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Thursday, March 29, 2007

the big launch for #11 on Saturday

This week, the Village Voice declares Adrian Tomine "One of the most masterful cartoonists of his generation" and plugs the Rocketship launch that's now only two days away! "As with all of Tomine's work, #11 is equal parts poignant, hilarious, and sad." Meet the artist in person, check out some original artwork, and find out how the 3-part epic ends.

Whatever happened to Louis Riel?

Ok, we admit it, the binding on the first printing of the paperback edition of Louis Riel was quite a nightmare. We regret the unfortunate falling-apart of the books, and are indeed appalled by the whole situation. If you received a paperback copy of Louis Riel that fell to pieces as you read it, please tear the cover off and send it to us and we will replace the book. The new edition has been tested for binding quality with rigorous wear & tear simulation, and holds up to the highest level of reading abuse possible. We guarantee satisfaction with this new and improved printing of Chester Brown's comic-book biography classic.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Whatever happened to Skibber Bee~Bye?

Many of you Ron Rege fans have probably asked yourselves this very question... now you needn't be perplexed any longer, because Skibber Bee~Bye has finally arrived!! Preview it here

After a series of misadventures involving some misprinted pages (on 100/101 and 205/206 the same page was printed twice) all books that didn't ship out a year ago have been repaired and are available to you now, in their complete form, for your ultimate reading pleasure. If you did happen to get a copy with the double pages, you are now welcome to tear the cover off of your imperfect version, return it to us with your mailing address, and we will gladly send you a fixed version; although, please be advised that those are now quite rare and may become collectors items. Also, if you do want a replacement and destroy your old one, please recycle the paper!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Boxes

One of the great little oddities in the comics world is this by-now-long-running tiny label B.U.L.B. headed by our own Nicolas Robel. They make these amazing little mini-comics boxes featuring world heavyweights. It looks like there's a couple of new ones out now. If anyone has any tips on how to store these things let me know.

Let's go for a walk

Friday, March 23, 2007

Interview mania!

Brian Heater, freelance writer and editor-in-chief of the relatively new comics blog The Daily Cross Hatch, is snapping up interviews "like some sort of blogging shark," he says. Joe Matt complains about not making any money despite the fact that he works as little as humanly possible, and Adrian Tomine answers some questions about Optic Nerve and his illustration work, with the highly-anticipated issue #11 launching next week.
Thursday, March 22, 2007

It's here!!

Optic Nerve #11 just arrived! It's available from our online shop now, and will start appearing in comic shops next week. Preview here.

And if you're in the New York area, don't miss the launch with Adrian Tomine in person, at Rocketship in Brooklyn, Saturday March 31st.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Everybody loves Aya!

Two more glowing reviews are in for Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie.

The Comics Journal reports: "Marguerite Abouet weaves her tale with a rich sense of character and a keen eye for detail, the two elements that invariably separate good melodrama from mere soap opera. She doesn't call attention to the specifics of life in the Ivory Coast; rather, she wraps her characters in subtle detail and lets them fulfill their roles at a natural pace, allowing incidental business to keep the eye busy while the story unfolds... Clement Oubrerie adds life and flavor to Abouet's tale, rendering her detailed world in a warm, cartoony line that completes the illusion of a lived-in world without smothering it in excess detail. His sense of color is immaculate, shifting from warm tones to cool according to how Abouet wants the reader to approach the scene... It's as masterful a performance as the storytelling of its author, and the seamless way that art and writing blend together successfully paints a warm, vibrant tale of small-town life and the people who live it."

And our own Montreal Mirror declares: "Abouet's quirky and charming memoir is a gem. It tells the story of a small gang of teenagers negotiating life amidst the ice-cream-coloured squalor of a working-class town... Clement Oubrerie's rich and entertaining illustrations do much to re-create the feeling of tenuous creativity and fun that keeps these kids from grinding cynicism. In an age when all we ever see of Africa is graphic violence and despair, somehow it feels oddly right to take a moment to appreciate this small but impressive work of graphic hope."

