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Thursday, May 29, 2014

In stores now: PETTY THEFT by Pascal Girard and EVERYWHERE ANTENNAS by Julie Delporte!

This week we're welcoming a beautiful pair of titles from two of our hometown heroes: Petty Theft by Pascal Girard and Everywhere Antennas by Julie Delporte!

Because Pascal and Julie are French speakers, we felt their books absolutely needed French flaps.

Petty Theft is set in Montreal's Mile End, and more specifically in a fictionalized version of our very own Librairie Drawn and Quarterly. Like in his previous Reunion, Petty Theft features an alternate-universe version of Pascal and is a comedy of errors you can't stop reading, no matter how badly he embarrasses himself. In Petty Theft, a down-on-his-luck Pascal catches a girl stealing a copy of his own book and decides to play detective, because an injury has prevented him from his favourite passtime, running. You'll find yourself cheering (and sometimes cringing) for this unlikely hero.

“Girard’s fluid and simple but immensely expressive cartooning enlivens Pascal’s increasingly ridiculous plans and sexual daydreams, and his cartoon self is a celebration of sheepish absurdity… Girard’s overanxious and wired protagonist will draw quirky comparisons to Seinfeld’s George Constanza and Woody Allen, and his breezy, evocative cartooning creates its own distinctive vision.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Everywhere Antennas is an absolutely beautiful book, done in gorgeous pencil crayons like most of Julie's work. It's formatted as the diary of an unnamed narrator who has a very rare, and very misunderstood, sensitivity to the radiation emitted by everyday technology. Faced with a nervous breakdown, the narrator moves to the countryside (there are a number of amazing landscapes in this book) and tries to find a cure for both her disease and her sadness. Everywhere Antennas is heartbreaking, but also hopeful.

"The most striking thing about Delporte’s pages is how clear they are. She isn’t bogged down in the language of comics so much as she is invested in the emotional purity of words and images together to weave a story... Everywhere Antennas is a beautiful book and one that moved me as a reader. I find that these are the works I keep close to me. This is the book to give to a dear friend–especially one who doesn’t like to email or talk on the phone." —The Comics Journal

Montreal, show some local love: You'll have an opportunity to pick up a copy of each of these beautiful lil' books and have them signed this weekend (Friday, May 30th-Sunday, June 1st) in Parc La Fontaine at the Festival de BD de Montreal. Head on over to the 211 blog for our full programming schedule!
Monday, May 26, 2014

Chester Brown covers Maggie McNeill's new book!

Chester rarely takes on any freelancer art, so when he does it is a treat! Here is his cover to the book LADIES OF THE NIGHT by Honest Courtesan, Maggie McNeill.
Friday, May 23, 2014

Ottawa! Get a stiff drink with WORN and celebrate the Archive on Saturday!

You guys! It's your last chance to join the WORN Archive tour!

Find this beaut of a book, as well as Wornettes Serah-Marie McMahon, Haley Mlotek, Anna Fitzpatrick, and more at the Ottawa launch for The Worn Archive tomorrow night.

Head on down to Victoire (246 Dalhouse St) for 7 pm on Saturday May 24th. The good people of Books on Beechwood will be on hand plying copies of The WORN Archive, plus I hear there will be vintage tunes and stiff drinks on offer. What's not to love on a Saturday in May, Ottawans?

Over at Hyperallergic, Alexander Cavaluzzo says The WORN Archive is "A fashion mag with beauty and brains… Divvied up into sections covering personal relationships to clothing, fashion’s role in forging identities, practicality in design, and more, The WORN Archive constructs a mosaic of fashion as it applies to everyone’s life and history."

And at Apt 613, Regine Paquette and Kate Frappier check in with Serah-Marie, asking how the Canadian fashion industry has changed since the days when WORN began. Serah-Marie's (as always, thoughtful and smart) answer?

"...we’ve seen some great strides toward a more diverse view of beauty. For sure people are paying more attention to not only showing white young skinny women. We are seeing a lot more kinds of people in fashion and media in general. Although we still have a ways to go to be truly inclusive, it’s getting better all the time and that is so encouraging!"

And at Ottawa Magazine, Dayanti Karunaratne praises Worn for its "pop culture and personal essays, feminist theory[, and] straight up quirk."

What are you waiting for, Ottawa? Head on down to Victoire tomorrow night, enjoy a stiff drink, and get your mitts on a copy of this lovely book.

