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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Another intern, also awesome!



AWESOME intern Rebecca displays an issue of Thirteen going on Eighteen, the next exciting project in our ongoing series collecting the lesser-known work of seminal kid's comics scripter John Stanley. Rebecca, a strong advocate of method scanning, has perfectly captured the rebel grrrl bobby soxer appeal of Thirteen's main gal, Val.
Monday, March 30, 2009

Interns are awesome...and Melvin's not too shabby, either.


New intern Ben caught in the act with an advance copy of Melvin Monster, the first in a series of volumes collecting the work of seminal kid's comics auteur John Stanley.

Designed by Seth, this lovely little book is chock-full of mad-cap morosity, horrific hijinx and spastic spookiness! I fully expect Melvinmania to break out across the continent when the book hits stores in early May.

Do you like the squid?


I know that when you made a list of comics related products you'd like to see, this wasn't on there. And that was your mistake! Cuz it shoulda been. Or this? Or this?
Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Birthday To Us! D+Q 20th Anniversary Concert!


Hard to believe or easy to believe? Yes, D+Q is 20 years old this year. To celebrate, D+Q is teaming up with other two other indy Montreal organizations, Blue Skies Turn Black and Suoni Per Il Popolo, to present a not-to-be-missed concert here in Montreal, TV on the Radio and the Dirty Projectors! Mark your calendars, it's June 3rd at the Metropolis. How does this get any better? Well, Adrian Tomine kindly provided the beautiful poster, which will be on sale and plastered around the city of Montreal soon.
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Summer CCS Comics Workshops


Sounds fun!

Toronto! Tonight! Marc Bell's "Fine Aht"


Check out Life Drawing, and exhibition of works on paper featuring Marc Bell, opening tonight in Toronto at Magic Pony.

April 3rd- 29th

Michel Rabagliati will be having an exhibition in beautiful Bibliotheque Saint-Jean Baptiste, a gothic church turned public library in Quebec City. Isn't it time to visit Quebec City?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Brockport and Brooklyn!



If you happen to be in the New York state area this coming week, Lynda Barry will be giving a free talk and slide show at the Brockport Writers Forum on Wednesday, March 25th (tomorrow!) at 8:00 pm which will probably be an audiovisual odyssey definitely worth checking out. And on Friday the 27th, be sure to join Gabrielle Bell in Williamsburg to celebrate the release of her book Cecil and Jordan in New York at Desert Island Comics. Not to be missed!
Friday, March 20, 2009

Spend some quality time on the internet!



Finally! This updated list of D&Q artist websites (and a couple blogs) promises to be a thoroughly engaging experience for one and all. Browse freely through future, past and present projects, increase your knowledge of politics surrounding those ominous looking wind turbines, find out what Julie Doucet was drawing in her adolescent years, buy stuff, look at stuff, keep up to date on day to day musings and the metaphysical world. You won't be disappointed.

Adrian Tomine: www.adrian-tomine.com



Amanda Vahamaki: www.kutikuti.com















Julie Doucet: www.juliedoucet.net







Matt Forsythe: www.comingupforair.net


Miriam Katin: www.miriamkatin.com


Pascal Girard: www.paresse.ca





R. Sikoryak: www.rsikoryak.com





R.O. Blechman: www.roblechman.com




Ron Rege Jr.: ronrege.blogspot.com



Thursday, March 19, 2009

Vancouver Pohadky Launch Tomorrow!

Join D+Q and Lucky's comics in launching Pohadky tomorrow at Lucky's in Vancouver. Here are the details:

Art Show and Launch of Pat Shewkchuk and Marek Colek's Pohadky
5-8 pm, Friday, March 20th
Lucky's Comics
3972 Main Street, Vancouver

Also, be sure to check out this interview with the authors and Inkstuds.

Like you're not wasting enough time already

D+Q office Twitter
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{Hastily written drivel from the guy who washes the windows.}

James Sturm is a busy, busy man.

James may be the comics' medium greatest ambassador. Here he is at ESAD in Porto, Portugal where he gave a lecture on comics. The trip was sponsored by Mundo Fantasma (Portuguese for Ghost World) a superior comic shop that is featuring an exhibit of James' work. Mundo has a great blog with images from both the lecture and the exhibit.

The exhibit will be up for another month, here is the print that James did for it.

What's this I hear, comic fans? The image projected here is obviously James' art, but you haven't read that comic yet? Where is this full color James Sturm comic, you are demanding?! Well, you heard it here first, James is working on an original graphic novel called Market Day which will be out in Spring 2010. We shall keep you updated.

