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Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Art Spiegelman Week in New York!

Alright, so that may be unofficial, but you do have three- count 'em- opportunities to see the legendary Art Spiegelman this weekend, New York! Do you mind sharing?

Neil Gaiman by Kimberly Butler. Art Spiegelman by Enno Kapitza-Agentur Focus

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Art Spiegelman and esteemed friend of Drawn and Quarterly, Neil Gaiman, talk about cartooning and writing, working across artistic mediums, friendship, identity, and more. In case that didn't register with you: Art Spiegelman and Neil Gaiman. In the same place, discussing brilliant things, while you listen in (!)

The event is happening this Friday, April 4th, at Bard College's Fisher Center, Sosnoff Stage, 7:30 pm. Discount tickets are available for Bard students, faculty, staff and alumni. Click here for more details.

From Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps

Manhattan, NY: Art Spiegelman will be at this year's MoCCA Fest, for one day only- this Saturday, April 5th

From 2pm until 3:30pm, join Art Spiegelman in conversation with Joost Swarte, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos. The pair will discuss their careers, their shared histories, comics, and more. Catch them in Programming Room One.

From 4:30pm until 5:30pm, Art Spiegelman will be signing at the Drawn and Quarterly booths- A24, A25, and A26.

MoCCA Fest is taking place at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Avenue). Click here for Drawn and Quarterly's full MoCCA programming and signing schedule.

Image via High School of Art and Design

Manhattan, NY: A rare chance to join Art Spiegelman (class of '65) for coffee, carbs, and juice as he gives a personal guided tour of the 50' x 8' two-sided glass mural he designed for the school. Secrets-literally-behind the window will be revealed!

And he'll have special guest Joost Swarte on hand, showing slides of his own stained glass windows in the Netherlands!

The tour begins Sunday, April 6th, at 10:30 am, at the High School of Art and Design cafeteria, 5th floor. That's 245 East 56th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Get your tickets here now! Tickets are $20, but $15 for those of you with a MoCCA pass, and free for current A&D students! Proceeds go to the Alumni Association to benefit the students of Art and Design.

So now you've got something to look forward to to get you through the week, New York! Visit one or visit them all! (I'd go with all).
Thursday, March 27, 2014

D+Q at MoCCA Fest 2014: debuts and signings galore

Whoo-eey! New York, we're coming your way next weekend for MoCCA Fest, with three hot-off-the-presses debuts (check 'em out below), and a whole slew of authors who will be speaking on panels and signing for you. Come say hi to Adrian Tomine, Miriam Katin, Art Spiegelman, Michael DeForge, and Brecht Vandenbroucke, who's in town all the way from Belgium!

MoCCA Fest is happening from 11am-6pm on both Saturday, April 5th, and Sunday, April 6th, at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Avenue). Drawn and Quarterly will be at booths A24, A25, and A26, by the 26th Street entrance. Here's a handy map- click to see it full-size.

Overwhelmed by all the goodness? Here's a breakdown of what's happening on each day so you can plan your schedules:

11 am to 1 pm: Michael DeForge signing
12 pm to 1 pm: R. Sikoryak presents Carousel for Kids with James Kochalka, Trade Loeffler, Neil Numberman, Melissa Mendes, and Colleen AF Venable. (Room One)
12 pm  to 2 pm: Adrian Tomine signing- today only!
1 pm to 2 pm: Brecht Vandenbroucke signing
2 pm to 3:30 pm: Drinking Ink: Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in conversation, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos (Room One). This panel is free, but due to limited seating, please reserve tickets online.
3 pm to 4 pm: Brecht Vandenbroucke signing
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Art Spiegelman signing- today only!

12 pm to 1 pm: Brecht Vandenbroucke signing
12 pm to 1 pm:  Form, Materials, and Expression panel with Sam Alden, Frederic Coché, and Michael DeForge, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos (Room Two)
1 pm to 2 pm: Michael DeForge and Miriam Katin signing- today only!
1 pm to 2 pm: Comics, lllustration, and the Conceptual Image panel with Marion Fayolle, Joost Swarte, and Brecht Vandenbroucke, moderated by New York Times art director Alexandra Zsigmond (Room One)
2 pm to 3 pm: Brecht Vandenbroucke signing
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Live Drawing: Comics in Concert with Scott Campbell, Miriam Katin, Danica Novgodoroff, and Ville Ranta creating new, projected drawings to music performed by Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta (Room One)

All signings take place at Drawn and Quarterly's booths- once again, that's A24, A25, and A26!

DEBUTS- don't forget to pick up one of each of our three hot debuts so you can make all your friends jealous! Here's what we're bringing:

Adrian Tomine's New York Postcards, in stores everywhere April 8th.

