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Thursday, July 31, 2008

San Diego Comic Con Leftovers

They say you can never have too many blog posts about SDCC just like you can never have too many storm troopers on stage with Jane Wiedlin. Here's my take on Comic Con 2008.

San Diego is a magical place where all your dreams can come true...

...like getting a picture with Kevin Eastman, of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Heavy Metal fame! Sadly, Kevin's "devil horns" hand signs got cropped out of the picture.

Lynda Barry brought her own special brand of magic to our booth, enchanting fans and D+Q staff alike with her irrepressible enthusiasm! Pictured above: Lynda warmly greets former D+Q intern Amelia, who helped in the production of Lynda's latest book, What It Is.

Scott McCloud and Eddie Campbell make the pilgrimage to visit with the legendary Lynda...

...which I guess makes McCloud "Scott Pilgrim", hahaha. Sorry.

Best comics-related tattoo ever!

Ooh! Second best!

Woah, what's going on here?

Oh, that's just Adrian chilling with the Wing Girls, the online dating advice superheroes, enthusiatic bloggers, and huge Optic Nerve fan-girls. Oboy, I bet they would have an earful for Ben Tanaka!

That just about wraps it up for another exciting year at Comic Con! What the heck: one last Steampunk for Alison.

Posted by Rebecca at 10:12 AM

SDCC 2008 (Sunday and various)

I may or may not add captions as I'm running out the door to go on vacation. Thanks to everyone who came by the booth and extra thanks to Rutu, Adrian, and Lynda, and super extra thanks to the folks at Comic Con who I can't say enough good things about.

I'm pretty sure that "yaoi" is not a verb.

Squaring off!!

Jason Myles is the winner!

Rutu signs.

Rutu continues signing.

Too many photos of Jason Myles, Jamie.

The long long Lynda line.

The crowd at Lynda's spotlight. Packed!

A terrible picture at the Lulu Fan Club meeting--the one panel I attended. We read a radioplay version of a Lulu story and it was awesome!

JKS and his new action figger.

For our intern Andrew.

This poster is something like 3 feet by 4 feet. Eat your heart out, Covey. Maybe you can do a jumbo Beasts ala Sunday Press.

This little girl was my absolute favorite fan. She totally bullied her mom into buying her the Moomin books.

Yeah, it's cute but I was a little disppointed that she went into pose mode the moment I raised the camera.

I woke Mike Baehr up.


Whenever Peg hears Zak Sally's name she says "he's handsome."

I, nerd.

Is this Steampunk? I think I'm unclear on the concept.

Who's cooler?


EVERYTHING is for sale.

Jamie and Rebecca pack up.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:27 AM
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Goodbye Jamie Quail!

Today is Jamie's final day here at D+Q as she gets ready to head off to London Ontario for grad school. Jamie is one of the few D+Q employees who has done it all here at D+Q--from packing mail orders, to designing ads, to running the publicity department during Peggy's absence. She started off as a once or twice a week intern and I still vividly remember being introduced to her at a local coffee shop by knows-everyone-introduces-everyone-local-nexus Billy Mavreas when she sat down wih us and offered that she had just lost her job and needed to find something. She is by far the most detail oriented among us and as a result the office will surely fall into disarray. Also, no one else will remember to water the plants. She will be missed.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 3:11 PM

TONIGHT - Enter Ron Regé, Jr.'s Cartoon Utopia!

Stop by the store this Wednesday, July 30th, for a celebration of Ron Regé, Jr.'s exhibition, Enter The Cartoon Utopia, and the release of his new book, Against Pain!

Ron's artwork is a pure joy to behold. His Cartoon Utopia series of drawings tells the story of how humans can build useful and beautifully designed machines in order use the earth's resources in sustainable ways, achieve world peace and live in harmony.

I love how Ron's work comes in many shapes and sizes and is accessible to all art lovers, regardless of the size of their pocketbook. Collectors can purchase one of Ron's original notebooks, those looking for something unique to decorate their walls can choose from a selection of drawings and limited-edition prints, and fans of adorable lil' things can pick up a hand-painted button, a pocketful of drawings or a postcard.

The event starts at 5 pm and Ron will give a talk about his new book at 6pm. He'll also be there all night to sign books and radiate positive energy. Come say hi!

Posted by Tom Devlin at 3:09 PM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

SDCC 08 (Saturday)

Bryan Lee O'Malley says "Give me that book-of-the-show!!"

