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Friday, July 25, 2014

SDCC Debuts: Bumperhead by Gilbert Hernandez

Is it really only day two of San Diego Comic-Con International 2014? From the looks of our social media feeds, y'all have already had enough fun to last the year. Continue the party and drop by Booth 1629. Today's programming includes signings with Mimi Pond, Gilbert Hernandez, Lisa Hanawalt, and Matt Forsythe. Plus Lisa and Mimi are on panels! And in addition to all that, we're still debuting three new titles!

Gilbert Hernandez's Bumperhead is the follow up to last year's critically acclaimed Marble Season. Bumperhead tells the life story of its narrator Bobby, a slacker who drifts through life without ever stopping to reflect upon it. As a teenager in the 1970s he dabbles in a variety of subcultures: punk, rocker, speed-freak- he doesn't commit to any of them, or to any of his relationships either. Despite his too-cool attitude, Bobby is not without problems: he is teased mercilessly as a child, and must constantly come to the rescue of his father, whose English isn't so good. Music is all he really cares about. Almost anyone will be able to see a little of themselves in the everyday scenes of Bumperhead, but Hernandez's story is slightly surreal, too: for example, Bobby's best friend has a 'sci-fi toy' (an iPad) on which he learns and shares facts about the future. The result is fast-paced, thrilling, and available at booth 1629!

Do you want a shot at winning a copy of Bumperhead or one of our many other titles? Drop by the DRAWN AND QUARTERLY JEOPARDY panel tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 am in Room 4!
Thursday, July 24, 2014

SDCC Debuts: The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino

San Diego's Comic-Con International 2014 is now in full swing! Tracy, Jade, and Julia are holding down the fort (the fort being booth 1629) and apparently the stacks are lookin' mighty fine. Today's programming includes signings with Mimi Pond and Gilbert Hernandez-- take a look at our full schedule if you need reminding. On top of all that, we're debuting three titles this year. Keep your eye on this space for more information about each of them!

The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino wasn't originally going to be at Comic-Con, but when we found out we could have a limited number ready in time, we jumped at the chance to share this title with you lucky SDCC-goers. The Hospital Suite is heart-wrenching, outlining John's struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s. John wakes up one morning in 1997, apparently healthy aside from the ear problems he's had for two years. A few hours later, he is in stomach pain so bad he can barely move, and at the hospital he learns he needs emergency surgery to remove a tumor from his small intestine. The procedure led to a number of other health complications, including the worsening of his pre-existing tendencies toward anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The Hospital Suite is an affecting, sometimes difficult but very important read. It speaks of life and death; of coming to terms with illness and with illness in your loved ones; of modern and alternative medicine. The Hospital Suite is not all about dwelling on sickness- it's about trying to go on while you're sick. John's signature style makes his work at once deeply personal and completely relatable.

This special Comic-Con edition is signed and numbered and extremely limited. We've only got forty-five of these bad boys! Run on over to booth 1629 and snag one, because I'm certain these won't last the weekend. And don't forget to drop by our DRAWN AND QUARTERLY JEOPARDY Panel (Saturday, 10 am, Room 4) for a chance to win The Hospital Suite and other titles!
Friday, July 18, 2014

Harvey Award Nominations for Art Spiegelman and Shigeru Mizuki!

A hearty congratulations to Shigeru Mizuki and Art Spiegelman, both of whom are nominated for Harvey Awards!

Shigeru Mizuki's Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan, as translated by Zack Davisson, is nominated for the "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" award.

And Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps by Art Spiegelman is nominated for "Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation."

Comics professionals (creators, editors, and designers) are welcome to vote on the final ballot from now until August 18th, and the awards will be presented on September 6, 2014 at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Visit the Harvey Awards website for more information. Congratulations to everyone nominated!

Let's all just go back to TCAF for a minute….

