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Post Comic-Con Photo Essay

Ladies and gents, Elliot and Charles Oliveros! Chris and the whole Oliveros/Lesenko clan stopped by on preview night to have a look around. I assume that the footwear on their versions of Venom and Spiderman is non-canonical.

R. Sikoryak in the flesh, signing his hilarious and very popular Comic-Con debut, Masterpiece Comics.

Featured guest Seth makes a rare Comic-Con appearance and signs. Look at that guy's cool Marlys bag!


Check out this little guy! We were all commenting on his jumper and his dad said "Did you hear that? They like your suit, Tiberius." Errrr... maybe a little too far.

Jason Lutes, we LOVE you!


The chief peddles books at the booth.

Later, when he accepts Chris Ware's Eisner for "Best Letterer," we discover the secret to his success: NEIL GAIMAN.

Eric Reynolds accepts an Eisner on behalf of Jason; Seth and Jason Lutes make sure that no one "messes" with him.

Alison's friend made this painting with over 1500 cartoon characters on it and spent all weekend outside showing it to interested con-goers. (He did not have a badge and thusly could not get in.) He offered us an explanation of the work...

He was looking pretty sunburnt by the end of the con.

Joe Matt assures Chris that he is working on the next book; Steven Weissman and Jason Lutes laugh in the background.

OK. This is super cute. A DIY storm-trooper in gumboots, with a yoda backpack, lunch box holsters and a kid attached to his ankle? This makes me kind of love Comic-Con.

Look at Lynda Barry's "Best Reality-Based Work" Eisner glisten in the neon lights! We are all still very excited!!

Alison won the guinea toss and got to go to the "Steam-Punk Meet-Up." However, Comic-Con severely underestimated its popularity and hundreds of people were denied entry, including our delegate.

Not all was lost, though! She came back to the booth and said that there was going to be a photoshoot after the meet-up featuring ALL the Steam Punks at the con, and, apparently, the Guiness Book of World Records was going to be there to record this momentous occasion. However, after following around errant and, it turns out, lost Steam Punks for about 20 minutes, I eventually gave up and followed a couple of them back down to the floor. Steam Punks and Batman, riding the escalator together. Just another day at the con.

Joe Matt and Sammy Harkham have a "heart to heart"

while the Toms (Devlin and Spurgeon) have a face-off.

Los Bros Sikoryak!

Just because your furry-porn booth has been dismantled, it does not mean that the unicorn horn must come off! Wear your (club) stripes and horns, proudly, fellow exhibitor!

Just Another Comic-Con Crowd Shot...


Lynda's Reaction to Winning an Eisner

A Little Bit More About Wilson

Still in shock over the news of a brand new Dan Clowes book?! Don't, worry, so am I! But in case you missed this preview of it on the New Yorker Book Bench in May, be sure to check it out.

This is also a chance to talk about Dan's wonderful New Yorker covers! Tom and I have the double cover from 2008 framed (middle) and Georgy calls it "the boy and his toy"....

Attn. San Diego! New ish of Big Questions!

I believe I mentioned Big Questions #12 is debuting this weekend. If not, it is! Here's the cover and interior.

D+Q to publish the original graphic novel WILSON by Dan Clowes in May 2010

As announced on the Comics Reporter today, D+Q is extremely excited to announce the following....please excuse the formality!

Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights to the original graphic novel, WILSON, by award-winning cartoonist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and New Yorker illustrator Daniel Clowes. WILSON is the author's first novel not to be originally serialized in his seminal comic book series, Eightball, and his first book with D+Q.

"As a long-time fan of Eightball, it is thrilling to be able to publish Dan," said Chris Oliveros, Drawn & Quarterly Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. "WILSON is signature Clowes as the cartooning is seamless. It is funny, poignant and leaves an indelible impression on the reader. Wilson will take his place right alongside Enid Coleslaw, David Boring, and Dan Pussey."

