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This is going to sound sappy

but I am VERY excited that we have published Joseph by Nicolas Robel. My "CLP" Tom Devlin gave me original art from the book the first year we were dating. Aww!

Hey Toronto!

D+Q will be there on Sunday at Word on the Street - Queen's Park 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We'll have all our books for sale at the US cover prices, so don't worry about that pesky fluctuating exchange rate. Big savings!

Also, new stuff includes Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings, James Sturm's America, Nicolas Robel's Joseph, and Pascal Blanchet's White Rapids. Plus Chester Brown will be in attendance and signing. So please come by and check it out!

We will be at booth #169 on the east side of the park, sharing a booth with our friend The Beguiling.

It's a dog's life for Walt and Skeezix

The newest issue of Bark, the modern dog culture magazine, features a write-up on Walt and Skeezix with special attention payed to Pal, an Airedale owned by Skeezix.

What other wonders does this Bark magazine contain? Well, this delightful photo collage of smiling dogs, for one.

What's next? King-Cat Classix in Cat Fancy?

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore

Rumors have been flying and it's true. D+Q is opening a bookstore in the heart of Mile-End in Montreal. We expect to open the doors on Saturday with a grand opening on October 19th. Location: 211 Bernard Ouest.

In the above picture you can see (left to right) Chris, Fred and Martin from La Pasteque, our contractors Danielle and I-don't-remember-his-name, Our intern Ben, and Jimmy from Mechanics Generale.

Chris and store employees Matt and Claudia ready the store for last night's employee cocktail store-unveiling.

The whole crew in a not-quite-ready store.

Future D+Q publicist Georgina Devlin hawks a copy of the new Nicolas Robel comic Joseph to her brother Dagwood.

The Burmese Chronicles

After this week's headlines, I feel a bit cynical about posting this post. But ask my coworkers, I have been working on this post for awhile as two weeks ago I was listening to the Leonard Lopate show and the whole episode was devoted to the human rights and health issues in Burma which echoed the conversation we had with Guy Delisle when he came to visit Montreal in 2006. Guy's next book is about the year he spent in Burma while his wife was working with Doctors without Borders and their son. The book is due out in Fall 2008, and is now being translated and then off to be handlettered.

I checked in with our translator Helge to see what she had to say about the book. Here are among some of the issues Guy looks into: The country's bizarre decision to transfer its capital to Pyinmana; the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi; the strange shape of newspapers and magazines that arrive with objectionable material literally cut out by scissor-wielding censors; the fear locals have of speaking with journalists--justified, since imprisonment is the likely consequence of being found out; the complex conditions under which Doctors Without Borders and other organizations work in Burma; the issue of heroin use, with almost the entire population of an outlying village visited by Guy found to be shooting up...

With demonstrations for democracy 10 days straight now and today's sad news that a journalist has died (along with nine others) in Myanmar (the official name of the country recognized by the U.N. since 1989), the country barring journalists to enter and cutting off its internet (which based on my experience of communicating with Guy while he was in Burma for the debut of Pyongyang was already spotty), I can't help but think that Guy's book--similar to Pyongyang: A Journey In North Korea--will provide a very important viewpoint of a country where objective journalism in not allowed and one can be punished for, a view point that only comics can provide, when cameras and computers are effectively outlawed.

Here is a wordless page from the book.

Eightball collides with high fashion

D+Q employee Claudia included in her cover letter to us that as a 15-year-old, she wrote a five-page letter to Dan Clowes (whose Mr. Wonderful strip I am loving!) informing him that Ghost World changed her life. Needless to say, an interview wasn't even necessary. She was hired. Yesterday, she hipped me to this fact: that the Luella Spring 2008 fashion collection was inspired by Ghost World. I took a look and, yes, the collection does feature chunky Enid glasses and even has the bat mask. Somehow, however, I think Enid would opine that skinny fashion bitches may rank below "trendy boarding school bitches."

Another employee, Rebecca, burnt all of her father's Yummy Furs in the back alley behind her home when she was 9-years-old, only to later buy them all again for him when she was 14-years-old, realizing that the comics were pretty awesome.

I, of course, wasn't half as cool as either Rebecca or Claudia, having only read the occasional Usagi Yojimbo comic when I was in high school, not reading Dan or Chester until I was in college (to my credit there were no good comic shops, that I knew of, in Syracuse, NY).

God bless teenage girls reading comics, though, it's practically half our staff!

***UPDATE***Gotta love Generation Y (or is it Z?) publicity assistant Jessica emailed to say that in high school she read the following: ghostworld, david boring, sandman, chris ware, charles burns, julie doucet, joe sacco, love and rockets, optic nerve...

