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Friday, October 30, 2009
 

More Stanley Halloween LOonacy!

One last little blog post before I go home and slip into the costume that I'll be wearing for the next 72 hours until it becomes so stiffened by dried taffy and spilled beer that it no longer bends at the elbows. Nothing says creepy like Oona Goosepimple, but this story, excerpted from next summer's Nancy Volume Two, is particularly... unsettling.


Posted by Rebecca at 6:32 PM
 

Melvin Overkill


A few weeks ago, the Devlin-Burns-Oliveros-Lesenko clans went to the Pumpkin Festival, where Marina smartly noted this Melvin Monster pumpkin.

Happy Halloween!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:20 PM
 

More monster!

In celebration of Halloween, it seemed appropriate to post an excerpt from the upcoming Melvin Monster Volume Two, from our John Stanley Library series. This story features a favourite recurring character of mine, the witchy Little Horror (whose name I don't recommend that you repeat out loud in your crowded workplace, as it is liable to cause a misunderstanding with your cubicle neighbors.)




Melvin Monster Volume One
is, of course, already in stores. We recommend that you buy a few dozen copies to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Happy halloween!

Posted by Rebecca at 1:38 PM
 

Attn. T-Dotters! Blechman and Seth at the IFOA!


Looking for a little something to do earlier in the day before you get your gear on and go carousing? Then stop by the always a good time International Festival of Authors at noon tomorrow, to see Seth and R.O. Blechman engage in conversation with the incredibly comics astute Walrus critic, Sean Rogers. Brigatine Room, Harbourfront,12:00 PM.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:02 AM
 

You clamor, we deliver (sort of)



Despite the outcry from some far reaches of the blogosphere, we here at D & Q stand by our design decision to not include the covers of the comics collected in our John Stanley Library series. Nevertheless, we are a kind and benevolent publisher, and so, for your viewing pleasure this Hallowe'en, we happily present the covers of Melvin Monster issues #4, 5, and 6, which will not be appearing in the upcoming Melvin Monster Volume 2, in stores March 2010.



Please note the creepy "human bean" costume on the cover of the October issue...




Posted by Rebecca at 10:59 AM
 

Seth Halloween Illustrations in the NY Times.


Visit the NYT Op-Ed page to see how Seth's silent illustrations, which usually seem so idyllic, can all of sudden seem pretty creepy. (in a good way of course)

Posted by Peggy Burns at 10:57 AM
 

Partying Like It's 1929.


Look at this wonderful Halloween invitation to a party at Frank King's home! I love how it says it's going to be a rough night, the more things change.....

And I don't know what I like most about this photo, the fact that Frank carved the most awesome jack-o-lantern, or the fact that he had statues and toys on his dresser. Again, the more things change....

For the archivists out there, we believe these documents originate in the mid-1920s, do not pay attention to the title of this blog.

Also, have I mentioned that the next volume of Walt and Skeezix 1927-28 comes out in Spring 2010?

Posted by Peggy Burns at 10:24 AM
 

Tonight at Rocketship!

Brooklynites! Come down to Rocketship tonight for a slideshow presentation and signing of MASTERPIECE COMICS by R. Sikoryak!

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 10:23 AM
Thursday, October 29, 2009
 

MAP OF MY HEART tour (final Fall stop!)


Tomorrow night is the last date on John P.'s 20th Anniversary of King-Cat/release of Map of My Heart tour.

John Porcellino appears at Wonder Fair (803 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS 66044; 406-360-5875) from 6-9pm with his current touring buddy Patrick Porter (acoustic music).

Also, here's a great signing report on there recent Big Brain signing.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 12:56 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
 

While the getting's good...


Julie Morstad has some super nice and awfully affordable signed and numbered prints up for sale on her website

Posted by Claire Bennett at 11:54 AM
 

Matt Lienes interviews Marc Bell



At our favorite design blog!

Posted by Tom Devlin at 10:25 AM
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
 

Something I never expected to see...



Chris Ware draws an iPhone?! Get out this new strip in the latest New Yorker.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:24 AM
Sunday, October 25, 2009
 

Boston Book Festival (the aftermath)

Seriously, the rainiest, windiest, cop-hasslingest book festival ever. Although it was very fun and the customers were EXTREMELY book hungry. But it was crazy!! It rained almost constantly. Every now and then the wind would dump buckets of water on the customers, eventually it warmed up and windstorms came in tearing down our booth (literally) and finally the Boston Police Department shut the whole thing down about an hour and a half before the scheduled finish. But sales were great despite the weather until our booth was destroyed. Is there convention insurance?


