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The Tragedy of the Smashed Banana

I heard from Betty Bong--Lynda Barry's fab assistant-- last week with some bittersweet news:

"It is a sad international (yes, even sweet Toronto!) fact that, with the corporation-a-fying and conglomaratin' of independent newspapers, comic strips/artists are bring dropped from weekly publications like they was flies!"

The bright side is that Lynda will now be posting her strips online! Yes, you heard me correctly. You can find the strips here on our blog (and in the next few weeks, we'll contruct a page similar to our Moomin page so they can properly spotlighted and archived), and on Lynda's myspace page and on this fabulous fan site Marlys Magazine.

Here are the FIRST FOUR!!!

Moomin in Stores!

So today marks the day that Moomin The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip Book Two is now in stores. For a while on Friday, if you visited the Barnes & Noble website, the first image you saw when visiting the site was the cover to Moomin 2. Amy Benfer has written an extensive piece on Tove and her legendary creations for the new B&N review. And if you haven't been able to find Book One, have no fear, the fourth printing has arrived and will be shipping imminently.

John P in Denver Today!

If you're in Denver don't miss the last stop on John's tour!

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

Joe Sacco in Minneapolis

Rain Taxi sponsors a reading series as a further demonstration of its commitment to literary culture. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 7:00 pm

$10 ($8 for Walker Members and Rain Taxi subscribers)

Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Celebrated cartoonist JOE SACCO visits Minneapolis for a special presentation co-hosted by Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Walker Art Center. Appearing in conjunction with the Walker exhibition Brave New Worlds, Sacco will offer a visual tour of his acclaimed approach to comics journalism, in which he combines the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of graphic storytelling to explore complex, emotionally weighted situations in some of the most conflicted and war-torn regions of the globe.

De Superman au Chat du Rabbin

Miriam just sent us this picture of her "wall" at the The Musee d'art et d'histoire du Judaisme in Paris, up for De Superman au Chat du Rabbin, an exhbition on Jewish cartoons and graphic novels illustrating how the comic strip contributed to the construction of contemporary Jewish collective memory. The exhibition is up in Paris from October 16, 2007 to January 27, 2008, then it moves to Amsterdam, where it will be exhibited from 6 March to mid-June 2008; it features D+Q's Miriam Katin and James Sturm, as well as many other Jewish cartoonists.

Here's little excerpt from the museum's website:

With time and successive generations, authors ceased to describe the Jewish world they once know or their daily reality. They pictured a bygone world as they remembered it but also the vision of it they received from former tales. Literature, theatre and movies were also leaving their mark on the visions of those who had no direct experience of this world. They eagerly sought out traces and documents, vestiges of this past and the changes in urban areas and buildings in immigrants' quarters, old photographs and commercial leaflets depicting workshops, shops and delicatessens. They delved into the history of these changes, digging out every available trace of the epos of self-made men, their languages and cultural backgrounds. Eventually, these sons of immigrants recalled the life story of their fathers to root out their own political convictions. In doing so, they constructed a narration associating the collective memory of former generations and their own contemporary questioning of the problems of their own generations

Be sure to check it out in you're in Paris sometime during the next few months!

What's Anders been up to?

It would seem this {Ups to FAMILY blog for pointing this out.}

Oh yeah, the new issue of Big Questions (#10) is in stores next week!!

Also, I apologize for using the word "ups".


From Moomin fan, Joey Weiser.

Adrian in Toronto...

A review in EYE Weekly, and a profile in the National Post. Joining a review from NOW in last week's issue.

File Under PR Formality: D+Q Announces Second Shortcomings Printing; New Foreign Rights Deals

D+Q has scheduled a second printing of Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings with additional foreign rights sold to Rizzoli (Italy), Random House Mondadori (Spain) and Reprodukt (Germany), it was announced today by Chris Oliveros, Drawn & Quarterly, EIC and Publisher. After multiple offers and auctions at the Frankfurt Book Festival, the three deals, brokered by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency, join existing contracts with Faber & Faber (UK), Editions du Seuil (France) and Oog en Blik (Netherlands). Shortcomings arrived in stores the first week of October, and a second printing has just been sent to the printer.