Thanks to the Consulate General of Israel

John Porcellino on tour

Thursday Oct. 11, 2007 - Minneapolis, MN

Big Brain Comics
1027 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4390

5 PM: slide show, Q+A, and signing
PLUS: Live music by John Porcellino and Zak Sally
(Slide Show begins at 6 PM)

Friday Oct. 12, 2007 - Chicago, IL

1854 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-0910

7 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing

Saturday Oct. 13, 2007 - Madison, WI

Rainbow Bookstore
426 W. Gilman St., Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-6050

3 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing
PLUS: other Zine-Related events all afternoon

Monday Oct. 15, 2007 - Milwaukee, WI

Schwartz Books
2559 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 332-1181

7 PM: Comics Panel Discussion, Q+A, and signing

Tuesday Oct. 16, 2007 - Iowa City, IA

White Rabbit Gallery
13 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 358-9557

7 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing
PLUS: Readings by Local Zine Publishers

Wednesday Oct. 17, 2007 - St. Louis, MO

Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 725-9110

5 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing
PLUS: Kevin Huizenga, Dan Zettwoch & Ted May
(King-Cat presentation begins at 6 PM)

Thursday, Oct. 18 - Bloomington, IN

Indiana University on-campus event
details TBA

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007 - Lawrence, KS

Astrokitty Comics
15 E. 7th St., Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 856-8607

3 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing

Saturday Oct. 27, 2007 - Denver, CO

Meininger Art Supply
499 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
(303) 698-3838

1 PM: Comics Panel Discussion, presentation, and signing

All Things Adrian

1) Adrian Tomine's SHORTCOMINGS will be in stores across the U.S on October 2nd.

2) Please join us on Wednesday, October 3rd for the launch of the book at Brooklyn's BOOKCOURT

3) In late October through mid-November, Adrian will be touring North America.

4) For more information, please visit the just-launched minisite.

5) Be sure to check out this week's issue of Publishers Weekly, where novelist Junot Diaz has this to say about SHORTCOMINGS:

Tomine's lacerating falling-out-of-love story is an irresistible gem of a graphic novel. Shortcomings is set primarily in an almost otherworldly San Francisco Bay Area; its antihero, Ben Tanaka, is not your average comic book protagonist: he's crabby, negative, self-absorbed, uber-critical, slack-a-riffic and for someone who is strenuously "race-blind," has a pernicious hankering for whitegirls.

His girlfriend Miko (alas and tragically) is an Asian-American community activist of the moderate variety. Ben is the sort of cat who walks into a Korean wedding and says, "Man, look at all these Asians," while Miko programs Asian-American independent films and both are equally skilled in the underhanded art of "fighting without fighting." As you might imagine, their relationship is in full decay. In Tomine's apt hands, Tanaka's heartbreaking descent into awareness is reading as good as you'll find anywhere. What a relief to find such unprecious intelligent dynamic young people of color wrestling with real issues that they can neither escape nor hope completely to understand.

Tomine's no dummy: he keeps the "issues" secondary to his characters' messy humanity and gains incredible thematic resonance from this subordination. Tomine's dialogue is hilarious (he makes Seth Rogan seem a little forced), his secondary characters knockouts (Ben's Korean-American "only friend" Alice steals every scene she's in, and the Korean wedding they attend together as pretend-partners is a study in the even blending of tragedy and farce), and his dramatic instincts second-to-none.

Besides orchestrating a gripping kick-ass story with people who feel like you've had the pleasure/misfortune of rooming with, Tomine does something far more valuable: almost incidentally and without visible effort (for such is the strength of a true artist) he explodes the tottering myth that love is blind and from its million phony fragments assembles a compelling meditation on the role of race in the romantic economy, dramatizing with evil clarity how we are both utterly blind and cannily hyperaware of the immense invisible power race exerts in shaping what we call "desire."

And that moment at the end when the whiteboy squares up against Ben, kung-fu style: I couldn't decide whether to fold over in laughter or to hug Ben or both. Tomine accomplishes in one panel of this graphic novel what so many writers have failed to do in entire books. In crisp spare lines, he captures in all its excruciating, disappointing absurdity a single moment and makes from it our world.

Junot Diaz's first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, has just been published by Riverhead.

Look who has himself a minisite

We've just put up a minisite for Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings. There's plenty of stuff that even the long-time fans may not have seen, like his thumbnails for pages and how he edits them. Also, for you "easter egg" fans, there is a section with over 100 pictures of Adrian's cats. Try to find it.

