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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Did we tell you that Guy Delisle won the big prize?!?!?!

And I just may keep posting photos of him with his trophy.
Monday, January 30, 2012

Jerusalem wins Angoulême prize!


Congratulations are in order for Guy Delisle, who takes home the Best Graphic Album prize from the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival in France for his book, Chroniques de Jérusalem. The English language edition will debut in late April (it's being printed now) and it joins another past winner of the Angoulême prize on our Spring list, Shigeru Mizuki's NonNonba.



Congratulations also to Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who received the World Outlook Award for the French edition of A Drifting Life.

(Top photo swiped from Lewis Trondheim's Twitter.)
Friday, January 27, 2012

Ed the Happy Clown



Internet, I've got the just-sent-a-book-off-to-print sweats. I'm not sure that I can even put it into words; it's a hodgepodge of delight, relief, and fear, generally in that order…though not always. But today delight is ranking high above the rest. I feel like the luckiest gal for even getting to talk to Chester Brown from time to time, but when I get to work on one of his books, it really is something to phone home about (…unless it's Paying for It. That was hard to explain to Grams).

Incase you all don't keep your old serialized Eds out on the coffee table like I do, here's a selection of the D+Q covers to put you in the mood, my mood (man, they're awesome!):













Ed the Happy Clown will debut in May at TCAF. See ya all there.

More Pippi


I almost forgot. Here's an article on Ingrid Vang Nyman (google translate version, sorry) that sheds some light on the mysterious illustrator/cartoonist.

And did you know that My Neighbor Totoro creator Miyazaki worked on a Pippi feature but it was shut down? That's too bad but there is a ton of great concept art here. {Special thanks to a couple of peeps who tweeted this link to us. Awesome!}

I wish I was in Sweden right at this very moment!!


I wish I was there because there is an exhibition of my new favorite cartoonist Ingrid Vang Nyman at Millesgarden. Oh, you know, the original Pippi Longstocking illustrator, who later drew the comics. You know, the comics we are publishing this Fall. Yeah, you know. Also, a nice blogpost by our new pal Joakim showcasing a piece of original art! Wow!

Dan Zettwoch and the Art of Logo Design

You Dan Zettwoch followers out there will already know that the man has got an eye for commercial design, and this week his Leon Beyond takes a tour through the arched logos of St. Louis past.

This, however, is neither his first nor last foray into the fine art of logos; his upcoming book, Birdesye Bristoe, even features a logo guessing game that I've included for you below!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

DAYBREAK is a great graphic novel for teens! YALSA APPROVED!

ALA midwinter is happening right now people! And YALSA released their "Great Graphic Novels For Teens" list, and lo and behold, Brian Ralph's DAYBREAK justly made the list. I caught up with Jason, director of our Librairie, and he told me that whenever someone came in and said "I need a book for a 13 year old boy who likes video games", he knew he could hand sell a copy of DAYBREAK. Congrats Brian!

D+Q to Publish Original Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman PIPPI LONGSTOCKING comics & MOOMIN in color.


Scheduled for Fall 2012, Drawn & Quarterly will be publishing the mid-century comic book reprint PIPPI MOVES IN under its children's imprint, ENFANT, it was announced today by D+Q Creative Director & Acquiring Editor Tom Devlin. Pippi Longstocking is Sweden's best-known children's export and has enthralled generations of children the world over with her fabulous exploits at Villa Villekulla, where she lives with her horse and monkey. Countless editions have been sold of the chapter books in over 60 languages. For the first time in English, Drawn & Quarterly will publish the first of a three-volume set of original Pippi Longstocking comics written by award-winning and world famous children's author Astrid Lindgren, drawn by original Pippi artist Ingrid Vang Nyman and translated by esteemed translator Tiina Nunnally. World English rights were negotiated with the Rabén & Sjögren Agency.

"When I was at the Helsinki Comics Festival this last September, I stumbled across a Finnish translation of the comic, and I was immediately awestruck and fascinated by two things," said Devlin. "The first was that there were unpublished in English Pippi Longstocking comics by the iconic Astrid Lindgren and the second being the incredible talent of the original artist Ingrid Vang Nyman."

Originally published in the Swedish magazine Humpty Dumpty in 1957-1959, a decade after the original books, the comics re-imagine the classic chapter book stories and spotlight both Lindgren's brilliant writing and Vang Nyman's bold bright colors that seem presciently and eerily contemporary. The original illustrator for the chapter books, Vang Nyman was a very talented children's book illustrator and an avant-garde champion of the importance of children's literature who insisted that art in children's books needed to meet the same aesthetic standards as art in any other medium. Sadly Vang Nyman never achieved international success, and tragically committed suicide in 1959 due to mental health issues, while Lindgren went on to become one of the world's best loved writers with over 145 million books sold worldwide.