Look at these cute comic fans huddled together against the elements! They want books more than anything.

Peg working it. Here she is talking to Sasha Watson from DoubleX about women in comics.

Y'know, I'm from Boston and I kind of forget that parts of it are really beautiful. I mostly remember how ornery people are (I've sworn off the "M" word). But it was great seeing the city again and tons of old friends as well as old customers from The Million Year Picnic dropped by which was nice. Boston is a great book city and a great comics city so it wasnt exactly a surprise how often people were informed about our books--"I looked up to see a book festival and then to see my favorite publisher!"--or how happy the uninformed were to learn who we are. Really, we were almost assaulted minute by minute with questions or pleas--"Who are you?," "Where are you from?," "Thanks for coming!," "Come back next year--don't let the rain get you down!," "Boston needed a book festival, we love books!"


That said, our Moomin books, Nancy, Melvin Monster and Masterpiece Comics were hot sellers We almost sold out of Masterpiece before Bob did his slide show. In fact, have I mentioned how sharp the BBF was with their programming? Bob was on a panel called "And Now For Something Completely Different" with McSweeneys author Jessica Anthony, and the super-nice-came-by-the-booth-and-bought-some-books Paul Tremblay. A cartoonist on a panel with novelists? The BBF knows that they have smart attendees and there is no need to do separate comics programming. Love it! Bob had to sign the last couple of books standing up on the sidewalk because our booth had blown down around us. Did I mention the wind?

Some college kid did not make his kegger money this weekend.

826 Boston was in attendance promoting literacy for kids and selling McSweeneys books. I believe their theme is "Bigfoot Research" with which I admit to being a bit disappointed. I kind of feel like they should be wearing tri-corner hats and silver-smithing or something but then again I suppose that Johnny Tremaine might have put me off reading for an extra 5 years and who doesn't love giant mysterious ape-men even if they seem geographically inappropriate. And my initial Lizzie Borden suggestion is just plain wrong.

These kids could not believe that there was a real live cartoonist in front of them. They hung on Bob for half an hour.

A very high percentage of older professorial types who did not actually scoff at the idea of reading comic books. Go figure. His friend bought all three AYA volumes. Did we mention how much Boston likes books?

Finally Peg's super sweet cousins, Anna and Meg Burns showed up right before the fuzz shut the whole thing down (was it really a safety issue or an anti-intellectual show of force? Hmmm?! HMMM?!?!) I include this picture so that you can get a sense of us as "real people" and not just "gifted and savvy business people."

Posted by Tom Devlin at 8:08 AM
Friday, October 23, 2009
 

Gabrielle! Anders! Panel discussion!


Go and see Gabrielle Bell and Anders Nilsen in Richmond this Sunday! They will be signing books and discussing comics at the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond. The event is entirely FREE and will also feature Kim Deitch and Hope Larson with Chris Pitzer as moderator. 7:00 PM be there.

Posted by Claire Bennett at 2:54 PM
 

Marc Bell in New York City!

The continuing tour for Marc Bell's HOT POTATOE lands in New York City at Village Voice reader's poll fave comic shop:

Desert Island
Sunday, October 25th, 5-7pm (confirmed time)(540 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn NY 11211; 718-388-5087





Mr. Gabe "Babe" Fowler, proprietor, has also issued a new six-color silkscreen fine-aht print, Comics Ain't Buttah! special for the event (but buy the book first, I mean, c'mon, help a guy out here.) {Gabe's note: There will be a combo for both the book and print.}


Posted by Tom Devlin at 10:00 AM
 

MAP OF MY HEART tour continues



There are only a couple more dates on John P.'s King-Cat 20th tour!

Tonight John Porcellino appears at White Rabbit (109 S Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240-1803; 319-358-9557) at 7pm with his current touring buddy Patrick Porter (acoustic music).

Forthcoming dates:

Sat. Oct. 24, 2009; 5-7 PM - Minneapolis MN
Big Brain Comics (w/ Reception following at West Bank Social Club?)
1027 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4390
www.bigbraincomics.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music), and Zak Sally

Fri. Oct. 30, 2009; 6-9 PM - Lawrence KS
Wonder Fair
803 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS 66044
(406) 360-5875
www.wonderfair.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:00 AM
Thursday, October 22, 2009
 

Boston Book Festival



This Saturday, Peg and I will be heading to Copley Square in Boston to set up at the Boston Book Festival. Word is that there is a 100% chance of rain, so poke a hole in a green trash bag and come on down and get some sodden books and comics. Or maybe come for the special guests! Our own R. Sikoryak will be there. Also, you can bully John Hodgman, pick a fight with Dennis Lehane, or try to arrest Cornel West.