One of the most important cartoonists of our time, Clowes has been hailed as a "bona-fide cult hero" by The New Yorker and the "country's premier underground cartoonist" by Newsweek. In WILSON, Clowes creates a thoroughly engaging, complex and fascinating portrait of the modern egoist-outspoken and oblivious to those around him, but who sincerely wants to find his place in the world. Working in a single-page gag format and drawn in a spectrum of styles, the cartoonist of Ghost World, Ice Haven and David Boring gives us his funniest and most deeply affecting novel to date.

The full color graphic novel will be published in North America by D+Q in May 2010 and distributed in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. International rights will be represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.


SDCC setup

You won't likely see regular posts from me during the show but I have a few hours to kill before the show starts.

I giant Michael Cho advertisement in the Chicago airport was a nice surprise. We'll be publishing a book of his Toronto back alley drawings in the near future.

Chris and I got in early and setup yesterday. Then he set off to hang with his wife and kids while I finished up.

Same old Fanta crew (Mike and Zuniga) setting up the same old booth in the same old spot. Lots of nice new books though. I'm just tired of their faces.

Have I mentioned that the convention center is so big that some of the workers ride bikes around during setup?

Hey, Eric Nakamura was there setting up and we got a rare chance to hang out. It was good to see and TALK to Eric for a change. {I do not understand what the hell is going on on his t-shirt at all.}

Michelle Borok (careful, do not show your sensitive side, she will pounce) and Eric at dinner at some Mexican restaurant whose name I forget--Rachel's, Raul's, Rancho's.

Sparkplug crew: David King (self-satisfied), Tom Neely (about to explode), Chris Cilla (he's at peace.)

Oh, and I just had lunch with the great Mimi Pond and stuck her with the parking fee (Sorry, Mimi). I also forgot to take a picture. If you don't know who she is, google her. She is fascinating besides being a great cartoonist.

This week! The 40th Anniversary of San Diego Comic-con!

Yes, this is it, folks, the busiest, most hectic week of the year, when half of the office goes to San Diego to answer questions of where is the next Walt & Skeezix, the new Peepshow, why doesn't Julie do comics anymore, why do we flip our manga, and why aren't we speaking to you in french. Ask away! The Chief will even be there! We will be in our usual booth, number 1529, around all of our peers and friends, Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Giant Robot, and more so please stop by to say hi, get a book signed by Seth, R. Sikoyrak and Jason Lutes.

"What?" you say.."a book by R Sikoryak?!?" Yes, ten years in the making, we present to you this week in its full color glory, the debut of Masterpiece Comics, which gets a lovely starred review in this week's Publishers Weekly and last week, Bob was interviewed by the Crosshatch. We will also have plenty of super-duper double-sided Masterpiece Comics poster to give away with each purchase of the book.

As well, stop by to congratulate Jason Lutes on his TWO Eisners nominations for Berlin and be sure to see Seth's solo slide show which will be the last time he is doing the show in the US for some time. People! This show is not to be missed. And it's not every year, that we have Seth, Jason and Bob grace our booth with their presence. Rejoice!

In addition, we will have limited copies of R.O. Blechman's Talking Lines and Anders Nilsen's new issue of Big Questions. We also brought 500 of our Drawn & Quarterly shopping bags, which are free with the purchase of two books, or $5 a piece.

Still not satisfied? Need something absolutely free? Well, any kids under the age of 14 are more than welcome to ask and receive an issue of our 2009 Free Comic Book Day featuring John Stanley's Melvin Monster and Nancy. Otherwise, for adults, free with purchase. It's a hard bargain we Canadians drive.


What will I be doing while in San Diego next week?

Apparently not swimming!!

So, the big comic book convention is next week. We will be there--from the office, it'll be Chris Oliveros, myself (Tom Devlin), Jessica Campbell, and Alison Naturale. So, no, Peggy will not be there so stop asking!! Okay?!