Benson's Cuckoos

Here's a sneaky unbelievably funny book. Anouk Ricard is well-known by discerning comics readers as the creator of the Anna & Froga books—the crabby, sweet kids comics about a group of friends. Anouk actually has a wide range of work in her native French and Benson's Cuckoos is one of her adult humour books. It's a workplace comedy, it's a mystery story, it's a goofball romance—it's pretty much everything you would want in a comic, right? 

Anouk maintains her low-key deadpan approach but inserts surprising violence and sexual innuendo. Please don't buy this book for your seven year old. Our long-time translator Helge Dascher worked her magic on this book—sharp funny dialogue. And her research!! Please ask Helge or I about our extended fishstick related email volley sometime. Hilarious stuff.

Shifty sunglasses-wearing rat character as a disinterested psychiatrist? You got it. 

Vomit jokes. Yes Yes. Look for this book dropping on June 10th in a refined and caring bookshop or comics emporium near you. 

Or, for those of you lucky Londoners attending this year's ELCAF, you will be able to snag a debut copy on Saturday June 14th and then get it signed by Anouk, who is one of ELCAF's special guests. She'll also be giving a talk. Stay tuned to this space for more news about D+Q's presence at the show in the coming weeks. We're very excited to be exhibiting at ELCAF for the first time.

The only TCAF wrap-up you really don't need to read.

Omigod, you guys, TCAF was so much fun this year (I'm guessing, I wasn't there.) Julia, Alex, Tracy, Jade, and Chris are all still so worn out that they asked me to write the report so here goes!! Also, I have no idea what happened when so expect everything to be wildly out of chronology.

Above, Kate Beaton makes a love connection with the local postman as he delivers her a valentine? Hoo boy! This is going to be a slog. Where did my funny go?

Mimi Pond attended her first ever TCAF to launch her brilliant memoir, Over Easy, and instead of taking photos of her friends and cosplayers she upped the ante and did a fashion rundown. Brilliant! Probably my favourite convention photo array in years (since that sexy Pikachu Comic Con year.)

Anne Ishii gets down to brass tacks with Diane Obomsawin. Diane talked about her brilliant new love letter of a book, On Loving Women and Anne did her best to insert as many penis references as possible into her questions. With each question a stagehand moves that water bottle slightly closer. Afterwards, A couple of fans came up nearly paralyzed by the fact that Diane was right there in front of them. Those cuties.

Raina Telgemeier, Lynn Johnston, and Kate Beaton kick off the TCAF festivities on opening night with a collegial hilarious chat. My understanding is it was pretty much a Garfield bashing session. But all agreed that lasagne is still pretty good. And Nermal is cute. So maybe in the end Jim Davis was a winner.

Leslie Stein and Michael DeForge drop by to chat with Pascal Girard and engage in the age-old convention mini comics swap. Michael had fourteen new minis and two new graphic novels. One of which was an open letter complaining that Pascal never answered his emails about possibly running a marathon and simultaneously drawing a mini comic. Pascal kept offering to sign a copy of his new book, Petty Theft, for Michael—"but I can't give it to you because D+Q is pretty stingy about that sort of thing"—until it got really awkward.

Johanna Draper Carlson takes Sam Alden, Gabrielle Bell, Pascal, and John Chad to the mat. It sounded like a pretty interesting panel where each author had new book for the show and the person on their right had to tell them what was wrong with it and then it ended with four people heaving sobs and Johanna rubbing her hands.

Oh, is somebody taking a picture, says Tracy. Also, I promise this is the last Pascal pic. Matt Forsythe is sitting in the foreground on the right there and it looks like that fancy Los Angeles boy had his silver lamé jacket taken away at the border. "Here's your plaid, sir."

Jesus, guys, we seriously need to have someone design a more dignified signing podium for The Best Cartoonist in All of Canada™—Chester Brown.

Diane and Julie Delporte ready for the fans. People, are we in a golden age or what? These two amazing women have new books and they are both so so so good. Julie's book, Everywhere Antennas, making its debut at the old TCAF. (Chester is entering his fourteenth straight signing hour.)

Jillian Tamaki, Matt Forsythe, and, oh christ, him again. Look I would cut this whole damn picture except that it's the only one of Jillian and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that her new book, This One Summer (with her cuz Mariko) was the best non-D+Q book making a debut at the show. 

Michael just came up to say hi and suddenly this sweatshirt was yanked over his head. Okay, so now the D+Q denim vests are looking pretty conservative.

"Chester, this shirt won't come off."