{Bob's panel starts at 2:30pm at the Trinity Church Forum.}

Posted by Tom Devlin at 12:52 PM
 

Lynda and Jeet at Haverford



It looks like not only will Lynda Barry be holding her workshop this weekend at Haverford College but our pal Jeet Heer will be speaking on Friday as part of the "Drawing the Line" festivities.

{How could I resist this K-Fai Steele portrait of Jeet?}

Posted by Tom Devlin at 12:40 PM
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
 

Señor Sprott



What's the matter, Keroppi? Freaked out by the spoooooooky cover design of the new softcover Spanish edition of Seth's George Sprott? With a cover that depicts, according to Seth, the discolored corpse of legendary arctic explorer Sprott, this book doubles as an excellent Hallowe'en costume, as demonstrated below by Publicity Assistant extraordinaire Claire.

Now available...in Spain!


Posted by Rebecca at 5:01 PM
 

R.O. Blechman double bill!


This coming Saturday the 24th go see the highly acclaimed R.O. Blechman at Rhinebeck, NY's Oblong Books & Music where he'll be discussing his two recent releases Talking Lines and Dear James: Letters to a Young Illustrator. This opportunity is not to be missed!

Posted by Claire Bennett at 11:48 AM
 

John P in Madison



Tonight John Porcellino appears at Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative (426 W. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703 608-257-6050) at 7pm with his old pal Patrick Porter (acoustic music).

Forthcoming dates:

Fri. Oct. 23, 2009; 7PM - Iowa City IA
White Rabbit
109 S Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240-1803
(319) 358-9557
www.whiterabbitgallery.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Sat. Oct. 24, 2009; 5-7 PM - Minneapolis MN
Big Brain Comics (w/ Reception following at West Bank Social Club?)
1027 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4390
www.bigbraincomics.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music), and Zak Sally

Fri. Oct. 30, 2009; 6-9 PM - Lawrence KS
Wonder Fair
803 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS 66044
(406) 360-5875
www.wonderfair.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:30 AM
 

Marc Bell in Los Angeles!

The continuing tour for Marc Bell's HOT POTATOE lands in Los Angeles with special guest Mr. Johnny Ryan at:

Family
Wednesday, October 21st, 7-10pm
436 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.782.9221)




Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
 

Final Judy Jr. for now!

I'll post some more THIRTEEN strips as the actual publication date draws closer--here's another Judy Jr. to whet your appetite until then.


Posted by Tom Devlin at 2:00 PM
 

John P. back on the road!



This afternoon John Porcellino appears at Harper College (Building I, Rm. 115; 1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067; 847-925-6000 x2389) at 12:15 PM. Open to the Public!

Forthcoming dates:

Wed. Oct 21, 2009; 7 PM - Madison WI
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608)257-6050
www.rainbowbookstore.org
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Fri. Oct. 23, 2009; 7PM - Iowa City IA
White Rabbit
109 S Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240-1803
(319) 358-9557
www.whiterabbitgallery.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Sat. Oct. 24, 2009; 5-7 PM - Minneapolis MN
Big Brain Comics (w/ Reception following at West Bank Social Club?)
1027 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4390
www.bigbraincomics.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music), and Zak Sally

Fri. Oct. 30, 2009; 6-9 PM - Lawrence KS
Wonder Fair
803 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS 66044
(406) 360-5875
www.wonderfair.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Posted by Tom Devlin at 6:00 AM
Monday, October 19, 2009
 

More Judy Jr!

I meant to publish this quicker but I was all wrapped up in APE. {See post.} ENJOY!!


Posted by Tom Devlin at 8:00 PM
 

APE 2009

I headed off to the Alternative Press Expo a couple days early this year so I could visit with a couple old friends and actually see the city for a change. As soon as I checked into my hotel (no bedbugs as an internet review had warned. Phew!) I hopped on a trolley and wound my way to Japantown to visit Kinokuniya to try to seek out some current manga to try and see if it fits into a future D+Q book. I found a few things and while talking to the very helpful clerk (as opposed to the clerk that said "ask her" without looking up at me), she recommended that I try out New People as well. Just a couple blocks away tucked into the back of a coffee shop/movie theater (?!) there's a cool little place with design-y Giant Robot-style fashion, toys, and books. In fact, I might even deem it yet another knockoff if it weren't for the fact that Yuichi Yokoyama designed the place!! The shelving is made out of the masks that grace his brilliant Travel book published last year by Picture Box. And evidently he painted them in the store during business hours. Nice.
The next day, I got lost trying to find the McSweeneys offices. I ended up on the wrong end of Valencia but spied this new shop (8 months I believe owner and sole employee David Pinch told me) Caffeinated Comics. I'd like to see a bit more alternative comics on the shelves but it's hard to argue with the fact that it was clean and well lit. And had coffee. It came very close to my dream store--Comics 'n' Ribs.

