will be out this coming fall, so make sure to stay tuned for upcoming details!

Montreal! Michael DeForge launches Ant Colony tonight!

I'm always excited to announce an event in our city, Montreal, and this one promises to be a particularly great one. Michael DeForge is launching Ant Colony tonight, Thursday January 30th, at 7pm, at our very own Librairie D+Q!

Michael recently spoke with Cult MTL, discussing how Ant Colony came to be and explaining some of the choices he made for the book. From the interview:

"As for the "best artist of his generation" thing? "While it's nice to hear, I don't really think about it," [Michael DeForge] says. "Of course it's flattering, but it's not really true.""

We disagree. Michael will be presenting a slideshow tonight with a signing and question period to follow. Think of something -juicy- to ask. See you later!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014


So now officially across North America, Michael DeForge's ANT COLONY is for sale everywhere. After a fantastic Monday night launch with the fine folks at the Beguiling, he heads to Montreal and then to Halifax's Strange Adventures, and hits the USA next week. Don't miss! Seriously, it's not every day that a comic gets reviewed by the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Montreal Gazette, Harper's Magazine, Nerdist, AV Club, the aforementioned reviews in Toronto's NOW and Las Vegas Weekly and more within days of its release. DeForge also spoke to the National Post breaking down his art panel by panel, Cult Montreal and to Comic Book Resources. So if you're one of the few unconvinced read on...

"DeForge always seems utterly in control — from the dreamscape-on-drugs palette of electric blues, acid tangerines and lemon yellows, to the deft world-building worthy of Jack Kirby, to the winged terrors that nod to manga horror master Kazuo Umezu. This cartoonist warmly bows to his elders, even when flinging its cellular goo in the dramatic style of Krazy Kat...DeForge is apparently of our species, but as a keen observer of multifaceted behavior, perhaps no cartoonist has a better compound eye."–Michael Cavna, The Washington Post

"[ANT COLONY] is ...absurd and existential...[DeForge] grants no victors and no spoils."–Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine

"Ant Colony goes beyond any of his previous work, laying out the psychosexual hang-ups and strange power dynamics of characters who are as deep and complicated as an anthill’s network of caves."–David Berry, National Post

"ANT COLONY is a sort of life-during-wartime love story in which the characters happen to be stylized ants, centipedes and spiders inhabiting a world rendered with outsized surreal flair."–Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette

"With its striking design, strong characters and parallel references to kiddie-fare animal antics and soul-crushing adult decisions, ANT COLONY is compelling work."–Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune

"With an unusual style that is equal parts adorable, grotesque, psychedelic, and earthy, DeForge tells an epic story...the hallucinatory imagery works wonderfully with the emotional honestly of the writing to make ANT COLONY an outstanding spectacle with personality and depth."–Oliver Sava, The AV Club

"A book this thought-provoking and gorgeous deserves acclaim."–Hillary Brown, Paste

"Every so often a book comes along that knocks you flat on your ass and makes you wonder where the hell you’ve been and why you haven’t seen anything like it sooner. Ant Colony is exactly that kind of book...an intensely charismatic, thoughtful, evocative little world that DeForge has filled with memorable characters, burning philosophical questions, and moments of true humanity that shine through the stylized thoraxes and angled antennae of his kooky creations. The year may be young, but I am confident when I say that this may just be the best graphic novel of 2014."–Dan Casey, Nerdist

I swear I have been working on this blog post all day, and every time I go to post, a new, glorious review is posted.  Congratulations, Michael!!!!!

Hey, New Jersey! Chris Ware talks comix at Rutgers-Camden tonight!

We're constantly telling you that an opportunity to hear award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware speak is not to be missed-- it isn't, and here's your chance! Today, Wednesday, January 29th, at 7:30 pm, Chris Ware will be at Rutgers-Camden's Campus Center, presenting a lecture that is free and open to the public. 

Photo credit: Marnie Ware

Chris Ware's visit is part of Rutgers's celebrated Writers in Camden series. I love that graphic novels are being taught more and more often in colleges and universities; either in their own courses or alongside more traditional prose texts across all disciplines. And I can't imagine a more eloquent voice on the subject of literary graphic novels than the one you'll hear tonight. Plus! There's another comics tie-in: Rutgers is simultaneously hosting an exhibit on the graphic novel, with artwork from Julie Doucet, Justin Green, Carol Tyler, and many more influential cartoonists.