Chester, Rick Trembles, and Rick's pops, Jack Tremblay—one of the venerable Canada Whites creators. Gotta love those cartooning dads! Rick and Chester then had a forty five minute conversation about Marc Almond while Jack just shook his head disapprovingly.

Mimi sells the last copy of Over Easy. Then she stood up, kissed her lucky fan full on the mouth,  kicked over the signing table, shouted "Later, Bitches!!," and barged out of the Toronto Reference Library.

Did you know that Mimi wrote episodes of Pee Wee's Playhouse? Boy, has Pee Wee aged—GUYS< THAT'S NOT PEE WEE!!

Here's Mims hustling those fashion photos with our own Alexandra (left) and a game comics enthusiast. Mimi does not stop working, people.

Young man remove your hat at the dinner table!! {Also, note Matt Forsythe is subtly trying to get Kate to give him her scarf. "I'm just not used to this Northern chill.") 

Look for this at next year's Doug Wright Indiegogo campaign—a rare Chester Brown dinner sketch portrait of Seth.

Hold on, were Mimi and Chester in some sort of draw off.

Saturday night dinner? Maybe. I like this one because Brad Mackay is so invading Chris' personal space and Chris is being chill. See you next year, Toronto!! Do I need to say it? Sure I do. TCAF is just an amazing show. The staff and the volunteers are aces. Thank you Chris Butcher, both Andrews, Miles, Peter, and everyone else—everyone here at D+Q appreciates your hard work.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's prom night, Montreal!

It's prom night, Montreal- secondhand prom in celebration of The WORN Archive, that is! You're invited to put on your vintage finest, link arms with a cutie, and come on down to La Sala Rossa (4848 boulevard Saint Laurent) tonight, Thursday May 22nd, for an evening of dancing, readings, and all-around good times. Serah-Marie McMahon, WORN's editor-in-chief, will be on hand to launch The WORN Archive, the truly beautiful collection of her magazine's first eight years in print. Doors open at 8 pm.

If you haven't yet, there's still time to head over to Librairie Drawn and Quarterly (211 Bernard Ouest) today and to purchase a copy of The WORN Archive, with which you'll receive a free ticket to tonight's event. And if you're not the plan-in-advance type (or need the extra time to perfect your party outfit), there'll be tickets at the door for 5$ each.

Photos of WORN's secondhand prom in Toronto, via @wornjournal instagram

WORN is really worth dancing about. It's unlike any other publication writing about fashion; it celebrates individual style and teaches readers that clothes have a history and a meaning beyond what's currently on trend. In this interview with Cult MTL, Serah-Marie reflects upon the magazine's beginnings and what she has in store next, ending with "My plan right now is to have a really kick-ass party on Thursday."
My plan so far is to have a really kick-ass party on Thursday.” - See more at: http://cultmontreal.com/2014/05/worn-fashion-journal/#sthash.gY9FJXfd.dpuf

That's today! Getting all dressed up and stepping out into a beautiful May evening sounds just about perfect, no? See you there- here is the Facebook event
Friday, May 16, 2014

Ohio: Don't miss The Art of Dan Clowes!

Rounding out this fabulous week of comics events near and far is the opening of the amazing, much-praised Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes at the Wexner Center for the Arts! The exhibit has dazzled Oakland and Chicago and now it's your turn, Columbus. The gallery will be open for its spring exhibition preview tonight, Friday May 16th, from 6pm-9pm. There'll be music, drinks, complimentary snacks, and DAN CLOWES.

The exhibition presents original black ink and Zipatone drawings of pages from Ghost World, David Boring, and Wilson, as well as beautifully realized gouache paintings of the covers of Ghost World and other publications. Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes is the first museum survey of his work, bringing together over 90 pieces of original art and artifacts from the full range of his career. 

Wexner will also be hosting a variety of related events-- you'll wanna come back a couple of times this summer: 

Take a look through Daniel Clowes’s incredibly informed, sometimes surprising historical perspective. Clowes was invited to collaborate with the museum’s curators in presenting an exhibition of work by past greats whom he admires or considers influences.

May 17th, 2pm: Screening of Ghost World

Join Daniel Clowes and comics scholar Hillary Chute for a lively conversation about Clowes’s career

June 12th-June 19th: Curator's Talks
Dive deeper into the world of Daniel Clowes through these curator-led gallery talks of the exhibition

Wexner Center for the Arts is part of Ohio State University and is located at 1871 N High Street. Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes will be on view until Sunday, August 3, 2014. 
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tonight in Montreal: Julie Delporte and Pascal Girard book launch!