I can't even begin to properly describe the place that Eli Horowitz took me for lunch but imagine a giant chinese market that will fry your chosen fish on the premises. And now imagine a gourmet hamburger stand inexplicably operating in the corner of that market two days a week and then imagine taking that hamburger and walking into a quiet Chinese restaurant and buying a Tecate or soda and they'll begrudgingly let you sit there and eat your gravy fries and gourmet burger.


In case you were wondering, the McSweeneys offices are an even bigger pig-sty than when I last visited a couple of years ago. I don't think Eli (left) even has a desk. He's just sitting in a chair somewhere near a desk. And they have a TEAM of interns working at a table silently and diligently (I counted something like 9 when I was there.) Of course, there were many cool projects being worked on and most I am sworn to secrecy on but I think I can show a few in the next couple of days. {I came straight to work from the airport this morning and I get the distinct feeling that this is all going to read like a bunch of jibber jabber.}

In front of the McSweeneys offices is the snappy stationery store and publishing company Little Otsu. Here is employee Alexa being half a good sport about having her picture taken.

I finally got around to going to the actual Alternative Press Expo on Saturday morning and set up. Why we had these wonderful new titles--Red Snow and Hot Potatoe--debuting.

And these gentlemen (R. Sikoryak and Marc Bell) signing.

How did I pull all this off seemingly alone? I was not alone! I had awesome interns!! We hired two interns from the McSweeneys office. Saturday we had Ms. Katrina Ortiz. She was unflappable!


Anders went all Zissou on Sunday. And signed a ton of Big Questions 13. The official word is that there are two more issues to go!!

And Sunday's "interns are awesome" awesome intern was Ms. Gemma Juan-Simo. She was great as I left her alone in the booth for hours at a time while I commiserated with Frankie Santoro (see Flog for his APE hijinks) about how Chris doesn't appreciate Jessica and Alison.

APE was fun. Thanks to all the great customers and my palsies Caitlin, Greg, Mia, Doug, Michelle, Dylan, Tim, Tom, David, AND Marc, Bob, and Anders for hanging out.

{Peggy's note: Jibber jabber indeed, this post was riddled with so many grammatical and spelling errors to edit, you would think I wrote it}

Posted by Tom Devlin at 4:45 PM
 

Marc Bell! Vancouver! Tonight!

Launch for Marc Bell's HOT POTATOE

Lucky's Comics
Monday, October 19th, 7-10pm
3972 Main St, Vancouver BC



Posted by Jessica Campbell at 2:03 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2009
 

Today at APE!

A little someone told me that Hot Potatoe is literally hot and poised to sell out as are other APE debuts Big Questions 13 and Red Snow. So get over to booths 401-404 and say to our following signing authors!

11:00am APE Opens

12-3pm Marc Bell Signing

1-3pm R. Sikoryak Signing

3-5pm Anders Nilsen Signing

6:00pm APE Closes

Posted by Peggy Burns at 12:19 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2009
 

D&Q in San Francisco today!

Bay Area residents, take note! Drawn & Quarterly will be at this year's Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. New books debuting will be Susumu Katsumata's Red Snow, Marc Bell's Hot Potatoe, and Anders Nilsen's Big Questions #13.




Both Marc and Anders will be on hand to sign their new books, along with R. Sikoryak signing copies of the the now rare first printing of Masterpiece Comics.


Overseeing the booth this year is none other than D&Q Creative Director Tom Devlin - go on over and tell him what a good job he did designing Red Snow. Sunday, October 18, Booths 401 through 404. Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 7th Street, San Francisco.

Posted by Chris Oliveros at 11:32 AM
Friday, October 16, 2009
 

Seth Tours Canada!


My wish has been granted and I didn't even have to cough up any money, here is a picture of lil' Gregory Gallant in his cub scout uniform.

Yes, starting tomorrow Seth will be on tour in Canada, hitting Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal all before early November. Then I think it's safe to say, I may never be able to convince Seth to tour again. Well, at least not until his next book.

