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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
 

Attn. Retailers! (Or shoppers!)

We just recently redesigned our site to allow us to add and delete stores without the continual aid of a webmaster. (though we adore our webmaster, Doug, we love you!) So people, if your store or the store you shop at is not listed here, then please email publicity@drawnandquarterly.com so we can add. And of course, if you sadly see a store that is no longer open, please let us know that as well.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:48 PM
 

Are You...

...as excited as I am for the Matthew Thurber/Kevin Huizenga Simpsons comic coming out in this?

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 11:22 AM
Saturday, June 27, 2009
 

Interns Are Awesome


D+Q interns are awesome, and now they are even more so. Former Summer 2008 D+Q intern, McGill Music Theory graduate, Claire Boucher built a boat and attempted to motor down the Mississippi River, she didn't get far, but who cares, god bless her! This is the best and most inspiring article I have read in some time.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 10:38 PM
Friday, June 26, 2009
 

NEW COLORISTS


Posted by Jessica Campbell at 11:53 AM
Thursday, June 25, 2009
 

Live Chat With Seth Today! 2:00 PM EST


The people over at the CBC have a book club and while it's not a twitter book club like they have across the pond, it is still pretty awesome that in the past few months they have lined up Jonathan Goldstein, Jillian Tamaki and today's guest, Seth, to talk to fans. I like this opportunity as not every fan lives in a city big enough to land on our book tours and it allows even the most hermitic of people to interact with their favorite authors. Look, I am not saying that comic book fans are shy, well, actually...

And yesterday, the CBC bookclub chatted with Toronto retailer Peter Birkemoe.

And Drawn & Quarterly donated five gift packs (of 9 books each!!!) to the book club, which you can enter to win this week. And the Doug Wright Awards also donated books to the book club including a signed Louis Riel!

So 2:00 PM today, mark in your schedule, take a late lunch and chat with Seth.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 9:40 AM
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
 

Toronto! Friday June 26th!

Come out to MOCCA in Toronto (no, not that one) for the opening of Pulp Fiction, an art show featuring a bunch of your favourite Canadian cartoonists/fine ahhhhrtists like Marc Bell, Amy Lockhart, Peter Thompson and Seth Scriver.

Don't worry if you can't make the opening! The show runs until the end of August. From the MOCCA website:

Pulp Fiction
Marc Bell, Tasha Brotherton, Mark DeLong, Barry Doupe, Shayne Ehman, Liz Garlicki, James Kirkpatrick, Amy Lockhart, Jason McLean, Jennie O'Keefe, Seth Scriver, The Lions, Peter Thompson

June 27 - August 23, 2009

Organized by Museum | London
Curated by Corinna Ghaznavi

Opening party: June 26, 7 - 11 p.m.
Featuring the smooth summer sounds of Toronto synth-rock-pop combo The D'Urbervilles
(NOTE: I swear that I did not write this as a joke; it's actually what the website says.

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 10:58 AM
Monday, June 22, 2009
 

Right on!



Chris Wright is a smart guy and makes great comics. There's an interview with him about last year's Inkweed (a book you should own) here at the Exquisite Things blog.

Here's a particularly great quote:

"I think what I am trying to say is that people who wouldn't know 'art' if it bit them in the ass need to stop insisting that comics is an art form. Comics is not an art form, it is a medium. The art comes in with the soul of its purveyor, regardless of the form."

Chris is currently working on his next book Black Lung which you will hopefully see from D+Q sometime in the Fall of 2010.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 11:41 AM
Saturday, June 20, 2009
 

The Star's Top Ten Books of the Decade! Congrats Chester for Louis Riel

The Toronto Star considers the ten best books of the decade and spotlights Chester's Louis Riel along with Harry Potter, The Tipping Point, The Da Vinci Code and Life of Pi. We couldn't agree more!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 9:14 AM
Thursday, June 18, 2009
 

Ssssh! Genius at work.