Here's Kate Beaton, Lynn Johnston, and Raina Telgemeier's kick-off talk for this year's TCAF, in all its almost two hours of glory. Need I really say more??? Happy Friday, y'all.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

D+Q at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

It's that weird, wonderful time of year again- yes, San Diego's Comic-Con International is just over a week away! The show is four days of comics madness at the San Diego Convention Center and runs Thursday, July 24th-Sunday, July 27th.

Drawn and Quarterly is located at booth 1629. Burn that number into your memory- that's where you'll be able to pick up hot advances, have your books signed, and chat with the dazzling D+Q staff- or with Mimi Pond, Gilbert Hernandez, Lisa Hanawalt, and Matt Forsythe, if we're just not cool enough.

Below is our full signing schedule and the panels D+Q and its authors will be on. Here's a handy map to guide you.

THURSDAY, JULY 24TH - Convention open 9:30am-7:00pm
1pm: Mimi Pond signing (until 3pm)
4pm: Gilbert Hernandez signing (until 5pm)

FRIDAY, JULY 25TH - Convention open 9:30am-7:00pm
12pm: Gilbert Hernandez signing (until 1pm)
1pm: Mimi Pond signing (until 2pm)
2pm: Lisa Hanawalt signing (until 3pm)
3pm: Matt Forsythe signing (until 4pm)
4:30pm: Lisa Hanawalt and Mimi Pond on panel HUMOR IN GRAPHIC NOVELS AND ILLUSTRATION in Room 26AB
5:30pm: Lisa Hanawalt and Mimi Pond signing (until 6:30pm)

SATURDAY, JULY 26TH - Convention open 9:30am-7:00pm
10am: DRAWN AND QUARTERLY JEOPARDY in Room 4: Join Managing Editor Tracy Hurren and Editorial & Marketing Manager Julia Pohl-Miranda in a trivia contest about D+Q cartoonists and their comics. All winning answers will receive a free book and special announcements will be made!
12pm: Mimi Pond signing (until 1pm)
1pm: Lisa Hanawalt signing (until 3pm)
2pm: Matt Forsythe (until 3pm)
5pm: Gilbert Hernandez signing (until 6pm)
5pm: Mimi Pond on panel SPOTLIGHT ON MIMI POND in Room 9

SUNDAY, JULY 27TH - Convention open 9:30am-5pm
11am: Lisa Hanawalt signing (until 12pm)
12pm: Mimi Pond signing (until 1pm)
1pm: Gilbert Hernandez signing (until 2pm)
3pm: Gilbert Hernandez and Mimi Pond on panel FICTIONALIZED NONFICTION in Room 32AB

"But what do I get to take home with me, aside from my many joyous memories?" you ask? These debuts right here:

Bumperhead, by Gilbert Hernandez

Even More Bad Parenting Advice, by Guy Delisle 

and, as super special last minute addition, we'll have 45 limited edition signed and numbered copies of The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino! 

And what better souvenir could you ask for, really? See you at booth 1629, San Diego!
Friday, July 11, 2014

Moomin makes you happy: or, how to not be lonely.

Summer's in full effect over here in Montreal—I'm covered in, er, mosquito bites, my eyes are rubbed raw from crying allergies, and my handlebar tape just won't stay put—basically too much lemonade. Luckily, we've got loads of Moomin goodies rolling around this office: despair always has a friend in Moomin. Also it's been about 10 million years since I've blogged, so I'm gonna get it all out at once. Buckle up, everyone! As you can tell, I've got a lot going on that I need to get off my chest. Just kidding, I'll keep it to the Moomins, I swear!

It's a big year for Moomin, as this would have been Tove's 100th birthday. Much is being done to celebrate, including a full length animated film version of the above title, Moomin on the Riviera, which we will be publishing in colour this September! Check out this fancy little advance copy that the postman just gave to Julia because he likes her best and won't let anyone else sign for packages.

"Oh if one could live like a lily in the grass." Classic. No one except Tove can write with such whimsy without making me feel gross. NO ONE.