To join this unearthing of a midcentury classic comic strip, D+Q's ENFANT will be relaunching for Fall 2012 the MOOMIN THE COMPLETE COMIC STRIP by Tove Jansson in full color and in kid friendly flexicovers and will spotlight single stories. There are currently over 100,000 units of the MOOMIN hardcovers in print in English. World English rights for the relaunch were negotiated with Bulls Press.

Both series will be distributed by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the US; by Raincoast Books in Canada and PGUK in the United Kingdom.

Pippi Moves In | Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman | hardcover | 7-5/8" x 9-1/2" | full color | 56 pages | 978-1-77046-099-7

Moominvalley Turns Jungle | Tove Jansson | Paperback | 8 " x 6.5 " | 48 pp | full color | 978-1-77046-097-3

Moomin's Winter Follies Tove Jansson | Paperback | 8 " x 6.5 " | 48 pp | full color | 978-1-77046-098-0

Say Hello To Amber Albrecht

Do you know Amber Albrecht? We're in the process of finishing production on Idyll, her upcoming Petit Livre, and I couldn't be more excited! Amber is based in Montreal and was a student at Concordia a few years before I was, and all of my professors raved about her while I was there. Idyll collects a series of her ethereal and kind of goth-y drawings and silkscreens that she has shown throughout Canada and internationally, and it will be in stores in April.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Playboy's The Smoking Jacket Talks to Chester Brown

OK, am I the only one who didn't know that Hugh Hefner wrote to Chester after the publication of The Playboy to express concern about his guilt? This interview is full of little gems like that! Love it.

TSJ: Did you ever get any feedback from the people at Playboy about your comic?

CB: After we released
The Playboy I got a letter with Playboy [header] on it and it turned it out to be from Hugh Hefner. He wrote me a very nice letter about how much he enjoyed the book but that he was kind of concerned about all the guilt and suffering I had gone through as a teenager, buying the magazine, and how this had kind of surprised him because he had thought the sexual revolution in the 60s had changed things and that teenage boys buying Playboy in the 70s wouldn’t be feeling guilt about it anymore.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Melvin located.


By now it is no secret that Frank Young is the authority on John Stanley. He's sleuthed out some of the great Stanley oddities (like Krazy Kat?!?!) and written with insight and humor about Stanley's process/approach/archetypes. If you have not read his blog then you are missing out because it's one of the single best cartoonist resources on the internet. So all that said, it's a delight to see Frank spend so much time on our favorite monster and his environment. And extra delightful, to see him highly recommend our three volume series of the Melvin Monster comics. Thanks, Frank! You're the best.

What has that Seth been up this week (Also, interns? Totes awes.)



Here's MJ. She's interning for us for a couple weeks from the esteemed Oberlin College (school colors are Cardinal Red and Mikado Yellow, people.) She's swell. She knows here stuff--quick in the ole Photoshop and doesn't mind shoveling a 2004 Subaru Forester out of a snow bank if need be. But what's that in her hands? Why it's just Seth's most recent project to see print. A cover design and 55-page article on "Creating a Personal Vernacular Canadian Design Style" in the Devil's Artisan: A Journal of the Printing Arts.


Oh my friends, you ask, "Does this man never sleep?" No, he does not. This article is a fascinating look into Seth's thought processes in designing and lettering and creating in general.


Featured photos on old books from Seth's collection. See some familiar elements?


Snow, trees, lumberjacks, Iniut tribespeople, more snow, more trees. Seth explains it all!


If you were at the Doug Wright Awards a couple of years ago, you might remember Seth's amazing lecture on his design of the giant hardcover introductory Nipper book called The Collected Doug Wright Volume One. This lecture is one of the most amazing comics lectures I've personally ever seen. Seth goes into great detail explaining his design inspiration and method for this book and I think it's fair to say it might just blow your mind. Seek this out--send the publisher some money--it's a pretty amazing bit of writing from one of the top cartoonists working today.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NonNonBa!

Ladies and Gents, I introduce to you Shigeru Mizuki's engrossing NonNonBa!



