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46 Million

Frustrated by the townhalls, Anders Nilsen admirably took it upon himself to do something about healthcare in the U.S. He asked many cartoonists-Lynda Barry, Lille Carre, David Heatley, Jordan Crane, James Sturm, Kevin Huizenga, John Porcellino, Chris Ware, Jeffrey Brown, Genevieve Castree and Ivan Brunetti and others to donate their original art, with all proceeds going to Democracy for America and Health Care for America Now. You can read more about it here and you can bid on it here.

Looking for a good reason to buy original art? This may be the best reason ever.

Speaking of Brooklyn....

D+Q will be in Brooklyn next month!

Drawn & Quarterly To Exhibit At The Brooklyn Book Fair on Sunday, September 13th! 20th Anniversary Party at Brooklyn's Rocketship on Saturday, September 12th! Guy Delisle, R. Sikoryak, R.O. Blechman, Adrian Tomine, Gabrielle Bell and Ron Rege Jr!

For the third year in a row, D+Q will be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The festival has kindly invited Guy Delisle (Burma Chronicles, Pyongyang, Shenzhen) to be a special guest on the festival's international stage, which will mark Delisle's first-ever NYC event. D+Q cartoonists in attendance will be R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), R. O. Blechman (Talking Lines), Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings), Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan In New York) and Ron Rege Jr. (Skibber Bee Bye, Against Pain). To celebrate such a momentous gathering of D+Q cartoonists as well as toast to the company's 20th Anniversary, please join us for cocktails at the Brooklyn purveyor of fine comics, Rocketship, on Saturday evening.

Saturday, September 12th, 7:00 PM
Rocketship 208 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, September 13th, 10:00AM-6:00 PM
Brooklyn Book Festival Borough Hall Brooklyn NY

11:00 AM Guy Delisle on the BBF's International Stage
11:00-12:00 PM Gabrielle Bell & Ron Rege Jr signing
12:00-2:00 PM Guy Delisle & Adrian Tomine signing
2:00-4:00 PM R. O. Blechman & R. Sikoryak signing
4:00-6:00 PM Guy Delisle & Gabrielle Bell signing

All signings will be at the Drawn & Quarterly booth! And, not as excitingly, the booth will be "manned" by yours truly and my better half, Tom.


Love it. Photo by Etienne Frossard.

Congrats Ignataz Nominees!

The nominations for the Ignatz Awards are out, and congrats to the following D+Q cartoonists on their noms.

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Against Pain, Ron Rege Jr.
Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Book 5, T. Edward Bak, Anneli Furmark, Amanda Vähämäki

Outstanding Graphic Novel
Acme Novelty Library #19, Chris Ware
Nicolas, Pascal Girard

Outstanding Story
"Seeing Eye Dogs of Mars," Acme Novelty Library #19, Chris Ware
"Untitled," Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Book 5, Amanda Vähämäki

Promising New Talent
T. Edward Bak, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Book 5
Amanda Vähämäki, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Book 5

Outstanding Online Comic
Vanessa Davis’s comics for Tablet

Introducing R. Sikoryak's ... MASTERPIECE COMICS

If you weren't one of the lucky ones to not only score a ticket to San Diego Comic-con but then also to score a copy of R. Sikoryak's MASTERPIECE COMICS before it sold out, then have no fear, as the book hits stores on September 1st.

And the good news is that the book has already gone back to press before its release! Hey, people have good taste. Like the New Yorker's Book Bench today, or Publishers Weekly or Booklist, both of whom have given starred reviews. There is an interview with Bob on the Crosshatch and comics critic Douglas Wolk spotlighted it in Rolling Stone.

And I just got done finalizing his tour for this Fall, so mark your calendar...

09/13/09 BROOKLYN Brooklyn Book Fair
09/24/09 NYC The Strand Official Launch with R.O. Blechman
09/26 & 27/09 BETHESDA SPX
10/11/09 PORTLAND Wordstock
10/17 & 18/09 SAN FRANCISCO APE
11/14 & 15/09 MIAMI Miami Book Fair

This is a comic book...

There's an exhibition up right now at Mahan gallery in Columbus, Ohio featuring work by Anders Nilsen, John Porcellino, Ron Rege Jr. and a number of other cartoonists. You may have missed the opening but visit before it closes on August 28th!