Jordan Crane gets a book signed by Lynda and then remarks that "she's pretty hot for an older lady" which is either age-ist or horny and I'm not sure which (both.)

Ok, so it's like this. Jamie was taking the pictures and it was his first Comic Con so there are a lot of costumes but I've got to tell you that a lot of them were pretty awesome. LOOK at this Plastic Man. This guy rules.

I believe this is Gabriel Ba who is often referred to as "one of the Brazilians." He won a bunch of awards the night before at the Eisners. I engaged him about the whole waxing thing (all I know about Brazil) and he really had very little to say in response except "all I ever want to do is draw the comics."

Jamie, if you turn the camera you can fit her face in the frame.

Big news at Comic Con. Two minutes later a move to Vegas was confirmed.

Biggest celebrity sighting other than the much talked about Samuel L Jackson and James Kochalka meeting--it's Lasagna Cat!

Another cute tiny superhero!

Best Costume of the show. This guy did twenty solid minutes at Masquerade.

I'm not even sure if I should show these dioramas that Alison made for fear that Seth will have to start working on the inside of his buildings and we'll never see another comic from him. (What!! I kid. He has a book coming out soon--George Sprott--as well as a couple series designs--Doug Wright and the John Stanley Library.)

These dudes hate Peanuts!! And they're pretty confrontational about it.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 11:01 AM

SDCC 08 (Friday)

We're back home from San Diego now and catching up on sleep and work. It's safe to say that this was our most profitable and generally successful Comic Con yet. Long lines for Lynda, Adrian, and Rutu (thanks to everyone who came to get their books signed) and sell-outs for half a dozen books. The folks running the Con were amazingly helpful in every regard and I was constantly astonished by how attentive and well organized they were. And calm. So special thanks to Jackie and Janet (who I dealt with in person during the show) and all the other people on staff who made this the smoothest SDCC D+Q has ever done.

Alison and Rebecca start the day with a new attitude.

Oh, that's why.

Two days in and Rebecca is self-medicating.

Alvin Buenaventura rockin' it Mile-End stylee! (Jordan Rae and Carlene also pictured.)

Matt Groening says THIS IS THE BOOK OF THE SHOW!

I can't describe how much fun I had hanging out with Rutu and Yirmi. Rutu's presentation was a highlight for me this year at SDCC.


So maybe there's a certain Minx writer named Cecil who used to live in Montreal and years ago made a movie featuring our own Jamie Salomon...

NAY-KED!!!! {IT's true and, Cecil, please youtube,}

Prince Namor walking out of the bathroom at the convention center. This dude is barefoot. BAREFOOT-IN-THE-BATHROOM-AT-THE-CONVENTION-CENTER!!!

Tom Kenny of Spongebob Squarepants embarrasses us all by 1) staying at the booth too long talking about Gasoline Alley and 2) telling Anne Iishi (right) that she's his "con crush."

Kristy Valenti, the most powerful woman in Seattle.

I'm told the highlight of the graphic novel panel featuring Rutu and Adrian was when Rutu wrestled the mic away from Eddie "My Life in Comics" Campbell.

"The Kids" go out for dinner. Dash Shaw, Zak Sally, and Jordan Crane guest star.

Okay, to be fair I just learned how to text. FUNEM. SVFM. FUNEX. SVFX. LOL.

This is our world. Gary Groth on a giant screen. Reading a hilarious speech from Barry Windsor-Smith.

Ann Marie Fleming and Rutu handing out awards at the Eisners. Note to Jackie: Give poor Bill Morrison a break. David Cross and Seth Rogan are BIG comic nerds--ask one or both of them to host next year. I am not kidding.

James Sturm doodles on the program during the three and one half hour ceremony.

And then he wins for Satchel Paige. It was kind of a surprise to us all and a pretty nice moment so close to the end of the night. Congrats to Rich Tomasso as well.

And THEN Rutu wins and gives a really sweet speech thanking her friend Yirmi and our publisher Chris Oliveros. Did I need a thank you from the stage? No, I did not. Look it was late and the lights are bright and people can be a little forgetful. I get it. It's not a big deal . I don't do it for the thank yous and accolades.

I don't.


