D+Q will be at ExpoZine this weekend, peddling our wares and and hosting signings by Pat Shewchuk + Marek Colek (Pohadky)and Pascal Girard, whose brand new Petit Livre, Nicolas, we just received. Our schedule for the weekend is as follows:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
12 pm- Fair Opens 2-4 pm- Pat Shewchuk + Marek Colek signing 6 pm- Fair Closes
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
12 pm- Fair opens 1:30-3:00 pm- Pat + Marek signing 3:00-4:00- Pascal Girard signing 6:00 pm- Fair closes
So come visit us at 5035 St Dominique, in between St Joseph and Laurier. D+Q artists Matt Forsythe (Ojingogo) and Peter Thompson (The Chronicles of Lucky Ello) will also be there selling their own books, and I'm sure that they would sign copies of their D+Q published books if you asked them nicely.
If nothing else, come to say hi to Kit, Rebecca, Jamie Salomon and me, and try to stave off the early winter depression by buying cool stuff! Posted by Jessica Campbell at 3:34 PM
For those of you who were not able to make it out to Waterloo, Ontario this past weekend, we have pictures for you of the Seth/Chris Ware event. The occasion was the opening of an exhibition of Seth's Dominion City (a remarkable miniature city constructed by Seth in recent years). As well, Chris Ware presented Lost Buildings, his audiovisual account (co-written by This American Life's Ira Glass) regarding the sad demise of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan's buildings.
I've never seen Mr. Ware give this presentation, but I do have the DVD/book version and I'd encourage everyone to try and track down a copy.
The discussion was moderated by Jeet Heer (Chris Ware's co-editor on Walt & Skeezix).
Jeet and Seth... (Above photos courtesy of John Minh Tran.)
These two photos of Dominion City are actually from the Art Gallery of Ontario's exhibition in 2005, although I assume this is the same set up at The University of Waterloo.
It's a little hard to tell from these photos, but Dominion City is a reproduction of about 10 city blocks (at least that's how I remembered it) and it occupies a large room when it's on display (about 10 by 20 feet?). Apparently, when it's not on exhibit, Seth dismantles each building and stores them in his house. Posted by Chris Oliveros at 3:41 PM
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It what may be a first for a D+Q book, there is now a promotional animated video up for the book Pohadky, courtesy of artists Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek. Pohadky launches at the Drawn & Quarterly store in Montreal this Friday at 7:00 pm.
Betty Bong wrote to say that Ms. Lynda Barry will be presenting her Writing the Unthinkable workshop in Chicago on Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 4th, AND THERE ARE ONLY 12 SEATS LEFT! Be there or be square. Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:20 PM
Monday, November 24, 2008
Noted cartoonist and children's book author Raymond Briggs was honored yesterday with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Cartoon Art Trust Awards in London. Briggs wrote and drew seminal books like The Snowman, Gentleman Jim, and When The Wind Blows long before most people started using the term "graphic novel," so it's good to see him getting the recognition he deserves. And what's not to love about awards with an "under 12" category? I like winner Emilia Franklin's lighthouse cartoon. Posted by Chris Oliveros at 1:42 PM
Join D+Q in launching Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek's Pohadky at 211 Bernard on Friday, November 28th. Details are as follows: Launch of Pohadky by Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek 7 pm, Friday, November 28th Librairie Drawn & Quarterly 211 Bernard Ouest, Montreal (514) 279-2224
Our Summer 2008 intern, Andrew Wilmot, attended Matthew Forsythe's Ojingogo event at Lucky's on Saturday and snapped a few pics for ye old blog. Thanks Andrew! Attn, Montrealers: Matt Forsythe will be at Expozine in Montreal this weekend! Posted by Peggy Burns at 9:55 AM
Chris Ware and Seth will be in Waterloo tomorrow talking at the School of Architecture from 1:00-4:00 PM. According to the school's website, their conversation will be preceded by an "audiovisual presentation prepared by Ware and This American Life radio host Ira Glass entitled Lost Buildings concerning the demolition of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan's buildings and one person's efforts to save them." I imagine their conversation will be centered around architecture and judging from each of their comics, their thoughts behind this will be quite interesting.
If you are going to be in Southern Ontario, don't miss these exhibits:
Seth: The North Star Talking Picture House at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery where "one of the buildings from Seth's Dominion City project has been re-built as a walk-in theatre in KW|AG's Eastman Gallery. Within the theatre is a running program of short films selected from the National Film Board library by Seth. With its exterior painted to mimic Seth's graphic style, visitors are invited to literally walk in to one of Seth's buildings which, until this point, have only existed as small scale models."