Calgary Saturday, 10/17/09 3:30 PM WORDFEST Art Gallery of Calgary
(with Stitches author David Small)
Slide show and signing

Winnipeg Tuesday, 10/20/09 11:30 AM University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Hall
Slide show and signing

Vancouver Thursday, 10/22/09 8:00 PM Vancouver Intl Writers Fest, Waterfront Theater
"The Look of the Book" panel with Robert Bringhurst, Audrey Niffenegger & Anik See

Vancouver Friday, 10/23/09 7:00 PM Vancouver Intl Writers Fest Waterfront Theater
Slide Show and conversation with Douglas Coupland
SOLD OUT!

Toronto Saturday, 10/31/09 12:00 PM IFOA Brigatine Room
Conversation with R.O. Blechman and Sean Rogers of the Walrus

Montreal Tuesday, 11/3/09 7:00 PM D+Q Librairie
Slide show and signing

What, perhaps you don't live in Canada?!?! Well, then you can watch this QTV interview with Seth from last Spring.


Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:42 AM
 

John P. hits his hometown tonight!


The Map of My Heart tour continues as John rolls into Chicago!

Tonight John Porcellino appears at Quimby's (1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622; (773) 342-0910) with his acoustic guitar playing pal Patrick Porter starting at 7 pm.

Forthcoming dates:

Tues. Oct. 20, 2009; 12:15 PM - Palatine IL
Harper College
Building I, Rm. 115
1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 925-6000 x2389
www.harpercollege.edu
Open to the Public!

Wed. Oct 21, 2009; 7 PM - Madison WI
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608)257-6050
www.rainbowbookstore.org
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Fri. Oct. 23, 2009; 7PM - Iowa City IA
White Rabbit
109 S Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240-1803
(319) 358-9557
www.whiterabbitgallery.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Sat. Oct. 24, 2009; 5-7 PM - Minneapolis MN
Big Brain Comics (w/ Reception following at West Bank Social Club?)
1027 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4390
www.bigbraincomics.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music), and Zak Sally

Fri. Oct. 30, 2009; 6-9 PM - Lawrence KS
Wonder Fair
803 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS 66044
(406) 360-5875
www.wonderfair.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:00 AM
Thursday, October 15, 2009
 

Hot Potatoe tour starts tonight!!


Marc Bell launches his new fancy-pants art monograph, Hot Potatoe, tonight at Adam Baumgold Gallery! Come on out and see the work in person and maybe get the arteest to sign a copy of his book for you.

Marc will do a few more dates--info here.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:30 AM
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
 

My newest favorite comics character--JUDY JUNIOR

I really do love these Judy Junior stories by John Stanley. They are just relentlessly mean and funny. Poor Jimmy Fuzzi--he just gets bulldozed again and again by the force of nature that is Judy Junior. This story, from the upcoming Thirteen Going on Eighteen, Volume One collection that is due out in December, contains one of my all-time favorite comics panels as well (third to last).



{For the record, my guess is that Judy Jr is in fact the younger version of Judy rather than her little sister. Likely, the alliteration of the name won out over calling her "Little Judy."}

Posted by Tom Devlin at 3:13 PM
 

John P. appears in the soul of the midwest tonight!


The Map of My Heart tour continues!!

Today John Porcellino appears at Star Clipper (6392 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130; 314.725.9110) with his acoustic guitar playing pal Patrick Porter from 5-7 pm.

Forthcoming dates:

Fri. Oct. 16, 2009; 7PM - Chicago IL
Quimby's
1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-0910
www.quimbys.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Tues. Oct. 20, 2009; 12:15 PM - Palatine IL
Harper College
Building I, Rm. 115
1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 925-6000 x2389
www.harpercollege.edu
Open to the Public!

Thurs. Oct 22, 2009; 7 PM - Madison WI
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608)257-6050
www.rainbowbookstore.org
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Fri. Oct. 23, 2009; 7PM - Iowa City IA
White Rabbit
109 S Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240-1803
(319) 358-9557
www.whiterabbitgallery.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Sat. Oct. 24, 2009; 5-7 PM - Minneapolis MN
Big Brain Comics (w/ Reception following at West Bank Social Club?)
1027 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4390
www.bigbraincomics.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music), and Zak Sally

Fri. Oct. 30, 2009; 6-9 PM - Lawrence KS
Wonder Fair
803 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS 66044
(406) 360-5875
www.wonderfair.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
 

John P. still touring and moistening eyes (!?!?)


The Map of My Heart tour continues!!

Today John Porcellino appears at Boxcar Books (408 E. 6th St. Bloomington, IN 47408;(812) 339-8710) with his acoustic guitar playing pal Patrick Porter from 6-9 pm.