More importantly, D+Q cartoonists Seth, Jason Lutes, and R. Sikoryak will be attendance. Also, quite possibly Sammy Harkham and Ron Rege, Jr. {More details to come, this was just an excuse to publish a giant squid article.}

Thursday, July 23
12:00-1:00 Bongo Comics Sneak Peak featuring Sammy Harkham (Room 10)
5:00-7:00 Seth + R. Sikoryak signing

Friday, July 24
12:00-2:00 R. Sikoryak signing
1:30-2:30 Comic Strip Reprint Panel featuring Tom Devlin (Room 3)
2:00-3:30 Seth + Jason Lutes signing
4:00-5:00 Graphic Novels Panel featuring Seth and Jason Lutes (Room 8)
3:30-5:00 R. Sikoryak signing
5:00-7:00 Seth + Jason Lutes signing
6:00-7:00 Pop Perversity Panel featuring R. Sikoryak (Room 32AB)

Saturday, July 25
12:00-2:00 Seth + Bob Sikoryak signing
1:00-4:00 Jason Lutes signing
3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Seth (Room 8)
4:00-6:00 R. Sikoryak + Seth signing
5:00-6:00 Sense of History Panel featuring Jason Lutes (Room 8)
6:00-7:00 Jason Lutes signing

Sunday, July 26
12:00-3:00 Jason Lutes + R. Sikoryak signing


Okay, I'm pretty psyched that we were able to pull off a vinyl cover for R. O. Blechman's new book Talking Lines. Design geek stuff aside, it's a great book--a kind of career overview "best of." We truly live in a "L'Age D'Or" {Hello, Quebec!!}

NANCY!!! (in the office)

Sadly, we will not have copies at Comic-Con. Why did I even mention this?

The Real Pushman (men)

Tatsumi wasn't kidding!!

Vanessa Ruth Davis talks and talks

"You will also never hear me talking about how I have to do art to like, stay sane!"

Get to know Vanessa Davis better here.

Your chocolate is in my peanut butter!

Coming soon to 211...

Entertainment Weekly Reviews George Sprott

Sean Howe reviews Seth's George Sprott, gives it an "A" -- complete review here.

We love Neko Case!

Check out this fantastic video Julie Morstad did for Neko Case, for whom Julie also did the cover to Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Also, another D+Q "connection" to Neko? The fabulous Miss Betty Bong, the gateway to all things Lynda Barry, is a back-up singer for Neko.

Vacation from Vocation (what i need!!!)

A chuckle for you as you head out the door for the weekend, a new strip from Vanessa Davis for Tablet Magazine.

George Sprott is one of Amazon's "Hidden Gems/Best of 2009"

I know what you are thinking, you are a bit out of sorts, it's been two weeks since your last Seth interview! Well, here you go, just in time for the weekend and to gear up for Seth's special guest appearance at Comic-con International in two weeks. Amazon's Omnivoracious blog interviews Seth for their Graphic Novel Friday and announces the book made its Hidden Gems/Best of 2009 list!

On a related Canadian-designer-illustrator-game changing book note, another hidden gem is the book Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton. This book is great, and we will be publishing a petit livre of Leanne's artwork in the near future.

You'll Be Missed, Pages.

Yesterday, we received the unfortunate news of the shuttering of Toronto retailing institution Pages, home of the stellar This Is Not A Reading Series. Always, intelligent and supportive, we will definitely miss Pages, another literary victim of rising rents.

Soapbox: People! Support your independent book and comic stores, they are vital, colorful institutions that bring life to neighborhoods full of bank machines and drug stores. More information here.

Toy a day

By now we all know that if there's something Moomin, I will post it. This is a pretty neat project. Lots of oddball choices for toys make this site worth checking in on from time to time. Need a last minute project for your kids on a rainy day?

How awesome are the interns, you ask? Most awesome.

Oh, Jose. Jose Luis Olivares. Our first CCS summer intern this year. Last name eerily close to The Chief's but we moved past it. As an intern, we rate him most excellent. Summer interning is a tough job because there's too much sandals- and shorts-wearing for one. Also, we don't always turn on the air-conditioning because Montreal electricity was designed a long time ago and fuses blow like crazy and we're trying not to crash our computers. Jose was a most excellent intern. Sniff.


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