I was introduced to the yokai a few years back in an article published in the Believer…and I was instantly hooked. When I later found out we'd be publishing Mizuki—the man responsible for keeping the yokai tradition alive in Japan—I couldn't have been happier. Japanese folklore monsters that love to play a good trick? I can't think of a better recipe for a gold-star comic. Juxtapose that with childhood play and innocence, powerful relationships, an original, striking cartooning style and you've got NonNonBa, a story that's sure to steal your heart (ah, jeez).

The story follows young Shige, a budding cartoonist whose grandmother (the kind of grandmother we wish we all had) has passed along a knowledge of—and aptitude for communing with—the yokai. Magic and terror ensue. Take a look (and don't forget to read right to left!):
















What happens next? I'll leave you in suspense, but I will tell you that it's incredibly beautiful cartooning; no one creates a surreal, magical universe quite like Mizuki.

NonNonBa will be in stores in early April! Until then, head on over to Monster Brains. They've got a post up about Mizuki's Illustrated Guide to Yokai Monsters that's sure to wet your appetite.
Friday, January 13, 2012

2011: The Year It Was Slash Interns Are Awesome

Normally our interns stay for a few months, but this past Fall, I received a sweet earnest request from a UC Berkeley student asking if we would consider giving her a 2.5 week internship from Dec 27th to January 12th. She loves comics, speaks french and wants to come to Montreal. How can you say to no someone who wants to come work for you in the middle of a Quebec winter? So ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Anjelica Colliard, who has been assisting me on all things publicity since shortly before the New Year.

I must have sounded pretty obnoxious when on the first day, I said,"Anjelica, I really need you to go through our press archive and pull out all of our year end accolades. I've lost track." Oh, woe is me! I know, I know, the burdens I bear as D+Q publicist. But as you can see from the following list that Anjelica so kindly researched and put together, and took over a good week to compile, it was one heck of an assignment. Thank you Anjelica. We will miss you, but surely the past 2.5 weeks in the snowy Quebec are enough not to have you miss us.

For simplicity's sake, we kept this year end 2011 compilation to only hits from press and regular reviewers.
BIG QUESTIONS by Anders Nilsen
NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2011 – Fiction and Poetry
Chicago Magazine's Best Chicago Fiction of 2011
#5 National Post Best Graphic Novels of 2011
NPR's Best Comics of 2011 by Glen Weldon
#4 Time Out New York’s Best Books of 2011
Georgia Straight’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011
Publishers Weekly Best Comics of 2011
USA Today's POP Candy Top 100 People of the Year
#24 Comic Book Resources Top 100 Comics of 2011
#2 AV Club’s Top 5 Collected Graphic Novels
The Snipe’s Comic of 2011
#4 Paste Magazine’s The 10 Best New Comics of 2011
#5 The Oklahoman’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011
#2 Robot 6 Our Favorite Comics of 2011 by Sean T. Collins
#12 Robot 6 Our Favorite Comics of 2011 by Chris Mautner
Inkstud’s Best of 2011
Graphic Eye Best of 2011
#1 Everyday is like Wednesday by J. Caleb Mozzocco
Publishers Weekly Critics Poll
Montreal Gazette Personal Rundown by Ian McGillis
#8 Austin American Statesman's A Look at the Years Best Comics
Montreal Gazette State of the Art

BLABBER BLABBER BLABBER by Lynda Barry
#4 CBR’s Six Most Criminally Ignored Books of 2011
Montreal Gazette State of the Art

DAYBREAK by Brian Ralph
#3 AV Club’s Top 5 Collected Graphic Novels
Graphic Novel Reporter Best of 2011
#17 Robot 6 Our Favorite Comics of 2011 by Sean T. Collins
io9 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Comics 2011
Montreal Gazette State of the Art

THE DEATH-RAY by Daniel Clowes
#10 TIME’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2011
NPR’s Best Comics of 2011 Honorable Mention by Dan Kois
#5 USA Today’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011
#1 AV Club’s Top 3 Reprints
#4 Paste Magazine’s The Ten Best Collections / Reissues Of 2011
Publishers Weekly Critics Poll
#10 Play by Play: STL Top Ten Graphic Novels
Montreal Gazette State of the Art

DENYS WORTMAN’S NEW YORK by Denys Wortman
#5 Av Club’s Top 5 Archival Collections