Forthcoming dates:

Weds. Oct. 14, 2009; 5-7 PM - St. Louis MO
Star Clipper
6392 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: 314.725.9110
www.starclipper.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Fri. Oct. 16, 2009; 7PM - Chicago IL
Quimby's
1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-0910
www.quimbys.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Tues. Oct. 20, 2009; 12:15 PM - Palatine IL
Harper College
Building I, Rm. 115
1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 925-6000 x2389
www.harpercollege.edu
Open to the Public!

Thurs. Oct 22, 2009; 7 PM - Madison WI
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608)257-6050
www.rainbowbookstore.org
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Fri. Oct. 23, 2009; 7PM - Iowa City IA
White Rabbit
109 S Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240-1803
(319) 358-9557
www.whiterabbitgallery.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Sat. Oct. 24, 2009; 5-7 PM - Minneapolis MN
Big Brain Comics (w/ Reception following at West Bank Social Club?)
1027 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4390
www.bigbraincomics.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music), and Zak Sally

Fri. Oct. 30, 2009; 6-9 PM - Lawrence KS
Wonder Fair
803 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS 66044
(406) 360-5875
www.wonderfair.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Posted by Tom Devlin at 3:24 PM
 

Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!


Check out this Christian Northeast drawing of Max from Where The Wild Things Are, accompanying this NYT article. Note to Mr. Handy, my kids do not agree!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 1:38 AM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
 

No More Bake Sales?

The NY Times Op-Ed page invited several cartoonists and authors to share their favorite bake sale memories including Seth and Jillian Tamaki. Oh, what I would pay to see a photo of cute little Gregory Gallant in his Cub Scouts uniform!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 9:01 AM
Friday, October 09, 2009
 

Things to do this weekend.


1) Go see John Porcellino at Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor tonight.


2) Drive to Madison all night long to see Lynda Barry in Madison at the Wisconsin Book Festival, having made the tough decision that I could not be in two places at once, so I'll have to miss John at Green Brain in Dearborn at the same time. Both start at noon!

3) After events ends, immediately drive to Ohio see John again at Visible Voice in Cleveland, OH.


4) Fly to Portland to see R. Sikoryak at Wordstock on Sunday.

5) Drink Red Bull for the first time.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 1:41 PM
 

Speaking of the New Yorker


Canada Post dropped off the most delightful New Yorker yesterday with a Dan Clowes cover! And not to end there, but there is video of Dan talking with editor Francoise Mouly about the cover, which is one of a 3-cover series about the food chain relating to this week's "Money" issue.


Posted by Peggy Burns at 1:35 PM
 

New Adrian Print


Though I can't say for sure, but I would wager that this Adrian's most popular New Yorker cover. And now if you act quickly, you can buy one.

Information:
Adrian Tomine's first cover illustration for The New Yorker is now available as a signed and numbered, limited edition, large format print.

50 cm x 70 cm (19.7" x 27.6"), giclee print on 310 gram Hanemuhle German etching paper, signed and numbered by Adrian Tomine, limited edition of 150.

Published in Holland by Griffioen Grafiek / Oog & Blik.

Price in Europe: Euro 125, plus Euro 14 for shipping.

Price in U.S.: $175, plus $20 for shipping.

For further information or to order, please write to:
info@griffioen-grafiek.nl

Posted by Peggy Burns at 1:30 PM
 

New Vanessa Davis Comic!

Vanessa's new comic in Tablet is simply orgasmic.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 1:29 PM
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
 

Montreal to Toronto

Before a stomach bug knocked me down forcing me to miss John P.'s presentation at the store last night, I got to spend a couple days with him here in Montreal. Truly a great cartoonist and serious artist and a lot of fun catching up (we hadn't seen each other in something like 11 years?!) He's still on tour--car loaded up with books and clothes and a hotplate. He is touring old school.


John and old penpal Julie Doucet dropped by the office on Monday. Lots of great early 90s comics reminiscing. Maybe too much.