And COMIC CRAZE at Cambridge Galleries Queen's Square that has art by Marc Bell, Chester Brown, Genevieve Castree, David Collier, Michel Rabagliati, Seth, Maurice Vellekoop and many other fine Canadian cartoonists (until January 4th). Posted by Peggy Burns at 12:43 PM
Pre-D+Q, Creative Director Tom Devlin was best known as the publisher of Highwater Books. Before Highwater, Tom had a series of Boston-area comics gigs, most notably as the manager of Million Year Picnic (like the new domain Tony!). As his wife, however, I can attest to the fact that his most interesting comics stories come from his stint at the Boston warehouse for Diamond Comics in the 90s, back when Diamond had regional warehouses. He often reminisces about a boss he had who was friends with Iggy Pop. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Lo and behold yesterday, while stuck in traffic and luckily able to tune in VPR north of the border, rock critic Milo Miles was on Fresh Air and reviews a new release called A-Square (Of Course), that collects the 60s rock music out of Ann Arbor, Michigan named for an indy label and booking agency founded by Hugh"Jeep"Holland, Tom's old boss. Milo recalls Jeep as the "ultimate fan" an enigmatic person, lover of rock music and comics, and "eventually returned to his first passion comic books working for Diamond Comics Distributors..." What does this have to with D+Q? Not much, but it's not often you hear someone who your husband worked for, revered on Fresh Air, and it's not often that the person worked for Diamond Comics! Not to mention the first person to put out records by Iggy Pop and the MC5!!!! Plus, the album sounds awesome with songs by the Scott Richard Case, MC5, The Thyme, The Apostles and more. Posted by Peggy Burns at 9:13 AM
The Providence Journal has a nice write-up of a new exhibit opening up at Brown University tonight titled "Jews and American Comics: An Exhibition of Popular Art" at the John Nicholas Brown Center's Carriage House Gallery, 357 Benefit St. The show runs through December 19th.
Tonight at 5 PM, James Sturm will deliver a keynote address, with RISD graduate Jason Lutes. Also part of the show is Miriam Katin, as well as a host of other cartoonists, seems like the show, curated by students in in Paul Buhle's course, "Jewish Americans: Film and Comics" did an excellent job. Posted by Peggy Burns at 12:00 PM
Here's what Peter Thompson has to say about it on his Flickr page:
"Well, I have all these drawings I did around 2002-03, and there's a bunch of them. And they're just sitting around, doing nothing. They're ink on paper, 5.5 inches by 8.5.(though a few have been slightly trimmed) And I figure, what am I going to do with them, just put them in a drawer for the rest of my life? I don't think so. Want one? $50. Bargain. Some of these have appeared in the photocopied booklets 'Mighty Destructo Man', 'Hotrod Hooligan', and 'Battle Droids'. And, I know they look a little grey in these images, but really, the paper is white-ish. you can get a-hold of me at firstname.lastname@example.org"
This book should be arriving in comic and book stores today. Don Freeman is one of those cartoonists who became more famous as a children's book illustrator (along with the likes of Dr. Seuss and Jack Kent). If the name's not familiar, he's the guy who did Corduroy, that little green-overall wearing, button-losing, stuffed bear that we all loved as children. Skitzy is on the medium short list of early graphic novels pre-dating the modern era along with works by Lynd Ward, Milt Gross, and ahostofothers. It's a cute tale of artistry and commerce and, I think, most notable for a glimpse of 1950s Greenwich Village and a look at a kind of lost style of loose sketchy sculptural linework. It's really our privilege to publish this and our thanks go out to Don's son Roy Freeman and cartoonist Dave Kiersh for bringing this lost treasure to our attention.
So due to birthin' babies and other life mid-life "achievements", I haven't traveled for the company in some time. In fact, I think my last out of town "con" was in 2006 when Tatsumiwas a special guest at Comic-Con International. So I jumped at the chance to go to Nashville, to seize upon a generous invitation from Francisca Goldsmith who was the chair of the preconference task force on graphic novels, "Picturing the Story: Teen Readers Get Graphic @ your library" at the very first YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium ever. It's odd to think that with all of the ALA conferences both national and regional that this was the very first YALSA conference, due to a generous gift from Bill Morris. With over 200 attendees and a waiting list of 80 people just for the preconference, it's safe to assume the preconference was a smashing success.