Tonight is the night, Montreal!

We're rolling right along with this wild week of events, and tonight we get to celebrate the beautiful, the witty, the moving, the wry, the poignant, and the graphic novel with new books from Pascal Girard (Petty Theftand Julie Delporte (Everywhere Antennas)! These books made a huge splash at TCAF and now, Montreal, you get to get your paws on them a full two weeks before in-store date!

Julie was profiled in the most recent issue of Quill & Quire, where journalist Julie Baldassi notes that "In a culture that often seems to favour hyper-clever, narcissistic realism, it is surprising to encounter an artist as straightforwardly sincere and genuinely unaffected as Julie Delporte.… Delporte's work is a humble rumination on universal questions of how to live, love, and lose…"Quill & Quire

And Pascal's Petty Theft received a rave review from Publishers Weekly: 
"Girard’s fluid and simple but immensely expressive cartooning enliven [... Petty Theft]. Quirky supporting characters...contribute to the avalanche of hysterical catastrophe on Pascal’s journey. Girard’s overanxious and wired protagonist will draw quirky comparisons to Seinfeld’s George Constanza and Woody Allen, and his breezy, evocative cartooning creates its own distinctive vision."Publishers Weekly

What more are you waiting for? Come out for an evening of readings, wine, and the opportunity to get one (or both!) of these books signed by their author. Tonight! Thursday May 15th, 7 pm at the Librairie D+Q, 211 Bernard O. in Montreal. A bientot, mes amis à Montreal!

Team D+Q in Stockholm!

Look out, Sweden! D+Q is invading your shores this week for Stockholms Internationella Seriefestival

Already landed are D+Q creative director Tom Devlin and associate publisher Peggy Burns. En route are….

Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant) and Seth (Palookaville 21).

2014 marks the sixteenth edition of the Stockholms Internationella Seriefestival, and this year features a special focus on the Canadian comics scene, which we are thrilled to help represent. So without further ado (and because this is the extent of my ability to Google Translate Swedish), here are where you can find D+Qers at the show. There's an early event before the weekend's festival, taking place tonight!

Thursday May 15, 7 pm
The Canadian Cartoon Scenea conversation with the publishing company Drawn & Quarterly
This will be a conversation about the history of Drawn & Quarterly between D+Q Associate Publisher Peggy Burns, D+Q creative director Tom Devlin, and long-time D+Q author Seth. The talk takes place in The Project Room, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm.  More info here.

And then on to official festival business...

1 pm to 1:45 pm
Panel with Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant) and Faith Erin Hicks (Friends with Boys), hosted by Rene Engstrom (Anders Loves Maria).

3 pm to 3:45 pm
Signing with Seth at the Staffars table.

4 pm to 5 pm
Signing with Kate Beaton at the Staffars table

3 pm to 4 pm
Signing with Kate Beaton at the Staffars table

4 pm to 4:45 pm
Festival Guest of Honour Seth is interviewed by Fredrik Jonsson.

5 pm to 6 pm
Signing with Seth at the Staffars table.

Please note that all D+Q panels will take place in English. You can check out the rest of the programming (in Swedish) here.

Plus, you'll be able to find a whole lotta D+Q books at the actual festival! Staffars Bookstore will be selling them at the Festival and at the Festival signings. The Stockholms Internationella Seriefestival takes place Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th from noon to 6 pm at "Studion, Hörsalen, Bibliotek Plattan, Foajé 3, Marionetteatern." I'm not totally sure what that means, but get down there, Swedes (Danes, Norwegians, Finns, and non-Scandinavians welcome too).
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Reminder, NYC: Spend time with five strong female leads in publishing tonight at Housing Works Bookstore!

Another event for you lucky people, NYC! In celebration of the beautiful, brilliant masterpiece that is The WORN Archive, WORN's editor-in-chief Serah-Marie McMahon joins Ayesha A. Siddiqi, Laurie Henzel, Marjon Carlos, and Fiona Duncan for a discussion about women and their role in the publishing industry. The meeting of minds takes place tonight, Wednesday May 14th, at 7pm at Housing Works Bookstore.

Women-run publications are not a new phenomenon, but are often regarded as such. These successful female panelists come from various kinds of media - from independent print publishing to brand new digital platforms - and will 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.

For more information about this panel and the ladies on it, RSVP on Facebook. See ya there, WORNettes!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NYC: Lynda Barry exhibit at Adam Baumgold Gallery!