Marc Bell paid us a visit in the office yesterday to go over his proofs for Hot Potatoe [sic]. Seeing his proofs (in stores in October) made me realize that I forgot to link to another awesome Sean Rogers review of Marc's Illustrated Cartoon Videos in the Walrus. These are Marc's comic strips from Vice Magazine that were exhibited last month in Toronto at the Paul Bright Gallery.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 4:21 PM
 

Seth & Adrian Hit The West Coast: Tonight in San Fran!



Last night, Adrian and Seth presented their slide shows to 100 people at Skylight Books in Silver Lake, how do I know this already? I checked out Skylight's twitter feed!

Tonight in San Francisco at the Park Branch of the SFPL around the corner from the fine retail establishment of Booksmith in the Haight on Thursday, June 18th at 7:30 PM.

ATTN BAY AREA RESIDENTS: DO NOT MISS THESE SLIDE SHOWS! Arrive early, as the SF Chronicle did a story on Seth and Adrian and the Weekly plugged the event.

Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 PM
The Park Branch Library, 1833 Page St. with Booksmith

Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:32 AM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
 

Tomorrow Night! NYC!


Join R. Sikoryak and Montreal's beloved Rupert Bottenberg (and others!) tomorrow night for a comics slideshow and Typhon anthology party!

deets:

MoCCA Thursday, June 18, 2009. 7 pm
Admission: $5 (Free for MoCCA Members)
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, suite 401
New York, NY 10012
212-254-3511

moccany.org

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 5:20 PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
 

Who will create the Complete Fort Thunder archive?


Over at the Journal for Aesthetic Research, Greg Cook shows a dogpile of Fort Thunder minis. This makes me realize how many holes there are in my collection. Dang! I don't have the Garfield issue of MONSTER!

Posted by Tom Devlin at 10:04 AM
Monday, June 15, 2009
 

D+Q Enfant debut!


Gigi shows off the debut D+Q Enfant title A Book about Moomin, Mymble, and Little My, our first of a series of classic Moomin pictures books. Due this fall!! {ISBN: 9781897299951}

Posted by Tom Devlin at 8:42 AM
Friday, June 12, 2009
 

AWWWWnders!


Check out this really sweet story from Anders Nilsen's blog about how making story books for his little sister made him realize that he wanted to do comics.

Congratulations on graduating high school, Ella!

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 5:29 PM
 

Industry People!


Don't forget to vote for the Eisners! Voting ends on Monday.

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 11:56 AM
Thursday, June 11, 2009
 

MOCCA OVERLOAD


During our time in New York, Seth, Adrian Tomine and I went to a number of comic shoppes so that the boys could do stock signings. Here they are at the newish Bergen St Comics in Adrian's old hood. We also had the pleasure of visiting Barnes and Noble, Forbidden Planet, Jim Hanley's and Rocketship. It's always a pleasure to go around to the stores in NYC, meet the retailers and see how the stores are set up, and this trip was no exception. If you didn't have a chance to get your book signed while Seth and Adrian were in town, be sure to check out any of those stores or the beautiful Desert Island for signed books.


The event at The Strand (another place to get signed copies of Seth and Adrian's books) on Thursday night went really well. It was very well attended and the talks did not disappoint. Seth's ruminations on art school folly, the comics medium and narcissurfing the web alternately elicit laughter and prompt thought and Adrian's reading of the introduction to the new box set edition of 32 Stories is hilarious and enlightening.


Seth and Adrian sign books.


MoCCA day 1! This is around 10 am, the books have still not arrived. MoCCA was this year held at the 69th Regiment Armory, once home to the infamous 1917 Armory Show, the one that Marcel Duchamp was kicked out of for submitting his "Fountain." Needless to say, Alison and I made many jokes about the tables and coffee cups being "ready-mades," claiming that we didn't need books. Thank you, art school!


