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Thursday, August 31, 2006

We have other lives, y'know

Our studio coordinator Jamie had a show in Toronto (or T-dot as I call it) this past weekend. Here she is in front of a couple of her giraffes.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006

In time for SPX, we swear

After being scooped by Tom Spurgeon on the new issue of Atlas, we've decided to make it a regular blog feature to post a new cover when it hits the office. Anders Nilsen's Big Questions #9 should be out in time for SPX.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Acme Novelty Library Starring...

According to this article in the San Jose Mercury News , the First Amendment Project is organizing an auction where you can pay to see your name in print in the book of a prominent author including Chris Ware! The project's website doesn't seem to be updated yet. But perhaps it will be soon...

Peace Comics

D+Q would like to give an official congratulations to Ron Rege, Jr as his band Lavender Diamond recently signed with Rough Trade in the UK, are busy recording their first album and will tour with the Decemberists this Fall. Lavender Diamond is featured in today's Los Angeles Times , with quotes from lead singer Becky Stark, who contributed to Ron's latest book, The Awake Field. Ron is also featured in this month's Dazed & Confused.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006


The ever growing enterprise of Giant Robot seems to always having something going on at one their locations that is a must-see. I would love to see the show that just opened at their GR2 gallery on Sawtelle in Los Angeles, which seems to be a collection of 1200 post-its notes from over 30 artists including Ron Rege, Jr, Marc Bell, and John Porcellino. In addition, you can buy an original post from one of the artists!
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A half century of comics on TV and radio

Journalist Brad MacKay spent the past year working at CBC archives assembling this comprehensive collection of television and radio clips on (mostly) Canadian comic books. This may be the largest online collection of video and audio material currently available, covering a period of over half a century. See Chester Brown circa 1988 defending Ed The Happy Clown , Todd McFarlane circa 1990, a profile of Canada's first comic store circa 1970...

Lynne Johnston circa 1980, Doug Wright and his family circa 1968...

Seth in his Toronto aparment circa 1994, Peter Gzowski (with Monty Hall at his side?!) interviewing Stan Lee circa 1978...
Saturday, August 19, 2006

More Seth Every Week!

Eagle-eyed readers who are missing their weekly dose of comics in the NY Times Magazine may have already read the fine print that the section Funny Pages is on hiatus until September 17th, when the first installment of a new comic by Seth debuts. We are waiting with bated breath. Meanwhile, everyone should take this time to read the still uploaded installments of La Maggie La Loca by Jaime Hernandez, which made the steep cover price of the Sunday NY Times here in Montreal ($10!) absolutely worthwhile. Read it now, because I can no longer find Chris Ware's Building Stories comic on the site.

Seth's Beach Reading

Macleans asked several literary luminaries what they are reading.
Friday, August 18, 2006

Egypt Buncake

Marc Bell (creator of the beloved "petit livre" The Stacks) has a edited a survey of Canadian doodle-age called Nog A Dod: Prehistoric Canadian Psychedooolia. Basically a collection of hundreds of Bell and Friends minicomics and artbooks. It features, of course, Marc Bell, along with Peter Thompson, Jason McLean, Amy Lockhart, Owen Plummer, Mark Connery, and Keith Jones with many others. It's being published by Conundrum Press and distributed in the U.S. of A. by Picture Box.

Speaking of Keith Jones, he was just here in the D&Q offices yesterday scannning his upcoming McSweeneys Quarterly cover. We have no details except for this image that he left on one of our computers. It's just a detail because there's no way we could fit it all on a tiny computer screen.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Unearthing the lost work of a great cartoonist

A couple of weeks ago Seth, Toronto journalist Brad MacKay, and I spent three days at the National Archives near Ottawa researching the work of a now nearly forgotten cartoonist, Doug Wright.

For eight hours each day we sifted through 3,000+ pieces of artwork covering four decades of his career, and much of this will form the basis of a two volume series on the life and work of Wright, which will be published by D+Q in 2007.

Wright's peak years were the 1950s and 60s, where his Nipper weekly strip was published in Canadian magazines. Seth first started tracking down Wright's work in the late 80s and early 90s (Wright appears in the glossary of It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken). Seth is also, along with Brad MacKay, one of the founders of the Doug Wright Awards.
Monday, August 07, 2006

art show at Giant Robot NY

If you're in New York, check this out:

Also worth a look, is Keith Jones' D+Q art book, Bacter-Area
Jeffrey Brown makes an appearance in Showcase #2
Friday, August 04, 2006

Animated Dupuy-Berberian

While digging around on the Prima Linea website for Richard McGuire videos, I came across this funny little video by Dupuy-Berberian for laundry soap. I also recommend the Petit-Roulet videos as well.

The Long Con

As soon as you are done with one comic book convention, you prepare for the next. Our next convention is SPX in Besthesda, MD on October 13-14, so we have some time to enjoy our summer. Kevin Huizenga has been hard at work on the badges for the show where we will be debuting his book Curses and they're pretty great. Take a look....


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