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Friday, July 27, 2007

News From San Diego

Due to lil' Dagwood, I'm not at San Diego this year so Tom, Rebecca, Jessica and Peter are running the show. Adrian Tomine also has the year off--his first in ten years--as Shortcomings comes out this October. Judging from this Wired piece previewing SDCC, we should give him the year off more often. The piece also spotlights Guy Delisle's first US appearance.

The Eisners are tonight, so cross your fingers that Moomin brings home a trophy, so Tom can be a happy man.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Joe Matt's in the LA Times

"Comics raise issues of authenticity, of the relationship of the page to the world. Even the most minutely rendered panel is an extrapolation, an impression -- a visual metaphor... What's real? What's illusion? The beauty is you can't quite tell. Joe Matt's Spent is a perfect example of this dynamic, a self-portrait that exposes its author's secrets even as it heightens them for dramatic effect." --Los Angeles Times

Joe Matt is in San Diego this week, signing at the D+Q booth and doing a Q+A Spotlight, which happens Friday at 11:30AM. See previous post for complete SDCC schedule.
Thursday, July 19, 2007

D+Q @ San Diego Comic-Con


Miriam Katin, Joe Matt, Guy Delisle (making his first U.S. appearance!), and James Sturm are D+Q's guest artists at San Diego this year. They'll be on various panels and signing at our booth #1529. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, July 26

1:00 - 3:00 Miriam Katin signing

3:00 - 5:00 Joe Matt signing

4:00 - 5:00 Room 3 "Spotlight on Guy Delisle." Moderated by Tom Spurgeon.

5:15 - 7:00 Guy Delisle signing

Friday, July 27

11:30 - 12:30 Room 3 "Spotlight on Joe Matt"

12:45 - 2:45 Joe Matt signing

1:30 - 2:30 Room 3 "Spotlight on Miriam Katin" Slide Show and moderated by Shaenon Garrity.

2:45 - 4:00 Miriam Katin signing

4:00 - 5:45 Guy Delisle signing

4:30 - 5:30 Room 4 "New Voices in Graphic Novels"
with Miriam Katin, Christian Slade, David Peterson, George O'Connor, Jamie Tanner, and Leland Myrick.

4:30 - 5:30 Room 24A "Center for Cartoon Studies"
with James Sturm and Tom Devlin

5:45 - 7:00 James Sturm signing

Saturday, July 28

11:00 - 1:00 James Sturm signing

11:30 - 12:30 Room 3 "Reality-Based Graphic Novels"
with Joe Matt, Guy Delisle, Miriam Katin, Rick Geary and Alison Bechdel.

1:00 - 3:00 Joe Matt signing

1:30 - 2:30 Room 4 "Great American Comic Strips"
with Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, IDW, and Classic Comics Press

3:00 - 5:00 Guy Delisle signing

5:00 - 7:00 Miriam Katin signing

Sunday, July 29

10:00 - 12:00 Miriam Katin signing

12:00 - 2:00 Joe Matt signing

2:00 - 4:00 Guy Delisle signing

PLUS, the D+Q booth will have a ton of great convention deals as usual, and every purchase gets a FREE Shortcomings poster, in anticipation of Adrian Tomine's long-awaited graphic novel, coming in October. We'll have lots of postcards & Lynda Barry's Free Comic Book Day Activity Book as well, so come say hello to friendly D+Q-ers Jessica, Rebecca and Tom, and check out our new stuff, and the classics too.

DEBUT titles will include Berlin #13 by Jason Lutes, and James Sturm's America: God, Gold, and Golems.

I'd post the address of the convention center, but just go to San Diego and follow the stormtroopers and men in tights, you can't miss it...Special thanks to Jackie Estrada, Sue Lord and Gary Sassaman for always being extremely helpful, supportive and professional to D+Q and our cartoonists.

Interns were awesome! (part a)


The recent addition of a digital camera to our office supplies has certainly changed the "shape" of this blog. And like all digital media it has helped create enemies. What can you do? Above (bearded) is Mr. Alexis Frederick-Frost who was our first CCS Summer intern. He left a couple of weeks before the arrival of the aforementioned digital camera leaving his presence here undocumented visually. He has left a lasting impression on our minds. The stories we still tell around the office. And for the record, he was a far better intern than the previously celebrated Sean (still waiting on that coffee, Sean.) I mention Alexis now because of the vitriolic email I received from his publicist just this morning. Apologies to Alexis.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Who is this Doug Wright fellow?