11:00 am, still no books. Alison reads I love you, Gabrielle Bell, begins work on I love you, Jason Kiefer and Tom talks to fellow Montrealer Andy Brown of Conundrum Press. Working hard or hardly working, am I right???


11:30 am, no books. Tom shows off what he has learned in all of those "Krumping" classes; Alison is impressed.


Steven Guarnaccia, however, is not.


Crowd shot?


Nope! Just spying on Paul Karasik.


I think this is my favorite photo of the con. Gabrielle leafs through the infamous David Bowie sketch book as Sean Collins peers over the table expectantly. Meanwhile, Ron Rege appears to be engrossed in David Icke's I am me I am free - The Robots' Guide to Freedom. Mid way through the first day, everyone is looking fresh.

Also, this is probably a good time to remind Tom that we need to get our San Diego sketch books ready soon. Have we decided on a theme yet? "A horse riding a bicycle up stairs" or the simple "nude self portraits?"


We put Seth and Adrian to work.


Tom does a sketch for Peter Kuper's daughter as she looks around for someone more famous.


The booth at the beginning of Day 2.


Seth does his slideshow for the MoCCA crowds.


The people like it! Well, except for that one guy in the corner.


Adrian is hidden by the speakers, makes a lot of good jokes using audio/visual prompts.


Karl Erickson, the very kind MoCCA director, walks through the sea of trash inevitable (?) at the end of a convention. WE ARE ALWAYS THE LAST ONES LEFT.


GOOD BYE ALISON! I miss you already.

But wait! San Diego is only 6 weeks away! See you soon, actually. Sigh.

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 12:07 PM
 

Attn Chicago: Eat Here

Damn. forgot to put this on the chief and rebecca's itinerary last weekened.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 9:28 AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
 

MOCCA 2009

This year it was Jessica, Alison, and myself manning the D+Q booth with signings by Seth, Adrian, Ron, and Gabrielle. We all arrived a day early and I was determined to actually do something in the city rather than just stay in the convention center. I hoped to at least see the Francis Bacon show at the Met (I wasn't sure whether I had particularly liked his work and it seemed like a good time to answer that question.) Jessica, Seth, and I hit the late Picasso show at the Gagosian Gallery with Dan Nadel. It was excellent. Better art lookers than me could stay a lot about this show but mostly I was just 1) amazed to see so much Picasso together and 2) observe the ease with which he made amazing images. After that we headed off to Printed Matter right nearby.


Jessica and Seth browse the stacks and discuss the merits of Jim Goad. We lucked out that there was a Destroy All Monsters show going on so we saw tons of amazing Jim Shaw, Mike Kelley and Gary Panter stuff. It was especially great because we had no idea the show was there. We then crammed in the Bacon show (they liked, I was less enthused) and sans-Seth Jessica and I saw some Claes Oldenburg at the Whitney. I like his food.


Later Alison joined us and we headed off the Grand Sichuan on St. Mark's to have dinner with Adrian, Ron and Gabrielle. Man, I love the food at this place. Dinner was nearly perfect except for the endless teasing I endured. ENDLESS. Now, I know how Joe Matt feels. Sniff. {Okay, I deserved it because I kept coughing because the spicy food was too hot but then I would go right back in and eat more and cough again.}


We headed off to the Sparkplug/Bodega/Secret Acres artshow in Brooklyn and were lucky enough to witness this. The sign reads "Free Bouncy Rides."


It was the first of many "New York moments" we enjoyed. Furries have broken out of the confines of the convention center hotel it would seem.


The art show was hot, crowded, filled with young people, etc. But great nonetheless. Look at those amazing murals freshly painted by a crew of Scandanavian cartoonists (how did I not know that they would be at this show?!?) Please note Austin English to the left of the frame telling yet another person that he was "the worst intern ever." {Private joke for 100 people, sorry.}


Opening time at the show. Where are the books? Where are the people? Enjoy that coffee now, Jessica, because you'll be sweating it out later.


