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Friday, March 30, 2012

Daniel Clowes, NYT Cover! With Video!

Boy oh boy, this "hit" is a doozy in the best possible sense. The ever wonderful fine arts & museum beat writer Carol Kino profiles the almighty Daniel Clowes for the venerable grey lady in conjunction with his upcoming retrospective at the Oakland Museum of California next month, and his monograph out from Abrams Comic Arts.

Wait, did I mention the NYT has a video interview? It's all a must read. I've read many a Clowes interview, and this one is spot on in what makes Clowes Clowes.

{Photo credit Terry Lorant for the New York Times}
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Help Derek McCormack!

Have you been thinking about buying some artwork from Seth, or Shary Boyle, Or Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber? Or some other talented Canadian artist? Well, now seems like a perfect time. Seth wrote us to tell us about this project to help his pal and sometimes collaborator Derek McCormack out in his recovery from Cancer surgery. Good cause? Great cause.
Auction starts in a couple of days. I WILL REMIND YOU.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Birdseye Bristoe! It's almost here!

Jess has been hard at work on Dan Zettwoch's new graphic novel Birdseye Bristoe (lucky duck), and I hadn't yet had a chance to peek at the final version. But the unbound book just showed up in the mail, so in Jess's absence (she's off lollygagging around her home town), this cat got the chance to pore over each beautiful page. The texture in Dan's art is absolutely incredible. Here's a look:

Birdseye Bristoe! In stores! May! (Picture me "raising the roof" while you read this last line. That's how excited I am.)
Monday, March 26, 2012

Guy Delisle On Tour Spring 2012! Jerusalem!

We are pleased to announce Guy Delisle's first ever North American tour, and perhaps his only tour ever! (At least this extensive of a tour.) At each stop, Guy will be presenting a slide show, conversing and signing. JERUSALEM: Chronicles From The Holy City will be in stores on Tuesday April 24th.

NYC Tuesday, April 24th 7PM Housing Works with Desert Island
BOSTON Wednesday, April 25th 7PM Harvard Bookstore (Cambridge)
Thursday, April 26th DC 7:30PM Politics & Prose
Saturday, April 28th LA 5:30PM Skylight Books
Monday, April 30th 7PM Prairie Lights
Tuesday, May 1st 7:30PM Magers & Quinn
Wednesday, May 2nd 7PM At the Oak Park Library with Book Table
Thursday, May 3rd 7PM Carlton Cinema with the Beguiling
Saturday, May 5th & Sunday May 6th Toronto Comics Art Festival

“Neither Jewish nor Arab, Delisle explores Jerualem and is able to observe this strange world with candidness and humor...But most of all, those stories convey what life in East Jerusalem is about for an expatriate.”–Haaretz

“Engaging...[Delisle] highlights the very complex lives of Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign residents.” –Publishers Weekly starred review
Thursday, March 22, 2012

John P. back to Chicago

John P. is back in that car of his, drinking Dr. Pepper and eating ketchup-flavored potato chips, and he's cruising back into Chicagoland, people.

First off, on Friday March 23rd at 7PM, John will be a special guest at the handsome Zak Sally's SAMMY THE MOUSE VOL. ONE Release Party (along with Dale "Tooth" Flattum) at Quimby's Queer Store (1854 W. North Avenue, ph:773-342-0910)

But that's not all because the next night (Saturday March 24th, 7-11PM) John and Zak and Dale have an artshow called Physical Evidence: The Artwork of Zak Sally, John Porcellino & Dale Flattum. Some info here:

A collaboration between Johalla Projects and Rational Park, PHYSICAL EVIDENCE is a group show celebrating the sustainability of DIY practices. The show, presented salon-style, will give viewers a chance to see the scope of the original works of art.

Hand-assembled and/or printed zines, comic books, gig posters and screen-printed sculptures by Sally, Porcellino and Flattum will be available for viewers to purchase. They are physical objects, hand-made and hand-distributed, reminders of the artistic means accessible to individuals with a desire to do it themselves.

This all goes down at Rational Park (2557 W. North Avenue).

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Countdown to Jerusalem: Guy Delisle on Tout Le Monde En Parle

Yes, video of Guy on Tout Le Monde En Parle!!!! Jerusalem next month!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

James Lyng High School Comics Class

So early this morning, Pascal Girard, Matt Forsythe, and I headed out to the western part of Montreal to visit with the kids in our friend Stephanie Ferrara's class at James Lyng High School. Primarily, thirteen and fourteen years old, these kids just finished reading Maus and they've begun working on their own family history comics. They'd done the interviews with family members and were just sitting down to draw their own comic versions of those histories. Pascal did a funny drawing of his own father on the chalkboard ("He is not so fat in real life.") as the kids oohed and awed at how fast he drew. The whole thing was pretty fun as we tried to find solutions to drawing family (favorite solution? One girl drew her mom as a cupcake and her dad as a cockroach?! Her self portrait was a three-eyed silhouette). The girl next to her had about 40 post-it notes arranged into a story. The beginning of her story!! I'll fess up that I drew a couple of funny caricatures of an unruly boy or two (yes, yes, "not cool, Tom.") We were there for about an hour or so and it was not long enough. Fortunately, at the last minute I remembered that I had a camera so here's a bunch of kids and three awkward comics dudes and one distressed teacher. Thanks for having us everyone!! You guys are awesome.