The talk is happening in the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room-- that's on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. A reception will follow and Chris Ware’s books will be available to purchase and for him to sign (!!!) Here are the full event details on Rutgers-Camden's site.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Over Easy: Bound, glued, and comin' at you

The sun is shining and the sky is blue and we've got brand spanking new copies of Mimi Pond's Over Easy in the office so what in the world is there to complain about? (Ahhh, hot soup!)

Also we have new interns and they are A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Here's my saviour, Marcela! Julia and I met her last year at Comic-Con. She came by the booth right after I finished directing sexy Pikachu to the can. A breath of fresh air, this one, to say the least.

Mimi's a masterful cartoonist—her ability to create setting shines so strong in this book I can feel the grime in the kitchen.

This is me every morning! HULLO!

Over Easy will be in stores April 15! And for all you TCAFers, Mimi Pond will be there to flog copies and charm your pants right off with her vivaciousness. See y'all there, or be so square.

What's that? You're too excited to wait till April? Me too. Why not follow Mimi's Over Easy Facebook page and keep up to date?
Monday, January 27, 2014

Coming this fall, John Porcellino's HOSPITAL SUITE

Look at that beauty up there. John P is finishing up his first original graphic novel (say what?) called Hospital Suite about among other things his near catastrophic health issues many years ago. I've been lucky enough to read the pages in batches as John finishes them and the image above is one of my favourites. As you might expect from John, we get a very emotional account of trying to figure out a mystery illness and dealing with its physical toll. More info as this book as it develops and look for it and John at this fall's Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland (and almost certainly other tour dates to be announced.)

Hey, Toronto! Michael DeForge launches ANT COLONY tonight!

 Poster designed by Michael DeForge

Michael DeForge's Ant Colony, our first fantastic book of 2014, is officially in stores (in Canada- but you'll have it tomorrow, America) and that's reason to brave the cold and celebrate. Michael will be reading and presenting a slideshow tonight, Monday, January 27th, at 7pm, at The Beguiling (601 Markham Street).

NOW Magazine highlights the event, saying "Michael DeForge’s deranged yet adorable debut graphic novel hits the mark on many levels. It’s experimental without ever derailing its narrative, existential yet light-hearted, surreal but deeply human, and always visually engaging."

And over at Las Vegas Weekly, J. Caleb Mozzocco writes: "Remarkably violent and darkly hilarious, it’s a comic about the human condition that features no human characters at all."

Toronto humans, come out and support your own! (You'll wanna get your hands on some of those Ant Colony trading cards Michael promised to bring.)
Friday, January 24, 2014

Diane Obomsawin's ON LOVING WOMEN! Plus Montreal launch details...

Lissen up: Diane Obomsawin has made a wonderful new book! It is a shy triumph and a beautiful capturing of Significant Moments in people's lives and I get to be the one to tell you all about it.

On Loving Women is a collection of stories about first love and sexual identity by the Montreal-based animator and cartoonist. You may remember Diane's work from 2009's Kaspar.

In these pages, Diane shares diaristic pieces that are altogether more intimate: her friends' and lovers' personal accounts of coming out, of first crushing on another girl or woman, of first kisses and first heartbreaks.

And as you may be able to tell, she does it all in her singular style - each simply told tale features a cast of anthropomorphized hum-animals (oxen, dogs, rabbits, bears, and more) - and they relate their stories with distinctive, varied voices.

But don't just trust me on how compelling and charming On Loving Women is. The magnificent Ellen Forney wrote a just-about-perfect blurb for the book: 

"On Loving Women is in turns wistful, sexy, goofy, bittersweet, frank, and adorable. Diane Obomsawin's deceptively simple lifework and straightforward writing style capture the breathless sweetness of holding another girl's hand for the first time, and the happy, lusty intimacy of a virginity-ending, drunken threesome. Delightful."

On Loving Women will be in stores across North America on Tuesday February 18th. Buy this one for a special someone for V Day or just buy it for yourself and wash the mid-February blahs away. Finally, speaking of February blahs, Montreal, we've got some news that will warm you right up: 

Join us Thursday February 20th at the Librairie D+Q (211 Bernard O). We're delighted to have Diane Obomsawin presenting On Loving Women. It promises to be a lovely evening. 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

D+Q's 2014 Unveiled and Babbled About

Whoo boy! We gotta lotta great books in store for you, 2014.