Look Behind You

D+Q's Keith Jones and Ron Rege, Jr. are part of this group show in New York, so check it out! There are a ton of other great artists involved too..

Look Behind You: Small Paintings by Over Four Dozen Artists
GRNY, March 17 - April 18, 2007

Giant Robot Gallery
437 East 9th Street
Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A, in the East Village
New York, New York 10009
(212) 674-GRNY (4769) | grny.net


After several solo shows and small group shows, Giant Robot NY has decided it's time for visual overload! We have assembled a cast of 50 artists whose work we admire for a salon-style show in our East Village gallery space. Each participant has contributed two or three 5" x 7" or smaller sized paintings, and there will be well over 100 works of art on view! We will be featuring artists who have exhibited with us in the past, as well as some new ones, artists from both coasts and overseas, and a wide variety of styles and mediums. There will be something for everyone!

Gothic Gabby


Gabrielle Bell has the latest entry in the Poetry Foundation's the Poem as Comic Strip project and she fittingly covers Emily Dickinson.
Monday, March 19, 2007

James Sturm interviewed on Newsarama

James Sturm discusses his upcoming graphic novel James Sturm's America: God, Gold, and Golems, baseball, breakfast cereal, technology, the Grateful Dead, CCS and Houdini. Read it on Newsarama.

Gabrielle Bell interview

Vancouver comics radio show Inkstuds recently featured Gabrielle Bell, and you can listen to it here. Gabrielle's D+Q works include 2006's Lucky and the short story "Felix" from D+Q Showcase: Book Four.
Friday, March 16, 2007

BORN: August Dagwood Devlin


8 pounds 14 ounces, 7:56pm on March 15th. Peg and "Woody" are resting comfortably. Yes, his middle name is Dagwood--we love all comics that much.

note: I jumped the gun on posting the full name. We knew Dagwood was in there somewhere and it fell to the number two spot. He will be known as "Woody" or "Dagwood" though; the flow just worked better with August first. You may call him "Augie" if you like.
Friday, March 09, 2007

New books in the office!

This photo came out all wrong but I was so excited to finally see a stack of copies of this book instead of the smelly, ratty 1913 version that I thought it was worth taking. It should be making its way to stores in about two weeks.

Mothers & Daughters

Here's a photo of Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Alison Bechdel, and D+Q's Miriam Katin on the "Mothers & Daughters: Female Graphic Novelists and the Family" panel at the New York Comic-Con. What an amazing combo!
Thursday, March 08, 2007

Rutu Modan Interviewed at Newsarama


Michael Lorah conducts a fascinating in-depth interview with Rutu Modan about her May D+Q original graphic novel Exit Wounds on Newsarama. Lorah states: "Tackling the harsh realities of senseless death and familial destruction, Modan's Exit Wounds promises to give readers a more personal insight into the state of modern Israel than is found on most evening newscasts."

Publishers Weekly has already given the book a "starred" review, proclaiming Exit Wounds to be one of the major graphic novels of 2007.

Joe Sacco states: "Exit Wounds is a profound, richly textured, humane, and
unsentimental look at societal malaise and human relationships and that uneasy place where they sometimes intersect."

D+Q sold UK rights to Jonathan Cape pre-publication, their edition should be out this May too. Other European editions are planned.

A preview is here.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007

AYA on the Daily Crosshatch

The Daily Crosshatch is a new comics blog that refreshingly isn't obsessed with the business of comics. The writers Elizabeth Chou and Brian Heater report on and review comics as well as interview the creators with an emphasis on independent comics. Sounds good to me. Check out this review of AYA.
Friday, March 02, 2007

Ron Rege Deck


We checked in with the rockstar and cartoonist Ron Rege Jr, he let us know that he created artwork for a deck by Toy Machine.

Count Me In

I'm thrilled to watch my favorite radio show on tv. This American Life debuts on Showtime on March 22 and according to this report has animation by Chris Ware.

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