Graphic Novel Realism Exhibit at the NIU Art Museum

This starts today!

People of Illinois! Paul Karasik is going to be giving a pretty sweet looking series of lectures to accompany his (dare I say) even sweeter looking exhibition on graphic novel realism at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum...

Here's the description of the exhibit:
Guest curated by Eisner Award winning graphic novelist, artist, and former co-editor of Raw, Paul Karasik, Graphic Novel Realism: Backstage at the Comics feature the work of contemporary cutting-edge creators of non-traditional, full-length graphic novels and shares some of the workings behind their creative process. About the exhibition, Paul Karasik writes: "Making comics is serious business. These seven artists are united by a rigorous working process utilizing a variety of source materials that ground their comics in the real world, no matter how fantastic their tales." Featured in the exhibition are Joyce Farmer, Jaime Hernandez, Paul Karasik, Jason Lutes, Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash, Seth, and James Sturm.

As for the events, read 'em and weep (with joy?):

Wednesday March 21st, 7:15 pm in Altgeid 315
Adaptation: Karasik examines the process of creating the graphic adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass

Thursday March 22nd, 12 - 1 pm in Campus Life 100
The Ride Together - Brownbag lecture: Karasik shares insight into the collaborative process of writing a book about autism in the family.

Thursday March 22nd, 4:30 - 6 pm in the Museum
The exhibition reception, what we like to call a vernissage around these parts.

Thursday March 22nd, 6 pm in Altgeid 315

How to Read a Comic: Karasik examines the basic language of the comics through deconstruction of a few classic comics.

If you can't make it to the talks, don't worry too much and start scheming to get to De Kalb, Illinois. The exhibit is up from today, March 20th, to May 25th. 

Guy Delisle's Bad Dad Guide 4

Guy Delisle's most recent Bad Dad instalment.

Panel 1: [Christmas]

"Boo hoo hoo!"

Panel 2: "Oh! Hey there… What's wrong, Alice? Are you not happy with your presents?"

Panel 4: "Why are you crying? It's Christmas; you're supposed to be happy!"

Panel 1: "I am sad because you parents don't have any presents."

Panel 2: "Ooooh!… That's so sweet of you to think of us."

Panel 3: "But you know, for us, the most beautiful present that you could give us would be your happiness on Christmas night."

Panel 1: "Happiness?"

Panel 3: "Boo hoo hoo!"
Monday, March 19, 2012

One more reason to be in New York...

Next Thursday is your (NYC's) chance to learn a little about biography-as-mode from Miriam Katin, Kim Deitch, Ariel Schrag and a multitude of impressive non-comic folks, including E.L. Doctorow, Nancy Milford, and James Kaplan.

The 4th Annual Leon Levy Conference offers a day-long conference (free! open to the public!) on varieties of biography next Thursday, March 29th at the Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, NYC. Miriam's panel is in the middle of the day, "Comic and graphic arts biography" at 3 pm, and promises to be an interesting mix of bio & autobio authors: Matt Madden, Kim Deitch, Miriam, Lauren Redniss and Ariel Schrag. Ch-ch-check it out!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Under the Radar on Jinchalo, Grimes

This month there's even more reason than ever to pick up a copy of the most recent issue of UNDER THE RADAR. For one, there is this nice lil capsule review of JINCHALO.

Buuuuttttttt beyond that, there's an interview with our most famous former intern, Claire Boucher (AKA Grimes), in which she mentions her time here.

The thrill of a brush with celebrity!!
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Damenstammtisch! Strapazin! Fumetto!

All right, enough words that are difficult to pronounce! So it's a little late for International Women's Day, but this one's for (and, more importantly, by) the ladies. Specifically Vanessa Davis, Gabrielle Bell, Aisha Franz, Caroline Sury, Ulli Lust, Kati Rickenbach, Elisabeth Zwimpfer, Sharmila Banerjee, and claire Lenkova! Strapazin comics magazine decided to do an all-international, all-female cartoonists issue and it's on stands now.  Sure, it's in German, but it does look awfully good, oh hey AND...