And an endpaper shot, for good measure, and because a flying-through-the-air Moomin is one of life's simple pleasures. Watch for more info on this title as the hot sun subsides and the apples start to hit the grass.

And since I'm talking Moomin, I thought I should mention/remind you of two other exciting Moomin things. We've got a very exciting project coming out in October, Moomin: The deluxe anniversary edition! It collects every Moomin strip drawn by the inimitable Tove Jansson—over 400 pages worth—plus some very, very special never-before-seen sketches and writings on Tove. {This is just a little model I whipped up. The real thing is honkin'!}

And lastly, since everything else I've teased you with is not out for months, here's Moomin Volume Nine, which just hit stores and is ready for you to add to your collection. Pretty nice cover, right? The comics inside ain't bad either.

And now the reason for that weird intro paragraph that you've already forgotten about wherein I make myself out to be a mess of a human and it's really just very confusing and off point and I knew it wasn't working but I just went with it anyway. We got very excited about this new Anti-Loneliness Cafe in Japan a couple months ago but forgot to blog about it. Have you guys checked this out?!?! I can't help but feel like having a cafe latte with a giant stuffed toy might actually increase my despair. Here's my prescription for loneliness: go buy a Moomin book and read it in the shade of a tree by a pond with a really nice drink. Happy summer, everyone!

Mimi Pond and Vanessa Davis host ICON8! And NEW Mimi Pond event in Chattanooga, TN!

Portland's ICON8 Illustration Conference is in full swing! Like always, ICON8 is bringing together top illustrators, designers, and publishers from around the globe for a weekend of panels, workshops, and presentations. But this year is going to be way more fun than any other, because Mimi Pond and Vanessa Davis are hosting the whole she-bang! These two are hilarious, and full of good stories, and I'm really bummed to be missing them emcee. If you're one of the lucky ones able to be there this weekend (the conference is sold out), be sure have Mimi and Vanessa sign copies of their books tomorrow, Saturday July 12th, in the Kridel Lobby outside of the Portland Museum of Art Auditorium. The signing begins at 12:45 pm!

And if you weren't able to make ICON8, fret not. We're happy to announce a brand new date on Mimi Pond's Over Easy tour: she will be presenting and signing at Winder Binder in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Monday, August 18th, at 7pm. Get on over there!
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Gallery hoppin': New Art Spiegelman! Plus Lynda Barry, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Adrian Tomine, Chester Brown, and Dan Clowes

We publish many brilliantly talented authors at Drawn and Quarterly, but let's not forget that these cartoonists are practising artists, as well! And that now and then, they share their work in galleries and museums so that we can ogle their originals and leave inspired. This summer, many such exhibitions are taking place. Here's a reminder of whose work is where all across this wide wild continent:

First, make your way to New York City, where Lynda Barry's solo show at Adam Baumgold Gallery has been extended until this Saturday, July 12th. Extended with good reason! The show features more than 80 original comic drawings, watercolours, and mixed media collages from over the past 35 years! No amount of exclamation marks accurately conveys how exciting this is or how badly I think you should see it!!!

And while you're in NYC, drop by Flanders House to see Brecht Vandenbroucke's paintings alongside the work of nine other super-talented Flemish illustrators. The show is on view until December 31. 

Next, cross the continent to Oakland for SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot, where you'll find new and recent work from Adrian Tomine and other artists that have played an influential role in the magazine's incredible success. The exhibit takes place at the Oakland Museum of California, and is on view until July 27th.

Over in Columbus, Ohio, Daniel Clowes's celebrated Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes is on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts until August 3rd. This traveling show is the first museum survey of Clowes's work, bringing together over 90 pieces of original art from the full range of his career (a very succesful, varied range, in case ya didn't know).

And just a little north in Toronto, originals from Chester Brown's Louis Riel remain on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario until September 14th, 2014. This exhibition is included in your general admission to the museum, so make your trip to the city complete and stop by!