Posted by Tom Devlin at 7:54 AM
Monday, July 28, 2008

Eisner awards for Rutu Modan and Chris Ware

Congratulations to both Rutu Modan and Chris Ware for winning Eisner Awards this past weekend in San Diego. Rutu won in the "Best Graphic Album-New" category for her debut book, Exit Wounds, and Chris Ware won Best Writer/Artist for The Acme Novelty Library #18. Tom will probably have some photos when he gets back from San Diego.

Posted by Chris Oliveros at 10:37 AM
Friday, July 25, 2008

SDCC 08 (Thursday)

What could Rebecca and Alison be looking at? Why so glum?

Aah, that explains it. Look at that guy on the left hustle to get "'round front."

Special Guest and New York Times magazine cartoonist Rutu Modan arrives at the booth. She's got a new book out-- Jamilti, a collection of her short stories.

Her friend and Actus Tragicus compatriot, Yirmi Pinkus!

Math-loving former librarian Jason Shiga talks about his recent book deal for his amazing choose-your-own-adventure comic Meanwhile with a shaggy book editor.

Look, I'm not going to lie to you. I think Steam Punk is awesome. The only thing that could make this guy cooler is if he was sitting in an ornithopter. Made of brass.


Dear Traie, We got your Buck Rogers gun. It's smaller than we thought.

Look, it's Jamie's first con so cut him some slack on his love of snapping costume pics.

Jamie wants to call this exit con crush "mild in the streets" because everyone is so well behaved. He's nostalgic for the downtown Montreal riot following the cancellation of an Exploited concert.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 3:59 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2008

SDCC 08 (Wednesday)

Still setting up. Alison arrives and immediately calls high-hosey on a number of panels including the Steampunk meetup. Here's hoping she packed her aviator glasses. Brass!

Dan Nadel and his underpaid charges get ready to talk about John Kricfalusi and not CF as everyone who approaches their booth says "is that a Ren and Stimpy cel?"

Mini-flash. The first in a series.

Worst Dr. Manhattan costume ever.

Lynda Barry arrives. I swear to god she kissed Jamie Salomon six times!!!

Keeping it real.

This is for you, Covey.

Jamie Salomon covets a book at the PictureBox.

Here ya go. Lego Batman.

Still setting up. Draped Bart.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 11:42 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

SDCC 08 (Tuesday)

Welcome to Comic-con! The bestest comics show in the world. Jamie Salomon and I got in Tuesday afternoon and dodged giant Iron Men and the Owl's Owl Mobile or whatever that Watchmen thing is called (I will mention Watchmen in every single one of my posts, I promise.)
Man, you just know that whatever goes in this spot will be awesome!
Peanuts. I'm sure I will spend too much money at this booth (p.s. the colors are all wrong.)
I bet when I find out what this means, I will give birth to LOL-kittens.
Everyone should have to enter through this.

{Special note: Sushi Deli and Hong Kong Nite Club ARE CLOSED. Why?!?!?!}

Posted by Tom Devlin at 12:16 AM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood!

When he's not busy charming the local media with Paul Goes Fishing, the most recent installment in his ongoing Paul series, D&Q artist Michel Rabagliati devotes his time to peace work—specifically, promoting harmony between residential and commercial neighbours in Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal neighourhood. Rabagliati's beautiful illustrations bring a touch of class to this guide to good neighbourliness issued by the borough council.

Sadly, the D&Q staffers who can't read French will continue to offend and irritate their neighbours.

Posted by Rebecca at 5:24 PM

My Favorite Day of the Week

Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:32 AM

Claudia Rules

211's Claudia has been jet-setting around the US, and style.com has taken notice. Way to wow those New Yorkers with your je ne sais quoi, Claudia! She even made the home page.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:12 AM

Heaven in the D+Q office

There is nothing better than coming to work to find a brand spanking new shiny, oversized, Ron Rege Jr comic book on your desk. Against Pain collects all of Ron's comics from the past decade including my personal favorites: his Boys comic book, his "How to Hop a Freight Train" in the NY Times Magazine, "High School Analogy" from Coober Skeber, "We Must Know, We Will Know" from Drawn & Quarterly, ok ok, so before I go listing the complete table of contents,I'll admit that that every comic Ron creates is my favorite comic, I mean, how could they not be?