...rejoice, o European-reader-of-non-German-speakingness! The good people of the Fumetto International Comix Festival met this great idea and raised the ante: they're hosting an exhibit with the original artwork and the original artists! Yes yes! That means you can meet the charming Vanessa Davis IRL. You'd better hurry up and book your plane/bus/train ticket to Lucerne!  Sunday March 25th, 3 pm at the HSLU - Design & Kunst, Rössligasse 12!  Stay for the festival too, won't you? I hear it's not half-bad (*ahem* Raymond Pettibon).

While You Were Out

I took a few days off last week and missed that Mizuki-san celebrated his 90th birthday! Bon anniversaire! The above photo is copyright Mizukipro. NONONBA will be out this May!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cave-In This Fall!

I swiped this from Mister Phil's tumblr. An old advertisement from D+Q CD Tom Devlin's old company Highwater Books. I liked that even then Tom was selling Cave-In as all-ages, because we are actually re-publishing it this Fall as a title for our Enfant imprint. Young people around the world need to read something when they have finished Bone, and this is the book for them! And who reprints an old classic without a new cover, hmmm?
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bad Dad Guide 3

Maybe the funniest one yet? (Taken from Guy's blog)

Panel 1: [At a friend's brother's place]

"Woah! Look dad, they have a pool."


panel 2: "Can we swim in it?"

"I don't see why not."

Panel 1: "Hey did you see that they also have a punching bag?"

"A what?"

Panel 2: "A punching bag! To train for boxing. You hit it, with your fists."

Panel 3: "Ah! It reminds me of my grandfather."

"He had one hanging from a beam in his garage."

Panel 1: "Only his was filled with sand. Not foam like this one!"

Panel 2: "With sand, it's really hard."

Panel 3: "The force of hitting it made the skin between your knuckles blood-red."

Panel 4: "Blood red?"

Panel 1: "Yes my little man…"

Panel 2: Pow!

Panel 3: "…blood red."

panel 4: "Go on! See for yourself. Hit it."

Panel 4: "No, not like that! Go on! A little nerve, hit it for real!"

Panel 1: "But how do you hit it?"

"You have to stand like this!"

Panel 2: "And hit it with your knuckles…"

"…with your arm taut."

Paenl 4: "No, no… Not like that at all!"

Panel 2: "Well… let's try something else."

Panel 3: "Imagine you're hitting someone…"

Panel 4: "Someone who…"

Panel 1: "Ah! Yeah…"

Panel 2: "Imagine that it's your sister!"

Panel 6: "See! That's better! Keep your arm straight! And use your knuckles!"
Friday, March 09, 2012

Tatsumi x 4 = Happiness.

Fridays. New books always arrive on Fridays. It's like the universe knows that sunny Fridays crush my soul. But today is better than all those other Fridays when new books have arrived because today we received FOUR NEW BOOKS! That's right, dear pals. Tatsumi's newest title, Fallen Words, plus the brand-spanking-new paperback editions of Abandon the Old in Tokyo, Good-Bye, and The Push Man and other stories. Eat your heart out, internet.

I am NOT a fan of the whole bookshelf-porn thing. I'm mad at myself already for even bringing it up. But c'mon! Those spines? HULLO. Who wouldn't want a complete set of the Tatsumi paperbacks on their "A" shelf?

All four titles will be in stores near the end of the month.
Thursday, March 08, 2012

GOSH! Comics launches GOLIATH tomorrow night! Forbidden Planet on Saturday in Cambridge!

Goliath has been picking up steam over here and across the pond, and Friday, a.k.a TOMORROW NIGHT, all that steam... will be turned into a locomotive?! Anyway, failed metaphors aside, Tom Gauld will be launching Goliath at Gosh! Comics this Friday at 6:30 PM. Don't miss this one, Londonites! And he's heading on tour after that too, with dates in Cambridge this Saturday afternoon at Forbidden Planet, Bristol, London again (at Nobrow), Edinburgh, Leeds, and ending with a bang at the Comica Festival in London. But really, first drive on down to London tomorrow night and admire the giant Goliath in the window, and then come to all the other events after.

P.S. Have we shared some of the great press Goliath has been receiving? Checkitout!