Lots of love for Rutu Modan

Heeb magazine has plenty of love to give Rutu Modan, author of Exit Wounds. Not only was Exit Wounds included in their top ten graphic novel list, but she made their Heeb 100, "a roundup of 100 people you need to know about." Check out what they had to say:

"rutu modan

Comic artist Rutu Modan doesn't mean to humanize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it just comes naturally. Earlier this year, the acclaimed Israeli comic artist and the former editor of the country's version of Mad Magazine published her North American graphic novel debut, Exit Wounds, to rave reviews. In panel after panel of elegantly simple drawings, she sends her characters wandering through Tel Aviv in search of a suicide bombing victim. Their emotional struggles are the story's central drama, but as the novel progresses, Modan manages to subtly illuminate the existential confusion that hangs heavy over life in a war zone. REBECCA WIENER



Chris Butcher took the above photo in Japan, where he is currently on vacation. He also took some more Moomin related (and Moomin unrelated) photos, which are up on his blog.

Looking at theses photos, Jamie remembered a life long goal of hers to see a Marzipan Moomin, which we found on a Finnish cake website.

I know what you're thinking: "But where will my Marzipan Moomin live? Is there no form of Moomin themed cookie house that he might use as shelter?." Fear not, my moomin loving friend, the internet has provided us with that, also.

Moomin gingerbread house image found here. Instructions for making your own can be found at axis of aevil.

It has arrived!!

Well, we have advance copies in the office anyway. It should be in stores in the next couple of weeks.

Please Excuse the Formality

Announcing Jamie Salomon, D+Q Controller

Effective immediately, Jamie Salomon has been hired as Controller, announced Chris Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief and Publisher, Drawn & Quarterly. Salomon has overseen D+Q's finances for the past five years while employed at the chartered accounting firm Rabinovitch Luciano in Montreal. At D+Q, Salomon will direct all financial reporting and accounting operations.

"As D+Q has grown from a comic book company to a book company in the past decade, our financial reporting needs have increased. Jamie has been our most valuable behind-the-scenes player in this process," said Oliveros. "Furthermore, his genuine appreciation and knowledge of the comic book medium makes him an integral part of the D+Q team in understanding why we do what we do."

Salomon graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors of Commerce. He was the publisher and editor of Copacetic Comics & Crunchy Comics, a freelance tax accountant, and translation consultant.

Artwork from 365 Days: A Diary by Julie Doucet

Pascal Blanchet on CBC.ca

{Note: I originally posted this item a couple of hours ago and in that time Mr. Blanchet painted the image above on canvas to accompany this.}

White Rapids is one of my favorite new books this season (it ships in a couple of weeks), and it's written and drawn by Pascal Blanchet, one of the most promising new talents to emerge from Canada in years. CBC.ca has just posted this slideshow overview of his work here.

Brooklyn Book Festival

Just got back from the Brooklyn Book Festival, where D+Q had a booth with artists Adrian Tomine, Miriam Katin, and Steve Mumford signing throughout the day. This festival is only in its second year, but I'd already list it as one of my favorites. A steady stream of book lovers and the perfect outdoor location, held in front of Borough Hall: what more could you ask for?

Adrian signs an advance copy of Shortcomings, while somehow a copy of Joe Matt's Spent makes it into the picture.

Standing in front of Baghdad Journal Steve Mumford fields numerous questions about the role of an artist in Iraq. Next to him Miriam Katin takes the pen out on her own book, We Are On Our Own, while a copy of James Sturm's America hovers nearby.

This is what we at the office call "so Fantagraphics"

Original Delisles up for expo

Anyone going to Chicoutimi this weekend? If so, you can catch a glimpse of some original French Guy Delisle artwork at the public library aka Bibliotheque publique de Chicoutimi, opening tomorrow:

Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2:00 PM
155 rue Racine Est, Chicoutimi, QC

My kind of awards

D+Q is nominated for--count 'em--13 Ignatz Awards, the awards are given out at SPX where Ignatz nominees Rutu Modan, Kevin Huizenga, and Anders Nilsen will be in attendance. Congrats!

Outstanding Artist
Rutu Modan, Exit Wounds

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Curses by Kevin Huizenga
D+Q Showcase Vol. 4 by Gabrielle Bell, Martin Cendreda, & Dan Zettwoch
King-Cat Classix by John Porcellino
Moomin Book One by Tove Jansson

Outstanding Graphic Novel
Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
Don't Go Where I Can't Follow by Anders Nilsen
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan

Outstanding Story
Don't Go Where I Can't Follow by Anders Nilsen
Untitled by Gabrielle Bell, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Vol. 4

Promising New Talent
Gabrielle Bell, Lucky, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Vol. 4

Outstanding Series
Atlas by Dylan Horrocks

Outstanding Comic
Optic Nerve #11 by Adrian Tomine

Shortcomings is here!