For more information on Ron's exciting french summer, visit the 211 blog.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 10:57 AM
Monday, July 21, 2008

D+Q at San Diego Comicon

Say what you will about San Diego, and everyone always has something to say, there is no other con that is better organized, directed and supporter of the comic book medium than Comic-Con International. How they put it all together boggles my mind. Every year the complaints are the same, "too big", "too Hollywood", "too cosplay", though there is yet to be any other annual festival in North America of this size and magnitude that goes out of its way to invite special guests like Adrian Tomine, Rutu Modan, Lynda Barry, Kim Dietch, Jim Woodring, not to mention Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragones at one show and makes sure that the show is affordable to independent publishers. The staff is incredibly helpful, emails and calls get answered. It's not just a job nor a new *hot* revenue stream, you can tell that the CCI staff actually like comics.

D+Q has its endcap booth #1529,and as you can see from the handy reference map that Dylan from Sparkplug made, I believe most indy companies are located near one another. This year D+Q will feature signings by James Sturm, Lynda Barry, Rutu Modan, and Adrian Tomine.

Thursday, July 24th:
11:00 AM-2:00 PM Rutu Modan Signing
1:00-4:00 PM Lynda Barry Signing
5:00-7:00 PM Adrian Tomine Signing

Friday, July 25th:
11:00 AM-1:00 PM Adrian Tomine and James Sturm Signings
2:00-3:00 PM Adrian Tomine and Rutu Modan on the International Voices Graphic Novel Panel ROOM 3
3:00-4:00 PM Spotlight on Lynda Barry, ROOM 7AB, Lynda will be presenting a slide show on What It Is and her class Writing the Unthinkable.
3:30-4:30 PM (Post Panel) Adrian Tomine & Rutu Modan Signings
4:00-7:00 PM (Post Panel) Lynda Barry Signing
3:30-4:30 PM (Post Panel) Adrian Tomine & Rutu Modan Signings

Saturday, July 26th:
11:00 AM-1:00 PM Lynda Barry Signing
12:30-1:30 PM Spotlight on Rutu Modan, ROOM 4, Rutu will present a slide show on her Exit Wounds and her new book Jamilti.
2:00-5:00 PM Adrian Tomine & Rutu Modan Signings
5:00-7:00 PM Lynda Barry Signing
5:30-6:30 PM Spotlight on Adrian Tomine, ROOM 10, Adrian will be interviewed by his first editor ever, Marc Weidenbaum, formerly of Tower Pulse Magazine and now EIC and VP at Viz Magazines.

Sunday, July 27th:
11:00 AM-1:00 PM Adrian Tomine and Lynda Barry Signings

Also, don't forget the Eisner Awards on Friday night, where D+Q artists are nominated for numerous awards.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:51 PM
Saturday, July 19, 2008

Early Morning Headlines

Woke up and had a few articles in my inbox. First up is a great local graphic novel story in the Montreal Gazette featuring 365 Days, White Rapids, and Paul Goes Fishing. Online at NPR.org is a feature on international graphic novels with quotes from our friends at Words Without Borders and a spotlight on Dupuy & Berberian. Lastly, the Booklist bookgroup has great taste in reading material citing Aya, Good-Bye and Exit Wounds on their list.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 8:50 AM
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Vanessa draws dancers in minidresses

And if you're going to the aforementioned SF Zine Fest, you might be able to buy one cheap!! More here.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:00 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Announcing...Kit Malo!

Effective immediately, Drawn & Quarterly is pleased to announce the hiring of Kit Malo as the company's Director of Operations, it was announced by Chris Oliveros, EIC and Publisher. Malo will oversee all operations of the D+Q retail, event and workshop space at 211 Bernard Ouest, Montreal; expanding the venue's relationship with the public and publishing communities-at-large while directing its electronic and creative infrastructure.

"With a BFA, contacts within Montreal's creative community from time spent as a volunteer at the artist-run centres Articule and SKOL, a bookkeeping background, and most importantly, a love for comics, Kit is the natural candidate to take 211 Bernard Ouest into its second year with the public," said Oliveros.

Malo was formerly a bookkeeper for the 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy at Concordia University and the Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill University and holds a BFA in Film Animation from Concordia.

(Artwork by Peter Thompson)


Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:45 AM
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Vanessa Davis at the SF Zine Fest!

Vanessa Davis is a special guest the SF Zine Fest this weekend where Jesse Reklaw will be doing a Q+A with her 5PM on Saturday at the SF County Fair Building.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 9:51 PM

More Glenn Ganges!

Good news everyone, Kevin Huizenga wrote the Chief that he is almost done with Or Else #5. Here's a preview.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 9:18 PM

Three Chapters Already!