Actually, you might want to stay right there in Toronto- we're thrilled to announce that Art Spiegelman's fantastic CO-MIX: A Retrospective is making its final stop at the Art Gallery of Ontario! CO-MIX is a remarkable exhibition, collecting original manuscripts from Maus (rarely seen due to their fragility) and over 300 works on paper, ranging from trading cards to magazine covers. CO-MIX also emphasizes Spiegelman's more recent multimedia projects; fusions of performance and animation and amazing other stuff.

The show opens December 20th and is on view until March 14th, 2015. Mark it on your calendars, mark it in your phones, mark it on your hand- this one is not to be missed! (You can immerse yourself in Co-Mix, the book, while you wait.)
Monday, July 07, 2014

Hey Guelph! Have you seen Seth hangin' downtown?

This banner of Seth and his artwork, that is! The city of Guelph has decided to honour its local artists by hanging their portraits alongside their works from the streetlights on downtown Quebec Street. Amazing! I hope to see initiatives like this in more towns. If you're in Guelph or planning to visit, these artists will be smiling down on you until October.

And while we're appreciating Seth, The Washington Post recently shared a 're-appreciation' of Palookaville 21 as part of their Shelfies series. The piece includes a wonderful interview with Seth, in which he discusses narrative choices made in Nothing Lasts (its opening page is pictured above), fictional histories, his many plans for future projects, and more. Says interviewer Michael Cavna: "Seth gives us small panels as tight portholes into his “past,” yet the overall effect is one of expansive windows into his mind, ultimately forming a poignant mosaic of cumulative remembrance." I suggest you read it!

Asphalt Watches on Demand

We've mentioned it before but remember that odd amazing little book we did a couple of years ago called Stooge Pile? Of course you do. Well, Seth Scriver, the inspired hoser behind that book, recently made a full-length cartoon movie with his friend Shayne Ehman called Asphalt Watches and it is finally on Vimeo On Demand and you should git on over there and watch it. $5 for a movie in yer living room. Come on, you paid for Veronica Mars the first weekend it was out, you can handle this. And it will open your head and put ideas in there. People, this movie won the Best First Canadian Feature Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, what else do you need to know?
Monday, June 30, 2014

Adrian Tomine covers the New Yorker

Look, some Monday mornings you get up, you have to take the bus because your bike is all messed up, and there's a guy on the bus yelling at everyone because "phones aren't knowledge" but then you get into work and there it is - an interview with Adrian Tomine at the New Yorker because he's gone and captured the essence of another New York moment.  Perhaps even the zeitgeist of memorial sites in general. Adrian's cover for the New Yorker this week visits the 9/11 memorial and museum. Hear about it from the man himself here.
Friday, June 27, 2014

Art Spiegelman curates a piece in the latest Artforum!

Folks, the latest issue of Artforum is unreal, and is specially catered to you, comics fans. For this special cartooning issue, Artforum asked none other than the master himself, Art Spiegelman, to curate a selection of his favourite comics. His piece, "Eye of Doom, Hand of Glory" opens with the announcement that "the future of comics is in its past" and goes on to explore his varied influences.

Spiegelman speaks of the "invisible hidden in plain sight" and the "arc of a cartoonist's style". He namedrops Stan Drake, Chester Gould, Shigeru Sugiura, and Frank King, amongst others. People, if you're hoping to become a succesful cartoonist, or if you just love the art form, Spiegelman's advice is some of the soundest you can subscribe to. Do yourself a favour and check it out!

As though that brilliant bit wasn't enough, this issue also features a long-form piece by Stephen Burt on the histories of comics, in which he mentions lots of our favourite people, including Lynda Barry, Chris Ware, and Gilbert Hernandez, and some of our very own titles, like Lynda's The Freddie Stories, Daniel Clowes's The Death-Ray, and Dylan Horrocks's Hicksville.