New Vanessa Davis Comic!

It's always a good day when Vanessa debuts a new comic on the website Tablet. This time she takes us back to fat camp and how much she enjoyed herself.

Rutu Shopping Bag From Blue Q!

So last week Tom and I were at the always-awesome Mass MoCA where in the gift shop, I stumbled upon this beautiful shopping bag made from 95% post consumer material with charming Rutu Modan artwork that captures the "joie de vivre" of Paris, from the Western Mass company Blue Q. Buy it here.


I am seriously fascinated by this story and can't wait to get my copy of the new Comics Journal to find out the full story. Here's a little personal addendum, if you will--Chris, Jamie, and I went to visit Michel Choquette a couple of weeks ago at his office which is just a five minute walk from ours. art spiegelman had asked us to pick up his page of artwork that he had given Michel 35 years ago. Michel had a few other pages on hand (we saw originals by Gahan Wilson and Barry Windsor-Smith) and the nearly complete book on his computer. It was pretty amazing to see comics by Fellini and Red Grooms in there next to Kirby and Kurtzman. I asked Michel if I could take a couple pictures but tried not to overdo it so here are just three glimpses of our little trip.

Adrian Covers the New Yorker

Adrian has created a gorgeous cover to the New Yorker this week, but what really excites me is that Tom and I were at this very spot, the Brooklyn Bridge Park, one week ago today. I'll spare you photos of the kids...this time.

The days of real pants

Doing some research at the library this weekend, I came across this Clare Briggs illustration in an ad for (now long gone) local department store Goodwin's in the September 6th 1922 issue of the (now long gone) Montreal Star.

I Love My Job

Today I was able to meet up with Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean at the Librairie D&Q. Neil is town as the special guest for the World Con, and the two kindly signed each and every one of their books in our store. Their book, Sandman Endless Nights was the last one I worked on at my old job at DC Comics, I think I scared them off today with my desperate need to reminisce about the old days.

***Update: Rory's post reminded me that to note that if anyone sees Neil to congratulate him on his two blue ribbons for his very own honey that he made. Leave it Neil to use his magic to repopulate honeybees, yes, he even dons a bee keeping suit and smokes them out!!!! I love it!

The saddest movement of all time

Lynda has a great long interview at the Eugene Weekly. I love this part of the interview:

Q: I loved it when you said on “Talk of the Nation” that “the only movement left for adults is exercise, which is the saddest movement of all time.” What do you think the world would be like if adults were a little more free with movement?

A: Well, I was lucky enough to start taking hula dancing classes when I was in the second grade and I kept it up twice a week through seventh grade. To me, folk dancing is probably the happiest movement of all time. I just lucked into a lot of it. When I got to high school I had a gym teacher who seemed about 300 years old to me, her name was Miss Frisbee. And she was way into Mesopotamian folk dancing. She had these freaky little leather shoes with curled toes and all of these little drums and bells, and the records she played had such a crazy sound to them. This was in 1974 at a mostly black high school in Seattle. Miss Frisbee's class wasn't popular, but it beat regular gym classes. It was an option, and I took it, and I'm so glad I did.

We also did Israeli folk dancing. I think these old folk dances have something very big in them. The kind of movement they contain is transformative and restorative. You know, when country line dancing was starting to be a big thing, I'd hear people put it down. Cool people hated country line dancing. But I was so excited by it. It meant that anyone in the room could get up there and move around to the Boot Scootin' Boogie. They could be all different shapes and sizes. Even that crazy chicken dance makes me happy. The Electric Slide makes me happy. Cool people are wrong about so many things.

{Photo snagged from Wendy Mc.}

The rest of SDCC 2009

I know I'm way behind on this but I gotta see this post through. I thought SDCC this year was just fine. We did about what we expected sales-wise based on convention debuts and special guests and the fact that we're in a recession. Many parts of the convention were run better than ever. In fact, this might have been the most hassle free Comic-Con ever for us. Anyways, here's the usual collection of costume photos and snarky comments.

Alison Naturale, our convention temp, early on in the Con, still smiling.

I've got to give this guy a hand because this is actually a comics-related costume.

Later, I saw more people wearing this "fox tie" so maybe it was a give-away. At the time, I thought it was just a kind of "swingers i. d."