Let's run through the first half of the year month by month, and let me gush to you a little bit about all the books we intend to shove into your hands at conventions this year.


Michael DeForge's Ant Colony - available Jan 28 in the US and Jan 21 in Canada
Our lone star of January, Ant Colony is a dazzling and darkly existential account of the fall of a black ant colony. Michael DeForge's striking visual sensibility and masterful storytelling immerse you in a world of insects whose concerns are the same as ours - loneliness, faith, love, and war. Or, as Chester Brown puts it:"Michael DeForge is that rare sort of cartoonist, a genuine artist with a unique vision and a teeming imagination. He's not trying to create sentimental pap for a mass audience. I love his work, but I do wonder why any sensible, profit-oriented publisher would release this crazy book."


Kicking off February, we have two more of our Enfant line Moomins: 
Tove Jansson's Moomin and the Golden Tail 
Tove Jansson's Moomin's Desert Island - both in stores February 11
Do you need to know more than that? Perhaps you should know that these are two of my absolute faves from Tove's entire run of the Moomin strip? Or that their spines match perfectly? 

Diane Obomsawin's On Loving Women - in stores February 18
Diane Obomsawin's On Loving Women is a series of sweet, intimate accounts of women coming into their queerness. In these simply told vignettes, Obomsawin captures first kisses, first crushes, and first finding love with a woman. I'm not sure how to capture the essence of this book, apart from that it's one of those books I think of as indefinably awesome - in its simplicity, in the way it demands to be told as a comic, in its heart-tingling, diary-like qualities. 

More eloquently:
"On Loving Women is in turns wistful, sexy, goofy, bittersweet, frank, and adorable. Diane Obomsawin's deceptively simple lifework and straightforward writing style capture the breathless sweetness of holding another girl's hand for the first time, and the happy, lusty intimacy of a virginity-ending, drunken threesome. Delightful."—Ellen Forney, author of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me

Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet's Beautiful Darkness - in stores February 25
After I read Beautiful Darkness last spring, I was left utterly chilled. Its charming illustrations (by the talented husband and wife team of Kerascoët) contrast so harrowingly with the savagery its tiny characters commit and the brutality they enact on each other. But don't just take my word for it - check out what the certified professionals at Publishers Weekly have to say about it in their starred review: "…Macabre... lush…horrific... This unforgettable graphic novel hovers on the edge of your daydreams and nightmares."

MARCH 2014

Brecht Vandenbroucke's White Cube - in stores March 4
When Tracy and I went to Angouleme last January, it was very romantic  exciting. Most of what we were doing there was ogling all of the beautiful books our European publishing brethren had on offer, and boy are those dudes productive! It's no exaggeration to say that White Cube was the belle of the ball though, and for two good reasons: Vandenbroucke's effortless wit and his gorgeous painting skillz.  These irreverent strips poke fun at the staid, often smug art world, offering an absurdist view on the institutions of that world—questioning what constitutes art and what doesn’t, as well as how we decide what goes on the walls of the gallery and what doesn’t.

APRIL 2014 

Adrian Tomine's New York Postcards: 30 Illustrations from the page of the New Yorker and beyond - in stores April 8
This is one snazzy snazzy postcard box, from the beveled edges to the colour choices to the everything inside of it. There are postcards of all your favourite New Yorker illustrations and covers, work published in the New York Times and other places, some of my favourite entries from Adrian's New York subway sketches, and a couple of illos so new (yes, including that Hurricane Sandy cover) they didn't make it into the New York Drawings book. Is there a person in the world who wouldn't be delighted to receive one (or all) of these in the mail? 

Mimi Pond's Over Easy - in stores April 15
Mimi Pond's Over Easy is a delightfully gossipy capsule into a moment in 1970s California, where art student Margaret drops out of college and finds inspiration and friendship in the cast of characters at the local diner where she works. Stay tuned for details of Mimi's tour in the coming weeks!

"Mimi Pond is a national treasure! Her sharp observations, singular point of view, and sure hand have created a dazzling and charming must read/see!—Todd Oldham

“As funny and warm-hearted as a memoir about a bunch of punks, drug dealers, hippies, and art school dropouts screwing in the 1970s can get. Mimi Pond’s coming-of-age graphic novel, Over Easy, is a delicious charmer.”—Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

MAY 2014

Serah-Marie McMahon's The WORN Archive - available in the US May 6, available in Canada April 29 
Tracy just posted a few tantalizing snapshots of the proofs for The WORN Archive: A fashion journal about the art, ideas, and history of what we wear. With historical essays about Dali and L Frank Baum's window dressings, innovative photo shoots, flawless design, and all sorts of writing that explores the relationship between fashion and identity, The WORN Archive celebrates personal fashion and rejoices in the creativity that inspires each of our fashion choices.