HARK! A VAGRANT by Kate Beaton
#1 Publishers Weekly Critics Poll
#4 National Post Best Graphic Novels of 2011
#3 Comic Book Resources Top 100 Comics of 2011
The Snipe’s Best Collected Edition or Reprint
The Snipe’s Creator of the Year
#8 E! Online’s Top 10 Books of 2011
#2 Paste Magazine’s The 10 Best New Comics of 2011
#3 The Oklahoman’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011
#6 Comics Alliance’s Complete 11 Best Comics of 2011
Graphic Novel Reporter Best of 2011
#7 TIME’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2011
Quill & Quire’s Books of the Year 2011: non-fiction
NPR's Best Comics of 2011 by Glen Weldon
Publishers Weekly Best Comics of 2011
#2 USA Today’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011
#8 Flavorwire’s 10 Most Buzzed-About Comics of 2011
#1 Robot 6 Our Favorite Comics of 2011 by Tom Bondurant
#7 Robot 6 Our Favorite Comics of 2011 by Tim O’Shea
#4 Comics Worth Reading’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011
Robot 6 Five of My Faovrites by Graeme McMillan
#7 Read/Rant Best of 2011
iFanboy's 2011 Must Have Gift Guide
Austin Chronicle The Year In Books
#3 Austin American Statesman's A Look at the Years Best Comics
L Magazine's Breakout Brooklyn Book People of 2011
Montreal Gazette State of the Art
The Beat's Person of the Year 2011"

MID-LIFE by Joe Ollmann
#7 AV Club’s Top 10 Original Graphic Novels
Publishers Weekly Critics Poll
Everyday is like Wednesday by J. Caleb Mozzocco "Under consideration"

ONWARDS TOWARDS OUR NOBLE DEATHS by Shigeru Mizuki
#51 Comic Book Resources Top 100 Comics of 2011
#3 AV Club’s Top 3 Reprints
About.com’s Best New One-Shot Manga
#1 About.com’s Critic’s Choice: Best Manga of 2011
#4 TokyoPop by Geek Chic Daily’s Top 5 Anime/Manga of 2011
#3 Paste Magazine’s The Ten Best Collections / Reissues Of 2011
MTV Geek’s Best Manga Series of 2011
NPR’s Best Books of 2011 by Dan Kois
NPR's Best Comics of 2011 by Glen Weldon
Library Journal Best Books of 2011: Graphic Novels
#7 Flavorwire’s 10 Most Buzzed-About Comics of 2011
Everyday is like Wednesday by J. Caleb Mozzocco "Under Consideration"
Publishers Weekly Critics Poll
#2 Robot 6 Our Favorite Comics of 2011 by Brigid Alverson
#10 Read/Rant Best of 2011
Montreal Gazette State of the Art

OPTIC NERVE #12 by Adrian Tomine
#44 Comic Book Resources Top 100 Comics of 2011
#3 AV Club’s Top 3 New Issues
#9 Robot 6 Our Favorite Comics of 2011 by Chris Mautner
#8 The Comics Bulletin Top 10 Single Issues of 2011
Everyday is like Wednesday by J. Caleb Mozzocco "Under consideration"

PAYING FOR IT by Chester Brown
Globe & Mail:100 nonfiction
#1 National Post Best Graphic Novels of 2011
#100 Comic Book Resources Top 100 Comics of 2011
#3 AV Club’s Top 10 Original Graphic Novels
The Snipe’s Comics Creator of 2011
#4 Comics Bulletin Top 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2011
#3 Time Out New York’s Best Books of 2011
Graphic Novel Reporter Best of 2011
Toronto Star’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011
Georgia Straight’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011
Popdose Honorable Mention
Inkstud’s Best of 2011
The Comics Journal Frank Santoro’s Favorites of 2011
#2 Four Colors and the Truth Best Comic Books of 2011
Publishers Weekly Critics Poll
#2 Read/Rant Best of 2011
Montreal Gazette Personal Rundown by Ian McGillis
iFanboy's 2011 Must Have Gift Guide
Austin Chronicle The Year In Books
Vice's Top Ten List by Nick "I don't believe in lists but I made a list" Gazin.

SCENES FROM AN IMPENDING MARRIAGE by Adrian Tomine
iFanboy's 2011 Must Have Gift Guide

Congratulations to all of our authors from 2011 for such an outstanding year. 2011 marks the first time that D+Q titles have graced so many best of lists including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Globe & Mail, NPR, USA Today, National Post, Publishers Weekly, Quill & Quire, Library Journal and many more. We are truly blessed and honored to work with so many talented cartoonists from around the world. You all make my job as a publicist very enjoyable but most of all very easy. THANK YOU. You are the best and deserve every accolade that ever came your way.





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