Action packed!

Okay, so it's not really an action packed blog post. It's just a couple of photos of Marc Bell and Chris doing some color correction for his forthcoming 272-page full-color fine-aht monograph called Hot Potatoe scheduled for September release. You should ask him why it's called that sometime.





Marc is in Jeremiah Johnson mode. All the men (well except for always clean shaven Chris) look like this by the end of the endless winter here in Montreal.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009

Breaking Barriers


Congratulations to Matt Forsythe on his second nomination of the week! Ojingogo is up for a Reuben Award in the Comic Book division, the first D+Q title to ever be nominated for a Reuben! Very exciting, indeed. Complete list here.

Doug Wright Awards Announced!


Woo Hoo! The Doug Wright Awards have been announced! Congrats to Michel Rabagliati and Guy Delisle for their Best Books noms and to Matt Forsythe and Tom Horacek for their "Pigskin Peter" noms! Complete list here.

Good things in small packages...



Good things like...the 32 Stories Box Set that arrived this morning, containing facsimiles of the first seven issues of Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve mini-comics!

Originally published before the author's twenty-first birthday and previously collected in the paperback 32 Stories, these minis are now available in their original form, snugly tucked into an attractive box and all cuddled up with a new introduction and previously unpublished material.



That's right, blog reader; I have refrained from entirely exposing the dazzling glory that was "Adrian Tomine, age 17" (if that rhymes, you are pronouncing his name incorrectly.) Curious? Need something to tape up inside your locker? Look for the book in stores soon!
Friday, March 13, 2009

Adrian New Yorker Illo


In this week's New Yorker , David Denby has a great read of mumblecore films, which Adrian has provided the illustration for the film Alexander the Last. Here is the illustration in black and white.

Chris Ware and Marjane Satrapi

Over at WNYC, there's a great podcast of Chris Ware in conversation with Marjane Satrapi, moderated by Francoise Mouly. This is great, a perfect mix of the informational, inspirational and downright hilarious. Ruminations on comics, family, that Jerry Seinfeld bee movie, and why making a movie is like a giant game of shirts vs. skins.

Neat!

Guy Delisle has posted images of his various penholders. Also, be sure to have a gander at his image-laden blog.
Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Bun Field In House!


We just received copies of Amanda Vahamaki's The Bun Field in the office! Amanda was one of the cartoonists featured in the most recent Drawn & Quarterly Showcase and her comics are always beautiful and surreal investigations of fantasy and human behavior. This book is definitely not to be missed.

Look for The Bun Field in stores in the next few weeks!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rebecca Rosen Weighs In and Wins Debate Hands Down


Her vote is Lily Renee Philips...women always win!

Eric Reynolds Weighs In


"Crockett Johnson had a pretty cool Rod Steiger/beatnik thing goin' on"

Tom Devlin Weighs In


Tom has put forth Don Freeman, describing him as "dependable and rugged."

Jeet Heer Weighs In


with his choice of the dashing and debonair Peter Arno...

A Debate Not Often Heard In Comics


Maybe because there are more ladies here in the office than gents right now or maybe not, a debate occurred late last week over who was cuter, Doug Wright (above left) or John Stanley (above right). Results were split evenly down the middle.

What's this I hear? Millions of comic book fans around the world crying reverse sexism? Well, deal with it.
Monday, March 09, 2009

Check it out....


Lynda was on the cover of the Chicago Tribune Magazine yesterday for an in-depth profile.

Sneak Peek


Chris Butcher of the Beguiling weighs in with a sneak peek of A Drifting Life.

Note to Chris, there are 15 pages of endnotes in the appendix!!!!
Friday, March 06, 2009

Wham-O Comics (or the KE7 of 1967)


Here's a Stanley strip from the gigantic comic book Wham-O Comics (measuring 14" by 21") to mull over this weekend. It's classic babysitting hilarity and it totally has me daydreaming of a lost comic strip or Dell series called "Bridget." Sadly, that's almost certainly not the case. Nonetheless, is this just about the most perfect cartooning you've ever seen. Yes, I am in love with John Stanley--jeez, leave me alone. Also, Frank Young, you've been scooped!!{Click to enlarge.}

Those sketchbooks that people keep talking about...


Tom Gauld's got a few sketchbook pages up on his Flickr site. I seem to remember Jason Miles gushing over these during his Angouleme tour diaries. They are pretty great and there are definitely not enough pages posted.

Vancouver Pohadky Launch! Friday, March 20th!

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