There's also a wonderful profile of Julie Doucet: "Doucet is central to our understanding of comics as a particularly vibrant platform for telling and showing women's stories". Yeah!

Last but certainly not least, we'd like to mention how freakin' proud we are of our former Librairie store staffer (!!!), Julien Ceccaldi, for snagging the cover of this fantastic issue. We're all starry-eyed and inspired over here. I think I might keep this Artforum on my coffee table forever so I always have a ready opportunity to talk my unsuspecting guests's ears off about comics. Because I totally don't already do that.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In stores now: WALT BEFORE SKEEZIX by Frank King

In stores now is Walt Before Skeezix, another compilation volume of Frank King's Gasoline Alley strips, but we've scrambled the order a little bit- this one is technically Volume 0 of the series! And like the other Walt and Skeezix-es, this prequel is designed by Chris Ware (who has called the series one of his all-time favourites), so you know it's a beaut.

Walt Before Skeezix gives the reader a comprehensive look at Frank King's life, with essays, photographs, newspaper clippings, and early sketches, delineating King's evolution as an artist and showing the extent to which his personal life influenced his drawings. My favourite parts were seeing the Kings's vacation photos and all of the hand-drawn valentines Frank sent his wife, Delia, throughout their relationship. She kept them her whole life!

But let's not fail to mention the cartoons, which are the real treasure. Walt Before Skeezix covers the period of 1918-1920, when the automotive boom in America was really taking off. Suddenly pretty much everyone could afford a car, and pretty much everyone was taking cars. At least Walt and his friends were-- these were, after all, Walt's young bachelor years before baby Skeezix appeared on his doorstep.

Walt Before Skeezix is already receiving praise: "Between the adorable language, the window onto early automotive life and the plain fun of reading comics from that era, this volume is a delight for any cultural history buff...The book is delightful on a purely physical level, too, with much thought and expense clearly poured into every detail. It even smells good." NPR

I can confirm that the book does smell pretty darn good. So grab a copy, give it a whiff or a read or both (your choice-we're not judging), and settle in for some good ol' Americana. Gasoline Alley was one of the longest-running and most widely syndicated comics ever, and with good reason. This g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s and historically-important deluxe volume deserves a spot on any comics collector's shelf. 

Bonus: don't forget to check out the inside of the dust jacket!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Coming this August: Even More Bad Parenting Advice by Guy Delisle!

In honour of this just-passed Father's Day, I'd like to share a lil' book we've got coming your way in August. It's Even More Bad Parenting Advice by Guy Delisle, and like his previous A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting, it's a collection of funny vignettes about the joys and also the petty frustrations of raising a child that any parent (whether they'll admit it or not) can relate to.

Despite what the title Even More Bad Parenting Advice suggests, Guy is a good, caring father- he's just a bit of a kid himself. Guy works from home, and is very involved in his children's games. He's often shown trying to be the 'cool' dad- he helps his son memorize a poem at the last moment so that Mom isn't mad; he doodles in his daughter's notebook instead of paying attention at the parent-teacher interviews.

Sometimes his practical jokes are taken a step too far: maybe, meaning well, The Best Dad in the World will assuage his children's nightmares by telling them a real-life news story that's much more terrifying. 

And there are times when Guy is brutally honest- after his daughter finds him in his 'easy' hide-and-seek spot, he begins to defensively point out that hers was not much better. Other times, Guy makes up little white lies- he uses his 'tired' children as an excuse to leave a boring work party, even though they're wide awake and well-behaved.

But no matter the mishap, it's always apparent that Guy wants what's best for children (even if his 'accidentally' knocking into his daughter's bully is an unconventional way to prove it). His minimal, flowy cartooning make these light-hearted stories a pleasure to read, and they will resonate with anyone who's ever given a child a sarcastic answer. Look for Even More Bad Parenting Advice in stores August 26th (and meanwhile, call your parents! They'll be happy to hear from ya).


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