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Friday, September 30, 2011

John P. Is on the road again again again

People, John P. is getting out there and so should you. Look for him in your neighborhood.

Friday Sept. 30 - Sat. Oct 1
Handmade and Bound Festival

Monday October 3; 7 PM
Subterranean Books
Slideshow and signing with the great Tim Lane!

October 5-8
Comics, Creativity and Culture:
Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives

With Phoebe Gloeckner, The Hernandez Brothers, James Sturm, and Joe Sacco, plus a host of comics scholars and educators AND PEGGY BURNS!

Saturday Oct. 8 - Sunday Oct. 9
Pittsburgh Indie Expo
You must go to this so you can get Wayno to sign your copies of Beernuts!!

Saturday Oct. 22
Madison Zinefest

ICE HAVEN sketches to benefit the family of Dylan Williams

Our colleague at Fantagraphics, Jason Myles, has listed this auction of original ICE HAVEN artwork by Dan Clowes on ebay, all proceeds will benefit the family of Dylan Williams. The auction ends on Tuesday. We miss you Dylan.

D+Q at APE in SF This Weekend: Beaton, Clowes & Tomine!

San Francisco is gearing up for APE. Julia & Tom landed yesterday and Tom went for a burrito in the Mission and bumped into Dan Nadel & Matthew Thurber. Apparently, they started debating about comics, and each left angry. Oh well, what's new! You can see D+Q at booth 314 and Picturebox at booth 313 where they'll probably still be arguing over Chaykin, Steranko and Moebius.

Dan will also be moderating a panel with Adrian and Clowes. You may recall the bang-up job Dan did at last year's APE with Clowes, Chris Diaz's video of it made quite the rounds on the comics blogosphere. In case they go delightfully "off-script" about Curt Swan or TMNT and you need a straight backgrounder on Clowes and Adrian, check out this report from the SF Weekly's Casey Burchby.

Dan also caught up the Chronicle where he spills that he has been working on the WILSON screenplay and a new book. (!$%*$^%#@R)!!!!!)

Our complete schedule is here.

Brooklyn Book Fest

Here she is: Kate Beaton had a handful of pre-launches for Hark! A Vagrant, including here at the Brooklyn Book Festival last week.

People lined up for two hours to meet her — is it any wonder that she won the Festival’s “AT&T fan favorite” award?

Crowd control became a problem when her regular fans had to contend with a mob of Quill & Quire subscribers who showed up, all vying for a coveted place in line to see what the fuss was about. Our tents are both further down at right, and this wasn’t even the end of the line.

Kate was a real pro, signing books for people even after they were told the line was capped.

Our beloved former intern/employee Alison Naturale came down from Boston and helped work the booth.

Also signing were Leanne Shapton and Jillian Tamaki, both amazing talents.

Ok, now bring on the boys (I actually didn’t realize our signing schedules were gender-based until seeing these photos). Anders Nilsen was on the tail end of a major Big Questions North American tour and sold out all copies at the show. Adrian Tomine stays true to the “floppy” format and signs the new Optic Nerve #12 (if it’s anyone that could make it work, it’s Adrian; already #12 is one of the most talked about and successful comics pamphlets in recent years).

More crowd scenes, this time for Adrian and Anders.

And here is Adrian's young daughter breaking the record books in adorableness. Is it any wonder that Adrian has turned into a sweet, less cynical soul in recent years?

And speaking of adorable, here’s a young fan who reading a copy of Moomin at the curb while her mother was out looking at other book

Special thanks to the Brooklyn Book Festival for the great job on their programming, and for being one of our favorite book festivals to attend.
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kate Beaton on NPR's Morning Edition; Wins Brooklyn Book Fest's Fan Favorite Author Award; More Interviews

Kate Beaton was featured on NPR's Morning Edition today in a delightful interview where she discusses the Kennedy men and women from history who didn't get their due. Audio is now up online.

In other Kate Beaton news, she won the AT&T fan favorite award at last week's Brooklyn Book Festival. As part of her award, she was able to donate $3500 to the literary/literacy charity of her choice, and so she donated the money to 826 NYC. Apologies to the other authors in attendance, oh, just like Joyce Carol Oates, Jhumpa Lahiri and others. No snark intended, it's just amazing! And with Dan getting a Pen Award, Seth getting a Harbourfront Award and now Kate withe this Festival Award, who is next?
{pictured above is Twanda Washington of AT&T; First place winner Kate Beaton; Joan Kim of 826NYC; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz}

Still need a Kate fix? Check out this Interview Magazine interview, or this one with io9.

New York Art Book Fair!