John continues his tour tonight in Toronto at The Beguiling. YOU MUST GO, T-DOTTERS!!
7 PM, 601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON, M6G 2L7, (416) 533-9168
www.beguiling.com


And more tour dates:

Fri. Oct. 9, 2009; 7-9 PM - Ann Arbor MI
Vault of Midnight
219 S Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 998-1413
www.vaultofmidnight.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Sat. Oct. 10, 2009; Noon-2 PM - Dearborn MI
Green Brain
13210 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-9444
www.greenbrain.biz

Sat. Oct. 10, 2009; 7 PM - Cleveland OH
Visible Voice
1023 Kenilworth, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 961-0084
www.visiblevoicebooks.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Mon. Oct. 12, 2009; 7PM - Columbus OH
Wholly Craft
3169 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 447-3445
www.whollycraft.net
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Tues. Oct. 13, 2009; 6-9 PM - Bloomington IN
Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St. Bloomington, IN 47408
(812) 339-8710
www.boxcarbooks.org
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Weds. Oct. 14, 2009; 5-7 PM - St. Louis MO
Star Clipper
6392 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: 314.725.9110
www.starclipper.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Fri. Oct. 16, 2009; 7PM - Chicago IL
Quimby's
1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-0910
www.quimbys.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Tues. Oct. 20, 2009; 12:15 PM - Palatine IL
Harper College
Building I, Rm. 115
1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 925-6000 x2389
www.harpercollege.edu
Open to the Public!

Thurs. Oct 22, 2009; 7 PM - Madison WI
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608)257-6050
www.rainbowbookstore.org
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Fri. Oct. 23, 2009; 7PM - Iowa City IA
White Rabbit
109 S Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240-1803
(319) 358-9557
www.whiterabbitgallery.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Sat. Oct. 24, 2009; 5-7 PM - Minneapolis MN
Big Brain Comics (w/ Reception following at West Bank Social Club?)
1027 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4390
www.bigbraincomics.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music), and Zak Sally

Fri. Oct. 30, 2009; 6-9 PM - Lawrence KS
Wonder Fair
803 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS 66044
(406) 360-5875
www.wonderfair.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Posted by Tom Devlin at 11:12 AM
Monday, October 05, 2009
 

Hate to say I told you so.


Really I do. But I'm never one to be ahead of the curve, so to everyone who ignored my impassioned plea to buy the new Chicago-centric edition of Granta at the beginning of September and missed getting a mint, still in package, first printing of the Chris Ware-designed-issue-of-the-British-Lit-Journal, you'll just have to wait until the second printing comes in. Yup, that's right, who says print is dead? They sold 50,000 copies!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 4:39 PM
 

Amazon reviews make being a publisher worthwhile today.


Posted by Tom Devlin at 10:40 AM
 

Happy Birthday to Me!


Yesterday,I worked at Puces Pop and almost plopped off my chair when Pascal Girard came to the table and plopped again when he introduced me to Lewis Trondheim! It was my birthday, so Pascal emailed me this note today.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 10:09 AM
Sunday, October 04, 2009
 

Hip Hip Hooray! NYT Today!


Yes, R. Sikoryak scored a nice full-color spotlight in the NYTBR today, with a old big splash of art from Masterpiece Comics! Love it!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:32 AM
Saturday, October 03, 2009
 

Fall Festival Time


Forgive if I'm not posting too much lately, it's festival season here in the office, where we do five festivals in one month. We even dropped one festival this season, the NY Art Book Fair, as it is occurring right now in NYC, but in our dear city of Montreal, it's Pop, Pop, Pop, all things Pop Montreal.

What is this dreary dark picture with no flash? Well, squint hard and you can see it is Ira of Yo La Tengo and D+Q's Tom Devlin having a deep discussion yesterday at the D+Q Librairie about James Burton and the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction." Yo La Tengo was in town for Pop Montreal. It was the first night of a big tour for them, so we loaded them up with so many comics, hopefully they wont have any trouble at the border. Their tour ends in Seattle, this is how all tours should be, starting with Montreal (D+Q) end in Seattle (Fantagraphics).

What else is up with Pop? Well, there's Puces Pop today, where I'll be. It's at the church on St. Viateur and you can eat pierogies, sausage, shop the crafters tables and buy some books. I like doing craft fairs, it's a nice change from comic shows. (I like comic shows too, I just like the change, all I'm saying...)

Also at Pop? Our Librairie manager Rory Seydel is overseeing the Record Fair and Gear Swap at the Ukrainian Federation on Hutchison. Effect pedals in effect.

And lastly, I'm a bit late on this one, but there is also Art Pop, directed by my former coworker Kit Malo and D+Q Librairie staffer Julien Ceccaldi. They actually converted a building right near our office and had a huge party on Thursday night, and have art happenings all over the city this weekend:

Last night original Librairie staffer Matt Shane had a vernissage at Articule. Matt's actually been LIVING at the gallery for the past month. It's true, it's down the street from my house, and I've seen him in there (shirtless) at all hours painting on the walls. It's a great show.