Jason Kieffer and his must-have mini, "I love you, Gabrielle Bell" about his con-crush from TCAF. Wasn't that just last week? I wanted to film a video of Gabrielle reading the comic in front of Jason but thought better of it. I should have done it.


Brendan Burford, bright-eyed, had the newest Syncopated for sale. One of my favorite con chatters.


CCS-ers Joe Lambert, Alex Kim, and Melissa Mendes setting up their both. I think there were something like 50 of these kids at the show this weekend. Alex had his fat Xeric-funded Wall City, Joe had the same old comics he's been selling for years (C'MON, JOE!!) and future D+Q intern Melissa had my current favorite mini, Freddy. Also, Greg Means and JP Coovert in the background.


Kurt Wolfgang and Kevin Scalzo were seated in the aging-cartoonists-who-have-some-sort-of-Fantagraphics-connection section. Wait, I love these guys!! Sales of Kevin's Sweat Book climbed as temperatures soared in our dark green sweat lodge. I'm not sure if you read this on any blogs yet but it was hot in the Armory. Yes, that Armory!! The very famous place where those soldiers shot those paintings back during the Depression.


Tom Gauld, Jon Bennett, and Alvin Buenaventura stand around WAITING FOR BOOKS TO ARRIVE!


Jesse Reklaw. Never a genuine moment from this guy. Seriously. (Willow Dawson, background left.)


Jesse Moynihan, Dylan Williams, Kaz Strzepek. Jesse (Follow Me)and Kaz (The Mourning Star) had new books from Bodega. I mention this because I have read them and quite enjoyed them. Austin often refers to Bodega publisher Randy Chang as "Tom's favorite intern" although I think it's time, Austin, that you looked at him as a person.


We get it, Ron. You like peace.


Emily (Evan Dorkin's and Sara Dyer's daughter) in her now-famouser Moomin dress. I will take a picture of this dress at every con until someone pulls the camera from my hand.


Late night with Pete from Bodega and Brian Ralph. Brian says "everyone always talks about the story when reviewing comics and not the art. I don't care about the story, I just want to draw." Or something like that. Admittedly he might have been "tired."


Seth talking to his German (Edition 52) publisher, Thomas.


Head down. Ploughing through the crowd.

Flickr set here.

Somewhere, I've got a bunch of video. I'll share if there's anyhting worthwhile. Despite the MOCCA snafus, I had a great time. I haven't been to this show in a couple of years so it was great catching up with old friends like Tom Hart and Jessica Abel however briefly and spending a fun evening with Frank Santoro and Tim Kreider. I missed a ton of comics (was Uptight there?).

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:30 AM
 

Souther Salazar on John Porcellino


Posted by Tom Devlin at 6:12 AM
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
 

Chicago Printers Row



On Sunday D+Q wrapped up its second year at Chicago Printers Row, one of the best book festivals in North America. Our booth was just below the old Dearborn Station.



The great Lynda Barry and Chris Ware packed the main stage with a wildly entertaining panel discussion on the nature of drawing and creativity and then hordes of audience members followed them to our booth for this signing on Saturday.



Lynda's "Elmo" ring, an ongoing topic of discussion.



Chris Ware participates in only about one or two signings each year, so this was a rare chance to meet him.



It had just finished raining minutes before (there were still occasional raindrops during the signing and everyone had to be careful not to place books on certain parts of the table).



Luckily this scene only lasted a few minutes, as somehow the real downpours held off for most of the weekend.



Got a chance to finally meet Ray Pride, a long-time D+Q supporter at New City, where he's worked as a writer and editor for many years. He talked about the early years at the paper working with Jorge Colombo and Chris Ware, and how Chris would spend many late nights cutting Rubylith for his weekly strip (before the days of computer coloring).



Lynda sure is a real trooper. Here she is with Rebecca on Sunday, signing at the booth even though What It Is had sold out the prior day after hordes of new readers depleted our supply. She brought little note papers so that people could still get drawings from her. The other tables in the background belonged to the Vegetarian Resource Group, making this tent a one-stop shopping destination for cookbooks and comics.