New York, you're invited to Lynda Barry's first (can you believe it?) New York solo exhibition, Everything: Part I, at Adam Baumgold Gallery! The show opens tonight, Tuesday May 13th, with a reception from 6-8pm, and is on view until July 11th.

The exhibit, previewed here, will feature over 80 original comic drawings, watercolors, and mixed media collages from the past 35 years, several of which are from Barry’s beloved Ernie Pook’s Comeek, a comic strip that was serialized across the US for over THIRTY YEARS, and is being reissued in a series of books by Drawn & Quarterly, the first of which is Blabber, Blabber, Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything (comics 1978-81). The exhibition will include work from her seminal books Two Sisters Comeek, Girls and Boys, The Freddie Stories, The Greatest of Marlys!, One! Hundred! Demons!, What It is, and Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book, as well as works that were published in Raw, The Village Voice, Esquire, Newsweek and The New York Times, among others.

New York, you'd be a fool to miss this. Lynda Barry is a legend.  Adam Baumgold Gallery is located at 60 East 66th Street, and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11 am to 5:30 pm.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hey, NYC! Catch Mimi Pond tonight at McNally Jackson

Hey there, New York! The amazing Mimi Pond is heading straight from TCAF to you, or rather, to McNally Jackson, where you should be tonight. That's right: Mimi Pond will be at McNally Jackson for Over Easy tonight, Monday, May 12th, at 7 pm.

Mimi will be joined in conversation by Lisa Birnbach (True Prep), and will present a slideshow with a signing to follow. You could definitely use some Mimi in your Monday: here's the Facebook event.

Over Easy sold out at TCAF, is in its second week on the New York Times Best Sellers list of hardcover graphic fiction, and continues to receive well-deserved rave reviews:

"Pond recalls her youthful grunt work and floundering love affairs with such wry, observant nuance that she imparts a poignant sense of glamour to that run-down world of dive bars, thrift shops and cherished greasy spoons." The Globe and Mail

"Stocked to the brim with colourful characters, from the waitresses living out their women’s-lib lives with a rotating cast of boyfriends, to the caustic cooks who write poetry when they’re not flipping eggs, the Imperial is the kind of sandpaper-y place that hones artistic ideals into the tools necessary to start picking apart life." National Post

Be sure to check out her recent interviews with AM New York and with Village Voice, who call Over Easy "clever [and] warm-hearted". I had the pleasure of meeting Mimi in person this weekend and believe me, she always has a great story to tell— come hear a few tonight!
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Serah-Marie McMahon talks THE WORN ARCHIVE on CBC Radio Q! Reviewed on NPR!

Whoo-ey, what a week for The WORN Archive! After an absolutely splendiferous launch party last week at Adelaide Hall, Serah-Marie McMahon hit the airwaves this morning with a terrific interview on CBC Radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi. You can listen to it now!

And just yesterday, NPR Books ran a story on The WORN Archive, where they say:

"The Worn Archive is a visual feast worthy of its subject. Art director Alexandra Niit incorporates every medium and graphical style imaginable. The result is like a candy box: Each new page is both surprising and delicious. All the photography is top-notch, not just the model shoots; even pictures of old shoes and rows of ties seduce the eye."

How lovely is that? Now, I'm going to take this opportunity to remind you that you too can experience the magic of WORN; there are a few upcoming dates on the WORN Archive tour!

First, Serah-Marie (and a whole team of Wornettes) will be in New York City next week to launch The WORN Archive at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby St). with a stacked panel of publishing greats. That's Wednesday May 14th at 7 pm - get there promptly to catch the entirety of "Strong Female Leads: Beyond Algorithms in Publishing" with panelists Serah-Marie McMahon (The WORN Archive), Laurie Henzel (Bust), Ayesha Siddiqi (Buzzfeed), and Marjon Carlos (Huffington Post, Jezebel, xoJane), hosted by Fiona Duncan (Bullett).

Then the following week, we have the WORN team in Montreal for a very special Secondhand Prom and launch party at La Sala Rossa (4848 Boul Saint-Laurent), Thursday May 22nd at 8 pm. Get your tickets now chez Librairie Drawn & Quarterly.

And to round out the week, they're off to Ottawa for a party at Victoire (246 Dalhousie) on Saturday May 24th from 7 to 9 pm. Beechwood Books will be on hand to sell books.

Now if you miss all of these, you can't say we didn't warn you!


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