"It speaks to the quality of Adrian's work that prestigious foreign publishers such as Rizzoli, Random House Mondadori, and Reprodukt are joining the already impressive line-up of Faber & Faber, Seuil, and Oog en Blik," said Oliveros. "Adrian and Shortcomings will now receive a much deserved red carpet treatment in each territory, joining the buzz and excitement the book has already generated, which has led to a quick reprinting."

In Italy, the acquiring editor is Ottavio di Brizzi of Rizzoli, RCS Libri; Shortcomings will be in their 24/7 series. In Spain, the acquiring editor is Monica Carmona of Random House Mondadori; Shortcomings will be in their Reservoir Books series. In Germany, the acquiring editor is Dirk Rehm of Reprodukt.


Adrian at the IFOA in Toronto this weekend!

Rutu's NYT blogs now free!

I am so excited these are now readily readable online: Rutu's 6-part column is archived here. I become a bigger fan with every new piece I read of hers, plus she sent in this beautiful print as a thanks for her tour arrangements. It just gets better and better!

D+Q Launch report

A beautiful Autumn day turned into an incredulously rainy night. We're very grateful to the many Montreal readers who braved the heavy sheets of rain to attend the store opening and launch of Pascal's White Rapids. And now for some introductions....

The guest of honor-Pascal Blanchet and a friend.

Julie Doucet & Benoit Chaput of L'Oie de Cravan

Marc Bell came in from Toronto! I think he walked all the way in the rain.

Brad Mackay & Chris. See how I framed the shot to include the Little Nipper strip! Genius!

Caro Caron, Dominique Pétrin, and Billy Mavreas.

Yomul Yuk drummer Leyla Majeri who does almost all of our silkscreening.

Readers browsing.

More pics on flickr!

Final SPX update (probably)

Rebecca and I arrived in Bethesda North on Friday morning and wandered around the Marriott, only to confirm our suspicions that Bethesda is composed of an intricate system of strip malls, parking lots and biscuit places.

But, we were there on a mission, and it was neither to acquire biscuits nor buy a new condo in a parking lot high rise. We were there to peddle books to like-minded individuals. How like-minded, you wonder? Enough that D+Q was nominated for 11, and actually won 4 Ignatzes ( Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, Curses, Optic Nerve #11 and Gabrielle Bell's "Felix" from Showcase 4). To emphasize our huge number of nominations, I wore all of our nominee badges at once. Impressive, no?

Aside from photos of parking lots and Rebecca and I posing with the Ignatzes temporarily in our possession, we also got some shots of our fellow book sellers.

Dan Nadel, C.F. and Brian Chippendale hang out behind the always visually stimulating PictureBox booth.

The Critcal Citadel crowd hangs out behind their booth. There is something oddly serene about their poses in this photo; I assume that it is post-silkscreen exhaustion.

Also near us (as the Critcal Citadel and PictureBox booths were) was this awesome table featuring a bunch of students from MICA in Baltimore, working under the moniker Closed Caption Comics. This photo does not fully show the total awesomeness of their table, so I lifted the below photo off of their website.

A lot happened at SPX. When not behind the booth, Kevin Huizenga, Rutu Modan and Anders Nilsen were busy winning Ignatz Awards and participating in panels. There was a fountain of chocolate fondue, a man in an ape suit and a karaoke party, as well as many other fun events. In summation, SPX rules and the organizers, exhibitors and fans did a wonderful job of making this a very enjoyable experience all around.


An hour with Jeet Heer and Chris Ware discussing Gasoline Alley, need I say more!

New issue of King-Cat!

John Porcellino's King-Cat #68 is available this week! Check for ordering information here.

The Montreal Mirror says it all

Montreal weekly paper gives the new D+Q space a write-up in today's edition. They sum it all up exactly to a T. The big launch happens tomorrow evening, 7:00 PM. 211 Bernard West.

Lynda Barry workshop - Chicago, Jan. 5th & 6th

Lynda Barry's workshop WRITING THE UNTHINKABLE now has a myspace presence here. Check it out for class bulletins and new Lynda Barry artwork!