Posted by Chris Oliveros at 12:43 PM
Friday, June 05, 2009
 

Cartoon Prayers



What can be better (and funnier) than a book collecting and illustrating "found" prayers? Real prayers - none of this is made up, according to the aptly-named artist Christian Northeast.



When contacted last year by D&Q about doing a book, this prolific and talented illustrator from Ontario came back a few months later with the proposal for Prayer Requested.



If his artwork looks familiar, it's likely because you've seen it before in publications like McSweeney's, Time, and The New Yorker.



Prayer Requested is his first book and we'll have advance copies for sale this weekend in New York and Chicago. The rest of it will be out in stores later this month. Pretty hilarious stuff.

Posted by Chris Oliveros at 10:04 AM
Thursday, June 04, 2009
 

Last night we got rocked and contact highed!

Ever since my nervous breakdown, I've been working from home so it was nice to get out to an intimate venue and see my co-workers and friends again. Ah, who am I kidding! I saw nobody until the show was over. It was crazy packed at Metropolis for our 20th with TV on the Radio and Dirty Projectors.


How many times have I seen this expression? This is my life. Seriously, Peg had a lot of fun except for this particular moment.


Typical light-blown pic of a rock concert. TVOTR revs it up! Somewhere I've got a snippet of "Family Tree" that represents. That song is still stuck in my head 24 hours later. {edit: Here it is...}




Blurry, smiling, Jessica post show.

Matt Shane (left) and our pal and Rory spouse Amy Johnson. Plus back of Rory's head.

Amy and Rory yak it up with the Dirty Projectors guys. The new record is awesome. Really great. Their best yet. Beautiful, spiky, unforgettable. Don't wait for Pitchfork to tell you to buy it, buy it now!!


The after party at the Casa del Popolo. Leftover chinese food is scarfed, Tune-yards (don't make me google the proper mixed upper lower case thing) in the house. It's late. I gotta go home to the babies.

Thank you everyone who came and to the bands for being awesome and Adrian for making a great poster and Leyla for screening it and Meyer and Brian for taking care of us.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 10:10 PM
 

Adrian & Seth! Tonight! At the Strand!


It's tonight folks, 7:00 PM at the legendary Strand Books in Manhattan, the NYC premiere of the Adrian and Seth slide shows. Online interviews with both here and here. BUT as your Mother keeps telling you, the internet is simply not a replacement for human interaction, so go and see these wildly entertaining slide shows! Ask them some questions. Get your book signed. You simply must.



Bonus: Tonight marks the debut of the Seth Strand tote bag, titled "George Sprott Visits the Strand"...People!!!!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:31 PM
 

D+Q at Chicago Printers Row!

Yup, for the second year in a row Drawn & Quarterly will be exhibiting at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row. Chicago is a great city that especially LOVES BOOKS! And their press LOVES BOOKS! Last Saturday, the Chris Borrelli of the Tribune interviewed Chris Ware, the same fine fellow who interviewed Lynda on the cover of the Chicago Tribune Magazine in March. AND, because we love you Chicago, and feel the pain of fans unable to attend MoCCA, Lynda and Chris will share a panel on the main stage of the festival at 3:15 on Saturday afternoon. Lynda and Chris will also be signing immediately after at the D+Q booth where Lynda will sign again on Sunday morning and which will be manned by the one and only Chief Oliveros and production manager Rebecca Rosen, go say hi and congratulations on the twenty years! It's not easy people.

Saturday
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Lynda Barry signs
3:15 PM-4:00 PM Chris Ware & Lynda Barry spotlight panel, centerstage

D+Q is in booth KK on Polk Street, right near Dearborn. Map here.

Also in Chicago, we get to see our friends at Chicago Comics and Quimbys who will be hosting Adrian and Seth next week, and boy is the press excited, check out the New City and the Reader to feel the love.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:07 PM
 

D+Q at MoCCA: Adrian, Seth, Gabrielle and Ron!