Hey there, New York! We're going to be at the New York Art Book Fair, opening TONIGHT at PS1 in Queens. Come visit us, booth #O19, and pick up the new books by Seth, Dan Clowes, Kate Beaton, Anders Nilsen, Brian Ralph, Marc Bell, Adrian Norvid, etc, etc, etc! And say hi to me and Alison Naturale, making a semi-rare appearance behind the booth. This is a great book fair that is full of things you'd have no way of seeing otherwise, and I'd recommend it even if we weren't going to be there. But we are going to be there, SO COME AND BUY BOOKS!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Two for Mr Clowes. (Pssst DEATH RAY IS OUT 10/11)

This Flavorwire interview with Dan is so fabulous, where to begin... The 23 yr old Dan shuffling around in his cardigan like Mr Rogers? Frank Miller? How DEATH-RAY's Andy is the perfect stand-in for 2004 America? Hell yeah. Say What? You thought the DEATH-RAY was just a superhero story? The smarter KICK-ASS? As if. Read on.

Like Nick Gazin says in this VICE review of the DEATH-RAY with Dan on how the book relates to 9/11: "Clowes is always about nine steps ahead. It's why I've had trouble kidnapping him for my Dan Clowes collection."

People can we reflect that in the past 18 months, we will have had three new Clowes books and an upcoming monograph from Abrams? We are lucky, very lucky.

TOUR PLUG! Check here for information on Dan & Seth's tour to Chicago, NYC, Boston, Toronto and Dan's appearance at APE this weekend where he chats with Adrian Tomine and Dan Nadel.

D+Q at APE this weekend!

This weekend, Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2nd, Tom and I will be repping D+Q at the Alternative Press Expo, along with Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Daniel Clowes (The Death-Ray), and Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve #12)!  Kate and Adrian will be signing both days, while Daniel Clowes will only be in attendance Saturday afternoon, so get yourselves down to APE if you want a signed copy of The Death-Ray.

APE takes place in downtown San Francisco at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 7th St, and runs from 11 to 7 on Saturday, 11 to 6 on Sunday.

Here's the schedule:

12 – 3 PM Kate Beaton signing
3 PM A Discussion with Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine hosted by Dan Nadel
4 - 6 PM Adrian Tomine and Daniel Clowes signing
6 PM Kate Beaton panel: Drawing Inspiration: The Secrets of Comics Creativity

11 – 1 PM Kate Beaton signing
1:30 – 3:30 PM Adrian Tomine signing
12:45 PM Tom Devlin Panel: Remembering Dylan Williams
1:45 PM Spotlight on Kate Beaton
3:45 PM Adrian Tomine and Kate Beaton panel: Comics Coast to Coast

More info about the panels below...

Saturday at 3:00 PM: A Discussion with Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine

Critically acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling cartoonists -- and APE special guests -- Daniel Clowes (The Death-Ray, Ghost World, Wilson) and Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve, Shortcomings) are both professional peers and friends, having met over a decade ago when both lived in the East Bay. TheComicsJournal.com editor and PictureBox publisher Dan Nadel talks to the two artists about their work, their friendship, and the comics medium.

Saturday at 6 PM: Drawing Inspiration: The Secrets of Comics Creativity

Ever wonder where your favorite author or artist gets his or her inspiration? Now you can find out as moderator Charles Brownstein (executive director, CBLDF) joins APE special guests Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant!), Craig Thompson (Habibi), Matthew Thurber (1-800 MICE), and Shannon Wheeler (Oil and Water), plus Tom Neely (The Wolf) for an in-depth discussion of what gets their creative juices flowing and the secrets of what inspires them.

Sunday at 12:45 PM: Remembering Dylan Williams 

The indie comics world lost one of our own on September 10 when Dylan Williams passed away. Dylan was a tireless champion of creators with unique visions, and promoted their work through his career, starting with the mini-comics coop Puppy Toss and a stint behind the counter at Comic Relief. He is best known as the publisher of Sparkplug Comic Books. Artists, publishers, and friends who were touched by Dylan's influence -- including Tom DevlinTodd MartinezTom NeelyVirginia PaineLandry Walker, and others -- join together to remember Dylan and his passion for comics in this special tribute panel. Please attend and share your memories.

Sunday at 1:45 PM: Spotlight on Kate Beaton

Cartoonist and APE special guest Kate Beaton has taken the comics world by storm. In four short years, her webcomic Hark! A Vagrant has become one of the most buzzed-about comics of the past decade, with over 500,000 unique visitors to the site. She also self-published the wildly popular book Never Learn Anything from History. Her new D+Q book collects comics from the website, and she'll present a slide show that explores her artistic process.