The next class takes place in Chicago, Saturday & Sunday, January 5th & 6th, 2008. Only 45 seats! Tuition is $200. Enrollment details on our events page.

Here's some of the class scoop:

Do you wish you could WRITE? Do you wish you had a better MEMORY? Do you want to make STORIES but are too confused about how to even start?

Lynda teaches a specific way of working she learned from her teacher, Marilyn Frasca, in the late 1970's and has used ever since. She says it will work for anyone who has any kind of curiosity about writing or remembering -- especially people who have always wanted to write but have no idea how to even begin. BE ADVISED! IT'S GOING TO BE TWO DAYS OF INTENSE CONCENTRATION AND HARD WORK! It is not jive! It is for real! (It is also pretty fun too, but not necessarily in a social way!)

Come to Chicago! Come to Lynda's writing class! Class monitor Kelly Hogan describes the class as a way to "Blow your mind with..... your own mind!" GOOD! GOOD! GOOD! Yes you can! YOU CAN! Do! Please come!

Center for Cartoon Studies benefit

This just in:

"Garry Trudeau has generously donated a Doonesbury strip to auction off in conjunction with his October 22 appearance at CCS to help raise money for the school. From what I understand, his strips rarely make it onto the market and have gone for $1000 when they do." This is a good cause, so if you're the type to crack open your wallet for something like this, now here's a noble reason to.

For more info click here.


Sometimes I'm the last to know about the awesome things D+Q cartoonists are up to. Case in point: I found out from Quill & Quire that Chester is doing an ongoing comic strip about zombies taking over Toronto!!!!!!! What the!!!! I love it!!!

It's for the Live with Culture campaign and runs in the NOW Weekly. Unfortunately, I could not find the strips online.

D+Q at SPX & West Coast Trip

I found these two photos at Heidi's blog, The Beat.

Rebecca and Jessica bringing home our four Ignatzes! Congrats to Adrian, Kevin, Anders and Gabrielle on their wins.

And Rutu signing at our booth. Rutu is on tour this week, so be sure to check her out if she is in your city.

D+Q was doublebooked last weekend, which is why we don't have our own pics of SPX. Tom, Chris and I were in the Bay Area with the office camera and unfortunately, our camera batteries were dead.

We managed to bring home a few pics from a dinner we had with Vanessa Davis, Trevor Alixopulos, and Eli Horowitz.

Eli kindly gave us a tour of the McSweeney's office:

Their office had a similar charming mayhem that I like to think that people find at the D+Q office. (AKA "sweetly chaotic") Their desks are also about six inches apart from their coworkers in one small room, WKRP style, just like at D+Q, aww, god bless independent publishing.

Eli and Georgy played a tennis/basketball hybrid in the office.

We actually had just seen Vanessa drawings in a book of visiting artists at the Schulz Museum that same day. I'll spare you from more pics of my kids though I do have plenty with Georgy and the Peanuts gang and we were able to watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on the big screen at the Museum, but I'll just leave it at this:


Chicago Tribune gives Rutu some love

Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune recently spoke with Rutu Modan about her book Exit Wounds, and wrote this wonderful article for last Sunday's edition. Some excerpts here:

"Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds [is] a graphic novel set amid the chaos and despair of the Middle East that somehow, even in that contested place, achieves a kind of radiant calm... Her tale reveals the sound beneath the sound: the love that can flourish just one layer down from the blood and destruction."

"Modan is part of a new generation of comics artists who combine eccentric drawing styles with a willingness to engage intensely topical issues."

"In fact, one of the quiet wonders of Exit Wounds is how thoroughly it begins to inhabit the reader's consciousness, so that after a while, a trip to the morgue to identify what may potentially be one's parent fails to seem remarkable or excruciating. It just seems like another item on a to-do list. Thus does a world of violence and rage come to appear normal, and bearable."

Her event was also written up on Chicagoist.com.

Rutu Modan in San Francisco tomorrow! Thursday, Oct. 18th, at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, 7:00 PM.

****Also tomorrow**** John Porcellino is in Bloomington, IN, Indiana University, Fine Arts Bldg, Rm 015, 5:30 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing.