Plus, did I mention the foreword is by Jane Pratt?! Peep this gem from her introduction: "WORN is reclaiming fashion as something that can be exciting, challenging, different, quirky, interesting, not just as something you have to consume." 

Petty Theft by Pascal Girard - in stores May 27
I just finished reading this one! Petty Theft is another hilarious, very fictionalized memoir from Pascal Girard (Reunion, Bigfoot, and Nicolas). The premise is this: Pascal has just broken up with his girlfriend of nine years, he's staying in a friend's spare room, and running to ease his frazzled nerves. When he injures his back, precluding any running for months, Pascal throws himself into his other pleasure: reading. While at the bookstore one day, he spies a young woman picking up his own book - when she darts out of the shop without paying, he decides that it's time for a little detective work. 

What follows is a a laugh-out-loud (I fully did!) account of a man on a mission, and a charming comedy of errors. 

Julie Delporte's Everywhere Antennas - in stores May 27
Everywhere Antennas is subtle and moving, the portrait of a woman caught in the margins, struggling to balance the demands of technology and modern life with the need to find meaningful relationships and work. In soft, flowing colored pencil, Delporte shows her anonymous narrator coming to terms with a rare and misunderstood sensitivity to electromagnetic waves. This is a book that will leave you thinking about your place in the world.

Anouk Ricard's Benson's Cuckoos - in stores May 13
Benson's Cuckoos, the first of Anouk's books-for-grownups that we've published, is an off the rails office comedy about the employees of a cuckoo clock factory. I think of it as The Office meets 9 to 5 with less Dolly Parton and more really great character design per Anouk's aesthetic. Not to give too much away, Richard (the blue duck in the foreground) is the hapless new employee of an insane workplace where something sketchy is going on, and he's forced to figure out what… There's a really great staff retreat in the woods too.

Read a sample of Benson's Cuckoos here.

Shigeru Mizuki's Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan - in stores May 27
Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan is the second volume of Shigeru Mizuki's historical and autobiographical account of the long-running Showa Era. It dissects Japan's entry into World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and on a personal level, shows the end of Mizuki's idyllic childhood in the countryside when he’s drafted and shipped off to the tiny island of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.

Read a sample of Showa 1939-1944 here.

JUNE 2014

Frank King's Walt Before Skeezix - in stores June 10
Walt Before Skeezix is a prequel of sorts to our reprints of Gasoline Alley. This hardcover tome, lushly designed by Chris Ware, covers the first two years of the strip, before baby Skeezix revolutionized GA's world. Walt Before Skeezix includes a wide-ranging introductory essay from noted comics historian Jeet Heer and an essay by Tim Samuelson, the cultural historian for the city of Chicago, about how Chicago’s history is reflected in King’s newspaper strip.

Read a sample of Walt Before Skeezix.

Anouk Ricard's Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, and Gooseberries - in stores June 17

Gawd, what do you really need to know about this one other than that it will be another delightfully funny and light-hearted visit with Anna, Froga, and their cast of friends? Okay okay, here are some of the good things you'll see in it: Christopher the worm trying to eat a piece of pie with no hands; a squirrel pummelling Anna, Froga, Bubu, and Christopher with chestnuts; a dog carnie who has really long facial hair; an ant eating a giant potato chip while watching TV.

Read a sample of Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, & Gooseberries here.


Lars Jansson's Moomin Book 9 - in stores August 5
Last-before-our-fall-list, Moomin: The Complete Lars Jansson Comic Strip, Book 9! This volume includes one of Lars's most acclaimed comic strips - "Fuddler and Married Life."

Read a sample from Moomin Book 9 here.

And that's how you put together the next seven months chez D+Q. I promised not to let this take up the entire blog page, so I'm going to sign off. Cheerio and happy 2014 reading, y'all!
Friday, January 10, 2014

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston's WORDLESS at the Brooklyn Academy of Music--Saturday January 18th!!