Yes, we shall be at the MoCCA Arts Festival this weekend, which is in a new spot at the 68th Armory on Lexington between 25th and 26th. Apparently, the new digs are very spacious, everyone is one big room, and the programming is right downstairs. Moving on up to the East Side, indeed. Manning the D+Q booth is the comedic dream team of Creative Director Tom Devlin, Publicity Coordinator Jessica Campbell and special US envoy Alison Naturale.
D+Q will host signings at tables 711, 712, 713, 714 with Adrian Tomine, Gabrielle Bell, Ron Rege Jr and Seth on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday there is a panel with Adrian and Seth, do not miss!

Saturday

12:00-1:00 PMSeth
1:00-3:00Gabrielle Bell & Ron Rege
3:00-6:00 PMAdrian Tomine & Seth


Sunday


12:00-1:00 PMSeth
1:00-3:00Gabrielle Bell & Ron Rege
2:30-3:30 PMAdrian Tomine & Seth Panel
3:30-5:30 PMAdrian Tomine & Seth Sign

Posted by Peggy Burns at 2:15 PM
 

Wright and his peers



There's been a lot of great reviews on the new Doug Wright book like this one and this one, and I particularly like this recent blog report which provides a fairly comprehensive summary of all of the impressive elements of the book. Leif Peng's blog is also worthy of being bookmarked as a fantastic resource of mid-20th century North American illustration and comics work. Also this week, he has another couple of write-ups on two other "giants of the north," Len Norris and (one of my favorites) Peter Whalley.

Posted by Chris Oliveros at 10:52 AM
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
 

Happy Birthday To Us! D+Q 20th Anniversary Concert!


Tonight! Tonight! Tonight! Hard to believe or easy to believe? Yes, D+Q is 20 years old this year. To celebrate, D+Q is teaming up with other two other indy Montreal organizations, Blue Skies Turn Black and Suoni Per Il Popolo, to present a not-to-be-missed concert here in Montreal, TV on the Radio and the Dirty Projectors! Tonight at Metropolis. How does this get any better? Well, Adrian Tomine kindly provided the beautiful poster, which will be on sale tonight at the show as well as on our website and in our store.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 7:17 AM
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
 

Tonight at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Mass....


Slide Shows by D+Q cartoonists Adrian Tomine & Seth! The Phoenix picks it as their top event choice for all of Boston tonight and having seen the slide shows, I agree! People this is pure entertainment, it will not disappoint.

The Brattle Theater, Tonight, 6/2/9, 6:00 PM, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA, in conjunction with Harvard Books.

Added bonus: This interview in En Route Magazine with Seth. Also, this review of Doug Wright from last Saturday's Montreal Gazette.

Also, 1000th post!!!!!!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 12:25 PM
 

John Porcellino channels the Chairman of the Board

Okay, so this picture of John P from 20 years ago is awesome (20th anniversary of King-Cat, 20th anniversary of D+Q!!) but what's really awesome is this footage (WHY IS IT SIDEWAYS!!) of John at a recent outing.

Note from Peggy: Is that a Nancy tattoo? A little Jordan Catalano with a little Brian Kelly with a little Officer Tom Hanson. Be still my 15 year old heart!

Posted by Tom Devlin at 11:40 AM
 

art show!


Keith Jones will be showing some new works on paper at Hunter and Cook in Toronto, GO AND SEE Show opens June 5th. 7-10pm and continues to June 28th.

Posted by Claire Bennett at 10:26 AM
Monday, June 01, 2009
 

Why D+Q Wasn't at BEA or, This Week's New Yorker


This week's double issue of the New Yorker is chuck full of comics awesomeness for fans. It's the annual Summer Reading issue and while I miss Adrian's quiet genius in his approach to past covers, I love Dan Clowes' cover for this issue too. In fact, I love all of Dan's covers for the New Yorker.