And last but not least, my partner in publicity crime, Jessica Campbell, will have an installation at the Maison Notman in Montreal where she and Bridget Moser created a giant living room made of papier-mache piñata that will be destroyed at the end of the festival. Yes, papier mache art filled with candy that you destroy. AWESOME!!!!

OK, gotta run, come see me at the church!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 8:37 AM
Friday, October 02, 2009
 

More John P. on the road!


The Map of My Heart tour continues!!

Today John Porcellino appears at The Center for Cartoon Studies (94 S. Main St., (802) 295-3319) starting at 6:30 pm.

Forthcoming dates:

Tues. Oct. 6, 2009; 7PM - Montreal QC
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
(514) 279-2221
www.drawnandquarterly.com/211bernard

Weds. Oct. 7, 2009; 7 PM - Toronto, ON
The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON, M6G 2L7
(416) 533-9168
www.beguiling.com

Fri. Oct. 9, 2009; 7-9 PM - Ann Arbor MI
Vault of Midnight
219 S Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 998-1413
www.vaultofmidnight.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Sat. Oct. 10, 2009; Noon-2 PM - Dearborn MI
Green Brain
13210 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-9444
www.greenbrain.biz

Sat. Oct. 10, 2009; 7 PM - Cleveland OH
Visible Voice
1023 Kenilworth, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 961-0084
www.visiblevoicebooks.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Mon. Oct. 12, 2009; 7PM - Columbus OH
Wholly Craft
3169 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 447-3445
www.whollycraft.net
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Tues. Oct. 13, 2009; 6-9 PM - Bloomington IN
Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St. Bloomington, IN 47408
(812) 339-8710
www.boxcarbooks.org
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Weds. Oct. 14, 2009; 5-7 PM - St. Louis MO
Star Clipper
6392 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: 314.725.9110
www.starclipper.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Fri. Oct. 16, 2009; 7PM - Chicago IL
Quimby's
1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-0910
www.quimbys.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Tues. Oct. 20, 2009; 12:15 PM - Palatine IL
Harper College
Building I, Rm. 115
1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 925-6000 x2389
www.harpercollege.edu
Open to the Public!

Thurs. Oct 22, 2009; 7 PM - Madison WI
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608)257-6050
www.rainbowbookstore.org
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Fri. Oct. 23, 2009; 7PM - Iowa City IA
White Rabbit
109 S Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240-1803
(319) 358-9557
www.whiterabbitgallery.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Sat. Oct. 24, 2009; 5-7 PM - Minneapolis MN
Big Brain Comics (w/ Reception following at West Bank Social Club?)
1027 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4390
www.bigbraincomics.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music), and Zak Sally

Fri. Oct. 30, 2009; 6-9 PM - Lawrence KS
Wonder Fair
803 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS 66044
(406) 360-5875
www.wonderfair.com
w/ Patrick Porter (acoustic music)

Posted by Tom Devlin at 8:30 AM
Thursday, October 01, 2009
 

Zettwoch SPX Sketches


I swear that a con wrap-up blog post is coming! In the meanwhile, have a look at Dan Zettwoch's sketches from SPX. Actually, sift through the whole blog! He's very funny and totally charmed the D+Q team this weekend.

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 7:30 PM
 

Congratulations, Legends!


Congratulations to Gareth and Llyod of Legends Comics and Books in Victoria, BC on their recent Joe Shuster Award, The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer! I've posted before about them, but I'm always happy to see my great hometown comic shop get some recognition! Be sure to stop by if you are ever in the neighbourhood.

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 5:22 PM
 

SCALZO!!

Hmmm, Petit Livre, sometime next year.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 3:03 PM
 

Marc Bell! Fecal Face Interview! Tour!


Have a look at Marc Bell's interview with the fine folks over at Fecal Face. Discussed: Marc's fan-fic Star Wars comics, cheapness of Montreal, poutine...

Marc's soon taking off on a cross-continental tour for HOT POTATOE, which will be hitting stores at just about the same time he is. Come out to say hello to Canada's most beloved hoser artist!

10/15, 6-8pmAdam Baumgold GalleryNew York, NY
10/17-18APESan Francisco, CA
10/19, 7-10pmLucky'sVancouver, BC
10/21, 8-10pmFamilyLos Angeles, CA
10/25, 5-7pmDesert IslandBrooklyn, NY
11/20, 7-9pmMagic PonyToronto, ON
11/27, 7-9pmLibrairie D+Q BookstoreMontreal, QC


Posted by Jessica Campbell at 10:52 AM
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