Oh what I would do to be able to teleport to Brooklyn next Saturday night to see Art Spiegelman's live performance with jazz composer Phillip Johnston. The performance is WORDLESS, and it already took Australia by storm this past Fall when it debuted at the Sydney Opera House. You can buy the BAM tickets here and you can visit the official WORDLESS tumblr page here. What I would do to teleport to see Art Spiegelman perform live anywhere, anytime, but really this one seems extraordinary. Art talks about the early graphic novels, such as Lynd Ward, with images all the while being backed by a live jazz sextet performing an original score. Photo: Prudence Upton.
Thursday, January 09, 2014

Finally, something we can both enjoy: The WORN Archive

As is the natural progression for indie comics publishers, sometimes D+Q publishes fashion-y books. What, is that a little bit weird? (Okay, it's really not that weird at all. If you want to know more about how this all came together, check this out.)

Above you'll see our much-loved intern Esther holding this perfect new book — The WORN Fashion Archive: A fashion journal about the art, ideas, and history of what we wear, edited by the enviably smart and talented Serah-Marie McMahon. The book collects the best content from the first fourteen issues of the mag, all reworked and in a stunning package. You guys! This book is totally awesome. And so is Esther. So lets all take a moment to soak up those facts.

Esther was checking over these proofs yesterday and said, "oh, I know this girl." And I think every young-ish woman in this office had the same experience when devouring the book for the first time. This is what makes WORN so special — it's very real: the models are not models, just normies; the writers are relatable (and some are pals I see around town); the content has little to do with the runway, and everything to do with how fashion can be personal, practical, art, object, history, identity, ideas, and fun. These are, in fact, the chapters of the book.

But it's not just smart, practical writing; it also looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

WORN's designer, Alexandra Niit, did an astounding amount of work on this book, and it's all pretty flawless, really. We were all so impressed when the files rolled in. I mean, we knew it was going to be good... but could never have imagined that it would be this perfect.

Another highlight of the book is many colourful, often-campy photoshoots. Love 'em.

Seriously. This is a really special book. It's gonna mean a lot to a lot of different types of people, and I can't wait for people to get their hands all over it. WORN will be in stores May 6! Start shopping for your party shoes now, party people.

And in the meantime, Worn Fashion Jornal Issue 17 just hit stores. Why not head to your local indie and pick one up? Or stroll over to their website and buy it there or be square.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Anders Nilsen hits the west coast in February

Look out, Stanford, Berkeley, and Los Angeles! Anders Nilsen is coming to your cities to read you some parables about human fallibility, so get your listening ears and your learning eyes on.

He's on the road for a few more events this February after a stellar end of year bunch of reviews from The Austin Chronicle ("trenchant and f***ing hilarious"), Cult Montreal ("Anders Nilsen [is a] dark philosopher"), and The Examiner ("[a] stark black meditation on mythology and religion in the modern world."). Read some more praise for the book here.

You can find Anders at...

STANFORD | Wednesday, February 5th, 6 to 8 pm
Stanford University's Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St.

This will be a solo talk by Anders, touching on the presence of religion and mythology in his past and current work. It's free and open to the public so all you shy Stanford residents, come on by!

The next two events are with Michael DeForge, coinciding with his Ant Colony tour, and will feature slideshow presentations by both Anders and Michael, plus Q&A and signings, which means you can get your copies of Rage of Poseidon and Ant Colony personalized...

BERKELEY | Thursday, February 6th, 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave.

LOS ANGELES | Friday, February 7th, 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.

Now, get down there and get yourselves some good old fashioned book learning!

Mimi Pond's OVER EASY is in!

Rock 'n' roll, drugs, and Californ-eye-ay in the ‘70s! That’s right, Mimi Pond’s excellent debut graphic novel OVER EASY has made it to our office. To be clear, this is just an unbound copy, but boy does it look spiffy! Look at that beautiful wash!

I had the pleasure of working on this book, and let me tell ya, Mimi is one funny lady. In this fictionalized coming-of-age memoir, Mimi brings us the story of Margaret, an art student who is denied financial aid from school, and ends up working at the nearby Imperial Café.

With her cast of sarcastic oddball co-workers, Mimi pokes fun at the hippie culture of 1970s California, and she is spot on.

If you're unfamiliar with Mimi’s work, I urge you to check out her blog, where she regularly posts new work. And, in case you haven’t already done so, check out the superb documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing, you can spot Mimi working on actual pages from Over Easy! Expect this little gem in stores mid-April and be sure to stay tuned for our announcement of Mimi’s upcoming book tour!


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