Mimi Pond's Over Easy, in stores everywhere April 15th.

and The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal About the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear, edited by Serah-Marie McMahon. This one's not in stores until April 22nd in Canada, and May 6th in the USA!

UPDATE! We'll also have Pascal Girard's Petty Theft, not in stores until May 27th!!

See you on Saturday, New York! 

And once you've been charmed by Brecht Vandenbroucke at MoCCA, be sure to visit his exhibit at Flanders House (620 8th Avenue, 44th Floor). The show is a collection of work by ten terrific Flemish illustrators, including some of Brecht's wonderful paintings. 

The WORN Archive launch parties in Toronto, NYC, Montreal, and Ottawa!

You read right: you've seen the proof(s), you've heard the praise (from Design Week), now here's your chance to meet the Worn team at events in Toronto, New York City, Montreal, and Ottawa later this "spring."

TORONTO, ON - Saturday May 3rd, 9 pm to 2 am
Adelaide Hall, 205 Adelaide St. W., with TYPE Books
Secondhand Prom
*Tickets will be available from TYPE Books (883 Queen St. W.) as of April 21st

NEW YORK, NY - Wednesday May 14th at 7 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. with WORD
Panel Featuring Strong Female Leads

The appearance of women in publishing is often regarded as a new scientific phenomenon: categorized, ranked, identities reduced to pie charts in the name of diversity. But the lack of diverse voices seen on bylines isn't a new problem; likewise, the emergence of women-run magazines, mastheads, and imprints is not an overnight phenomenon. Women have always been active consumers and producers of all kinds of written media. They've developed strong communities, engaged loyal readers, and built substantial archives - achievements that cannot be measured in numbers and statistics.

Join WORN Fashion Journal and Drawn & Quarterly for a panel discussion featuring Ayesha A. Siddiqi, Laurie Henzel, Marjon Carlos, and Serah-Marie McMahon. Our panelists come from various kinds of media - from independent print publishing to brand new digital platforms. Together with moderator Fiona Duncan, they'll discuss their thoughts, experiences, opinions, and goals as women creating space for original kinds of publishing on their own terms and measured by their own standards.

MONTREAL, QC - Thursday May 22nd at 8 pm
La Sala Rossa, 4848 Boul. Saint-Laurent with Librairie D+Q
Secondhand Prom

OTTAWA, ON - Saturday May 24th, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Victoire, 246 Dalhousie
Cocktails and vintage record listening party

In other words, we've got a whole lot of great stuff lined up for you, and that's not even counting this GREAT book Serah-Marie, Alexandra, Haley, and the rest of the Wornettes put together for you.

I don't think we've shown any photos of the *final* book all bound and purty on the blog, so here are a few as a parting shot…

Be still my beating heart, amirite?

See you soon, Toronto, NYC, Montreal, and Ottawa!
Monday, March 24, 2014

Adrian Tomine's New York Postcards: hitting your mailboxes this April!

It seems like just yesterday that Adrian Tomine's collection of illustrations New York Drawings waltzed through the door and into people's homes, and we all oohed and aaahed and appreciated Adrian's finesse with the language of images.

Because really, is anyone better than Adrian at crafting a compelling / funny / intelligent / observant / telling-about-the-zeitgeist single panel story? And that's leaving aside his design sense, his deft eye for colour, &c. &c. As you can tell, I'm thrilled to be here showing you a few snaps of New York Postcards, our box set of thirty gorgeous Adrian Tomine postcards.

Here's the top of the box, bevelled edges et al. 

New York Postcards is a greatest hits (so far) compilation of Adrian's most distinctive illos; you'll recognize most of them from New York Drawings but it also includes a few of the popular illustrations Adrian has done in the intervening years since NYD came out. For example, New Yorker covers like the one you see topping the stack here: "Determination", which appeared on newsstands the week of November 12th, 2012 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

We leave it at your discretion how you choose to display your postcards - stacked neatly in the box or swirled around so you can see all the images at once...

And a little view of the postcard functionality. There is just no way that receiving any one of those lovely little fellas in the mail would fail to make my day one hundred percent more awesome. Not even if, say, I were stuck in the middle of the world's longest winter...

New York Postcards will be in fine book, comics, and stationery shops on Tuesday April 8th, 2014. Also, please note that New York Postcards is debuting at MoCCA Fest! And while Adrian won't be doing any official book launches for the postcard set, he will be signing at the D+Q booth at MoCCA Fest, so keep your eyes on this space for our signing schedule!
Friday, March 21, 2014

Toronto: Show off your glitter face in outer space!