I met a lot of librarians:This woman is from the Edmonton Public LIbrary who hosted Pascel Blanchet in September. This is Kimberly Patterson from Lawrence, Kansas and Betsy Levine from Oakland. One of my favorite things at D+Q is coming across a blog report of how someone checked out one of our books at their local library. This weekend I received notice that the Finger Lakes Library System in NYS has Red Colored Elegy in stock or that the Meriam Library in California did a little write-up of Adrian. So what could be better than actually getting to meet 200 librarians who are interested in the very items that we publish?I was asked to present on the topic of European and North American comics for adults that can be used for older teen readers. Being that AYA by Marguerite and Clement was just awarded the Children's Africana Book Awards for Older Readers in Chicago at almost the same time, all 200 attendees received a free copy of AYA and Paul In the Country.Somehow I found myself on stage making an African continent/country joke, just a few days after the election, and guest speaker Gene Yang said the stations of the cross were a comic, so I think if they never have comic programming at the conference again, we know why. But the librarians loved, loved, loved Gene, so I doubt that will happen. Above is a horrible shot of Gene doing his keynote, my camera batteries soon died soon after.
Since I was down south I did manage to get in some good cooking. I had some hot chicken and catfish at Bolton's. hot chicken and hot catfish are very hot versions of fried chicken and fish, can you see the heat?and stopped by Arnold's Country Kitchen for the most delicious, cheapest buffet I have ever been lucky enough to come across.So yes, now after blogging about my kids, I am now blogging about food. Next Up, my sewing projects. Oh wait, I did blog that. Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:08 PM
I went down to the Center for Cartoon Studies yesterday to give a guest lecture to the freshman class. They seemed like a good bunch of kids (some aren't kids of course.) They were working on a cover design project (largely excellent work--I was very impressed) so I talked a little bit about how we make the choices we make at D+Q and then I did crits on the work they had hanging on the walls. Unlike previous visits, there were no tears. BUT the main reason for my trip was to take a look at a project that CCS director and D+Q cartoonist James Sturm is currently working on.
At CCS, there's a special room devoted to 5000 drawings by the late Denys Wortman. From 1926-1954, Denys drew a single panel strip called Metropolitan Movies. As a small 4.5" x 4" panel on cruddy newsprint these strips don't look like much but seeing the full size 12.5" x 11" drawings is seeing a master draftsman at work.
James goes through a small batch of drawings (they've been divided up into a couple dozen categories like Sailors & Soldiers, Beach, In Dixie, Mrs. Rumpel's Borading House, Department Stores, Kids, etc.
On the left, a Wortman self-portrait with editor leaning over his shoulder. Not pictured, there's another self-portrait-at-drawing-board featuring his studio mates--Ernie Bushmiller and Milt Gross!!
Here's another Wortman cartoon based on a Bushmiller gag. Many of the drawings have letters from readers or notes of some sort pasted onto the back. This one has the original gag sketch by Bushmiller (sorry about the blurriness.)
I'll try to post a few more images of the Wortman drawings to give you a better sense of his amazing figure drawing and detail capturing of an early-20th Century New York City. In the meantime, here's a sketch that one of the smart-alec soon-to-receive-a-failing-grade freshman students did while I was lecturing. Har har.
Lynda Barry's last event, REPEAT LAST EVENT OF 2008, will be tomorrow night at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles with Matt Groening at 7 PM. And it's FREE! Hasn't this year been awesome with so much Lynda!!!!!! If you haven't had enough, check out the LA City Beat and Vice for more Lynda! Posted by Peggy Burns at 1:47 PM
The mighty sailor/cartoonist T. Edward Bak takes a mini shore leave to sign copies of the latest D+Q Showcase Volume 5 at the New Orleans Book Fair on Saturday, the 15th from 3-4 PM at the Beth Books table at the Fair on French St. Don't miss! Posted by Peggy Burns at 9:46 PM
As individuals involved in the art form of comics and graphic novels, we are glad to see that a graphic novel has made the short-list for this year's Governor General's Literary Awards. SKIM (by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki) is a wonderful book and deserves the attention. But we're troubled by the fact that only one of its co-creators is receiving credit for the creation of the book's text. We understand that an award-category exists for illustration, but to have nominated Jillian in that category would not have rectified the problem. Indeed, that would have highlighted how our medium is misunderstood.