We just got a big batch of Doug Wright artwork in from Seth the other day and I can't stop looking at it. Seriously, I'm falling behind on work because of this pile of artwork.


This is my favorite piece (at least today.) I'm not even totally sure what's going on here. I imagine there was a caption but it looks like the one guy is trying to finish up his Christmas card addressing before he can go somewhere with his buddies. But the details just blow my mind: that cat in the window, the coffeepot, the staircase railing in the background, the way the one fellow holds his hat expectantly, the starbursts on the trashcan. And just perfect, loose, nib line after nib line. I've mentioned before I have a romantic notion of the fifties/sixties professional cartoonist era and Doug Wright is my new ideal.

More Lynda Barry


Today we received part two of Lynda Barry's next book, What It Is. It's a mind-boggingly gorgeous text companion to a writing and drawing workshop she hosts 2 or 3 times a year throughout the United States (a small part of it was excerpted in our recent Free Comic Book Day comic). The book, a combination of intricate collages and a narrative hand-drawn on yellow, lined writing paper, is also more or less an extension of her short story, "Two Questions" (one of my favorite comics in McSweeney's volume 13). What It Is will be out next May, the first of many books that D+Q will be publishing by this legendary writer and artist.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Interns are awesome! (part one)


This is the first installment in a new D+Q blog feature called "Interns are awesome." It's where I pay tribute to the fine young men and women who scan the artwork and fetch me coffee. Today's featured intern is Sean. Sean is currently enrolled in the Center for Cartoon Studies and recently returned from a First Second spying mission internship. Sean, if you're reading this, I'll have an allongé (that's French for "long espresso."){Warning future employers: evidently hates Elvis Costello.}
Monday, July 16, 2007

APE photos developed

Having just a disposable camera on hand back in San Francisco in April, the film is finally finished and developed. Although apparently there weren't any usual shots of D+Q guests, Anders Nilsen or Kevin Huizenga, or our booth, there was this amazing one of Jessica leaning in for a bite of a mustachioed pickle's sandwich.

Friday, July 13, 2007

I kind of don't believe it either...

Apparently, Jason has actually pencilled the next four issues of Berlin and is inking and handing them in as he finishes inking. What this means is that there's a very real possibility that issue #16 could arrive by year's end. Or after that. I have seen the proofs for this issue though so it's really coming. Any day now.

Exit Wounds on Very Short List

Exit Wounds was yesterday's chosen topic for the Very Short List - "Beneath an invitingly simple cartoon style is a tale of endurance and perpetual tragedy."

Very Short List is "a free, daily e-mail that points to excellent new (and sometimes vintage) entertainment and media that haven't been hyped to within an inch of their lives. Each weekday, we tell our subscribers about a single recommended gem... We write about things we've discovered that please us so much that we can't wait to tell other people about them."

In related news, the buzz around our office these days is that Rutu will be coming to North America this Fall! Stay tuned for the complete October tour details...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Still can't read French!!!

It would seem that the French comics magazine Comix Club is celebrating the work of one John Porcellino this month. From John's own site: " If you're a King-Cat fan, and you read French, you might wanna check out the latest issue of this French comix magazine, which features a long interview with John Porcellino (that's me!), as well as comics and articles by Fafe, Jonathan Larabie, Kevin Huizenga, David Lasky, Lolmede, and Dave Kiersh about their thoughts on King-Cat Comics! I'm blushing! (And of course there's lots more in this issue...)"
Yet another reason that I am lame for still not being able to speak/read French after living here in Montreal for nearly four years.

oh the anticipa-



... coming soon
Monday, July 09, 2007

Sheer Beauty



Ron Rege Jr is the latest cartoonist for the Poetry Foundation's "Poem As A Comic Strip Project," Ron brings "The Snow Is As Deep As The Ground" by Kenneth Patchen to life.

King-Cat in Entertainment Weekly

"What started out as a self-published mini-comic 'zine' has grown into this handsomely designed 384-page anthology of artist-writer Porcellino's intentionally simple drawings, largely autobiographical tales and renderings of dreams. The diaristic element of Porcellino's work is particularly compelling. On page 125, read 'Picture This: A True Work Story Written at Lunch at Big Ray's, Drawn in 10 Minutes During Break Monday 3/18/1991,' a tale of paycheck-job monotony and the way a few of the millions of people stuck in such employment find small pleasures in singing, joking, and commiserating. Porcellino is a master at miniature poignance."