Happy Spring, Wornettes! And if it's still a little chilly over there, Toronto, fret not, because this weekend you're invited to hang out in space (which is in my mind immune to seasons). That's right: WORN Fashion Journal's 18th issue is launching at Dovercourt House tomorrow, Saturday March 22nd, at 9 pm.

WORN is shooting for the stars, and are going to celebrate the underwear issue in outer space. You're invited to show off your finest out-of-this-world attire- cool blues, purples, glitters, sparkles, and shine. You'll have the opportunity to purchase your very own set of shimmering pins & headbands, and to dance all night with a mix of highly danceable oldies and vintage tunes, brought back to Earth by WORN’s very own Teddy the K.
You can RSVP on Facebook right here, and snag an advance ticket here. All tickets include a copy of WORN #18, The UnderWORN Issue.

And while you've got your datebooks out, don't forget that The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal About the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear will be in stores everywhere May 6th! If you can't wait (and why should you?), go check out this preview and profile on Design Week, who call The WORN Archive "a wonderful, heart-warming and funny read; with the layout and design adding to its often anarchic, celebratory, anything-goes tone." Get excited! 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hooray! Lisa Hanawalt nominated for James Beard Award- again!

Lisa Hanawalt's work is hilarious, and the critics know it: she's been nominated for the James Beard Award in Humor for the second straight year! This time, the nomination is for "On the Trail with Wylie", her regular column for Lucky Peach.

From the Washington Post: “I’m honored to be nominated and recognized for my skills as a chef!” Hanawalt wryly tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “Stay tuned for my cookbook, featuring signature dishes like ‘Hurry-Up Scrambled Eggs’ and ‘Handfuls of Cereal with Maple Syrup Reduction.’ ”

In honor of this, why not whip up a Hanawalt-inspired recipe and treat yourself to a re-read of My Dirty Dumb Eyes? Winter is officially over and I think we could all use the laugh.

The James Beard Awards ceremony will be May 2 at New York’s Gotham Hall. Go Lisa!
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Brecht Vandenbroucke has a new gallery show opening in Paris, France

Paris: Brecht Vandenbroucke has a new show opening at Galerie Martel, with paintings from his new book, White Cube. The vernissage is next Thursday, March 20th, starting at 6:30 pm, and the exhibit will run until May 10th. The book is lush and bright and hilarious and you should seize the opportunity to see these pieces in person!

Galerie Martel is located at 17 rue Martel. We've all been practising our French over here in the D+Q office and wish we could be there, too!

Toronto: Seth and Michael DeForge are at the Pages Festival this weekend

Toronto: The 2014 Pages Festival and Conference kicks off today, with great programming in music, art, books, and movies. Among these fine events is a graphic novel talk with Seth, Michael DeForge, and Fiona Smyth, hosted by Jeet Heer!

Here are Michael DeForge and Seth all the way back in October, sandwiched between ol' pals Chester Brown and Peter Bagge

Seth will discuss his work as a book designer, with particular emphasis on his latest volumes of Palookaville. Michael and Fiona will talk about their careers, working in different genres, and the generational shift from the 1990s to now, and how cartooning has changed in that time.

Seth and Friends: The Graphic Novel takes place Saturday, March 15th, at 9pm, at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst Street). Tickets are available through pagesfestival.com, with half-price rates available if you're a student! Go get 'em!
Friday, March 07, 2014

Free Comic Book Day, 2014!

Oh Joy! Our brand new FREE COMIC BOOK DAY issue is in! This lil' beaut features an excerpt from Shigeru Mizuki's second volume of Showa: A History of Japan, covering the period from 1939 to 1944.

And talk about coincidence, it's Mizuki's 92nd birthday today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIZUKI! Look at that smile, what a cutie!

Now don't go thinking Showa is anything like a boring ol' history textbook, oh no! With compassion and wit, Mizuki gives us a first hand account of this turbulent time, recounting his own experiences from when he was drafted into the army as a young (and sometimes lazy) teen. Never lazy when it comes to food though! Here he is trying to open up a can of delicious pineapple using his thumb:

And getting a final farewell from friends and family:

Mark your calendars, Free Comic Book Day is on Saturday, May 3rd. In the meantime, why not reminisce a little by looking back at last year's FCBD extravaganza! Nothing better than hyper kids getting their grubby little hands on free comics and snacks, right?

Toronto: Diane Obomsawin will be at The Henhouse tonight for On Loving Women

Hello, Toronto! Diane Obomsawin will be at The Henhouse tonight, Friday March 7th, for On Loving Women, her new collection of stories about coming out, first love, and sexual identity. Diane will present a slideshow and be interviewed by Town Dyke columnist Alex Tigchelaar for what promises to be an insightful, laughter-filled Friday night. Doors open at 9 pm!