Sunday at 3:45 PM: Comics Coast to Coast

Spreading comics love from New York to right here in San Francisco, APE special guests (and Big Apple residents) Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve), Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant!), and Matthew Thurber (1-800 MICE), face off with Bay Area residents Jason Shiga (Empire State -- A Love Story (or Not)), Mari Naomi (Kiss and Tell), and Eric Drooker (Howl: A Graphic Novel) to discuss how their cities gives them a unique voice in comics. Moderated by the Cartoon Art Museum's Andrew Farago, these comics creators discuss how the place they live affects the stories they tell and the ways in which they tell them.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

3 out of 10! Laura Miller Likes D+Q

Salon's Laura Miller does a round up of graphic novels released to date this year and features 3 D+Q graphic novels out of 10! She includes Big Questions: "Nilsen's drawings become more elaborate and evocative as the book goes along, and in time he brings his drolly stoic intelligence to bear on seemingly every big question known to man or bird."; Paying For It: "it is fascinatingly forthright, an argument for the sex industry's potential to provide the world's oddballs and cash-short women with the opportunity to meet and make reasonably pleasant music together."; and Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths: "By turns goofily comic and bleakly horrific, this book offers a rare, humanizing window on an experience that's long been mythologized and caricatured in the West."

Today is the Day! All Hail Kate Beaton! Hark A Vagrant In Stores!

Hip Hip Hooray! Hark! A Vagrant Is In Stores Today!

Kate Beaton kicks off her tour tonight in NYC at Housing Works on Crosby St with Desert Island bringing the goods. Housing Works crated one of the best displays ever for Hark! A Vagrant blowing up the comics and putting them next to the classic literature Kate hilariously skewers.

How awesome is Kate? Awesome enough to make a little video for her fans thanking them for their support.

And the press is starting to roll in! In case you live under a rock and have no idea what Hark! A Vagrant is, check out Time.com's excerpt from the book.

Glen Weldon breaks down Kate's drawing style at NPR.

And Kate took a moment to sit down with Laura Miller of Salon and answers a few questions.

There's going to be much people, it's just the first day! If you bought the book already and still need your Kate fix, there's always her website where her latest update tackles Wuthering Heights.
Monday, September 26, 2011

Graphic Details: Miriam Katin, Vanessa Davis, and more!

Graphic Details is an exhibit of confessional comics by Jewish female cartoonists. It kicked off Sunday night, and the work is up until April 8th at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York (15 W. 16th Street).

Artists in the show:
Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Vanessa Davis, Bernice Eisenstein, Sarah Glidden, Miriam Katin, Miss Lasko-Gross, Miriam Libicki, Corinne Pearlman, Sarah Lightman, Sarah Lazarovic, Diane Noomin, Trina Robbins, Racheli Rottner, Sharon Rudahl, Laurie Sandell, Ariel Schrag, Lauren Weinstein, and Ilana Zeffren.

Herge comic strip biography

We just received a couple of advance copies of The Adventures of Herge, the biography in comics form of the famed Tintin creator, otherwise known as Georges Remi. It's a fascinating, well-researched account of Herge's life, from his childhood right through to his death in 1983. And in a loving homage to its subject, the book is drawn in a "clear line" style by Stanislas, one of my favorite French cartoonists (and one of the original founders of the French publishing house, L'Association).

A shorter version of this book was excerpted years ago in a long out of print Drawn & Quarterly anthology, although the authors and artist have since expanded it to include an additional 12 pages of material. In fact, some of the new material was drawn as recently as 8 weeks ago, and we had to keep our printer at bay while waiting for Stanislas to turn in the pages.

One of the last added chapters recounts how a Tintin movie almost got made in the early 1980s by Steven Spielberg, one of the only directors that Herge trusted to pull the whole thing off. It finally happened, although sadly almost three decades after Herge's death: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin film opens on December 23. This book will be in stores a little earlier than that, by mid November.
Friday, September 23, 2011

Chris Ware Does It Again.

When Chris Ware showed up to TCAF with an ipad, we knew something was up. Afterwards we excitedly discussed, "Chris is going to do the ebook to end all ebooks. He's going to show us all how it is done." In short, we bet he was up to something and that anything to come out this would be amazing.

Cut to 4 months later, and McSweeneys releases through their ipad app, a Chris Ware digital comic. And yup, Chris Ware has thrown down the gauntlet people, he's raised the bar yet again. I won't post any spoilers, and I can't profess to be a connoisseur of digital comics, but I'm *pretty* sure there is nothing quite like this out there. And the comic itself? I am consistently amazed by his genius.

(Oh what is this? D+Q has an ipad? Does that mean they will be doing ebooks? Only time will tell, we didn't just buy it so Tom could read Pitchfork at conventions you know.)

Anders on the road

Anders just left the office an hour ago and is headed off to Toronto. Look for him there on Saturday and Sunday. Hey, did you know he's been blogging his trip? Well, he has. Click to see the greatest signing backdrop a comic store has ever created. Bill, I think you have some of those issues of New Funnies I've been looking for.