Also in this issue are a few illustrations by Adrian, and an excerpt of Crumb's upcoming book.

What does any of this have to do with BEA, other than the timing? Well about six months ago, our distributor called us to tell us they were no longer taking exhibit space at BEA. I wouldn't say our response was giddy, but I would definitely say we weren't disappointed. When we were switching distributors 4 years ago, we didn't attend BEA and our books still sold. And in the past 4 years with FSG and its parent company Macmillan, our sales have continued to steadily climb, even as we cut back our booth space from a full booth to a half booth. In fact, Chris and I have regularly discussed not exhibiting in the past, but decided to try and do a half booth for a few years.

As various blogs and comics peers have pointed out, BEA is a pure marketing expense, as there is no selling component, like you find at Comic-con. And it's expensive, very, very expensive, about 4 times as much as Comicon. I always joked that with the money we spent, we could just fly our authors around to meet our accounts, and I'm only half joking. In some ways, we actually do that, in sending our authors on regular tours.

A few years ago, my mother met me in Washington DC while I attended BEA. An avid book club devotee and voracious reader, she was floored and even a little bit peeved that here is a huge event with all of the authors she loved, countless new authors she could discover and she had never heard of or known of BEA, and wasn't even allowed in, as a general customer. Or as she said a book club member. She's got a point. If BEA did regional consumer book fairs like they are doing with Comicons, they would be reaching the very element left out of BEA...the customer. It may make BEA marketing dollars vital again, in helping publishers not just reach accounts, but actual customers. Similar to the growing strength of regional comic books shows or the crowds who show up to PEN,IFOA and the New Yorker Festival, this may be the future of books shows.

So we are saving money and we are still putting it towards marketing, but we trying to reach you dear reader, the customer, via advertising, touring and regional shows. This season, you'll find D+Q ads in the New Yorker, Giant Robot, Harpers, Walrus, the Believer, Bust and Bookforum. And you'll see and will have seen Gabrielle, Adrian and Seth on tour,along with Yoshihiro Tatsumi, and you'll see D+Q at the Chicago Printers Row, as well as the other new shows like Brooklyn Book Fest, NY Art Book Fair, and perhaps Wordstock and the Boston Book Fair where we meet local book lovers of all stripes (retailer, librarian, professors, readers), who more often than not, have never read a graphic novel, but do read books, hence their being at the book fair. And this is in addition to all of our other shows or festivals we attend or participate in: TCAF, San Diego, APE, MoCCA, SPX, Pop Montreal, Word on the Street, Expozine...


And with that lengthy editorial, I'll get off my soapbox, here's our New Yorker ad from the same Summer reading issue of the New Yorker! See you somewhere in North America!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:26 PM
 

Adrian and Seth Hit the Road. Slide Show Follies Across the US.


It is the "magical" time of the year again, where the office splits in two directions and we have touring artists! We'll post more on D+Q in NYC at MoCCA and D+Q in Chicago at Printers Row later on this week, but for now, behold, Adrian Tomine and Seth are on tour as of tomorrow!

TCAFers got a sneak peek at the slide show at the Harbourfront Event in Toronto last month. I won't give too much away except that even Tatsumi-san said he learned alot about comics from Seth's show.

06/02, 6:00Brattle TheaterCambridge, MA
06/04, 7:00The StrandNew York, NY
06/06-7MoCCA FestNew York, NY
06/09Free LibraryPhiladelphia, PA
06/10, 7:00QuimbysChicago, IL
06/17, 7:30Skylight BooksLos Angeles, CA
06/18, 7:30BooksmithSan Francisco, CA


Need more of a reason to go see them in the flesh? Well, check out this really entertaining Gothamist interview with Seth, the Onion AV Club glowing reviews of George Sprott and Doug Wright, and the Los Angeles Times weighing in on the new edition of 32 Stories and the Houston Chronicle with an overview of Adrian.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 10:47 AM
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