"All of us have struggled with the desire to have another see beyond us and right into us at once; we are always trying to transcend our corporeal limitations—whether they relate to gender, race, class or age—to have someone witness the possibility we feel in ourselves. Obomsawin has a gift for speaking to this precious universal desire." —Alex Tigchelaar, Daily Xtra

"A mix of awkward, sexy, heartbreaking, and down-right adorable...Each individual chapter feels like peeking into someone’s personal diary, each story more entrancing than the last." —Sarah Karlan, Buzzfeed

NOW highlights the event, saying "any female who’s fallen for another female can relate to On Loving Women". See you there!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Julie Delporte's Everywhere Antennas looks good in the office.

Well it's that time of year again: The rest of you are all enjoying the first signs of spring—maybe pulling out your lighter jackets, dusting off your sunnies, experiencing the first inklings of bikini anxiety. Not over here in Montreal. The only reason we even know it's March is because we're wrapping production on all our spring books, which means we've got something pretty to show you today.

Above is the cover of Julie Delporte's Everywhere Antennas. This is Julie's first book with us, and we're ~~~very~~~ excited about it.

Everywhere Antennas follows our struggling narrator, Lily, as she comes to terms with a rare and misunderstood sensitivity to the radioactivity of urban life.

Julie's pencil crayon images show loosely-constructed pasted-together fragments of a life in transition. And they work perfectly to tell this story.

Her words are poetic, sometimes even poetry.

And one of my favourite parts: we're treated to a really beautiful pencil chapter that's a little divergent from Julie's other work, a little more standard comics-y.

And here's all of it, in one pile.

Watch for Everywhere Antennas in stores this May. We'll be dragging Julie along to TCAF so make sure you swing by the booth and get Julie to sign your very own copy, okay?
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Do you know Pippi?

Of course you've heard of the red-haired, horse-lifting, freckle-faced Pippi Longstocking, but how well do you really know her? Now's your chance to get acquainted, Philadelphia: Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?, an original new exhibition, is coming to the American Swedish Historical Museum!

The show sounds absolutely delightful, and true to Lingren's sense of humor. Kids will have the opportunity to go inside Pippi’s house and cook in her kitchen. You will also be able to test your strength by lifting Pippi’s horse, explore Pippi’s cabinet of treasures, and scrub-a-dub-dub the floor with sponges on your shoes. The exhibit will be complemented by life-sized tableaus of Ingrid Vang Nyman's beautiful, bright illustrations, and visitors will discover how Astrid Lingren influenced Swedish attitudes towards childhood. In other words, it will be like the best play date imaginable!

Do You Know Pippi Longstocking? is on view from March 23, 2014 until February 16, 2015. The American Swedish Historical Museum is located at 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

In stores today: WHITE CUBE by Brecht Vandenbroucke

Brightening my day/week/winter is Brecht Vandenbroucke's White Cube, in stores now! White Cube is wordlessly clever and lushly painted in beautiful bright colours; an art book that pokes fun at the art world. The book follows a pair of pink-faced twins as they visit galleries and attempt to understand the confusing, somewhat smug world of contemporary art. Their misadventures have them encountering works by artists ranging from Picasso to Marina Abramović, and wreaking havoc both online and outdoors. Their reactions to celebrated pieces of art are often funny, and reflect the things one thinks but doesn't say in a museum setting.

Here they are enjoying their new Warhol and not-quite enjoying a noise show,

teasing a neighbourhood boy that reappears several times throughout the book,

giving Guernica a fresh coat of paint,

and wandering through a gallery amongst the unsuspecting.

Get out to your local book store and pick up a copy of White Cube- I guarantee you will Like* it ;-)

Monday, March 03, 2014

A Bump Bump, Thumpin' Bumpin', El Bumpo: Or, look what we have here, a very special new book from da one and only Gilbert Hernandez!

Oh hey guys. We've been so busy getting this book ready for press that we forgot to brag endlessly about it. What in the world is wrong with us? And why are you reading this when you should still be admiring that cover up there? Perfect, non?

A raw, disaffected, punk rock/glam rock/drunk rock/speed-freak rock coming-of-age story about growing up in America, seen through the eyes of Bobby, or Bumperhead. Told in the subtle yet thought-provoking way that only Gilbert can, Bumperhead follows a life as it zooms by — from childhood bullying to first love to the realities of becoming a (disappointing) grownup.

Here's the first five pages for your previewing pleasure. You are welcome, indeed.

Old bumpy, bumpy Bumperhead will debut at Comic-Con 'dis summer. For everybody else, prepare to wrap your mitts around this treat in September. HOORAY FOR GILBERT HERNANDEZ. HOORAY FOR COMICS GENIUS.


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