We're guessing that the jury who read SKIM saw it as an illustrated novel. It's not; it's a graphic novel. In illustrated novels, the words carry the burden of telling the story, and the illustrations serve as a form of visual reinforcement. But in graphic novels, the words and pictures BOTH tell the story, and there are often sequences (sometimes whole graphic novels) where the images alone convey the narrative. The text of a graphic novel cannot be separated from its illustrations because the words and the pictures together ARE the text. Try to imagine evaluating SKIM if you couldn't see the drawings. Jillian's contribution to the book goes beyond mere illustration: she was as responsible for telling the story as Mariko was.
In an October 21st article for the CBC website, one of your jurors, Teresa Toten, was interviewed: "Toten praised SKIM for using the graphic novel format to tell a sophisticated story about what life is like for teenaged girls. The work is remarkable in part because of how the words and pictures both contribute to the literary quality, she said." And that is the point of this letter. "[T]he words and pictures both contribute to [SKIM's] literary quality".
A new category does not need to be created to properly address the graphic novel. In fact, it is best to see graphic novels appear in literary awards only when they deserve to compete equally against prose on their literary merit alone.
In writing this letter, we don't mean to slight Mariko. One of the reasons this collaboration works so well is because she understood how to write for this medium. But we feel that as things now stand, Jillian is being slighted. We want both of the enormously talented creators of this book to be honoured together for their achievement.
Chester Brown (Author of Louis Riel) Seth (Author of It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken)
NAMES IN SUPPORT OF THIS LETTER Lynda Barry (Author of What It Is) Peter Birkemoe (Owner of The Beguiling) Dan Clowes (Author of Ghost World) David Collier (Author of The Frank Ritza Papers) Julie Doucet (Author of 365 Days) Chris Oliveros (Publisher of Drawn and Quarterly) Joe Ollmann (Author of This Will All End in Tears) Bryan Lee O'Malley (author of Scott Pilgrim) Michel Rabagliati (Author of Paul Moves Out) Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer Prize winning author of Maus) Adrian Tomine (Author of Shortcomings) Chris Ware (Author of Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Kid on Earth) Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:38 PM
Joe Sacco's thorough review of Guy Delisle's Burma Chronicles in The National is one of the most insightful reviews I have seen in recent memory. Discussed is the role of Delisle's use of public/private imagery and anecdotes in addressing one of the most oppressive regimes in the world, as well as Delisle often concise telling of the political/cultural history of the country. Posted by Jessica Campbell at 11:15 AM
I know that you're all waiting for our APE report, and I'm sure that it's coming...
In the meanwhile, here's a little report from the New York Art Book Fair, which we attended a few weeks ago.
The fair was held in a white-walled auction house, and while there were some publishers there, many of the tables specifically dealt with rare books, artists' books, prints... While it wasn't exactly what we were used to, we slowly began to fit in, and by day three, Alison had made white cotton gloves mandatory when handling the books.
The fair housed an auction on the Saturday, complete with phone operators dressed in black. This seemed proof enough that this was no ordinary comic book convention.
Or was it?
Former D+Q intern and now Brooklyner Shawn Kuruneru stopped by the booth to remind me that my Canadian BFA means nothing in the US,
and Alison and I took "stalker-style" photos of AA Bronson with his back to our booth. Unfortunately, we only managed to capture his least rhinestoned/colourful outfit.
Don't worry, Tom, we weren't eating behind the booth. The pretzel is a mere prop to get a secret photo of Michel Gondry. Even I marvel at our subtlety.
Apparently we weren't the only ones who were "con-fused." Boy, is this guy's face red! Posted by Jessica Campbell at 11:10 AM
If you live in the Pacific Northwest and have not had the chance to see Lynda in person, I beg of you to go see her this week. For your own sanity, peace of mind and well-being! She has two spotlight events, this Wednesday night Lynda returns to Evergreen in Olympia and this Sunday afternoon at Wordstock in Portland.
Still undecided? Read this Eye Weekly report on Lynda's Toronto workshop and events at IFOA (what she mouths to the audience on Sunday...priceless!) and this interview in the Olympian. And a warning to all Seattle-ites, Lynda will not be going to Seattle, I repeat NOT going it Seattle, so this may be worth the short road trip to see her!
You know you have been in comics for along time, when you can easily make a Jack Kent reference! Posted by Peggy Burns at 1:06 PM
Derik Badman does the best close reading of Seiichi Hayashi's Red Colored Elegy I've seen yet. If you're a fan of this book, I really recommend reading what he has to say. Posted by Tom Devlin at 10:25 AM