D+Q store Grand Opening on Friday

In conjunction with the launch of Pascal Blanchet's White Rapids, D+Q hosts its grand opening event this Friday, 7 PM. Pascal will be presenting and signing White Rapids. See the entry from Oct. 1st for his awesome poster... This event is so landmark, we have not one, but TWO awesome posters by D+Q artists - this is Julie Doucet's:

And these photos were taken by local aspiring photographer, Alison Naimark:

Hope to see all you Montrealers then, and you out-of-towners whenever you happen to visit our fine city.

A lot of birds with the proverbial "blog entry" stone

First off, congrats to Ignatz winners Anders Nilsen (Outstanding Graphic Novel), Gabrielle Bell (Outstanding Story), Kevin Huizenga (Outstanding Collection), and Adrian Tomine (Outstanding Comic)!! Here are some pictures of Anders and Rutu signing at our SPX booth..

and I don't know the story behind this little "a-la-Seth" village, but it's mighty neat:

(what I mean by "a-la-Seth":)

In tour news:

John Porcellino is in Milwaukee, WI at Schwartz Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211. 414-332-1181. 7:00 PM: Comics Panel Discussion, Q+A, and signing.

John Porcellino is in Iowa City, IA, at the White Rabbit Gallery, 13 S. Linn St. 319-358-9557. 7:00 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing. PLUS: Readings by Local Zine Publishers.

And Rutu Modan is in Chicago, IL, at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark Street. 773-769-9299. 7:00 PM: Q+A and signing.

John Porcellino is in St. Louis, MO, at Star Clipper Comics, 6392 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 314-725-9110. 5:00 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing. PLUS: Kevin Huizenga, Dan Zettwoch & Ted May.

In news news:

Rutu Modan's visit to Philly was written up by The Philadelphia City Paper, stating: "[Exit Wounds is] drawn with simple strokes and a bright, soft palette... Perfectly melding the personal and the political, [it] creates a sense of a life lived in a time of war but never quite dominated by it."

James Sturm's America gets a glowing review from the Onion A.V. Club: "All three stories use Sturm's thick-lined, almost archaic-looking style to create an atmosphere of plainness and historical verisimilitude, which Sturm subverts with scenes of pure fantasy or extreme emotion, before returning to an eerie hush. These three stories represent some of the best American comics of the past decade, which makes James Sturm's America an essential volume for any serious comics library... A"

And the Minneapolis City Pages has this to say in light of John Porcellino's event last Thursday:

"There's this secret little river flowing through the world of underground comics, and it's called King-Cat Comix and Stories. Since 1989, John Porcellino's simple, and simply beautiful comics (along with letters, lists, and a few photographs) have been self-published to growing acclaim. Not only did they inspire local comics-meister Zak Sally to start La Mano Press (in order to print Porcellino's wonderful Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man), but moved Drawn & Quarterly to collect the best of the 'zine in an impressive tome called King-Cat Classix. These stories are gathered from Porcellino's waking life, from his dreams, from the obviously holy lives of the cats he's known, and they move us profoundly. They're at once hilarious, sexy, violent, sad, and puzzling--Zen koans Xeroxed onto scrap paper."

SPX on Friday & Saturday

Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th

Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, Maryland

With special guests Rutu Modan, Anders Nilsen and Kevin Huizenga

D+Q at tables C14-16

Here's the schedule:


expo hours: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Kevin Huizenga signing

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Anders Nilsen signing

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Spotlight on Rutu Modan (auditorium)

6:15 PM - 8:00 PM Rutu Modan signing


expo hours 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

11:30 PM - 12:30 PM Anders Nilsen signing

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Anders Nilsen signing

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Kevin Huizenga signing

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM "Reality-Based Comics" panel with Rutu Modan, Nick Abadzis and Nick Bertozzi (Brookside Conference Room)

4:45 PM - 6:45 PM Rutu Modan signing

9:00 PM Ignatz Awards, where D+Q cartoonists are nominated for, count them, 13 awards!!


Anders Nilsen's Big Questions #10, Laurence Hyde's woodcut classic, Southern Cross, and Tove Jansson's Moomin Volume Two.

Anders just got back from Denmark, and has some stuff about the show and his trip up on his blog.


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