Friday, July 06, 2007

No Label Needed

R. Sikoryak slide show in NYC this weekend

R. Sikoryak will be presenting an all new cartoon slide show, written by Suzan-Lori Parks, as part of this event:

365 DAYS/365 PLAYS

Sunday, July 8 at 8:00pm, FREE


Dixon Place
258 Bowery, 2nd Floor
between Houston & Prince

365 Days/365 Plays started when Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks committed to writing a play a day for a year. Dixon Place has been selected to produce a week's worth of world premiers, (and perform an excerpt of our week at the Public Theater on August 5th) Featuring 7 plays written by Suzan Lori-Parks and performed/danced/drawn/puppeteered/sung by Susana Cook, Michelle Matlock and Inner Princess, R. Sikoryak, David Michael Friend, Laura Peterson, and the DP Staff!!
Thursday, July 05, 2007

Free Peace Music


Lavender Diamond is playing in Phoenix FOR FREE on Friday, July 6th, 8 PM as Ron's artwork is on display at the Phoenix Art Museum's July First Friday, as part of the Chris Ware curated collection titled "UnInked: Paintings, Sculpture and Graphic Work by Five Cartoonists" Read about it here. And don't forget to buy the catalogue when you are there, as it doesn't seem to be for sale on the museum's site yet.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Rutu Modan in Maisonneuve magazine


Exit Wounds cartoonist Rutu Modan has an extensive interview here, courtesy of Maisonneuve, an arts and culture magazine from Montreal.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Daily Cross Hatch in conversation with Joe Matt


A friend once told me that the best part about doing interviews over the phone is that you don't have to wear pants to them. It would appear that Joe Matt has taken this adage one step further.

Let's hope that he doesn't show up to the San Diego Comic-Con in nothing but a pirate hat.

Doug Wright Award nominees announced

Congratulations to Guy Delisle, whose book Shenzhen is up for Best Book, and to Keith Jones, who is nominated as Best Emerging Talent for Bacter-Area!


The organizers of The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian cartooning are pleased to announce their 2007 nominees for Best Book and Best Emerging Talent. This year, the 10 nominees for Canada's premiere cartooning award feature an eclectic mix of personal memoir and travelogue to short fiction and experimental graphic fiction--all from the pens of Canada's finest cartooning talents.


The nominees are:

Best Book

Shenzen: A Travelogue From China, Guy Delisle (Drawn and Quarterly)

This Will All End in Tears, Joe Ollman (Insomniac Press)

Scott Pilgrim and The Infinite Sadness, Bryan Lee O'Malley (ONI Press)

Gilded Lilies, Jillian Tamaki (Conundrum Press)

Nog-a-dod, Marc Bell ed. (Conundrum Press)


Best Emerging Talent

Gray Horses, Hope Larson (ONI Press)

House of Sugar, Rebecca Kraatz (Tulip Tree Press)

Was She Pretty?, Leanne Shapton (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)

Bacter-area, Keith Jones (Drawn and Quarterly)

Mendacity, Tamara Faith Berger & Sophie Cossette (Kiss Machine Presents…)


These nominees for the 3rd annual Doug Wright Awards were selected by a committee that include cartoonists Chester Brown and Seth, director Jerry Ciccoritti and comic historian Jeet Heer.

The winners will de decided by a five-member jury that includes; director Bruce McDonald , professor and writer Mark Kingwell, journalist and writer Judy MacDonald, 2006 Wright Award winning cartoonist Lorenz Peter and former National Post journalist Jessica Johnson.

The winners will be announced August 17, 2007 at the opening night of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. [note: where at some point in the programming, there will be a Q+A with Joe Matt!]


For more information visit: www.wrightawards.ca, or email Brad Mackay at brad@wrightawards.ca

The Doug Wright Awards were founded in May 2005 as a means of casting light on the wide range of cartoonists and comic artists working across Canada. The country's premiere comic awards, The Wrights are named after Doug Wright (1917 1983) a cartoonist whose strip Doug Wright's Family (or Nipper) ran for more than 30 years across Canada.

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