"Goliath (D&Q) may be the book that garners Gauld the wider recognition he deserves.... Goliath makes a fine introduction for the uninitiated, both for the alternately funny and poignant scenes of its hero waiting forlornly on the plain for something to happen, and for Gauld’s art, which is typically on-point. Working with cartoony figures, silhouettes, and finely cross-hatched close-ups, Gauld captures the bleakness of the landscape, and how what looks like an insignificant pebble from far away can become hugely important when it’s landing right between the hero’s eyes." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

"Tom Gauld's tragic, darkly funny retelling of David and Goliath from Goliath's perspective. Gauld's work is always quietly powerful and emotionally grabbing." – Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing

"Gauld's Goliath is a master classin reduction...a celebration of the Christian underdog becomes a subtlemeditation on the power of spin and the absurdity of war."–The Times of London

"Goliath is one of the very best of its genre and shouldn’t be missed, especially by those who like their humour spiked with a healthy dose of melancholy – the ending, when it comes, is a total knockout." – Marty Mulrooney, Alternative Magazine Online
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Everybody and Their Blog

What's that? You like what you see above? Head on over to Anders Nilsen's blog: it's chock-full of solid gold!

I can't think of a better way to spend my lunch hour than catching up on D+Q artists' blogs. My two favourite things about artists' blogs? Process posts and scanned sketchbook pages. LOVE IT.

But maybe you've fallen behind? The internet gets crazy. I understand. If I don't have a blog on my reader, forget about it. So, to make this a little easier for you, here's a list of D+Q artists who are reasonably active bloggers, and who if you don't already have in your readers, you should add, immediately. Here we go:

If I missed you, I'm TERRIBLY sorry.

I'll leave you with this, a sketch from Pascal Girard's blog. He's been posting loads of sketchbook stuff lately. And it's gorgeous.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


I dont know why I feel the need to perez hilton this adorable letter from a Lynda Barry fan in Austin. But the mom in me is being protective. Kid, you and you two best friends are pretty cool kids.

Bad Dad Guide 2


Rough translation of Guy's most recent instalment of his "Bad Dad series, which I shall continuing doing for Tom Spurgeon until he asks me to stop.

Panel 1: [4 pm snack]

Panel 1: "Dad!"

Panel 2: "Dad! Dad!"


Panel 3: "Alice ate her apricot pit!"

Panel 1: "Oh la la!"

"You can't swallow the pit, dear, it's too dangerous…"

Panel 2: "Yeah, a tree will grow out of your belly!"

Panel 3: "Well no, come on, trees don't grow in bellies like that."

"All right, and why not?"

Panel 1: "Well… it's because…"

Panel 3: "It's because it's too dark in the stomach. There isn't enough light for a plant to grow!"

Panel 4: "So, if Alice opened her mouth for too long, it could grow."

Panel 1: "So, you can't sing any more."

Panel 3: "If I were to draw it, it would look something like that."

Panel 4: "Voila! And there!"

Panel 1: "You can see, kids, doing animation is not rocket science."

Panel 2: "And then we take all of sheets of paper together…"

Panel 3: "And we flip the drawings like this."

Panel 4: "And we get movement! Like by magic!"

Panel 2: "Woah! So cool!"
Monday, March 05, 2012

John Porcellino on tour!

That handsome John P. is hitting the road for a short tour in the next two months! He's got stops in Gainesville, Chapel Hill, Durham, Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, and Urbana, so get out your calendars, people. It all kicks off today with what would surely be an amazing opportunity: a 5 day John P-led comix workshop at the Sequential Artists Workshop.

Comix about kats!

March 5-9, 2012: SAW Workshop, Gainesville FL
5 Day Comix Workshop with John Porcellino

No John P., but his comics will be in attendance at the Spit and a Half table.

March 14: Chapel Hill Comics, Chapel Hill NC
Slide show, book signing, and Q+A; 5-7 PM

March 15: Duke University, Durham NC
Lecture: Perkins Library, Rare Book Room; 7 PM

March 16: Atomic Books, Baltimore
Slide show and Q+A, with Dina Kelberman; 7PM

March 23: Quimby's Books, Chicago
Sammy the Mouse Vol. 1 release party with Zak Sally and Dale Flattum

March 24: Johalla Projects, Chicago
Opening reception for "Physical Evidence," a three-person show of comics, printmaking, zines and more featuring Dale Flattum, John Porcellino, and Zak Sally

April 13-15, C2E2, Chicago IL
Tabling with good ol' Joe Chips!

April 21-22: SPACE, Columbus OH
Two full tables of awesome Spit and a Half merchandise

April 28: Midwest Zine Fest, Urbana IL
Friday, March 02, 2012

What I've Been Workin' On: THE MAKING OF by Brecht Evens

All right, so we don't have our copies of Belgian bad boy Brecht Evens' spankingly beautiful THE MAKING OF quite yet, but what we DO have is the French edition and the translated pages, heading off to the printer any minute now.

I've taken some pics of the French ed. so that you can get an idea of what the final book is going to look like, and I also included one of my favourite passages from the book. I didn't think it was possible, but Brecht just keeps getting better and better! This book is even more beautiful and complex that THE WRONG PLACE, and, besides being visually stunning, it's also completely hilarious. I can't wait until we get this baby back from the printer!


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