Time flies, the NYT Magazine is already on chapter 3 of Rutu Modan's story, The Murder of the Terminal Patient. Above: my favorite panel to this week's chapter!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 4:31 PM
Saturday, July 12, 2008

D+Q presents Pomme Pomme!

This Saturday and Sunday, get out of the heat and into the AC by taking a stroll up the "Main" and stopping at Sala Rossa for an awesome craft and arts festival put on by us and Amy Johnson at Wooden Apples. For a list of exhibitors, check here. Along with Montreal designers/ateliers Wooden Apples, Headquarters, Pinpals, Velvet Mustache, we have some fun out of towners including Kevin Scalzo and ReproDepot and the fest is sponsored by Skyscraper Magazine, as there is a rock show on Sunday with Elfin Saddle, Shapes and Sizes (Special shout-out to D+Q employee Rory who is in Shapes and Sizes!), and Brave Radar!

This poster is by Julia Rothman of our favorite blog Book by Its Cover, who coincidentally just reviewed White Rapids. How does any of this get more awesome? By you attending, of course.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 10:00 AM
Friday, July 11, 2008

TONIGHT! - Lucky Vol. 2 #2 launch at Desert Island

Gabrielle Bell launches the new issue of Lucky!

FRIDAY, JULY 11th, 6:00 PM

at Desert Island
540 Metropolitan, Brooklyn, NY

Posted by Jamie Q at 12:03 PM

Inkstuds Interviews...

...Canadian style. Robin McConnell is doing a series of interviews dedicated to featuring cartoonists from the Great White North. Marc Bell talks about his [out-of-print] D+Q book, The Stacks. And David Collier is at the heart of what is purportedly the most Canadian Inkstuds interview ever.

Posted by Jamie Q at 11:34 AM
Friday, July 04, 2008

The Lost-Moomin Continuum

Back in early 2007, Matt Madden pointed out some similarities between the first volume of Moomin and the first season of Lost. Well, all the "losties" better add Tove Jansson to the list of literary references to the show, as I just got a sneak peek at volume 4 of Moomin, and let's just say two words: time travel.

I know it's unfair to mention Volume 4 when Volume 3 is out this Fall, but the good news is that Volume 4 will be out in Spring of 2009.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 12:04 PM
Thursday, July 03, 2008

Feel the Love

This profile of our favorite magazine, Giant Robot, has extensive quotes from Adrian Tomine. We just got the new issue of Giant Robot in at the store, and I checked out the three page Martin Wong interview with Lynda Barry. What?! What possibly more can you find out about Lynda Barry after the massive Spurgeon interview? Check it:

One time I was dating this French guy and I was amazed at how picky he was about the whole world around him. We were walking in the countryside and we saw a turkey. The French guy said, "I do not like this bird." I said, "Why not?" He said, "His head is not very exciting." To me, every comic strip has a head that is exciting. As for comics and their relationship to art and literature and that kind of thing, man, I don't know. No head is that exciting when mounted on a wall."

Check out the complete interview in Giant Robot issue 54!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:24 PM
Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A visit with Peter Thompson

I was in London--no, not that London, the other one, you know, in southern Ontario--this past weekend, and spent some time with Peter Thompson. He's living in a space that he shares with the Community Outreach Gallery's art storage, making for quite the visual smorg. Here he is surrounded by it all.. that giant painting there is by Taylor McKimens. And that cool truck just behind him to the left is by Misaki Kawai.

And of course there were a few art drawers full of his own work, including the last of the Lucky Ello drawings.

And more!

Peter is going to be part of an upcoming group show "Pulp Fiction" at Museum London July 26 - November 16 along with Marc Bell, Tasha Brotherton, Barry Doupe, Liz Garlicki, James Kirkpatrick, The Lions (Tasha Brotherton, Matthew Brown, Barry Doupe, Collin Johanson, James Whitman), Amy Lockhart, Jason McLean and Mark DeLong, Jennie O'Keefe, Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman.

Posted by Jamie Q at 3:58 PM

Sparkplug: We Heart You Back!

Gosh, shucks, blush. The Daily Cross Hatch interviews Sparkplug Comics publisher Dylan Williams, who has some nice things to say about us. Right back atcha Dylan, keep doing what you're doing!

(above photo of Dylan and Aaron Renier swiped from Cross Hatch)

Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:31 AM
Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Happy Canada Day, Eh!

An interview with Lynda Barry by the one and only Tom Spurgeon!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 8:52 AM
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