Yes, Adrian Tomine's long-awaited masterpiece is now available at our online shop. It launches officially at Bookcourt in Brooklyn on Oct. 3rd, featuring a Q+A with Adrian Tomine, with Nicole Rudick of Bookforum, so don't miss it!

Also, D+Q will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, Sept. 16th, and will have it for sale there as well. The festival takes place at the Borough Hall Plaza and Columbus Park, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY

D+Q will be at TABLE #32

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Steve Mumford signing

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Adrian Tomine signing

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Miriam Katin signing

More Dupuy, no Berberian

Here's a book I'm working on right now. Philippe Dupuy's Haunted. It's filled with that great loose cartooning style he used in Maybe Later but in a more confident, lyrical way. Look for it early next year.

and now my turn

Anders is featured this week in both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune. The Reader digs deep into the story behind the work, presenting a moving portrait of Anders and his life in recent years.

The Tribune looks at his recent books, declaring of Dogs and Water: "Not much is explained -- but the emotional impact of the book is staggering. It's as if a time-release kind of loneliness has been sewn into the binding and seeps out on the page whenever it wants to."

and of Don't Go Where I Can't Follow:"It's a hodgepodge of love and loss, as if somebody had dumped out a drawer marked 'Sorrow' onto the kitchen floor, looked at it and then added the contents of a drawer marked 'Joy.'"

Photo by Rob Warner (swiped from the Reader site).

Big Questions #10 will be shipping to stores in November, and debuting at SPX Oct. 12-13 in Bethesda, MD (with Anders in attendance.) But, prior to that, he'll be traveling to Denmark, where his work is featured as part of the COMIX exhibition at Kunsthallen Brandts. I can't read what it says, but I'd recognize that Shrigley drawing anywhere. Seems like the show will be awesome, so if you happen to be in Denmark between Sept. 22 and Jan. 6 check it out.

My turn to mention Anders

It would seem that if you have a blog, then you have to mention Anders Nilsen this week. I got a letter late last night from an Argentinian cartoonist named Pablo Holmberg requesting that I link to his blog were he posted a sweet open letter to Anders. So here it is.

D+Q Wins Two Harveys

Congratulations to Yoshihiro Tatsumi and the late Tove Jansson on their well deserved tie in the "BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL" category at the Harvey Awards this weekend at the Baltimore Comic-con.

Adrian Covers Giant Robot

Adrian provides the gorgeous original cover art to the new Giant Robot (issue 49), on stands now. He is also the subject of a six-page feature inside the magazine. GRNY will host an art opening by Adrian this December, so start saving your money.

In addition to a review in the Fall issue of Venus , this review in the Los Angeles Times came out over Labor Day weekend. "Tomine's virtue is that he doesn't have an ax to grind. His approach is playful, letting his characters talk themselves in circles and follow their desires to their logical, heartbreaking conclusions."

James Sturm is one busy man!

Due in stores on October 2nd, James Sturm's America is currently receiving insightful and interesting reviews from publications like Resonance and The San Francisco Chronicle.
Not only that, but the Center for Cartoon Studies is starting their Fall semester next week and his collaboration with illustrator Rich Tommaso, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow , is due out mid-December.
Little known fact: the illustration pictured at left is a publicity still from a trip to the moon taken earlier this year. Haven't heard about it? That's because James Sturm is doing so much that we can't keep track of it all.

Eddie Campbell and Clare Briggs

The always insightful Eddie Campbell has some interesting things to say about our Oh Skin-nay! collection that we released earlier this year. Interesting because he assumes the reader has a certain knowledge of comics and older comics that makes the piece very readable in a conversational way yet he drops some classic strip science while he's at it.

Sitting on my desk is the 7-volume memorial edition of Briggs cartoons published after his death. Perhaps I'll put up a minisite showcasing those sometime later this year.

John P. interview

There's a great Washington Post Express interview online with John Porcellino about King-Cat Classix for your reading pleasure..

"Inspired by punk rock and the personal 'zine revolution, John Porcellino opened an artistic vein in 1989 and began to bleed his life on the printed page with King-Cat Comics and Stories. Porcellino would crank out hyper-personal tales about his life and more, all in a rough-and-ready black-and-white style that echoed the honesty and energy of the independent music that inspired him."


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