Later, Pete Maresca would win an Eisner and give a pretty nice speech. Actually, one of the best. Here he is holding up one of his new books, The Upside Downs by Gustave Verbeek. Really beautiful stuff, beautifully presented.

Here is why this is funny--a blue guy is holding court while leaning on a blue recycling bin. I'm increasingly unable to identify the costumes these days (it used to just be either Green Lantern or bondage club clothes during the daytime) but I'm told this might be Little Mermaid related.

Alright, Tom Spurgeon already stole this joke from me but seriously this was the first day of the show and this booth was empty. Wasn't this a really popular show three months ago? (The sign says "Battlestar Fan Club.")

Somebody just made fun of Joe Matt.

For me, this was my biggest celebrity sighting. It must have been the real Brobee, right? The costume is just too good. And look, Brobee is a fan of Red Colored Elegy.

Prithee, Brave Sirrah, have you the most recent broadcast of the Sherlock Holmes Tesla-cylinder on your teak Bhoom Bhox?

I think my favorite thing about all comics and sci-fi related subgroups is that you can always work in a bustier.

Seth and Jason Lutes signing away.

Here's a detail of that crazy 1576 character painting by Alison's old RISD pal.

All I'm saying is that I buy Tom Spurgeon lots of beer every convention.

Sammy explains his Joe Matt joke to Seth and Bob Sikoryak.

I can't even remember the name of this bar. I feel like it was something "The Velvet Crab" or "The Hot Box" or something. Either way, us older folks are still looking for the replacement for the Picadilly.

What. WHAT?!? I never thought I would say that about Pikachu either.

C'mon, you are so interested.

Seth and Bob signing away. I'm happy to say that Bob had the sleeper hit of the show for us.

"Once again, Comic-Con has underestimated the popularity of Steam-Punk."

The important thing when exhibiting at Comic-Con is to remember that you can reach diverse audiences.

Late night Friday, three Eisners (technically two of these do not below to D+Q but we accepted for the non-attending Chris Ware. The third belongs to Lynda Barry, of course.

Post-Eisner. Seth and the Opposite of Seth chat. Jeffery Brown stands right.

Late late night Friday post-Eisner, I ended up in a hip-hop video or so it seems whenever it's past midnight and you're hanging out with the Giant Robot crew. I swear to god this photo was not staged.

Items I bought at SDCC: some pink Snoopy handlebar caps that almost certainly got someone fired at the Peanuts licensing division, a blushing algae doll, and some Dell kids/teen comics.

More Jason and Seth at the Eisners.

Chris thanks Elton John for an Eisner.

On Saturday, Chris and Seth both received Inkpots at Seth's excellent slide show. It was a special surprise for both of them and I have to say that it is probably the single handsomest and appropriate award for cartoonists. It's really nice.

Michelle from GR and our new friend "Scrappers." I like to "party" with them.

Anne Ishii. Whisky. Keep your Eisners away from this woman.

We have the best fans because this one guy told me about a Moomin bank for sale at the other end of the convention center, took me there, and helped me skip the Pushead-signing line to get the last available copy.

Again, no idea who these guys are but I think it's fair to say we were all pretty pleased about this. Jessica Campbell sports wings.

Jessica keeps an eye on Chris Ware's Eisners. Someone actually wondered if he could buy one.

Last day of the show. Peter!!

Clowes interview on McSweeneys site

Is this an older post? I can't really tell. I do know it's an excellent interview with a hilarious description of Cracked magazine:

Q: Were you even a fan of Cracked?

A: No one was ever a fan of Cracked.

Growing up, my friends − okay, "friend" − and I used to think of Cracked as a stopgap. We would buy Mad every month, but about two weeks later we would get anxious for new material. We would tell ourselves, Okay, we are not going to buy Cracked. Never again! And we'd hold out for a while, but then as the month dragged on it just became, Okay, fuck it. I guess I'll buy Cracked.

Q: It was like comedy methadone.

A: Right. Then you'd bring it home, and immediately you'd remember, Oh yeah, I hate Cracked. I don't understand any of the jokes, and [Cracked mascot] Sylvester P. Smythe is the most unappealing character of all time.

{Thanks to the twitter follower who hipped me to this.}


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