And here are Anders' Toronto dates and times:

Book Launch with Marc Bell and Mark Connery
Saturday, September 24th, 5PM at The Central, 603 Markham Street
Word on the Street Toronto with Marc Bell, Chester Brown, and Zach Worton
Sunday, September 25th, at Queen's Park, 11am - 6pm
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Helsinki (part two)

Okay, clear of mind and fresh of skin we head out to Tove's studio. {Back to us is Festival organizer Otto Sinisalo and against the wall is cartoonist Frank Odoi from Ghana.}

I really had no idea what to expect. I've seen photos and even videos from years ago but I figured we were looking at a different place. Maybe a mansion in the nicest part of town or something?

We took the streetcar and turned down a few streets and arrived at a beige building.

Well, it's clearly marked by a Viktor Jansson (Tove's father) sculpture of a young Tove and plaque.

Turns out it's an apartment building and Tove's studio and apartment are located on the top floor. As we walk up, we all get noticeably excited. This seems impossible that we could be here.

The courtyard view from the sixth floor stairwell.

We all kind of apprehensively step across the threshold in the apartment.

A bit of history (from Sophia's introduction to the studio and living space): Tove bought or moved into the studio in 1944 after seeing it a couple of years before and knowing she wanted to live there. She then lived there for the next 57 years--the rest of her life. There is no real kitchen, just a wood burning stove for cooking and heating in the studio and heater in the entry room. Those are her actual notes on the wall.

The apartment was pretty small. Tove wrote in the front area, painted in the studio, and slept upstairs in the loft area. There were modifications over the years but the studio is largely untouched (a paint job or two and the renovation over the years was done by her girlfriend Tuulikki's brother, Reima--a famous Finnish architect) in the ten years since Tove's death. The books she read are on the shelves. Her bed, her vanity, knick-knacks on bookshelves and windowsills, sculptures.

Juhani Tolvanen tells a charming anecdote about after Tove quit smoking she loved when he visited because he usually had a cigar in his pocket and she got to smell the cigar smoke. Trust me, this guy loves cigars.

This model ship is (I believe) the same ship I opened the photo set with. Finland used to have a number of lighthouse boats to direct traffic. This model was built by Tove and her family when she was a child.

Her father's sculptures (actually plaster studies for the later bronzes) placed around the studio. (In a previous batch, this post is getting complicated.)The models are Tove and her mother but with different faces. And that painting is a very early pre-WWII self portrait by Tove. Oh, and there are here pallets.

Look at these hand lettered books. We were asked not to touch things so I actually ran back downstairs to ask Sophia if she knew what they were and she quietly said "oh, go look at them." Turns out they were strip collections assembled by Tove's mom, Signe, from the stats sent from the syndicate.

I don't know what this is but I swear it's Tove's handwriting?!?


Here is tiny alcove where Tove's bed resides.

Her vanity.

Knick-knacks and Moomin toys.

The fireplace that heats the studio. And the little stove on top is pretty much the extent of Tove's kitchen.

Sophia told us a sweet story that Tove's girlfriend, Tuulikki Pietilä, also had an apartment and studio in the building and they used to cross through the attic to visit each other. In fact, Tuulikki lived there until she died in 2009. {In the background, we see Anja Luginbuhl from Editions Moderne and Morgan Charpentier from Les Requins Marteaux.}

Oh, hello, copy of It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken just sitting there on Tove's bookshelf.

Julia! Gramps is here. {Nerd alert: Our Julia is the granddaughter of science fiction genius Frederik Pohl. Say what?}

There was a brief presentation and interview conducted by translator Kirsi Kinnunen with three Finnish cartoonists--Katia Tukiainen, Petteri Tikkanen, Marko Turunen--and then off to lunch.

Peg says this is reindeer. Could be. I just heard the words "Mixed Hunt" and said yes. Sure, it looks kinda gross but I assure you it was delicious.

After lunch while waiting for coffee, Maria leads us in a discussion on the pitfalls and triumphs in publishing. Peg and I can't help ourselves and we just take over. Because that's what we do. Translator Claire Saint-Germain looks on.

Sabine Witkowski from Carlsen. Sabine was our pal. She shared a passion not only for outsider cartooning but also Arabia china. Love her!

Morgan glares at one of my delightful publishing stories. Sam Arthur from Nobrow on the far right. Such a gentleman putting up with my occasional outbursts of "Crikey!" and prolonged Davey Jones impressions that morphed into Paul Hogan impressions.

Nuno Nieves and Susana Vilela from Serrote in Portugal. A new small publisher. They had a cute little illustrated book on Finland in English, Portugese, and Finnish. Also, they served Port at their booth at the festival. So they were great.

Latino from Rackham makes a point. There was a lot said that should not be leaked!! Good thing nobody was live tweeting. Right, Sam, RIGHT?? Off to meetings already so not pictured is Anja Luginbuhl from Editions Moderne.

Okay, there's a little more to go tomorrow and that's it. Oh, and here's another photoset from the show.


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